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APICO TWO-STROKE FEST SMOKES ‘EM IN KENT – Race Report & Results

by adminMay 31, 2019

The 2019 Apico 2-Stroke Festival kicked into life over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend, welcoming a good turnout of enthusiastic riders and their families. A tiny drop of rain on Saturday afternoon mixed with beautiful Kent sunshine to produce perfect race conditions at Sellindge MX, and an opening round to remember.

Report by Jenni Foulkes – Images courtesy of Andrew Waghorne

Five blocks of racing were completed over the two-day event, catering for riders from as young as six-years in the auto class, right the way through to those more mature riders (in years anyway…) in the adult groups.

Maximum scores featured across several classes with 125 Rookie Jack Grayshon, 125 British James Cottrell, 250 British Brad Wheeler, BW85 Sam Atkinson, 65cc Archy Atkinson, and Super Evo British Billy Mackenzie each taking five wins apiece.

It was also hugely-successful on the Family front, with parents and siblings switching between racing and supporting their relatives out on track. One such family was the Baum crew who had Leigh in the 250 Fast group (3rd), Nicholas in the Evo (5th), Harason in the 65s (4th) and young Franki in the Auto (7th). Then Steve Bixby managed to finish runner up in the 250 British Championship, whilst cheering on his lad Sonny to fourth in the Autos. Sam and Henry Lewis were another dad and lad combo, with Sam contesting the 125 Fast group and Henry racing to an impressive third in the auto class

And so to the racing … In the 125 Rookie class, Apico Racing-backed rider Grayshon was in outstanding form to win all five races ahead of hard-charging Ben White in second and Billy Collins in third. Harvey Fagg and Taylor Duke were also in the thick of it out in the competitive mixed field of 125s, to round out the Novice top five. The 125 Fast class produced tight and exciting battles in five action-packed races. The overall winner of round one was Ben Reeves, who took the honours from Sean Dath and Guy Raines. Brandon Love, Paul Atkinson and Sam Cheesman – on a borrowed bike to get in his day’s racing – were next in the overall stakes and, with only a handful of points between them, are lined up to take it to the wire in the next round.

Jack Grayshon 125 Rookie

With the newly-introduced 125 ACU British championship up for grabs in 2019, the action was tight through all blocks of racing. This is a super-competitive class, with no margin for error. Cottrell made a return to the track after a few years of retirement, and looked in amazing form to rip a five-race maximum overall win. He needed to be in top form to stay ahead of Jordan Keogh who travelled across from Ireland, jumped on an unfamiliar machine and was straightaway on the pipe and up in second. Behind them was 125 2-stroke specialist Ashley Crossley who put in a supreme performance to take the third step of the podium, whilst Chuck Davies was unlucky to miss the podium, but did sterling work to secure fourth. The final two rounds are going to be super close for the chase for this championship.

British 250 start

The 250 Fast class proved to be just as competitive as the 125s. Ady Peedle took four out of the five races to walk away as the round winner. Craig Cording and Leigh Baum followed closely in second and third respectively. A special mention goes to Jacob Grossman who crossed the finish line in first place in the final race of the day. Jon Reeves worked hard to secure fourth overall ahead of night-time DJ Nick Shaw and, sporting the biggest grin of the day, Bethany Farmer riding a 150cc KTM in the open class, scooped up a well-deserved sixth. The special ‘Promoter’s grass-roots rider of the meeting award’ went to three riders in this class, namely, Phil Jackson who rode with tennis-elbow, Steven Halfhide at 53-years-of-age, and Jon Ashdown who finished 11th. They are the foundation upon which the Two-Stroke Festival is built!

Jordan Keogh British 125

The new 250 ACU British championship witnessed exhilarating action, with Wheeler in devastating form from the word go, taking all five race wins to kickstart his challenge for the title in the best possible way. Veteran 2-stroke ace Bixby stuck to the task in hand, even after a nasty crash in the final race, to finish in an impressive second place. Ryan Butler and Luke Gidney tied on points for third with Butler taking the final podium spot on countback. Mitchell Lewis was unfortunate when a day one crash sidelined him, ruling him out of the competition – he’ll be keen to make amends at round two.

Brad Wheeler British 250

The third British title up for grabs in 2019 is the EVO class. These guys gave it everything and the racing was as intense as it was brilliant to watch. George Gough just did enough to take the overall from veterans Brian Wheeler in second and Jon Barfoot in third; the scene is set for the final two rounds to go to the wire.

Billy Mackenzie

All eyes were on the Super EVO British championship opening round, the main reason being that former British MX Champ and MXGP winner Billy Mackenzie was back racing a 500cc Honda. Mackenzie took a clean score card and looked in cruise control throughout the two days. James Lassu did his best to stay with the flying Scotsman and finished second just ahead of Daryl Hall in third.

