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Crowning glory! British Minibike Championships rounds 7 & 8 – Race Report and Results
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Crowning glory! British Minibike Championships rounds 7 & 8 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 27, 2018

The 2018 British Minibike championships closed its doors on another magnificent season of Minibike racing at Apex Motopark in Worcester at the weekend, and rounds 7 and 8 of the series.

Images courtesy of Harry Lessman – Picturebike

One of the biggest reason’s the Minibike Champs is such a success is due to it’s friendly family atmosphere. This was demonstrated at the weekend by the fantastic show of support shown to one of their youngest riders, 11 year old Mickey Bennett who is bravely battling with cancer.  All of the riders gathered together for a picture displaying a banner that they each signed wishing Mickey to get well soon.  Dirt Hub would like to send our best wishes to Mickey and we look forward to seeing him back on the track soon! 

With series leader Robbie Daly missing the last two rounds, it was close at the top end of the Kids 50cc championships coming into Apex. Robbie cast any doubts about his championship credentials aside though, with a stunning 6 race wins from 6, for the overalls on each day and the British title itself. Congrats Robbie.  It wasn’t easy either as this class has been growing as the season has progressed and Archie Edwards was showing good speed on the Saturday for second with Casey Lister in third.  Lister would mirror his third place on the Sunday too with Casidy Brand stepping it up a gear for second. In the championships though Maddie Banks continued to score good points on both days to reward her with a well earned 2nd overall in the series with Ethan Georgiou third.  Every single one of these little riders deserve huge credit for racing in whatever conditions are presented to them and always with a smile on their face.

Pure class is the phrase that sums up Leo Vowles in 2018 as he blitzed to another clean sheet, and 6 race victories to deservedly claim the Youth 125cc Junior British title and both round victories. Astonishingly he won every single one of the 8 rounds along the way.  Well Done Leo! The Jake Speller/Jack Perry battle continued for the second spot behind Vowles, with Speller having the edge on the Saturday, with Perry third, before they swapped positions on the Sunday. When it came to the final series standings it was Perry who accumulated the points for second with Speller third.  Great racing guys!

Ewan Goddard had a little wobble at Route 34 in the last rounds, but he came back quicker and stronger at Apex to fly to a faultless 1-1-1 on the Saturday and the day overall. Harry Streeter put on a great show for second with James Lee riding well for third.  On the Sunday Goddard continued his good form by winning the first two motos, but with the British title in the bag he cruised home in the final moto for second overall on the day with Streeter ending the series on a high with the final race and overall victory. Freddy Hills also came good at the last hurdle with third overall on the Sunday.  So it was Goddard who rode fantastically all season long who claimed the title, over Streeter in second, and a fantastic third for Hills. It’s been a pleasure this year guys, awesome racing! 

The 88cc class didn’t take off this year, with numbers thin on the ground throughout. Craig Powell made a rare appearance on the smaller machine on the Saturday and won all three races and the overall with Tom Parker second and Simon Crowther third. Slimmed down to two on the Sunday, it was Parker with the win and Crowther with second with the British title heading the way of Crowther. Well done Simon.

Matthew Pocock has been brewing speed all year, and he unleashed the power in the 110cc class with a ferocious 6 win collection to take the overall on both days. If only his early season form was better he would certainly have been a contender for the title. Piers Skinner strutted his usual 110 stuff with second on Saturday with Oscar Stearn in third, with the roles reversed on the Sunday, but Skinner knew that race finishes were all he needed and he became the 2018 110cc British Champion with Stearn second and Pocock third. Awesome stuff Piers! 

Competition was hot early doors this season in the MBC 14occ category, but many of the contenders petered out finding the pace of Ash Gorman too hot to handle. Gorman, the reigning champ made his intentions clear by winning on the Saturday, but only by a point as class newcomer Louis Dutton who stole a race win for second overall, with Chris Tompkins in third. With enough points scored in Sunday’s first Moto, Gorman was over the line taking his second consecutive British title and he was happy to spectate for the rest of the day as Dutton blasted to three race wins and the overall with Simon Vowles second and Chris Tomkins third. In the overall series standings it was Gorman, from Dutton, from Tompkins.  Congrats guys on a great season.

