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Bolt out of the blue! Ecosse XC Winter Series Round 1 – Race Report and Results
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Bolt out of the blue! Ecosse XC Winter Series Round 1 – Race Report and Results

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The opening round of the 2019 Rock Oil Michelin Ecosse XC Winter Series MX Championship, supported by Wulfsport and Drysdale Motorcycles kicked off in fine style last Sunday with packed grids across all classes.

Report by Jenni Foulkes – Images courtesy of Peter Greenwood Photography

Some 250 competitors across adult, youth and quad classes turned out to contest the nine sets of three races, all comfortably shoehorned into a packed programme that ran smoothly and ahead of time. Such was the precision-style running of the event that it managed to observe a respectful minute’s silence bang on 11am, extend the length of both adult and youth afternoon races and still finished at 3.30pm. Despite a significant deluge of the wet stuff prior to the weekend, the all-weather track was unaffected, proving to be challenging yet with plenty of passing places to keep things interesting.

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Bs – #231 Karl Livingstone and #201 Jordan McDonald lead packed Cs into first corner

The A class welcomed a late entry in the form of Billy Bolt who had heard about the standard of racing in the Ecosse series and decided to give it a go. He won the overall on the day, taking two wins and a second. He didn’t have it all his own way though as he had Kacey Hird, Dan Stalker, Ryan Thomson and a young Sam Atkinson on a 125 to contend with. He enjoyed a straight flag-to-flag win in the opening moto but found himself at the back of the pack in the second, meaning he had to work his way through the field to secure second behind Hird and in front of Stalker. It was business as usual in the third race when he won ahead of Hird with Thomson third. However, 16-year-old Atkinson was all over the front runners in both the second and third races, finishing fourth in both and fifth overall.

Over 40 riders packed the B-class grid. Close racing out front saw Paul Benham take the first two wins but a troubled third race saw him towards the back of the class on the first lap and two laps down at the end, relegating him to 11th overall. Ryan Johnson took the third race win and the overall whilst Jordan McDonald and Dean Mackenzie rounded out the podium. With another crammed line-up of riders, the C group victory was taken by Connor Wilson with two wins and a second. He was followed by Stuart Wilson with a fourth, fifth and the other win and Stephen Humphries with a third, fourth and third.

Ecosse XC Winter Series

Rookies – #3 Shay Page, #24 Oliver Barr, #99 Josh Buchanan

The mixed Vets and Rookies threw up a few surprises. Tom Grant took three class wins to lead the Vets overall ahead of Gordon Morrison and Craig Smith, however, the younger riders were leading the way on the track. Grant won the first race with Rookie Shay Page second but come race two and the Rookies were unbeatable with the top six places taken by Oliver Barr, Page, Josh Buchanan, Jack Winthrop, Charlie Henderson and Logan Ferguson, with Grant in seventh. Barr, Buchanan and Winthrop again featured out front in race three, with Grant leading the Vets in fourth. Barr took the overall Rookie win ahead of Page and Buchanan.

In the youth ranks, the BW85 category was won by James Barker with a second and two wins. Jay Cheel posted a win and two seconds to take second overall, and Hudson Roper three straight thirds. The SW85 riders upset the BW order of play somewhat with SW overall winner Billy Askew, second Ryan Waggot and third Bradley Johnston all featuring in the leading pack out on the mixed-class track. Askew was fourth in the first race, third in the second and then really threw himself into the third 85cc moto by charging his way from sixth on the first lap to the lead in the closing stages of the race. He took a tremendous win just over a second ahead of BW85 Barker. In the youngest group, the 65s, there were three different victors, with the overall podium winners of Jamie Prentice, Leo Self and Jaxon Haswell taking a win apiece.

85s – #12 Charlie Macdonald, #55 Ryan Waggot, #42 Rhys Whyment

The quad side of things was multi-faceted as not only were they racing for round one of the Ecosse Winter Series, but also round five of the Quad Racing Scotland Championship and, just to shake things up a little, whoever claimed the first race holeshot was guaranteed a free entry to the next round.

A tight posse rode into the corner of race one and Murray Graham emerged victorious. He had fellow QXoN British teammate Oli Sansom and the fully recovered Ayrton Knowles hard on his heels. Two thirds of the way round the first lap, Graham and his quad parted company in dramatic style when a rut caught him out. He was fine, but a tyre came off the rim in the accident, leaving him to limp back to the pits. Sansom took the lead followed by Knowles and Michael Brewis. By lap three, Brewis passed Knowles to move into second and held it to the finish behind Sansom, with Knowles third.

