King Keith of Sunday! East Cumbria MX Club Championships Rounds 3 & 4 – Race Report and Results
Report and Pictures by Pete Bell
I’ll set the scene; after midweek rain the club had the track sitting perfect, the sun shining and a fantastic mix of national riders to mix with out own regulars. Not being one to normally name drop but Jay Hague (Maxxis winner the previous weekend, Rossi Beard current British under 21 championship leader, Ryan Mclean 5th in British 2 stroke championship, Ollie Colmer and Ryan Mawhinney leaders of the S/W B/W Mx National championship respectively….the list goes on and far to many to name.
Saturday morning and with riders from England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland ready to race the ever improving Brampton circuit, the 65cc class were first up to the challenge. Local lad on board his Husqvarna and taking maximum points was Ryan Waggott. Ryan currently 6th in the British Youth Nationals, was fast out the gate and made light work of the brutal afternoon conditions to take the top step ahead of South Cumbrian Jamie Keith who’s 5th place in moto 2 prevented a last race shootout. Level on points with Keith in third was Zac Cheel who was solid all day. Jake Robley was unlucky returning a DNF in race 3 to dent any podium hopes.
There are not many better sounds than 30 85cc machines buzzing round a sand track, and they were up next in a combined race. Race 1 and a holeshot for Ollie Colmer who led for a short while before Northern Irelands Ryan Mawhinney took over and that was that. With lap times that equalled 6th in the A’s Mawhinney was super impressive on his way to 3 wins in the Big Wheel class. Last week at Route 44 Haverigg, fellow Northern Irishman Matthew Beattie took the spoils, however a last race DNF after a 2-3 scorecard dropped him down the order. This left the door wide open for Ayden Smith and Ryan Quirk to take second and third respectively in the Big Wheel class. As mentioned, Ollie Colmer grabbed the race 1 hole shot on his way to maximum points in the small wheel class. The consistent West Cumbrian Robbie Park cemented second overall with a great ride in the final race of the day behind Colmer, with Jay Cheel pipping another Northern Irish racer Charley Irwin to the final podium place.
In the Youth class Christopher Moore looked as if he had checked out in race one before a huge crash midway through moto 1 resulted in a 8th place finish. It was great to see him up and finish the days racing with two 3rd places. Kai Thirwell was the main benefactor of this going 1-2-1 for the top step, ahead of Joseph Dent in second. We look forward to some more battles between these two as the Championship progresses. Fresh from a few week’s recovery from a back injury, and a week in Belgium Kyle Peel took third overall aboard his 125 machine.
The A+B Class again ran together and saw some absolutely brilliant close fast, but fair racing, keeping everyone’s eyes peeled. I don’t think it would be unfair to say that anyone of 7 or 8 riders could have scored a race win on Saturday without any exaggeration. Fresh from his first ever Adult British Championship win the previous Weekend at Duns, Jay Hague was in stunning form in his first 2 races before a spill in moto 3 resulted in a mad dash through the pack to finish 5th which was enough however, for the overall. Ryan Mclean had solid finishes all day to take second overall behind Hague with fellow Scot and friend Aaron McCarroll only 2 points further behind. The racing was so tight race three 1-2-3 finished 5th 4th 3rd overall. The B class was equally as tight with 3 race winners, and again almost impossible to call a winner. With a 2-1-2 racecard, Carl Robson was our overall winner returning from a nasty elbow injury and Doctors advice to “keep it moving” seemed the right thing to do. Jane Daniels competing in another motocross event went 3-2-1 for second overall with Kevin Brown in third obviously happier after a disappointing weekend by Kevins standards at Haverigg the previous weekend. Bob Jack was unlucky after winning race 1 with two DNF’s.
Up last but by no means least was the Adult C class. Steve Riley returned to form and took the overall on the day from Lewis Mchale and Honda mounted Gavin Southward close behind in third. Southward would maybe have been hoping for more after a race 3 crash left him down the order after a 2-1 scorecard in the first 2 races.
Separate to the main track was the Auto track, a great little circuit teaching the little racers bike control, with corners with some speed thrown in. Finley Easton was untouchable on Saturday with maximum points despite a couple of spills in race 2, behind him was 2017 Champion Malachi Allen, and West Cumbrian Harry Cartmell impressive in third.
Sunday came, the Sun was once again shining, the track looked even better and the riding talent equally as good if not better than the previous da. Again on their separate grass track the Autos took battle, and very strangely the results were exactly the same as day 1 with Scotland’s Finley Easton taking maximum points and extending his championship lead. Malachi Allen was never far behind in second and again Harry Cartmell was in third. Onto Dean Moor next weekend for the Autos with Easton looking to wrap up the Championship.
