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Back at it at Apex! 2022 British Minibike Championship Round 1 & 2 – Report & Results

Back at it at Apex! 2022 British Minibike Championship Round 1 & 2 – Report & Results

The 2022 British Minibike Championship descended on Apex Motopark, Worcester for rounds 1 and 2 of the series back on the 23rd and 24th April.

Images courtesy of Wendy Rose

The track was prime, the weather was great and the on-track action was sizzling hot.

Blaine Blackwells Pro title defence got off to a superb start with a moto one win on Saturday but a DNF in race two halted his claims on the number spot at Round 1 although he would win moto 3 for good measure. By taking the moto 2 chequers and with a solid set of results it would be Kieran Sembiante who would take the honours at round 1 ahead of Chris Hughes in second and Jody Burton rolling back the years in third.

Blackwell would be back with a bang on Sunday and with a 3 ride maximum would win round 2 ahead of Sembiante and Daniel Fisher who was another who suffered big time with a DNF on Saturday hindering his result.

Blackwell said of his Saturday issue “I got to the top of the start straight and my engine dropped a valve. I just rode off the track to get out the way of everyone. Rushed back to the pits borrowed a new head off Louis James and fitted a new piston just about made it out for my last race! Was running it in ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚”

The Clubman class was stacked with the victory on Saturday going the way of Shaun Ballard who was flanked on the podium by Kiya Glassey in second and Ryan Barnett in third. On Sunday though Lee Clark came to the fore and took the number spot over Barnett and Max Hadlington in third.

Despite machinery trouble, former Youth champ Leo Vowles nailed the Rookie win on Saturday fending off Jack Harrison and Ben Moran for the victory, but it was Daniel Fisher who ruled the roost on Sunday ahead of Vowles and Shaun Ballard.

Chris Hughes was a dominant force in the Masters category and would win all six motos over the weekend for double round winning weekend. Jody Burton was second each time and Dan Foreman was third on both days.

In the Vets, Chris Rose was back to his vintage best and stormed to a complete set of six victories to claim both round wins. On Saturday Neil Parsons picked himself up from a number of crashes and was second and Tony Herd was third with the two swapping positions on Sunday.

The growing Farmbike class saw Lewis Rose have a stunning couple of days and he would go unbeaten in a super competitive group of racers. On the number two step of the podium on Saturday was Josh Howell with another rider who has come through the youth ranks Senna Summers in third. Howell would be second behind Rose again on Sunday but this time the number three spot was filled by Sam Thomson.

Ash Gorman and Tom Dunk duked it out all weekend long for Superstock Glory with Gorman claiming Saturday’s victory with 2 race wins to Dunk’s one, only for Dunk to hit back with the same 2-1 ratio on Sunday over Gorman.ย  Ant Martin was third on Saturday while on Sunday the third step on the box was claimed by Luke Walker.

In the Kids 50cc class Lily Senior was on fire and blitzed the field with a full house of moto victories giving her the overall for round 1 and 2. Oscar Smith and Harvey-James Wood were second and third on both days.

Over in the Kids 65cc class Zach White dominated proceedings and hammered in six moto victories to take the round 1 and 2 spoils followed on each day by Jenson Batner, Georgie Crossman and Seth Golding.

The three riders who battled it out for the Youth Junior title in 2021 would be going at it again in 2022 at Apex. On Saturday last years runner up Tyler Griffiths was in top form and maxed out for the win ahead of 2021 champ Hugh Darley, and third place rider from the last campaign Olly Haynes in third. Darley came back on Sunday though and took the win over Haynes and Griffiths. This could be a title battle that again goes down to the wire.

Jacob Darley headed home Harrison Haslam in Day one of the Youth Senior competition with Thomas Hunt in third, but on Sunday Haslam had his race face on and fired in a 1-1-1 scorecard to claim the round 2 victory ahead of Darley with Jayden Bickerton in third.

The series now heads to Pontrilas on the 28th and 29th May. For more info go to https://minibikechamps.co.uk/