There is no Master like a winning Master, and Lee Mitchell is just that as he continued his sublime form with another two round wins for the complete set for the season and the British Masters title. Russell Jepson rode well on the Saturday for second, with Dave Goldsmith in third, but Scott Joyner joined the party on the Sunday with second ahead of Goldsmith in third.  It was tight for second place overall going down to the last race, but Goldsmith had the speed to see it through and gain the second overall with Jepson in third.  Fantastic performance by Lee, and great racing by all of you Masters!

The first two rounds aside, Chris Rose has been unstoppable in the Vets class, and with two wins at Apex cemented his second successive British title.  It was all down to this weekend for who would take the runners up position, and it was MBC stalwart Colin Blackwell who edged out Russel Mason on each day. This meant it was Blackwell who stood on the number 2 spot of the series just 9 points ahead of Mason in third. Tremendous racing all season long by these guys!

Onto the Clubman class who compete only for day points rather than championship points. It was Gerald Hodgekinson who won out on the Saturday over Tom Burrill and Dan Johnson.  Johnson improved on the Sunday though, taking the win ahead of Peter Boyd, and Burrill.

The huge Expert class was brimming with talent once again all looking to improve their championship place. Dicky White was the victor in the Expert A class on Saturday, followed home by Jake Pearce and Ryan Barnett. Sam Thomson stole the show on the Sunday with the win, ahead of second placed Tim Jukes with Rhys Streeter third.

The pointy end of the Expert group is the A+ class, which is where the titles are decided. Bageot Clement was the man in the mix on the Saturday with the overall but he wasn’t in contention for the title. Tyrone Tugwell was though, and his second over his closet rival Daniel Fisher meant he could sleep easier on Saturday night. Clement was again in great form on the Sunday with Michael Willekens making his mark for second with Fisher in third.  Tugwell though had the title in his grasp, and although he only finished in 7th on Sunday he knew that was enough to be crowned British Expert Champion with Fisher second and Willekens third.  A huge congrats goes to Tryone who had to beat a massive 104 other riders to get this win so its well deserved! 

So here it is! The big one. The Pro class boys, the fastest of them all! After a horrendous start to the season it was amazing that Bradley Pocock headed into Apex with the series lead.  Having won the title in 2017 Pocock had been in this position before and he made no mistakes on the Saturday by taking the win with a full set of race wins.  It’s been a hard season for Blaine Blackwell but he came to the fore on Saturday with second with Rusty Griffiths taking a wildcard ride for the injured Mike Valade in third.  With victory in sight Pocock finished down the order in Sundays first Moto but the celebrations began in earnest as he became the British Pro Champion for the second year in a row. Pocock won the remaining two races on the Sunday, but it was Sebastian Kaergaard who won on the day which cemented his second place in the championship. Dominic Foreman came home in third on the Sunday and in turn took the third and final British Championship podium place.  The racing has been first class all season long from the Pro’s and a massive congratulations to Bradley.

With the dust hardly settled on the British champs it’s now time to look forward to the World Champs which takes place over the Bank Holiday August weekend. For more info visit: http://www.minibikeworldchampionship.com/

Results

Saturday Round 7

Kids 50cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 800 Robbie Daly 75 25 25 25
2 44 Archie Edwards 64 22 20 22
3 125 Casey Lister 58 20 18 20
4 101 Dayton Thompson 50 18 16 16
5 7 Casidy Brand 49 9 22 18
6 983 Harry Dale 46 16 15 15
7 278 Mason Flynn 39 11 14 14
8 275 Ethan Georgiou 39 15 13 11
9 777 Otto Hookam 37 13 12 12
10 218 Luen McNulty 36 12 11 13
11 395 Callie Goldsmith 32 14 9 9
12 36 Maddie Banks 30 10 10 10
13 188 Ethan Parker 23 8 8 7
14 36x Harry Banks 19 4 7 8
15 31 Oakley Levi Summers 18 7 5 6
16 140 Alfie Clarke 15 6 4 5
17 111 Jack Gardner 11 5 3 3
18 118 Lacey-May Adams 10 – 6 4

