Crash happy at Culham. Portsmouth MXC Culham Two Dayer – Race Report and Results
Portsmouth MX Club’s biggest and most eagerly awaited event of the year happened last weekend at the spectacular Culham circuit next to the River Thames. The aim was to raise as much money as possible for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, in memory of Brad Hooper who sadly lost his life in a motocross accident in 2014. The club can’t thank the members and families enough for all their support, and with so many amazing prizes donated by a list of generous people too long to mention, the club managed to raise a staggering £3901 for their chosen charity. It was also an honour to have Brad’s family on board during Saturday, and they worked tirelessly all day to sell raffle tickets, organise bike competitions and sell delicious cakes to everyone!!
Race Report by Kay Kennedy – Images courtesy of Click466.com
The gates were heaving with talent all weekend, with the MX1 putting on a show of immense speed!! Neville Bradshaw made the other riders work hard to keep up with him, with Nicky Watts and James Rutter keeping tabs on him throughout the day but going 1-1 Bradshaw took home the prize money. Watts went on his way in superquick fashion to finish up in the runner up spot with Rutter close behind in third. Watts unfortunately was denied the overall on day two, after two brilliant wins, he ended up in the back of the ambulance with a very fat thumb! Jake Penny kept the leaders in his sights both days, with brilliant starts he would remain in contention for a win. Securing a comfortable first place in the final moto on the last day rewarded him with the overall closely followed by Carl Turner who followed him home all the way to secure second overall. Warren Daniel kept his nose clean and kept on the front runners pace to secure third overall.
Big wheel 85s were next and it was a pure masterclass of precision, speed & perfect riding from Olly Davidson, romping home to win each race throughout the weekend to take home the overall on both days. Thomas Casbeard put on an equally impressive show, not putting a wheel wrong to secure second place throughout the weekend to take the runner-up spot each day. Guitar Webster battled hard to take Casbeard’s place, riding superbly well to secure third overall on day one. A handful of riders battled it out to take over Webster’s spot on day two, chopping and changing position as the track became rough, catching out a number of riders. But Robert Storer kept his cool, going 4-5-5 to take third overall on Sunday.
The MX2 lads and lasses went all guns blazing, a brilliant battle between Luke Kennett, George Clarke and Jordan Bachelor saw some breath-taking action on the track! Unfortunately Bachelor was another casualty who ended up in A&E, so Clarke & Kennett took over at the front. With Kennett managing to grab a race win on Saturday he took the overall away from Clarke, but Clarke found the extra pace on Sunday to blast his way into the lead. Two race wins rewarded him with the overall on Sunday. Mark Atkinson joined in to the thick of it at the front, and hunted Clarke home in each race to go 2-2-2 and finish as runner up. Kennett was still strong and with a change in machinery for the final moto of the weekend, which secured him a race win, he ended the day in third overall.
There was no denying the small wheel 85 winner, Charlie Nightingale was in a class of his own, untouchable by any other rider, finishing on top spot in each moto to take the overall victory on both days. Tyler Kirby and Danny Webster battled it out for second spot, both riders sharing the spoils, going 2-3 in four out the five races, with Kirby grabbing the runner up spot on Saturday, Webster taking the place away on Sunday. Some superb riding by both young riders.
Some seriously rapid Rookies took centre stage next, not one rider giving an inch to their riders throughout each moto. Todd Leadbitter was set for five straight victories, but a nasty spill in the opening moto on day one denied him his glory. Limping home at the back of the pack, he redeemed himself in the remaining races, grabbing four wins to secure the overall win on day two. Preston Williams definitely wowed the crowds with some impressive jumping, not only securing the overall victory on day one going 1-2, but was also crowned the winner of the cherished Brad Hooper Memorial Award. Cullen Scott wasn’t holding back either, ridiculously fast riding from the youngster rewarded him with second overall on both days, a pleasure to watch! Lewis King London was hot on the heels of the front runners, another flawless set of motos from him to secure third overall on both days.
The little Autos definitely did themselves proud throughout the weekend, on such a challenging and tricky circuit, but nothing seemed to phase recent SS24 Rider of the Meeting Fabian Morrison Junior! Tackling the jumps with ease and riding like a pro, going 3-1-1-5-1 to proudly secure the overall on both days! Jeremy Titley had tremendous starts to push him straight to the front of the pack, narrowly missing out on a race win, but comfortably secured second overall on day one. Harley Swain returned from holiday to romp straight into the thick of it on day two, scoring two second places to finish in the runner-up spot. Jacob Collins had a mixed bag of luck during the weekend, starting off with a brilliant win on day one, and consistent top six finishes including a second and third rewarded him third overall on both days.