Results

Round 1 – Saturday

Pro

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Kieran Sembiante 292 95 100 97
2 Chris Hughes 283 91 97 95
3 Jody Burton 275 89 95 91
4 Dan Foreman 271 90 91 90
5 Danny Kidd 270 93 90 87
6 Leo Vowles 263 85 89 89
7 Chris Rose 262 88 86 88
8 Jordan Lane 253 83 85 85
9 Scott Thomas 253 86 87 80
10 Scott Joyner 251 76 93 82
11 Warren Benner 251 82 88 81
12 Neil Parsons 245 78 84 83
13 Jack Guntrip 237 81 78 78
14 Matt Chamberlain 237 77 83 77
15 Ben Moran 230 79 77 74
16 Rhys Streeter 229 80 80 69
17 Jack Harrison 228 70 82 76
18 Tony Herd 226 73 74 79
19 Max Hadlington 221 71 75 75
20 Craig Griffiths 221 68 81 72
21 Jay Taylor 216 72 71 73
22 Jeff Pike 212 69 72 71
23 Blaine Blackwell 200 100 100
24 Daniel Fisher 190 97 93
25 Jake Pearce 173 87 86
26 Lee Clark 168 84 84
27 Steve Scott 153 74 79
28 Phil Thomas 148 75 73
29 Ethan Lochrie 146 76 70

Clubman

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Shaun Ballard 205 67 70 68
2 Kiya Glassey 202 66 69 67
3 Ryan Barnett 196 63 68 65
4 Jason Hawkes 193 62 65 66
5 Matthew Cole 192 61 67 64
6 Peter Boyd 186 59 64 63
7 Teagan Parnell 179 53 66 60
8 Matt Barnard 177 58 62 57
9 Casey Dommett 174 52 60 62
10 Tommy Gwilt 174 56 59 59
11 Jordan Burton 168 51 61 56
12 Alex Clarke 157 49 53 55
13 Joseph Sparling 153 48 52 53
14 James Crow 148 47 50 51
15 Charlie Hazlehurst 146 46 51 49
16 Craig Swales 142 44 48 50
17 Daniel Wilson 137 45 45 47
18 Alex Sutton 131 43 44 44
19 Jordan Johnson 123 60 63
20 Conor Gamby 120 65 55
21 Louis James 117 56 61
22 Shaun Ballard 116 58 58
23 Patrick Ryan 111 57 54
24 Carl Elliott 107 50 57
25 Ned Caprile 103 49 54
26 Ben Gotsell 101 54 47
27 Ian Lennox 101 55 46
28 Liam Lennox 94 42 52
29 Armani Garland 94 46 48
30 Jodie Wills 84 41 43
31 Ash Arrowsmith 64 64
32 Brian Oliver 45 45

Rookies

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Leo Vowles 69 22 25 22
2 Jack Harrison 56 16 22 18
3 Ben Moran 52 18 18 16
4 Daniel Fisher 50 25 25
5 Shaun Ballard 44 15 15 14
6 Ryan Barnett 41 14 14 13
7 Teagan Parnell 37 13 13 11
8 Casey Dommett 36 12 12 12
9 Ethan Lochrie 31 16 15
10 Joseph Sparling 31 11 11 9
11 James Crow 27 10 10 7
12 Ned Caprile 19 9 10
13 Liam Lennox 17 9 8

Mastersย 

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Chris Hughes 75 25 25 25
2 Jody Burton 62 18 22 22
3 Dan Foreman 56 22 16 18
4 Scott Joyner 49 15 18 16
5 Matt Chamberlain 46 16 15 15
6 Jeff Pike 40 13 13 14
7 Jason Hawkes 37 12 12 13
8 Matt Barnard 33 11 11 11
9 Craig Swales 29 10 9 10
10 Steve Scott 28 14 14
11 Shaun Ballard 22 10 12

Vets

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Chris Rose 75 25 25 25
2 Neil Parsons 66 22 22 22
3 Tony Herd 52 16 18 18
4 Jay Taylor 46 15 15 16
5 Peter Boyd 43 14 14 15
6 Phil Thomas 34 18 16
7 Ian Lennox 27 13 14
8 Brian Oliver 13 13

Farmbike

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Lewis Rose 75 25 25 25
2 Josh Howell 66 22 22 22
3 Senna Summers 52 18 16 18
4 Sam Thomson 49 15 18 16
5 Freddie Hales 41 16 14 11
6 George Pym 39 9 15 15
7 Stuart Robson 39 14 13 12
8 Jake Rose 38 13 11 14
9 Ben Rose 34 12 9 13
10 Max Inman 32 11 12 9
11 George Pickering 30 10 10 10
12 Darrell Mitchell 20 5 7 8
13 Joe Brown 20 8 5 7
14 Cole Howard 20 7 8 5
15 Jon Slack 18 6 6 6
16 Jonathan Maw 12 4 4 4
17 Ben Fisher 7 2 2 3
18 Harris Goddard 5 3 2
19 Pryce Howard 3 3
20 Sam Smith 2 1 1
21 John Pohlman 1 1