Youth 125cc Junior

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 288 Leo Vowles 75 25 25 25
2 02 Jake Speller 66 22 22 22
3 211 Jack Perry 60 20 20 20
4 117 Harry Lee 51 15 18 18
5 9 Ethan Lochrie 50 18 16 16
6 8 Harris Goddard 46 16 15 15
7 19 Ben Johnstone 42 14 14 14
8 605 Charlie Joyner 39 13 13 13

Youth 125cc Senior

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 2 Ewan Goddard 75 25 25 25
2 109 Harry Streeter 64 20 22 22
3 29 James Lee 56 18 18 20
4 101 Freddy Hills 54 16 20 18
5 31 Senna-Ace Summers 50 22 12 16
6 222 Harrison Jepson 46 15 16 15
7 106 Alex Cheshire 43 14 15 14
8 10 Proenca Guilherae 38 12 13 13
9 287 Harvey Vowles 33 11 10 12
10 53 Scott Clarke 31 10 11 10
11 21 Liberty Bird 29 9 9 11
12 34 Kye Squirrel 27 13 14 –

MBC 88cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 12 Craig Powell 75 25 25 25
2 30 Tom Parker 66 22 22 22
3 86 Simon Crowther 40 20 20 –
4 59 Adam Crowther 36 18 18 –

MBC 110cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 119 Matthew Pocock 75 25 25 25
2 43 Piers Skinner 64 20 22 22
3 779 Oscar Stearn 62 22 20 20
4 726 Joel Smee 52 18 16 18
5 824 Alexander Reinholdsson 50 16 18 16
6 101 Matt Neal 45 15 15 15

MBC 140cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 1 Ash Gorman 70 25 20 25
2 62 Louis Dutton 69 22 25 22
3 792 Chris Tompkins 60 20 22 18
4 282 Simon Vowles 56 18 18 20
5 618 Jack Guntrip 31 – 16 15
6 273 Craig Griffiths 16 – – 16

Masters

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 14 Lee Mitchell 75 25 25 25
2 998 Russell Jepson 66 22 22 22
3 395 Dave Goldsmith 60 20 20 20

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 95 Chris Rose 75 25 25 25
2 71 Colin Blackwell 60 20 18 22
3 144 Russell Mason 60 18 22 20
4 33 Paul Radford 54 16 20 18
5 67 John Sutton 46 15 15 16
6 20 Jason Radford 38 22 16 –
7 73 Simon Woodfield 29 – 14 15

Clubman

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 33 Gerald Hodgekinson 75 25 25 25
2 66 Tom Burrill 62 20 20 22
3 29 Dan Johnson 60 22 22 16
4 67 Peter Boyd 51 18 18 15
5 259 Luke Redman 43 16 13 14
6 25 George Hodgkinson 42 15 15 12
7 79 Graeme Gibson 41 14 14 13
8 666x Iain Fairbrother 40 13 16 11
9 808 Jack Birthwright 39 7 12 20
10 505 Teagan Parnell 37 12 7 18
11 84 Craig Swales 32 11 11 10
12 716 Josh Cheshire 29 10 10 9
13 77 Jordan Burton 26 9 9 8
14 311 Ricky Tatam 22 8 8 6
15 228 Mason O’Rouke 13 6 – 7

Expert A

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 46 Dicky White 177 60 58 59
2 102 Jake Pearce 171 58 57 56
3 7 Ryan Barnett 168 59 52 57
4 35 Shawn Clarke 166 57 54 55
5 212 Sam Thomson 162 56 56 50
6 109 Rhys Streeter 161 54 53 54
7 117 Jeff Pike 156 53 50 53
8 118 Leon Adams 155 52 51 52
9 5 Tom Crowder 152 55 48 49
10 426 Ethan Johnson 151 51 49 51
11 86 Tim Jukes 113 – 55 58
12 603 Kieran Barter 50 50 – –

Expert A+

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 141 Bageot Clement 290 100 100 90
2 744 Tyrone Tugwell 248 66 82 100
3 34 Daniel Fisher 234 76 76 82
4 167 Michael Willekens 228 62 90 76
5 291 James Cook 223 82 69 72
6 602 Scott Joyner 211 90 59 62
7 9 Scott Pohlman 209 72 68 69
8 369 Daniel Lee 207 67 70 70
9 201 Matt Chamberlain 202 68 67 67
10 427 Jason Gadner 199 70 65 64
11 559 Rick Ford 198 63 72 63
12 6 Ash Arrowsmith 197 65 66 66
13 15 Mollie Rabbits 184 64 60 60
14 170 Ollie Fletcher 183 61 61 61
15 168 Luke Burton 132 – 64 68
16 144 Sean Mason 132 69 63 –
17 39 Jack Hodgekinson 127 – 62 65

