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Nicholls lifts off in the East! Bickers Lifting ACU Eastern Motocross Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results
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Nicholls lifts off in the East! Bickers Lifting ACU Eastern Motocross Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results

by adminMarch 28, 2018

Sunday saw the Woodbridge DMCC host the opening round of the Bickers Lifting ACU Eastern Motocross

Lewis Tombs

Championship at the Blaxhall Circuit near Woodbridge. After the recent bad weather, everyone was ready to go racing with a full line of 160 riders across the four classes which treated the large crowd to some great racing on a dry and clear day.

Report By Richard Blyth and Photos By Dean Warner

Following several changes to the track layout during the winter months everyone was excited to go racing. The Expert class featured several top Maxxis British Championship riders including Ipswich based Jake Nicholls, Lewis Tombs, Jake Shipton, Dan Thornhill and many more, including the Centre Experts all looking to get the new season underway.

The opening Expert race saw Jake Nicholls take the holeshot on the Buildbase Honda ahead of Jake Shipton as the pair battled closely on the opening laps until Nicholls was able to create a gap and pull away at the front for a comfortable race win. Behind him Lewis Tombs had charged hard to close the gap on Shipton and was able to move into second with a couple of laps remaining while Shipton crossed the line in third ahead Dan Thornhill in fourth,

Jake Nicholls Expert Winner

Shaun Southgate in fifth and Luke Norris in sixth.

The second Expert race saw Nicholls take another holeshot with Shipton and Thornhill close behind. Nicholls quickly set about breaking away and rode a solid race to take the win by over 30 seconds. The battle for second place saw Tombs charge forward from a top 10 start and move into second when Shipton suffered a big crash with a few corners of the race remaining while under pressure from Tombs. In was Thornhill who took third with Luke Parker in fourth, Tom Grimshaw in fifth and reigning champion Luke Benstead in sixth.

The final Expert race of the day saw young George Fountain take the holeshot and early race lead with Nicholls a couple of places behind. By the end of the opening lap Nicholls was into

Jake Shipton crashed out

the lead and pulling away to a comfortable race win of 26 seconds over Thornhill and Tombs. Luke Benstead rode well to take a strong fourth place with Shaun Southgate fifth and George Fountain in sixth.

In the three Intermediate Class (Junior Championship) races it was Ryan Watts who took the overall victory on his Husqvarna with two race wins and a second place. Second overall on the day went to Matthew French who took the other race win and a third and fourth place finish. Third overall was Alexander Hornsby with a second and third place finish but his overall points were affected by a ninth in the second race. Fourth and fifth overall went to Connor Baldry and Benjamin Alexander.

In the Junior Support Class A it was Darren Stone who took the overall with two of the three race wins. Second overall went to the Cameron Coltart who claimed the third race win with Robbie Pearmain in third overall. Fourth and fifth overall went to Joe Marsh and Thomas Fazah.

In the Junior Support Class B it was Jake Ward who took the overall win with two race wins and a second ahead of

Junior Support B winner Jake Ward

Billy Middleton who claimed the other race win. Third overall went to Thomas Pearmain with Lee Scott and Stephan Parker in fourth and fifth overall

Results

Experts

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 45 Jake Nicholls 75 25 25 25
2 66 Lewis Tombs 64 22 22 20
3 9 Daniel Thornhill 60 18 20 22
4 301 Shaun Southgate 46 16 14 16
5 190 Luke Benstead 44 11 15 18
6 49 Luke Parker 42 14 18 10
7 861 Tom Grimshaw 40 12 16 12
8 417 Declan Whittle 39 13 12 14
9 27 George Fountain 38 10 13 15
10 10 Ben Clark 31 8 10 13

Junior Support B Start

11 199 Jake Edey 24 4 11 9
12 3 Jason Morland 22 2 9 11
13 731 Jake Shipton 20 20 – –
14 499 Benjamin Cole 19 7 6 6
15 6 Steve Bixby 18 3 8 7
16 773 Luke Norris 15 15 – –
17 12 George Grigg-Pettitt 13 – 5 8
18 72 Connor Hughes 13 6 7 –
19 981 Jordan Moxey 11 9 – 2
20 47 Simon Booth 9 1 3 5
21 302 Brad Woodroffe 9 5 – 4