Superstock

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Ash Gorman 72 25 25 22
2 Tom Dunk 69 22 22 25
3 Ant Martin 52 16 18 18
4 Tom Daniels 50 18 16 16
5 Marcus Manning 38 12 12 14
6 Luke Walker 37 14 13 10
7 Paul Woodroof 35 11 11 13
8 Travis Taylor 31 10 10 11
9 Johnny Farleigh 30 15 15
10 Thomas Down 29 15 14
11 Shaun Szarek 29 9 8 12
12 Alex Hepher 26 8 9 9
13 Charlie Howell 22 7 7 8
14 Tyla James 19 6 6 7
15 Nick Luckman 13 13

Kids 50cc

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Lilly Senior 75 25 25 25
2 Oscar Smith 66 22 22 22
3 Harvey-James Wood 49 15 18 16
4 Charlie Moody 46 16 12 18
5 Austin Senior 44 14 16 14
6 Harley Kidd 42 13 14 15
7 Erik Lennox 38 18 11 9
8 Rudy Symons 34 12 10 12
9 Forrest Pearce 34 10 13 11
10 Reggie Cornell 34 9 15 10
11 George Whittle 33 11 9 13
12 Alfie Rodgers 24 8 8 8
13 Leo Golding 21 7 7 7

Kids 65’s

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Zach White 75 25 25 25
2 Jenson Batner 60 22 16 22
3 Georgie Crossman 58 18 22 18
4 Seth Golding 50 16 18 16

Youth Junior

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Tyler Griffiths 75 25 25 25
2 Hugh Darley 62 22 18 22
3 Olly Haynes 58 18 22 18
4 Aaron Shepherd-Smith 46 15 16 15
5 Alfie Saunders 44 13 15 16
6 Oakly Summers 42 14 14 14
7 Jess Cooling 37 12 13 12
8 Kayden Harriman 32 11 10 11
9 Mason Barnard 30 10 11 9
10 Alfie Chesman 29 16 13
11 Annie Hunt 26 9 9 8
12 Chase Barnard 22 12 10

Youth Senior

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Jacob Darley 69 25 22 22
2 Harrison Haslam 65 15 25 25
3 Thomas Hunt 58 22 18 18
4 Jayden Bickerton 50 18 16 16
5 Jack Saunders 45 16 14 15
6 Jimmy Flockhart 43 14 15 14
7 Ben Johnstone 26 13 13
8 George Winslip 25 12 13

Round 2- Sunday

Pro

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Blaine Blackwell 300 100 100 100
2 Kieran Sembiante 289 97 95 97
3 Daniel Fisher 287 95 97 95
4 Chris Hughes 277 91 93 93
5 Danny Kidd 274 93 91 90
6 Jody Burton 269 89 89 91
7 Leo Vowles 268 90 90 88
8 Jake Pearce 261 86 88 87
9 Chris Rose 255 84 85 86
10 Shaun Ballard 250 83 82 85
11 Craig Griffiths 245 81 84 80
12 Dan Foreman 243 88 87 68
13 Jack Guntrip 241 78 79 84
14 Ben Moran 241 79 81 81
15 Rhys Streeter 240 80 77 83
16 Scott Thomas 240 87 83 70
17 Tony Herd 234 77 78 79
18 Conor Gamby 230 72 80 78
19 Neil Parsons 227 76 69 82
20 Phil Thomas 222 73 73 76
21 Patrick Ryan 221 74 75 72
22 Jay Taylor 215 68 72 75
23 Jason Hawkes 212 71 68 73
24 Ian Lennox 210 69 70 71
25 Matthew Cole 210 70 71 69
26 Warren Benner 171 82 89
27 Jordan Lane 171 85 86
28 Steve Scott 151 74 77
29 Jack Harrison 151 75 76
30 Ethan Lochrie 141 67 74

Clubman

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Lee Clark 197 64 66 67
2 Ryan Barnett 197 66 65 66
3 Max Hadlington 190 65 60 65
4 Jeff Pike 189 63 63 63
5 Jordan Johnson 177 59 56 62
6 Shaun Ballard 176 57 58 61
7 Tom Burrill 175 62 59 54
8 Tommy Gwilt 174 60 55 59
9 Teagan Parnell 173 52 61 60
10 Peter Boyd 168 58 54 56
11 Jordan Burton 167 56 53 58
12 George Kruczko 159 50 52 57
13 Liam Lennox 159 55 51 53
14 Casey Dommett 159 61 57 41
15 Ned Caprile 155 53 50 52
16 Alex Clarke 154 54 49 51
17 Joseph Sparling 146 48 48 50
18 Carl Elliott 144 51 47 46
19 James Crow 140 47 45 48
20 Craig Swales 140 49 44 47
21 Ben Gotsell 135 46 40 49
22 Ash Arrowsmith 131 67 64
23 Daniel Wilson 131 45 42 44
24 Brian Oliver 130 44 41 45
25 Armani Garland 129 43 43 43
26 Kiya Glassey 126 62 64
27 Alex Sutton 123 42 39 42
28 Jodie Wills 119 41 38 40
29 Louis James 101 46 55

