Todd dashes in on the cash! East Cumbria MX Championship rounds 5 & 6 and the Lee Tolson 105 Memorial – Race Report and Results
The build up to this event started many weeks ago, with a huge amount of planning, publicity and a superb collection of prizes on offer for all classes, so it was all set for rounds 5 and 6 of the East Cumbria championship and the Lee Tolson 105 Memorial.
Report and Images by Peter Bell
The track team once again had the track in amazing condition both days, receiving rave reviews from the huge turnout in the paddock. Saturday morning saw the youth classes running and adults in the afternoon, and the 65cc class were first out onto the Cumbrian sand.
Local lad Ryan Waggott chose Brampton instead of the long trek to the Mx Nationals and took overall honours on Saturday despite a mishap in moto one where an issue with his front forks allowed Connor Smith to take the win. Although close all day Waggott came on top by 3 points. Third place went to Joe Dakin. Liam Bell and Lucy Baker had a great battle in moto 1 with several passes each.
The 85cc Small wheels with a full race kit up for grabs for the winner were next up. West Cumbrian Robbie Park had some great close races with both Charley Irwin and Jay Cheel to take the prize home and maximum championship points, and second in moto 3 was enough for Cheel to take second with Irwin in third. Liam Johnston took the holeshot award in moto 2 with a very tight margin ahead of Park. Great racing lads.
The Big Wheel class was dominated by Scotland’s Oliver Barr, he took 3 race wins and was never really troubled, rewarding his dads hard work on the track preparation. Ayden Smith was very impressive in second and also Jack Whinthrop in third. Barr was also to take home a full race kit as a result of some very generous donations.
There appears to be no stopping Kai Thirwell on his charge to the East Cumbria Youth Championship, with another podium top step and bag of points. However it could have been very different had it not been for a race 1 spill for Adam Slavin who went 2-1 in the final two races, including the hole-shot prize in moto 2. Another rider rewarding Dads work on the track. Third place went to the 2 stroke rider Logan Hendry making the long trip down from Scotland a worthwhile one.
The Autos were again on a separate track, and it was a near faultless display by Finlay Easton, who is definately a name to keep an eye on, and one i’m sure will be mentioned many times in future reports. Maximum points for Easton with Aaron Dodd in second making a impressive finish to his Auto career before stepping onto a 65 next year. Third place overall went to Harry Cartmell, with a great second place ride in moto 3.
Saturday afternoon, and it was the adults turn to hit the sand….with an Auto GP and a very competitive Dads race to give the guys and girls some extra rest between motos.
First up was the A class, boosted in numbers due to the Dash for cash race concluding the day. Ross Rutherford and Brad Todd were the 2 to take battle for the overall and also in the dash race but more on that later. Rutherford was to take the overall despite Todd’s race 3 victory with North East Ktm rider John Robson in third.
I think the phrase ‘its anybody’s’ is maybe best to describe the B class coming to the gate, with so many in with a chance of victory. Owen Hendry was the name to come out with a 2-1-1 scorecard pipping Daniel Johnston to the top step, with Austin Mowbray in third. However, Joel Gowan, Carl Robson, Bob Jack and Ryan Dalton could have all been in the mix for a podium spot.
Lewis Mchale was the victor of the full gate in the C class, despite a 4th place in moto1 he bounced back with 2 race wins to take the overall. The returning Aaron Brown was steady in second with South Cumbrian Gavin Southward in third. Some proper old school battles in this class and great to see a full gate.
Now the conclusion to Day1 and round 5 was the Lee Tolson #105 Memorial dash for cash race, with a top prize of £500, and a hole-shot prize of £105 and cash prizes for the top 3 in each respective class, this was going be one not to miss. And a huge crowd lined the fence to see Wigton’s Brad Todd take the #105 hole-shot, closely followed by Ross Rutherford. 3 or 4 laps of super close racing on differing lines saw Todd go for a gap up the hill to take the lead before Rutherford re-took the lead following a friendly ‘tap’ in the next corner, a move to be replicated by Todd 2 laps later with Rutherford hitting the sand. With that it was race over and Todd crossed the line to a big reception and handshake from Rutherford and by all accounts both enjoyed the race thoroughly, a great end to a great days racing.
Sunday came and it was time for round 6 of the East Cumbria Championship. Overnight rain had the track absolutely perfect and ready to be ripped up by the riders. Again top work by the club.