Pro’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 57 Bradley Pocock 75 25 25 25
2 71 Blaine Blackwell 60 20 20 20
3 140 Rusty Griffiths 60 22 22 16
4 121 Dominic Foreman 51 15 18 18
5 138 Sebastian Kaergaard 45 14 16 15
6 717 Jody Burton 42 13 15 14
7 227 Troy Beck 40 18 – 22
8 141 Bageot Clement 37 12 14 11
9 131 Dan Foreman 31 9 9 13
10 34 Daniel Fisher 29 8 11 10
11 744 Tyrone Tugwell 26 2 12 12
12 291 James Cook 25 10 7 8
13 167 Michael Willekens 22 – 13 9
14 9 Scott Pohlman 19 7 6 6
15 369 Daniel Lee 18 3 8 7
16 88 Kris Ayres 16 16 – –
17 201 Matt Chamberlain 13 4 5 4
18 602 Scott Joyner 11 11 – –
19 427 Jason Gadner 10 6 3 1
20 559 Rick Ford 10 – 10 –
21 6 Ash Arrowsmith 8 1 4 3
22 168 Luke Burton 7 – 2 5
23 144 Sean Mason 6 5 1 –
24 39 Jack Hodgekinson 2 – – 2
25 170 Ollie Fletcher 2 2 – –

Sunday – Round 8

Kids 50cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 800 Robbie Daly 75 25 25 25
2 7 Casidy Brand 64 20 22 22
3 125 Casey Lister 62 22 20 20
4 983 Harry Dale 52 18 18 16
5 278 Mason Flynn 50 16 16 18
6 275 Ethan Georgiou 45 15 15 15
7 36 Maddie Banks 40 13 14 13
8 777 Otto Hookam 37 11 12 14
9 395 Callie Goldsmith 36 12 13 11
10 188 Ethan Parker 32 10 10 12
11 36x Harry Banks 26 9 11 6
12 31 Oakley Levi Summers 25 8 8 9
13 140 Alfie Clarke 24 7 9 8
14 118 Lacey-May Adams 23 6 7 10
15 111 Jack Gardner 18 5 6 7
16 218 Luen McNulty 14 14 – –

Youth 125cc Junior

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 288 Leo Vowles 75 25 25 25
2 211 Jack Perry 60 18 20 22
3 02 Jake Speller 58 20 22 16
4 117 Harry Lee 54 22 18 14
5 8 Harris Goddard 51 15 16 20
6 9 Ethan Lochrie 48 16 14 18
7 101 Dayton Thompson 44 14 15 15
8 19 Ben Johnstone 39 13 13 13

Youth 125cc Seniors

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 109 Harry Streeter 69 22 22 25
2 2 Ewan Goddard 66 25 25 16
3 101 Freddy Hills 58 20 18 20
4 31 Senna-Ace Summers 56 18 20 18
5 222 Harrison Jepson 45 16 15 14
6 106 Alex Cheshire 44 15 14 15
7 10 Proenca Guilherae 40 14 13 13
8 29 James Lee 38 – 16 22
9 287 Harvey Vowles 36 12 12 12
10 39 Ben Moran 32 11 10 11
11 53 Scott Clarke 24 13 11 –
12 21 Liberty Bird 19 10 9 –

MBC 88cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 30 Tom Parker 75 25 25 25
2 86 Simon Crowther 66 22 22 22

MBC 110cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 119 Matthew Pocock 75 25 25 25
2 779 Oscar Stearn 64 22 22 20
3 43 Piers Skinner 62 20 20 22
4 726 Joel Smee 52 16 18 18
5 824 Alexander Reinholdsson 50 18 16 16
6 101 Matt Neal 30 15 15 –

MBC 140cc

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 62 Louis Dutton 75 25 25 25
2 282 Simon Vowles 66 22 22 22
3 792 Chris Tompkins 60 20 20 20
4 881 Alex Hepher 34 16 18 –
5 1 Ash Gorman 18 18 – –