Ryan Waggott SW85

Sam Atkinson was the rider to catch in the BW85 class, Sam took five wins from hard-chasing Ben Pratt in second and Ezra Blackwell in third. Jaygo Beasty, now back on form after a couple of injury-blighted years, rode consistently throughout the weekend, leaving him just two points off the podium. Daniel Wood and Charlie Piddock completed the top six. At the end of the season Apico Racing will select one lucky rider for a £5000 2020 sponsorship package, so there’s everything for these young guys to play for, and plenty of time to impress in the final two rounds. The SW85 class produced fun and entertaining races, watched by a considerable crowd on both Saturday and Sunday. Round 1 podium finishers were Kyron Carron in the top spot, Ryan Waggot in second and Charlie Hucklebridge third. But, not far behind were Seth Hughes, Hannah Smye and Harry Challis.

The 65cc race pack didn’t let up for a single second. Archy Atkinson and Austin Beasty – younger brothers to Sam and Jaygo in the BW85s – impressed all with their race skills which took them to the top two steps of the podium, with Marley Ray Tupper in third. Baum as mentioned above, finished fourth and Lawson Peedle fifth.

Charlie Crampton Autos

Leaving the best ‘til last … the little uber-fast Autos kept the racing scarily-quick and fresh. This is a class that paves the way for future stars of the sport to showcase their considerable skills. Tyler Rogers and Charlie Crampton shared race wins with Rogers finishing just five points ahead of Crampton after five tough handlebar-bashing races. Henry Lewis stuck to the task in hand and finished a respectable third, with the aforementioned Sonny Bixby running a solid race to take fourth overall, in front of Sam Verbeeten (with dad Dan, a former top racer, cheering from the sidelines), William Brown did himself proud to round out the top six.

The Apico 2-Stroke Festival now heads to Ironworks in Middlesborough on August 3rd and 4th.

Keep your eyes on the website for entry details for round two; www.2strokefestival.com

Results

125cc British

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 711 James Cottrell 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 313 Jorden Keogh 198 38 40 40 40 40
3 31 Ashley Crossley 182 36 36 37 37 36
4 102 Chuck Davies 179 40 38 28 36 37
5 121 Sonny Smyth 176 35 35 36 35 35
6 501 Jamie Cox 169 32 34 35 34 34
7 26 Richard Brown 119 22 22 21 25 29
8 64 Danny Smyth 94 34 31 29 – –
9 87 Mark Wheatley 37 6 5 6 9 11

125cc Fast

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 24 Benjamin Reeves 157 29 30 37 31 30
2 41 Sean Dath 154 26 28 40 29 31
3 75 Guy Raines 140 28 27 38 28 19
4 193 Brandon Love 126 25 26 33 24 18
5 121x Paul Atkinson 119 20 18 31 23 27
6 152 Sam Cheesman 118 17 20 35 22 24
7 313x Joshua Keogh 107 16 17 30 21 23
8 747 Benjamin Causer 107 33 29 45 – –
9 280 Daniel Jackman 105 18 24 36 27 –
10 43 Reece Bourne 101 21 21 34 – 25
11 10 Grant White 100 – 16 32 26 26
12 67 Michael Chesney 97 23 19 29 10 16
13 83 Matt Snelling 95 13 14 26 20 22
14 777 Martyn Dawson 90 15 15 28 19 13
15 917 Paul Wilson 86 12 10 27 17 20
16 28 Sonnie Mee-Harris 79 11 12 24 15 17
17 39 Bradley Foulstone 64 – 11 25 16 12
18 53 Gary Nutt 60 7 6 20 12 15
19 413 Duncan Brown 60 8 8 21 13 10
20 44 Tyler Wallis 54 9 9 22 14 –
21 489 Troy Williams 50 14 13 23 – –
22 5 Scott Booker 42 10 7 – 11 14
23 48 Sam Lewis 31 27 4 – – –
24 615 Leigh Wilcox 5 5 – – – –
25 35 George Luxford 4 4 – – – –

125cc Rookie

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 99 Jack Grayshon 188 37 37 38 38 38
2 338 Ben White 150 31 32 33 33 21
3 205 Billy Collins 149 19 33 32 32 33
4 581 Harvey Fagg 146 30 23 31 30 32
5 21 Taylor Duke 121 24 25 26 18 28

