Bolter out of the blue. Portsmouth MXC Summer Championships Round 10 – Race Report and Results
On a beautiful, sunny, bank holiday Sunday, Portsmouth MX Club descended on the Grittenham circuit near Royal Wootton Bassett. With the track looking its best and perfectly prepped, the riders prepared to bag vital points as the club’s summer series neared its closure.
Report by Kay Kennedy – Images courtesy of Click466.com
Despite competing with numerous other events throughout the South, numbers were good and made for some outstanding racing! The VMX were first out the gate, Darren King soon finding his usual spot out the front of the field, taking all three victories to grab the overall win. A number of riders grappled for the next few places, Tony Tunnell tussling with Tony Hale and Paul Spacagna for supremacy and ruling the roost going 3-2-2 to bag second overall. Brilliant starts from Hale kept him just ahead of Spags, the King of Finesse, in the opening motos, a great ride rewarding him with third overall.
MX1 and MX2 joined forces and a jam packed gate provided everyone with some outstanding racing! Luke Kennett found himself leading the way in all three motos, not far off the leading MX1 rider and took home the overall. Great to see Jordan Bachelor back after his horrendous crash at Culham a fortnight ago, showing no signs of injury and romped comfortably home in second overall, going 2-3-2. Staying in the thick of it, Mitch Young looked set to take second place, but crashing out while in the lead denied him the spot, but going 3-2-3 he still secured third overall. Enduro-king Daryl Bolter went back to his roots, and despite not being able to get out the gate, he still powered his way through the field to dominate the front of the MX1 field. Three straight wins rewarding him with the overall. Jake Penny was on fire, but a crash in race two denied him the chance of taking a win for himself. A second place in the first and third motos still rewarded him with second overall. Jamie Dixon made light work of the circuit, not shutting off once, going 3-3-3 to take home third overall.
Once again Thomas Casbeard totally dominated the big wheel 85 class, but did have to fight for his place in the final race. Taking the overall victory on the day with three straight wins. Robert Storer had a brilliant start in the final moto, leading from the off only to be passed by Casbeard mid-moto. He still held his own comfortably going 3-2-2 to take the runner-up spot. Tobias Sammut was set for a good day, a great start in race one rewarding him with second place, but a spill in race two didn’t make it easy for him but he worked hard to come back through the field into the top six. Third in race three ensured he finished in the top three, third overall his reward.
Total domination from Charlie Nightingale in the smaller wheeled 85 class, straight out in front in all three motos to take a clean sweep of wins and the overall. James O’Mara and Oliver Kilgour went head to head for the runner up spot, with Kilgour leading moto one, and bagging second spot. But O’Mara, despite a spill just after the finish line, kept his cool in the soaring temperatures and went 3-2-2 to bag second overall. Kilgour remained close behind, finishing in third overall.
A great battle out front in the 65s between Ben Sullivan and Charlie Richmond, both riders sharing the spoils with a win and second place each. Disaster for Sullivan in the final moto with a broken chain left Richmond to secure the race win was his, and blasted past the finish line in first to take the overall win. Mitchell Woodward rode at the top of his game throughout the day, ending on a high to finish in second spot, going 3-5-2 he finished in his best position of the year in second overall. Third position was going to be tight, Noel Brooks and Kieran Paget going head-to-head for supremacy, but an unfortunate spill by Paget in race three denied him continuing the fight. Brooks rode consistently well all day, going 4-4-3 to take home third overall.
It could have been anyone’s race in the Autos, riders chopping and changing positions like there was no tomorrow! Jacob Collins found his way back into top spot, working super hard to pass Harley Swain, he snatched another win under his crash helmet in the final moto to secure the overall victory. Great starts and pure determination rewarded Swain with a consistent set of results, leading the first and final motos, his speed ensured a high placing and three second places rewarded his efforts with second overall. Jake Webb was gunning for a top spot, and that’s exactly what he achieved in race two! Blasting out the gate, he led from start to finish to secure the race win, going 3-1-3 to finish the day in third overall.
Despite lacking in numbers, the Rookies class didn’t lack any speed or showmanship, the front runners making it look all too easy. Lewis King London had his work cut out keeping Charlie Razzell and Jay Bean off his tail throughout the day, but managed to keep his cool and grab the first two race wins to secure the overall victory. Razzell saved his best for last and stormed straight into the lead in the final moto, improving as the day went on to go 3-2-1, finishing second overall. Jay Bean was back to his best, pure precision and speed ensuring high finishes in each moto, finishing 2-3-4 to reward him with third overall.
VMX: 1 Darren King, 2 Tony Tunnell, 3 Tony Hale, 4 Paul Finesse Spacagna, 5 Mark Morris, 6 Matt Lewis.
MX2: 1 Luke Kennett, 2 Jordan Bachelor, 3 Mitch Young, 4 Tallon Aspden, 5 Olivier Cook, 6 Ricky Humphrey.
MX1: 1 Daryl Bolter, 2 Jake Penny, 3 Jamie Dixon, 4 Craig Daffin, 5 Bradley White, 6 Stewart Ewens.
Rookies: 1 Lewis King London, 2 Charlie Razzell, 3 Jay Bean, 4 Jack Carpenter, 5 Brandon Hickman, 6 Xavier Cook.
BW85: 1 Thomas Casbeard, 2 Robert Storer, 3 Tobias Sammut, 4 Luke Southern, 5 Jake Wotherspoon, 6 Jack Milsted.
SW85: 1 Charlie Nightingale, 2 James O’Mara, 3 Oliver Kilgour, 4 Jamie Garvin, 5 Tyler Kirby, 6 Cody Spacagna.
Junior 65cc: 1 Charlie Richmond, 2 Mitchell Woodward, 3 Noel Brooks, 4 Kieran Paget, 5 Casey Kennett, 6 Alfie Taylor.
Autos: 1 Jacob Collins, 2 Harley Swain, 3 Jake Webb, 4 Calum Betteridge, 5 Blu Kinch, 6 Kian Duell.