All action at Whitby for GRT Holeshot KTM!
Last weekend the GRT Holeshot KTM team headed North to picturesque Whitby for round 6 of the REVO ACU British Motocross Championship. The natural terrain of the Skelder Bank circuit was in prime condition and ready for an action-packed weekend of racing across all classes.
This was a Youth only meeting, so the GRT squad for the weekend consisted of Ollie Colmer on his KTM SX125 in the 125cc class, Finley Evans on his KTM 85SX in the Big Wheel 85cc class, Cole McCullough on his KTM 85SX in the Small Wheel 85cc class and Teddy Merriman on his KTM 65SX machine in the 65cc class.
In the ultra-competitive 125cc group, Ollie Colmer qualified P2, only half a second off pole. After a great start in race 1, Ollie led the 125 class from flag to flag, a very impressive performance. Race 2 saw Ollie finish in P2, he pressured the leader all the way but he couldn’t quite execute a finite passing manoeuvre. On Sunday morning Ollie came out swinging in race 3 for another start to finish win. Unfortunately, Ollie crashed hard out of the lead in race 4 and was unable to finish the moto. Despite this last race DNF, Ollie took home 3rd overall for the weekend and retains his British Championship lead.
The BW85cc group is always fast and furious, and this weekend was no exception. Finley Evans was unlucky to crash into a fallen rider on a blind corner early in timed qualifying, ending the session in P6. After a solid P6 in the first moto, whilst in 3rd position in race 2 Finley misjudged a pass on a lapped rider and they came together. After remounting, he managed to fight his way back to another 6th place. In race 3 on Sunday morning another crash and having to come from the back of the pack left Finley with an 8th place. He finished the weekend with a solid 5th in the last leg for 6th overall.
Cole McCullough has been strong in the SW85cc class all season, and this weekend was no exception – despite the Northern Irishman being slightly on the back foot trying to learn yet another new track. After qualifying in 2nd place, Cole had a second corner crash in race 1, but battled his way back up to 6th position at the flag from dead last. Cole backed this up with a strong ride to P3 in race 2 on the Saturday. Sunday morning saw an energised Cole storming to hard fought, impressive wins in the third and fourth races, giving him a superb 2nd overall for the weekend.
The 65cc class is stacked with talent and a full line up, and Teddy Merriman is hitting his and the teams goals every time he goes out on track. From a full line up of 40 riders Teddy gave a strong showing to qualify in P25. A theme throughout the weekend, Teddy had a very strong start in race 1 and battles hard for P32 in race 1. Another great start in both race 2 and 3 ended with P29 and P27 respectively. P28 in the last race after another great start, and the emergence of some real style on the big jumps of the Whitby track meant Teddy was rewarded with 29th place overall for the weekend.
Team Manager Dan Giffard said ‘It was a rare weekend watching the racing for me as I’m usually mechanic for Kyle McNicol, and I was super impressed with all the lads. Everyone in the team rode their hearts out with maximum effort this weekend and their professionalism was second to none, I’m very proud to have them representing GRT Holeshot KTM on the National Motocross stage’.
The GRT Holeshot KTM team would like to thank all of our sponsors and we look forward to seeing everyone at Canada Heights for the MX Nationals round 3 at Canada Heights in Kent on 24th/25th July and at the next round of the REVO MXGB at Blaxhall, Suffolk on 8th August.