Masters

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 14 Lee Mitchell 75 25 25 25
2 602 Scott Joyner 62 22 22 18
3 395 Dave Goldsmith 58 16 20 22
4 998 Russell Jepson 58 20 18 20
5 141 Martin Mitchell 34 18 16 –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 95 Chris Rose 75 25 25 25
2 71 Colin Blackwell 64 20 22 22
3 144 Russell Mason 62 22 20 20
4 33 Paul Radford 36 18 18 –
5 67 John Sutton 32 16 16 –

Clubman

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 29 Dan Johnson 70 20 25 25
2 67 Peter Boyd 63 25 20 18
3 66 Tom Burrill 56 16 18 22
4 259 Luke Redman 52 14 22 16
5 505 Teagan Parnell 52 22 15 15
6 426 Ethan Johnson 48 15 13 20
7 808 Jack Birthwright 43 18 16 9
8 79 Graeme Gibson 41 13 14 14
9 77 Jordan Burton 34 9 12 13
10 716 Josh Cheshire 32 12 8 12
11 228 Mason O’Rouke 31 10 10 11
12 311 Ricky Tatam 26 7 9 10
13 84 Craig Swales 22 11 11 –
14 187 Sam Clemente 8 8 – –

Expert A

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 212 Sam Thomson 172 56 57 59
2 86 Tim Jukes 171 55 56 60
3 109 Rhys Streeter 169 58 54 57
4 117 Jeff Pike 163 52 53 58
5 25 George Hodgkinson 158 51 51 56
6 15 Mollie Rabbits 157 50 52 55
7 118 Leon Adams 152 49 49 54
8 603 Kieran Barter 112 54 58 –
9 35 Shawn Clarke 112 57 55 –
10 5 Tom Crowder 103 53 50 –

Expert A+

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 141 Bageot Clement 290 90 100 100
2 167 Michael Willekens 272 100 90 82
3 34 Daniel Fisher 234 82 76 76
4 291 James Cook 230 76 82 72
5 559 Rick Ford 219 62 67 90
6 427 Jason Gadner 209 70 70 69
7 744 Tyrone Tugwell 207 65 72 70
8 369 Daniel Lee 200 64 69 67
9 9 Scott Pohlman 200 72 65 63
10 201 Matt Chamberlain 198 69 63 66
11 168 Luke Burton 197 68 68 61
12 95 Chris Rose 195 67 66 62
13 6 Ash Arrowsmith 189 66 59 64
14 170 Ollie Fletcher 188 59 64 65
15 144 Sean Mason 124 63 61 –
16 14 Lee Mitchell 68 – – 68
17 7 Ryan Barnett 62 – 62 –
18 102 Jake Pearce 61 61 – –
19 23 Robert Johnson 60 60 – –
20 46 Dicky White 60 – 60 –

Pro

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 138 Sebastian Kaergaard 60 18 22 20
2 57 Bradley Pocock 57 7 25 25
3 121 Dominic Foreman 47 25 – 22
4 141 Bageot Clement 45 13 16 16
5 131 Dan Foreman 43 14 15 14
6 167 Michael Willekens 41 15 14 12
7 71 Blaine Blackwell 40 22 – 18
8 717 Jody Burton 35 – 20 15
9 34 Daniel Fisher 35 12 12 11
10 291 James Cook 34 11 13 10
11 871 Dave Lamb 34 16 18 –
12 427 Jason Gadner 27 9 10 8
13 744 Tyrone Tugwell 23 3 11 9
14 559 Rick Ford 20 – 7 13
15 140 Rusty Griffiths 20 20 – –
16 369 Daniel Lee 17 2 9 6
17 9 Scott Pohlman 17 10 5 2
18 201 Matt Chamberlain 16 8 3 5
19 168 Luke Burton 14 6 8 –
20 95 Chris Rose 12 5 6 1
21 170 Ollie Fletcher 8 – 4 4
22 14 Lee Mitchell 7 – – 7
23 6 Ash Arrowsmith 7 4 – 3
24 144 Sean Mason 2 1 1 –
25 7 Ryan Barnett 2 – 2 –