Jamie Keith was the main man in the 65 class, turning the tables on Ryan Waggott from the previous day, although it went down to a last race shootout. This time it was Keith coming out on top. Jake Robley had 3 solid rides to finish third, only 1 point behind Waggott.
The 85cc class was once again together, and again it was the 2 big hitters Colmer and Mawhinney who are both leading their Mx National classes who took the spoils home, and Colmer extending his ECMX championship lead. In the Small Wheel class, making the trip from the North East Jay Cheel took second step on the box and Charley Irwin improved once again to take third. Among many battles in the S/W class was Liam Johnston and Bobby-Jak Ennis, who were almost inseparable for the first 2 motos with some great racing, well done lads. Following Mawhinney home in the Big Wheels was again Ayden Smith and Matthew Beattie having a better day to take the final podium place before catching the ferry home.
The top 2 in the youth class were again Kai Thirwell and Joseph Dent who look set to be locked in battle for the rest of the ECMX championship season. It was again Thirwell who came out on top with a moto 3 victory. Third was Kyle Peel. No one could get out the gate faster than Kady Moore this weekend with the Scottish lass grabbing 6 holeshots.
Following on from Saturdays brilliant racing, moto 1 in the A+B class is up there with the best races I have watched in Cumbria, although John Robson was to win by 10 seconds, what went on behind him and between who is almost impossible to write down, overtakes bar banging tumbles, it had it all. Overall for the day it was John Robson taking the win, 2 points ahead of Edward Briscoe and Jake Preston in third. Again any of the top 6 could have won that…it was that good.
The B class was dominated by Ben Walsh to extend his unbelievable form this year. Carl Robson had to settle for second overall but solid championship points. Jane Daniels was third overall level on points with Will Miller making a welcome return to Mx after some years out, not that it looked like that mind.
Finally the C class and more maximum points for Kawasaki racer Steve Riley. Now on a Husqvarna, Stephen Humphries went 2-3-3 for second overall with Harry Fenwick never far behind in third.
Onto the Final Championship rounds at Dean Moor next weekend with no doubt some more great racing in Cumbria, get entered and support our local clubs.
Autos 1Finley Easton 2 Malachi Allen 3 Harry Cartmell 4 Aaron Dod 5 Adam Beattie
65’s 1 Ryan Waggott 2 Jamie Keith 3 Zac Cheel 4 Liam Bell 5 Joe Dakin
85sw 1 Ollie Colmer 2 Robbie Park 3 Jay Cheel 4 Charley Irwin 5 Liam Johnston
85 bw 1 Ryan Mawhinney 2 Ayden Smith 3 Ryan Quirk 4 Ronnie Reeves 5 Taylor Roberts
Youth 1 Kai Thirwell 2 Joseph Dent 3 Kyle Peel 4 Christopher Moore 5 Callum Forsyth
C’s 1 Steve Riley 2 Lewis Mchale 3Gav Southward 4 Stephen Humpries 5 Fraser Thompson
B’s 1 Carl Robson 2 Jane Daniels 3 Kevin Brown 4 Ewan Johnston 5 Carl Powie
A’s Jay Hague 2 Ryan Mclean 3 Aaron McCarroll 4 John Robson 5 Jake Preston
Autos 1 Finley Easton 2 Malachi Allen 3 Harry Cartmell 4 Arron Dodd 5 Adam Beattie
65’s 1 Jamie Keith 2 Ryan Waggott 3 Jake Robley 4 Zac Cheel 5 Lian Bell
85sw 1 Ollie Colmer 2 Jay Cheel 3 Charley Irwin 4 Robbie Park 5 Liam Johnston
85bw 1 Ryan Mawhinney 2 Ayden Smith 3 Matthew Beattie 4 Ronnie Reeves 5 Taylor Roberts
Youth 1 Kai Thirwell 2 Joseph Dent 3 Kyle Peel 4 Joe Winnard 5 Fraser Hansen
C’s 1 Steve Riley 2 Stephen Humphries 3 Harry Fenwick 4 Gav Lowes 5 Stephen Halliwell
B’s 1 Ben Walsh 2 Carl Robson 3 Jane Daniels 4 Will Miller 5 Oliver Lee
A’s 1 John Robson 2 Edward Brisco 3 Jake Preston 4 Rossi Beard 5 Ryan Mclean