Rookies

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Daniel Fisher 75 25 25 25
2 Leo Vowles 66 22 22 22
3 Shaun Ballard 54 18 18 18
4 Ben Moran 48 16 16 16
5 Ryan Barnett 43 14 15 14
6 Teagan Parnell 37 10 14 13
7 Liam Lennox 36 12 12 12
8 Casey Dommett 34 13 13 8
9 Ned Caprile 33 11 11 11
10 Jack Harrison 30 15 15
11 Ethan Lochrie 29 14 15
12 Joseph Sparling 29 9 10 10
13 James Crow 26 8 9 9

Masters

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Chris Hughes 75 25 25 25
2 Jody Burton 66 22 22 22
3 Dan Foreman 51 18 18 15
4 Jason Hawkes 47 16 15 16
5 Jeff Pike 42 14 14 14
6 Shaun Ballard 39 13 13 13
7 Craig Swales 36 12 12 12
8 Steve Scott 34 16 18

Vets

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Chris Rose 75 25 25 25
2 Tony Herd 62 22 22 18
3 Neil Parsons 54 18 14 22
4 Phil Thomas 50 16 18 16
5 Jay Taylor 45 14 16 15
6 Ian Lennox 44 15 15 14
7 Peter Boyd 39 13 13 13
8 Brian Oliver 36 12 12 12

Farmbike

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Lewis Rose 75 25 25 25
2 Josh Howell 62 18 22 22
3 Sam Thomson 51 22 18 11
4 Freddie Hales 48 15 15 18
5 George Pym 42 16 14 12
6 George Pickering 40 13 12 15
7 Jake Rose 39 10 13 16
8 Ben Rose 38 14 11 13
9 Max Inman 35 11 10 14
10 Senna Summers 29 12 16 1
11 Cole Howard 25 7 8 10
12 Jonathan Maw 23 8 7 8
13 Ben Fisher 19 6 6 7
14 Lee Mitchell 18 9 9
15 Pryce Howard 16 5 5 6
16 Joe Brown 14 4 1 9
17 Sam Smith 10 2 3 5
18 David Maw 9 3 2 4
19 Harris Goddard 8 1 4 3
20 Ashleigh Bullock 2 2

Superstock

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Tom Dunk 72 25 25 22
2 Ash Gorman 69 22 22 25
3 Luke Walker 52 18 18 16
4 Paul Woodroof 47 14 15 18
5 Nick Luckman 46 15 16 15
6 Travis Taylor 40 13 13 14
7 Charlie Howell 32 11 10 11
8 Tyla James 30 9 9 12
9 Shaun Szarek 25 12 13
10 Olli Letchford 23 12 11
11 Marcus Manning 16 16
12 Thomas Down 14 14

Kids 50cc

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Lilly Senior 75 25 25 25
2 Oscar Smith 66 22 22 22
3 Harvey-James Wood 50 18 16 16
4 Erik Lennox 47 14 15 18
5 George Whittle 43 16 14 13
6 Reggie Cornell 37 13 13 11
7 Austin Senior 37 15 12 10
8 Rudy Symons 35 11 9 15
9 Alfie Rodgers 34 10 10 14
10 Charlie Moody 33 7 18 8
11 Harley Kidd 30 12 11 7
12 Forrest Pearce 29 9 8 12
13 Leo Golding 24 8 7 9

Kids 65cc

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Zach White 75 25 25 25
2 Jenson Batner 62 22 22 18
3 Georgie Crossman 58 18 18 22
4 Seth Golding 48 16 16 16

Youth Junior

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Hugh Darley 69 25 22 22
2 Olly Haynes 63 22 25 16
3 Tyler Griffiths 55 12 18 25
4 Alfie Saunders 52 18 16 18
5 Oakly Summers 42 14 14 14
6 Jess Cooling 41 13 15 13
7 Kayden Harriman 36 11 13 12
8 Aaron Shepherd-Smith 31 16 15
9 Annie Hunt 23 12 11
10 Alfie Chesman 15 15

Youth Senior

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Harrison Haslam 75 25 25 25
2 Jacob Darley 66 22 22 22
3 Jayden Bickerton 52 18 18 16
4 Jimmy Flockhart 50 16 16 18
5 Jack Saunders 44 14 15 15
6 George Winslip 39 13 13 13
7 Ben Johnstone 29 15 14
8 Thomas Hunt 26 12 14