250 British

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 15 Brad Wheeler 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 55 Steve Bixby 188 40 40 40 38 30
3 204 Ryan Butler 182 36 37 37 35 37
4 258 Luke Gidney 182 38 35 36 37 36
5 19 Rheis Morter 181 37 38 35 36 35
6 161 Aiden Williams 180 34 36 38 34 38
7 140 James Kensington 168 33 34 34 33 34
8 180 Ricky Carter 166 35 33 33 32 33
9 23 Paul Burr 158 32 32 32 31 31
10 10 Ryan Nock 155 31 31 31 30 32
11 72 Connor Hughes 80 – – – 40 40

250 Fast

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 472 Ady Peedle 218 45 45 45 45 38
2 32 Craig Cording 183 38 37 30 38 40
3 3 Leigh Baum 181 35 36 37 37 36
4 90 Joseph Reeves 174 36 35 36 35 32
5 8 Nicholas Shaw 167 30 30 34 36 37
6 121 Bethany Farmer 164 33 34 31 32 34
7 71 Jacob Grossman 161 – 38 38 40 45
8 15 Christopher Potter 161 34 31 32 33 31
9 24 Phil Jackson 158 32 29 28 34 35
10 467 Steven Halfhide 143 28 28 29 30 28
11 642 Jon Ashdown 134 25 24 27 29 29
12 59 James McQuade 130 31 33 33 – 33
13 52 Dean Tucker 127 24 23 26 27 27
14 220 Tim Stowell 125 – 32 35 28 30
15 77 Daniel Guy 120 40 40 40 – –
16 3x Ben Whitmore 112 29 27 25 31 –
17 14 Gary Quincey 52 27 25 – – –
18 315 R Burns 49 23 26 – – –
19 125 Luke Connolly 37 37 – – – –
20 524 Spencer Shaull 26 26 – – – –
21 51 Richard Mirams 22 22 – – – –

Auto’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 17 Tyler Rogers 204 40 45 45 36 38
2 221 Charlie Crampton 199 45 40 40 38 36
3 48 Henry Lewis 184 38 38 38 35 35
4 55 Sonny Bixby 175 36 35 36 34 34
5 77 Sam Verbeeten 172 33 37 37 32 33
6 67 William Brown 171 37 36 35 33 30
7 1 Franki Baum 154 32 32 32 29 29
8 912 Joe Henderson 102 35 33 34 – –
9 11 Blake Wilson 101 34 34 33 – –

65’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 68 Archy Atkinson 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 241 Austin Beasty 200 40 40 40 40 40
3 32 Marley Ray Tupper 188 38 38 38 37 37
4 12 Harason Baum 172 37 36 36 31 32
5 472 Lawson Peedle 171 36 37 37 30 31

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 77 Kyron Carron 220 45 40 45 45 45
2 55 Ryan Waggott 205 40 45 40 40 40
3 123 Charles Hucklebridge 186 37 37 38 37 37
4 45 Seth Hughes 185 36 36 37 38 38
5 62 Hannah Smye 177 35 35 35 36 36
6 92 Harry Challis 112 38 38 36 – –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 127 Sam Atkinson 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 116 Ben Pratt 200 40 40 40 40 40
3 40 Ezra Blackwell 186 37 37 37 37 38
4 262 Jaygo Beasty 184 38 38 38 38 32
5 28 Daniel Wood 180 36 36 36 35 37
6 7 Charlie Piddock 173 34 35 34 34 36
7 007 Ryan Miller 172 33 34 35 36 34
8 44 Lauren Cox 162 31 31 32 33 35
9 63 Natalie Smye 156 30 30 31 32 33
10 42 Jake Beech 98 35 33 30 – –
11 99 Jack Osbourne 97 32 32 33 – –

Evo

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 112 George Gough 210 40 40 40 45 45
2 1 Brian Wheeler 210 45 45 45 37 38
3 11 Jon Barfoot 188 37 36 37 38 40
4 27 Matt Coles 183 36 35 35 40 37
5 241 Nicholas Baum 172 34 33 34 36 35
6 12 Paul Rogers 169 33 32 33 35 36
7 96 John Waghorne 113 38 37 38 – –
8 116 Dean Warren 105 35 34 36 – –
9 40 Ryan Fellowes 38 – 38 – – –
10 64 Trevor Buckley 32 32 – – – –

Super Evo

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5
1 211 Billy Mackenzie 225 45 45 45 45 45
2 2 James Lassu 196 40 40 40 38 38
3 41 Daryl Hall 185 38 38 38 36 35
4 112 Harry Saywell 176 36 36 34 34 36
5 21 Joe Hughes 168 33 34 35 33 33
6 772 Jason Morettes 146 37 37 37 35 –
7 72 Danny Malone 106 35 35 36 – –
8 500 Ryan George 100 34 – – 32 34
9 253 Dan Arnold 80 – – – 40 40
10 422 Brett Fisher 74 – – – 37 37
11 8 Jamie Wilson 33 – – 33 – –