65s – #122 Jamie Prentice

Race two saw three leaders within the first two corners. Brewis, Knowles and Graham all swapped positions more than once on the increasingly challenging track. Sansom sat behind them all, but by the end of lap one he had passed Knowles to take third and was on to Brewis. As Sansom steadily stretched his lead, the closest racing was between Knowles and Brewis, Knowles pursuing the Scottish Champ for six laps before finally getting past when backmarkers came into play. Sansom won, followed by Graham and Knowles.

The final moto again saw Graham take the holeshot and he led the pack before Sansom made a successful pass, guaranteeing his third win of the day. Graham and Brewis held second and third for the duration while Knowles rode a lonely race in fourth.

Vets – #9 Tom Grant

In the QRS Championship, the battle was between leader Graham and third-placed Brewis. Despite his DNF, Graham managed to retain his lead of the championship, while Brewis moved into second place.
Richie Cornett, who finished ninth overall in the Winter Series opener had the show to himself, taking maximum points in the Over 40s class. In the Adult Supports, Peter MacGregor’s two firsts and a third brought him within 38 points of class leader James Nisbet while JJ Readman got one more point than Davey Nixon, leaving him only three points adrift of third place going into the final round.

QRS Championship standings after five rounds:
Champship: Murray Graham 347, Michael Brewis 287, Gary Atkinson 230
O40s: Richie Cornett 375, Albert McPherson 234, Trevor Humphris 60
Adult Supports: James Nisbet 258, Peter MacGregor 220, Davie Nixon 168

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Cs – #297 Connor Wilson, #373 Stuart Wilson

Rock Oil Michelin Ecosse Winter Series R1 overall results

Adult A

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 3 Billy BOLT 132 45 42 45
2 28 Kacey HIRD 127 40 45 42
3 181 Ryan THOMSON 117 42 35 40
4 32 Danny STALKER 111 38 40 33
5 127 Sam ATKINSON 108 32 38 38
6 40 James FORT 106 35 36 35
7 124 Kai THIRLWELL 102 33 33 36
8 20 Euan McCONNELL 97 31 32 34
9 11 Colin McLUCKIE 95 34 31 30
10 78 Jason MARTIN 90 28 30 32
11 881 Robert BELL 87 30 26 31
12 701 Lewis DAVIDSON 80 27 28 25
13 726 Steve McCormack 79 26 27 26
14 683 Greg Maxwell 77 19 29 29
15 7x Stuart MACK 72 20 25 27
16 24 Kris MALE 71 22 21 28
17 88 Ivan WILLIAMSON 71 25 22 24
18 2 Adam THIRLWELL 70 36 34 –
19 51 Alan MORTON 68 21 24 23
20 421 Tony MAKEPEACE 59 18 19 22
21 891 Jack HARRIS 56 17 18 21
22 4 Brian SOMERVILLE 51 15 16 20
23 19 Richard DAYKIN 47 13 15 19
24 153 Jack HENDRY 47 24 23 –
25 8 Lewis ROLLO 31 14 17 –
26 999 William PENRICE 30 16 14 –
27 56 Michael OGDEN 29 29 – –
28 286 Andrew MILLER 24 11 13 –
29 506 Grant FRASER 23 23 – –
30 814 Brian TAIT 22 10 12 –
31 420 Brian ALEXANDER 20 – 20 –
32 42 William ANDERSON 12 12 – –
33 7 Richard Morgan 9 9 – –

Adult B

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 100X Ryan JOHNSON 123 40 38 45
2 201 Jordan McDONALD 115 42 33 40
3 121 Dean MACKENZIE 108 38 28 42
4 77 Steven LENNIE 106 30 40 36
5 39 Jon WILLIAMSON 105 36 35 34
6 275 Stuart HOGG 99 34 34 31
7 117 Harry HAMILTON 98 33 32 33
8 231 Karl Livingstone 93 35 20 38
9 416 Michael McLARTY 93 27 36 30
10 291 Robert SMITH 92 31 26 35
11 155 Paul BENHAM 91 45 45 1
12 90 Ryan GARRIOCK 89 32 31 26
13 66 David DICKSON 86 29 25 32
14 774 Scott CRAWFORD 80 22 30 28
15 414 Scott OGILVIE 72 16 27 29
16 19 Cameron BERNETT 64 20 21 23
17 763 Scott FOOTE 63 24 23 16
18 97 Alexander MARTIN 61 17 24 20
19 53 Edward COFFEY 56 14 17 25
20 444 Todd Ingram 55 9 19 27
21 X Conner KERR 54 21 12 21
22 175 Mackenzie CROCKATT 54 25 29 –
23 25 Brett CLOONAN 53 23 15 15
24 100 Jason LITTLE 51 19 13 19
25 14 Lee ROBSON 48 26 – 22
26 874 Dean RUTHERFORD 46 4 18 24
27 84 Kyle McCLURE 44 13 14 17
28 311 Craig DONALDSON 44 18 16 10
29 51 Lewis CAMPBELL 42 – 42 –
30 9 Chris STEVENSON 40 15 11 14
31 246 Reece BROWN 39 12 9 18
32 22 Jordan DOHERTY 32 6 22 4
33 28 Dale TAYLOR 29 10 10 9
34 13 Dan McNALLY 28 8 8 12
35 17 John Battensby 28 28 – –
36 41 Cameron BOAN 21 7 6 8
37 69 Paul TAYLOR 20 – 7 13
38 386 Tommy Drennan 18 3 4 11
39 161 James VANCE 17 5 5 7
40 338 Christopher Clarke 14 11 3 –
41 392 Jay Aitken 7 2 – 5
42 42 ? ? 6 – – 6
43 65 John BELL 4 – 2 2