Junior Support A winner Darren Stone

22 817 George Turner 5 – 2 3
23 188 Adam Day 5 – 4 1
24 18 George Ellis 1 – 1 –

Junior Championship

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 553 Ryan Watts 72 25 22 25
2 80 Matthew French 63 20 25 18
3 726 Alexander Hornsby 54 22 12 20
4 282 Connor Baldry 52 10 20 22
5 228 Benjamin Alexander 46 14 18 14
6 170 Robert Flaherty 44 13 15 16
7 378 Amie Goodlad 44 16 16 12
8 448 Joe Salmons 38 12 11 15

Internediate (Junior Champ) Class Winner Ryan Watts

9 475 Perry Galloway 32 18 14 –
10 237 Jordan Pasquale 28 15 13 –
11 171 Joseph Golding 26 11 2 13
12 416 Ashly Campbell 25 8 7 10
13 218 Lewis Bond 24 6 10 8
14 241 Jack Youngs 20 – 9 11
15 238 Adam Ford 19 7 8 4
16 366 Travis Frost 15 9 6 –
17 208 Shane Brown 11 4 – 7
18 192 Gareth Lane 9 – – 9
19 227 Robert Baldry 9 3 – 6
20 797 Nathan Greenaway 7 1 4 2
21 991 Justin Whyatt 5 – – 5
22 717 Thomas White 5 – 5 –
23 623 Jordan Rowe 5 5 – –
24 774 Jay Perry 4 – 1 3
25 122 James Suckling 3 – 3 –
26 959 Stephen Atkins 2 2 – –
27 101 Aaron Hopkins 1 – – 1

Dan Thornhill

Support Group A

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 212 Darren Stone 68 25 25 18
2 912 Cameron Coltart 56 15 16 25
3 201 Robbie Pearmain 56 14 22 20
4 428 Joe Marsh 47 7 18 22
5 256 Thomas Fazah 42 22 20 –
6 528 Thomas Clarke 36 20 – 16
7 346 Scott Claydon 33 12 15 6
8 246 Jack Janes 30 8 13 9
9 330 Shaun Palfrey 30 16 14 –
10 626 Thomas Clarkson 27 6 6 15
11 146 Clive Smith 26 9 4 13
12 380 Jason Snaddon 23 – 11 12
13 104 Jack Klimowicz 22 10 12 –
14 492 Thomas Matthews 20 – 9 11
15 575 Brook Rouse 18 18 – –
16 816 Gareth Cushion 17 13 – 4
17 75 Haydon Jarvis 15 5 3 7
18 215 Josh Smith 14 – – 14
19 803 Ben Roper 14 4 – 10
20 276 Jake Strowger 12 – 7 5
21 558 Finley Jarvis 12 1 10 1
22 385 Steven Bennett 12 11 1 –
23 715 Lewis Joyce 11 3 – 8
24 315 Charlie Jordan 8 – 8 –
25 226 Robbie Blaxell 7 2 2 3
26 337 Lee Blake 5 – 5 –
27 356 Chris Elvin 2 – – 2

Support Group B

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 68 Jake Ward 72 25 25 22
2 893 Billy Middleton 69 22 22 25
3 150 Thomas Pearmain 50 12 18 20
4 779 Lee Scott 43 14 13 16
5 414 Stephen Parker 41 13 15 13
6 274 Steven East 38 10 10 18
7 257 Daniel Matthews 38 20 11 7
8 904 Jonathan Finch 36 8 14 14
9 232 Shaun Grimwood 36 16 20 –
10 795 Cory Smith 34 18 16 –
11 317 Troy Brumpton 30 7 12 11
12 283 Jody Cutler 20 9 8 3
13 231 Damen Harris 20 11 9 –
14 764 Chris Gaut 19 6 5 8
15 739 Edwin Chadd 15 – – 15
16 87 Aaron Holden 15 15 – –
17 801 Dale Herod 14 – 2 12
18 484 Jay Peperell 14 – 4 10
19 556 John Parbury 13 3 6 4
20 65 Bradley Parradine 12 – 7 5
21 439 Tony Rooke 10 – 1 9
22 335 Tom Garnham 10 4 – 6
23 298 Edward Avery 5 – 3 2
24 153 Christopher Adam Lee 5 5 – –
25 704 Robert Hayden 2 1 – 1
26 794 William Mcrae 2 2 – –