The 65s were up first on the main track and the story was very similar to Saturday with Ryan Waggott and Connor Smith battling it out at the front, but it was Waggott again taking the spoils and a short trip home to extend his championship lead. Scotland’s Liam Bell is ever improving on his trips to Cumbria and took third overall with a 4-3-3 scorecard.
In the Small wheel class Jay Cheel had definitely come fired up to score some big points with some hard charging in moto 1. 1-1-2 was enough to take the overall from moto 3 winner Robbie Park. Park and Cheel seem to have been locked in battle for years at Brampton. The final podium step was Charley Irwin’s, again showing improvement in his early 85cc days. Oliver Barr once again showed the fasted way round the Low Gelt track in the Big Wheel class, Ayden Smith was in second and Taylor Roberts completing the podium in third. It was good to see a couple of new faces in the 85s, including Marley Nelson and Alex Chauvin. We hope you enjoyed it.
Onto the Youth class and Adam Slavin was the one to halt Kai Thirwell’s charge, taking the overall with Thirwell having issues in moto 3. Sunday only racer Joseph Dent took 2nd overall with a moto 3 victory.
John Robson was the winner of the Adult A class with 3 race wins and is sure to have closed the gap on Matthew Moffat in the overall championship. Joe Hodgson was solid all day to take second overall, with Sam Donnan taking his 125 to third.
Mixed in with the A’s was the B class and mix in they did, having some great racing, with one being a great race 1 battle between the Pink Helmet of Ben Walsh and Austin Mowbray, with Mowbray taking that battle. At the end of the day it was Owen Hendry taking another overall, followed home by Daniel Johnston and Ben Walsh in third.
Finally on the main track was the Adult C class and today it was John Carruthers going 1-2-2 for the overall. Gavin Southward went 1 place better than Saturday to take second and Lewis Mchale recovered from a poor moto 1 with 2 wins to take the final podium place.
It was to be a very similar story on the Auto track with Finlay Easton un-stoppable at the front again, ahead of Aaron Dodd and Harry Cartmell. Cartmell came back well from a 10th in race 1. With 1 round remaining the Autos are finishing the season strong.
One final note and acknowledgement must go to all the organisers of this event, all of which make these weekends happen, to which we are all very grateful.
Autos: 1 Finlay Easton 2 Aaron Dodd 3 Harry Cartmell 4 Declan Cook 5 Kian Harkness
65s 1 Ryan Waggott 2 Connor Smith 3 Joe Dakin 4 Liam Bell 5 Lucy Baker
85sw 1 Robbie Park 2 Jay Cheel 3 Charley Irwin 4 Liam Johnston 5 Callum Bolam
85 bw 1 Oliver Barr 2 Ayden Smith 3 Jack Whinthrop 4 Taylor Roberts 5 Charlie Henderson
Youth 1 Kai Thirwell 2 Adam Slavin 3 Logan Hendry 4 Jack Abbott 5 Seth Moir
Adult A 1 Ross Rutherford 2 Brad Todd 3 John Robson 4 Joe Hodgson 5 Stephen Wade
Adult B 1 Owen Hendry 2 Daniel Johnston 3 Austin Mowbray 4 Joel Gowan 5 Carl Robson
Adult C 1 Lewis Mchale 2 Aaron Brown 3 Gavin Southward 4 Mark Blacklock 5 John Carruthers
Autos 1 Finlay Easton 2 Aaron Dodd 3 Harry Cartmell 4 Kian Harkness 5 Dean Wilson
65s 1 Ryan Waggott 2 Connor Smith 3 Liam Bell 4 Joe Dakin 5 Zac Cheel
85sw 1 Jay Cheel 2 Robbie Park 3 Charley Irwin 4 Liam Johnston 5 Andrew Anderson
85bw 1 Oliver Barr 2Ayden Smith 3 Taylor Roberts 4 Jack Whinthrop 5 Alex Chauvin
youth 1 Adam Slavin 2 Joseph Dent 3 Kai thirwell 4 Logan Hendry 5 Liam Sommerville
Adult A 1 John Robson 2 Joe Hodgson 3 Sam Donnan 4 Matthew Moffatt 5 Declan Hunter
Adult B 1 Owen Hendry 2 Daniel Johnston 3 Ben Walsh 4 Austin Mowbray 5 Carl Robson
Adult C 1 John Carruthers 2 Gavin Southward 3 Lewis Mchale 4 Stephen Humphries 5 Mike Johnston