Adult C

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 297 Connor WILSON 132 45 45 42
2 373 Stuart WILSON 119 38 36 45
3 48 Stephen HUMPHRIES 118 40 38 40
4 600 Barry SMITH 117 42 40 35
5 101 Ryan MacDONALD 104 36 34 34
6 936 Jonathan YOUNG 102 35 31 36
7 110 Chris WALKER 98 33 32 33
8 77 Bradley Ross 91 29 30 32
9 33 Steven LANCASTER 86 32 26 28
10 602 Darren FOSTER 84 24 29 31
11 18 Michael Johnston 82 28 24 30
12 196 Alasdair GORRIE 80 26 27 27
13 313 Marcus JEFFERSON 78 34 19 25
14 91 Steven PARKER 78 27 28 23
15 83 Jed BARKER 71 – 33 38
16 41 Jake SINCLAIR 66 23 22 21
17 60 Gavin LOWES 66 31 35 –
18 55 Robert HORNE 64 25 25 14
19 242 Kyle MURRAY 59 30 – 29
20 86 Lee Hucul 57 8 23 26
21 177 David WATSON 55 15 18 22
22 398 Anders CAMERON 54 18 16 20
23 198 Tom BARABACH 54 19 17 18
24 50 Sean McMINN 53 21 20 12
25 164 Kyle ROSS 52 16 21 15
26 272 Tommi McMILLAN-GRANT 46 14 15 17
27 3 Jordan HOOK 46 22 13 11
28 8 Lewis WEDGEWOOD 45 12 9 24
29 144 ? ? 44 – 42 2
30 510 Sandy HETHERINGTON 40 10 14 16
31 5 Davey Smith 40 20 10 10
32 4 Chris SMITH 37 13 11 13
33 11 Barry KENNEDY 36 17 – 19
34 483 Ian SIM 32 11 12 9
35 298 Campbell HOGG 22 7 8 7
36 44 McKENZIE SWANSON 17 4 5 8
37 141 Paul CARLYLE 16 5 7 4
38 243 Darren THOMSON 15 9 6 –
39 58 Iain CLARK 15 6 3 6
40 Y YAMAHA 11 2 4 5
41 24 Christopher Charlton 7 3 1 3
42 30 ? ? 4 1 2 1

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 9 Tom GRANT 135 45 45 45
2 471 Gordon MORRISON 120 42 36 42
3 25 Craig SMITH 118 40 40 38
4 545 Peter O’NEILL 110 35 35 40
5 69 Ian WILSON 103 36 31 36
6 2 Gordon PETERSON 103 34 34 35
7 164 Stephen CASSIDY 99 33 33 33
8 251 Alan MORTON 98 30 32 34
9 11 John CRAWFORD 98 38 30 30
10 63 Stephen HOWES 89 29 29 31
11 121 Richard BRYCE 87 31 28 28
12 111 Paul CHIAPPA 81 32 38 11
13 14 James WHITELAW 80 24 42 14
14 114 Ian SAYERS 73 26 20 27
15 71 Tony HUME 72 22 25 25
16 712 Jamie Lamb 65 25 27 13
17 19 Richard TELFORD 60 21 23 16
18 112 Jack HARPER 58 19 19 20
19 135 Mark DEMPSEY 57 28 – 29
20 223 Tam LEDDY 57 17 18 22
21 50 Andy BARNES 57 23 22 12
22 59 Callum LAIRD 55 15 17 23
23 39 Keith STANFORD 54 18 15 21
24 898 Neil KINNAIRD 48 13 16 19
25 5 Adam ROSS 47 – 21 26
26 64 Stephen GRAY 47 16 13 18
27 890 Thomas CARRUTHERS 44 20 – 24
28 551 Stewart CAMPBELL 41 12 14 15
29 197 David STANFORD 31 14 – 17
30 42 Richard CHARLTON 26 – 26 –

