On Route! Minibike British Championships Rounds 5 and 6 – Preview
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Route 34 was off the schedule last year so it brings a fresh bit of turf to the series for many of the racers.
With the series now half way through, this weekend gives riders the chance to build on their championship credentials or close in on those ahead of them, so expect no quarter given when the gate drops.
Robbie Daly holds a convincing lead in the Kids 50cc class after pulling off wins in both the 3rd and 4th rounds at Kieradan Park, but this class always throws up a suprise or two with a number of riders flitting in and out of the series. Maddie Banks is consistency personified and see’s her second in the standings with Ethan Georgiou in third.
Leo Vowles has won each and every round in fine style in the Youth 125cc Junior class and will take some stopping at Route 34. His closest two rivals Jake Speller and Jack Perry are locked in battle for the second spot, with just 3 points separating them, but Vowles cannot get complacent as both of these young racers are close enough to pounce if he has a mishap. Ethan Lochrie is proving a dark horse and put his Motofamily Electric Racing machine on the podium in round 4.
Barring Round 1 Ewan Goddard has been in stunning form in the Youth 125 Senior class, with 9 wins from 9 in the last three rounds. The racers behind Goddard are all bunched up with just 40 points separating 2nd and 6th with anyone of them in with a shout of podium spot come the end of the season. Freddy Hill’s is the lead charger of this batch ahead of Harry Streeter, James Lee, Alex Dutton and Senna Ace Summers in that order.
The 88cc class hasn’t been the best supported and the lead riders have only completed two of the 4 rounds each. Michael Lyons with his clean sheets in rounds 1 and 2 stands on top of the table.
The always fiercely contested MBC 110cc class has Piers Skinner at the head of the field at the mid way point of the series. He hasn’t been victorious in every round though, with Jack Titterall taking the round 3 victory, and mean’s he runs in second place as it stands going into this weekend. Only four points behind Titterall, is Oscar Stearn and he will be looking to close in that gap in Hampshire this weekend.
Lee Mitchell is proving that he is no past Master with a 40 point lead in the Masters category and being unbeaten in all 4 rounds so far this season. Jay Taylor has been riding well though, and has been second in each round, while the 3rd spot on the podium has gone to a different rider in each of the four rounds so it could be anyone’s.
On course to defend his Vets title, Chris Rose will be looking to build on the momentum he built up at Kierdan Park where he won all 6 races. It will be interesting to see if Round 1 and 2 winner Jason Gutteridge makes an appearance, and if he can get back up to speed following his unfortunate injury at Round 3. Russell Mason and Colin Blackwell are separated by just 3 points for second spot so expect them to duke it out for valuable points.
The 140cc class is proving to be one of the most intriguing contests of the series. Reigning champion Ash Gorman is in no mood to relinquish his title but he has the dual pronged attack of 160 Pro leader Kirs Ayres and Nationals Champion Blaine Blackwell hunting him down, with youngster Louis Dutton also on them charge after his second place in round 4. One thing you can be sure of, is that this class with be fast and furious.
With a massive 87 riders having competed in the Expert 160 class, results can be all over the place which makes for a tight championship, so tight in fact that the top three are separated by just 5 points. Tyrone Tugwell is on top and comes into this weekend on the back of a massive round 4 points haul. Young Daniel Fisher has been on the podium no less than 3 times out of the four rounds and if he keeps this consistency up he is going to take some stopping come the end of the season. Jody Barnes holds the 3rd spot having won round 2 at Mildenhall and is poised and ready to take it to the series leader this weekend, whilst round 1 winner Rick Ford is certainly not out of contention in 4th.
The 160cc Pro class has been ram packed with drama in 2018 and coming through the carnage with the series lead is Kris Ayres who has continually racked up big points in each round with tremendous performances. His lead was reduced at Kieradan by a back on form Bradley Pocock who now sits just 16 points behind Ayres. World Champion Mike Valade is racing in his homeland in the French Supercross series this weekend so misses out. Danish racer Sebastian Kaergaard has rode well this season and is in striking distance of the leading trio. Nationals champ Blaine Blackwell has had a British champs season to forget so far, but don’t count him out of contention this weekend as he will be looking to make up for the ground he has lost on the lead pack.
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