The Juniors waited patiently for the gate to drop, McKenzie Marshall taking no prisoners, consistently getting into the lead until the chequered flag waved, five perfectly executed wins rewarded him with the overall both days. Charlie Richmond wasn’t far behind powering it hard to push himself into first. Making it look easy, a comfortable and commendable second place for Charlie on both days. Leo Skinner battled hard all weekend to keep a rampaging Ben Sullivan off his tail, Sullivan taking away Skinner’s third spot in race one, day two, but he fought hard to maintain his position, and finished up third overall on both days.
The Premier class held everyone’s attention going out last. For old blokes, they don’t hold back and their speed is immense, Darren King as usual putting on a show to secure a straight set of flawless race wins, taking the overall on both days. Tony Tunnell did give him a run for his money, and, battling out to secure a top placing. Going 3-2-3-4-3 throughout the weekend rewarded him with second overall. Despite detesting the final jump at the finish, Brook Alder had the speed and brilliant starts to push himself into the top flight, going 2-4 on day one saw him pick up third place prize money. A nasty crash on day two left Howard Standfield seriously bruised, and out of the running, Mark Morris taking over his spot. Consistent top six finishes rewarded him with third overall on day two.
An outstanding weekend, speedy recovery to all the riders who got injured.
Ride in Peace Brad # 23
VMX: 1 Darren King, 2 Tony Tunnell, 3 Brook Alder, 4 Tony Hale, 5 Mark Morris, 6 Andy Philpott.
MX2: 1 Luke Kennett, 2 George Clarke, 3 Craig Weller, 4 Ricky Humphrey, 5 Liam Gunning, 6 Lee Skinner.
MX1: 1 Neville Bradshaw, 2 Nicky Watts, 3 James Rutter, 4 Jake Penny, 5 Craig Daffin, 6 Warren Daniel.
Rookies: 1 Preston Williams, 2 Cullen Scott, 3 Lewis King London, 4 Jay Bean, 5 Charlie Razzell, 6 Sebastian Berthiaume.
BW85: 1 Olly Davidson, 2 Thomas Casbeard, 3 Guitar Webster, 4 Tobias Sammut, 5 Jake Wotherspoon, 6 Domonic Newbury.
SW85: 1 Charlie Nightingale, 2 Tyler Kirby, 3 Danny Webster, 4 Oliver Ruddock, 5 Jamie Garvin, 6 Cody Spacagna.
65s: 1 McKenzie Marshall, 2 Charlie Richmond, 3 Leo Skinner, 4 Scott Harris, 5 Ben Sullivan, 6 McKenzie Saunders.
Autos: 1 Fabian Morrison Junior, 2 Jeremy Titley, 3 Jacob Collins, 4 Calum Betteridge, 5 Logan Harry Chinnock, 6 Arash Deering.
VMX: 1 Darren King, 2 Tony Tunnell, 3 Mark Morris, 4 Tony Hale, 5 Brook Alder, 6 Oliver Nutt.
MX2: 1 George Clarke, 2 Mark Atkinson, 3 Luke Kennett, 4 Olivier Cook, 5 Craig Weller, 6 Robert Morris.
MX1: 1 Jake Penny, 2 Carl Turner, 3 Warren Daniel, 4 James Webber, 5 Alex White, 6 Bradley White.
Rookies: 1 Todd Leadbitter, 2 Cullen Scott, 3 Lewis King London, 4 Preston Williams, 5 Jay Bean, 6 Jack Carpenter.
BW85: 1 Olly Davidson, 2 Thomas Casbeard, 3 Robert Storer, 4 Domonic Newbury, 5 Tobias Sammut, 6 Luke Southern.
SW85: 1 Charlie Nightingale, 2 Danny Webster, 3 Tyler Kirby, 4 Max Brazier, 5 Oliver Ruddock, 6 Ashton Coleman.
65s: 1 McKenzie Marshall, 2 Charlie Richmond, 3 Leo Skinner, 4 Ben Sullivan, 5 Scott Harris, 6 McKenzie Saunders.
Autos: 1 Fabian Morrison Junior, 2 Harley Swain, 3 Jacob Collins, 4 Calum Betteridge, 5 Kian Duell, 6 Jake Webb.