Rookies

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 24 Oliver BARR 132 42 45 45
2 03 Shay PAGE 125 45 42 38
3 99 Josh BUCHANAN 120 38 40 42
4 30 Jack WINTHROP 118 40 38 40
5 23 Charlie HENDERSON 106 35 36 35
6 242 Tom Hume 103 33 34 36
7 81 Logan FERGUSON 101 36 35 30
8 247 Kieran SIVES 99 34 33 32
9 128 Jordan ACTON 98 32 32 34
10 83 Ryan GERRARD 95 31 31 33
11 22 Max HENDERSON 90 29 30 31
12 194 Emma PRINGEL 30 30 – –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 3 James BARKER 132 42 45 45
2 70 Jay CHEEL 129 45 42 42
3 36 Hudson ROPER 120 40 40 40
4 416 Kerr THOMPSON 111 38 38 35
5 725 Ryan McKINNEY 108 36 36 36
6 255 Mark PARKER 104 33 33 38
7 118 Aidee SMITH 98 30 35 33
8 890 Thomas CARRUTHERS 98 35 31 32
9 114 Bruce THOMAS 95 34 32 29
10 27 Louis TOBIN 93 32 30 31
11 247 Jayden JEFFREY 90 31 29 30
12 21 Billy HAUXWELL 68 – 34 34

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 441 Billy ASKEW 135 45 45 45
2 55 Ryan WAGGOT 126 42 42 42
3 133 Bardley JOHNSTON 115 35 40 40
4 7 Connor SMITH 110 38 34 38
5 42 Rhys WHYMENT 109 40 35 34
6 30 Lucy BARKER 108 36 36 36
7 60 Ryan LOWES 107 34 38 35
8 99 Aaron TAIT 91 32 28 31
9 25 Zac CHEEL 90 31 32 27
10 16 Levi HILLARY 89 29 30 30
11 500 Ebony BROWN 88 30 29 29
12 2 Hayden moodie 86 20 33 33
13 26 Lewis GOW 86 27 31 28
14 82 Guy McDONALD 78 28 27 23
15 12 Charlie MacDonald 77 26 25 26
16 1 Lewis Bennet 75 24 26 25
17 85 Tom BLACKWOOD 70 25 24 21
18 217 Taylor DONALD 68 22 22 24
19 90 Joe Dakin 65 33 – 32
20 03 Kia HUGHETT 46 23 23 –
21 241 James BURTON 43 21 – 22

65’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 122 Jamie PRENTICE 127 45 42 40
2 130 Leo SELF 121 40 45 36
3 10 Jaxon HASWELL 120 35 40 45
4 20 James LINDSAY 118 38 38 42
5 53 Finley Easton 107 42 32 33
6 14 Ellis NELSON 104 32 34 38
7 13 Robbie SCOTT 104 34 36 34
8 100 Ryan PRENTICE 102 36 31 35
9 221 Ashton CROSSLEY 99 33 35 31
10 71 Ruben TREW 91 31 30 30
11 51 JAYJAY BRONELE 89 29 28 32
12 77 Hayden STEELE 86 28 29 29
13 834 Oscar GILHAM 84 30 26 28
14 511 brooke MUDIE 81 27 27 27
15 55 Mackenzie DONALD 77 26 25 26
16 733 Tian McKELLICAN 72 24 23 25
17 07 Zac Forrester 71 23 24 24
18 6 Jay BAKER 58 25 33 –

Quads

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 3 Oli SANSON 135 45 45 45
2 505 Michael BREWIS 120 42 38 40
3 126 Ayrton KNOWELES 118 40 40 38
4 6 Robbie WOOD 110 38 36 36
5 60 Mark Haddon 104 36 35 33
6 10 Peter MacGREGOR 99 35 29 35
7 44 JJ REDMAN 97 30 33 34
8 40 Hugh BEATTIE 97 34 32 31
9 16 Richie CORNET 94 32 30 32
10 99 Davey NIXON 94 33 31 30
11 82 Richard TORDOFF 91 31 34 26
12 13 James NISBET 86 29 28 29
13 96 Murry GRAHAM 84 – 42 42
14 420 Fraser LUNT 82 28 27 27
15 88 Andy WARSON 81 27 26 28

A special mention goes to Sean Doherty who painstakingly watched all starts to determine and award the holeshot prizes as well as the hard-working ‘behind-the-scenes’ Ecosse team. The organisers also want to thank all riders for leaving the venue relatively litter-free – an important matter when it comes to retaining such great venues for future use.