Bickley Bows in! Pickering Grasstrack no 2 – Race Report & Results
A fairly low-key adult Grasstrack debut was made by one of the nation’s hottest young track racing prospects on Sunday, as Pickering hosted their second Grasstrack of the 2018 season. Sixteen-year-old Belle Vue Colts and Workington Comets regular Kyle Bickley hasn’t been seen on the grass for several seasons, last competing in the youth classes. But Bickley, the Grandson of former Sidecar racer Paul, put in a solid performance in his first adult event, despite challenging conditions, and duly won the 350cc/500cc final.
The youngster certainly didn’t breeze to a victory, however, as several heat winners emerged as the riders and organisers battled against the weekend’s surprise wet weather to complete a full day’s racing. East Midland brothers Ben and Jamie Fenn-Smith looked in good form to begin with, finishing first and second in their opening ride. Ben failed to finish his second ride, but Jamie was still riding his heart out in the second heat. Former British 350cc Champion and another Belle Vue Colts rider Andy Mellish won the second heat from Jamie Fenn-Smith, before Kyle Bickley finally tasted victory in the final heat. He then won the final, getting the better of Mellish who looked to be warming up nicely before his British Masters appearance in two weeks time.
If youthful exuberance was the key in the largest capacity class, the opposite could be said in the 250cc class. Rick Scarboro, who’s done plenty of laps on the speedway himself, duelled all day long with former British champion David Knowles. The experience pairing put on a clinic in the wet conditions, both winning races. But in the final it was 51-year-old Scarboro who took the win, beating Knowles once again. He then capped off a solid day by winning the Handicap race, with Shaun Bickley finishing second.
A huge line-up of Motocross and Inappropriate bike competitors was attracted to the event- so much so that the MX classes were split in two. One event was won by a name familiar to British Grasstrack fans- Andrew Whitaker. The other class was won by Dave Jordan. The Inappropriate bikes (even more inappropriate given the conditions this week) were won by another regular Grasser- Will Bratley.
The youth competitions were won by William Hocaniuk and a very quick looking Luke Gardener. He made the journey up from Staffordshire worthwhile by completing an impressive maximum.
Storms continued during the run-up to this event and enormous credit must be given to the club to get the meeting ran. Many club members braved the elements to get the meeting on and were rewarded by some great racing by some brave, determined racers.
And perhaps this is the beginning of something special for Grasstrack fans as the two-time Under 16 World Champion embarked on his Grasstrack career. Here’s hoping!