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Bubb blitzes Wroxton! Apico BSMA Nationals Round 4 – Race Report and Results

Bubb blitzes Wroxton! Apico BSMA Nationals Round 4 – Race Report and Results

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Duck Smart

Torrential rain Friday night gave the Wroxton circuit just what was needed for Saturdays racing at round 4 of the BSMA Apico national. With qualification out of the way, the track was in prime condition with no more rain falling across the weekend, and the Sun even coming out to make it a more pleasurable weekend than anyone expected!

Report and Images by Ady Cowshall – Images of Speed

It was the adult MX1 and 2 riders that got out on track first, and from the first lap it was evident it was going to be a 2 way scrap between Harry Linton and Reegan Skinner as Linton got his Bridgestone hooked up off the gate to take an early advantage but before he could settle into a rhythm Skinner had nipped by and the tussling began. Linton went down after clipping the back wheel of Skinner and it looked like he was home free but Linton got his head down and put the work in to close the gap down and the pressure got to Skinner making a mistake with a few laps to go giving Linton the opening win. From there on in Linton controlled the group taking all 4, Skinner held onto to him in the early going but by the end, he had lost the toe but was still within striking distance had something gone wrong. Connor Hannigan looked likely to take the final podium spot over the weekend but despite having the speed luck wasn’t on his side and his first race third at the start of both days couldn’t be backed up in either second motos putting him out of contention and allowing Jamie Dobson to nab the third step.

 

MX2 was a close-fought battle between Karl Haycock, Jake Ford and Owen Wilkes with top honours going with three race wins to Haycock. Ford nicked race 2 by the narrowest of margins on the two-stroke and that was plenty to secure the second step over  Bailey Betsworth who benefited from Wilkes misfortune in race one. Archie Hicks was knocking on the door for the final podium spot but Betsworth increased his pace on Sunday and edged him out. Lee Poselthwaite managed to secure 5th overall by a solitary point from Tom Shutler.

The Senior open class was looking to be a top class fight between Callum Beeken and Ross Millard even though Millard went out on a borrowed bike after his Yamaha yet again let go! Millard was all over Beeken as the pair pulled a massive gap over third placed rider Daniel Maule. By half distance, the gap between the lead pair had opened up significantly and Millard’s pace has slowed that much he was getting caught by the entire field, he had a rear flat! The torturously fast circuit is not one to ride at speed with a flat and he dropped right down the order to finish 8th. His demise allowed Maule up into second and promoted Arnis Paberzs into third with Charlie Boison and Jack Loveridge rounding out the top five.

Race 2 saw Millard out front getting hounded by Beeken all race long, but keeping his composure well and placing the slower 2 stroke machine in the right places to keep the hungry Beeken behind him for all but a brief bit of contact at the top of one of the hills, on the downslope jump Millard looked back in dis-approval at Beekens manoeuvre!  Paberzs went out at half distance with what looked to be an expensive chain malfunction with Maule, Boison and Loveridge capping the top five. Sunday saw a few DNF’s allowing Finlay James and Austin Topp both to score a top five but it was the same top 3 each time out with Beeken stamping his authority.

The Senior 125 class was as always very exciting. Liam Gale took the first win but was never allowed to relax as wildcard Vinnie Guthrie was on his rear fender the whole race but unable to find that extra bit of speed needed to make a pass. These two pulled a sizeable gap over the rest of the field. Gale got hooked up in the first few corners of race two allowing Guthrie the reins for the race, but he broke free but with a surprise racer on his tail in Harvey James, and this pair pulled away like the other two had done in race one. It looked like it was Guthrie’s race to win with Gale fighting his way through the pack to try to make up ground, but Guthrie was looking good, and James found his way around the outside while Guthrie took a tight line and held his nerve into the next corner holding the commanding line and took the lead. Guthrie had better lap times but could not respond giving up the win to James. Gale managed to pull back up to third in the last laps pushing Zac Cooper back to 4th. Race 3 saw Gale get let off the hook as it was Guthrie who had to battle through the pack. Again Gale didn’t have it his own way being kept honest by James who in turn was being pushed by Billy Duke in his best moto of the weekend. Cooper again came home 4th while Guthrie struggled to pull through only making it to 5th in the dying moments as three riders all crossed the line with under a second separating them.

The final race went down to the wire but it was Gale edging out Guthrie by less than half a second with Ryan Mundell taking third and another 4th place for Cooper, James coming home one spot behind taking second overall away from Guthrie by virtue of his race win as they tied on points.

The Big wheel action saw a fantastic performance from Ben Zeale taking 3 of the 4 wins. Zeale had a 10 second cushion from wildcard George Hopkins who in turn had eked out another 13 seconds over Jake Smith. In race 2 it was Hopkins out front and looking good for the win but it was Zeale with the bit between his teeth and he clawed the gap back to sneak his second win. Hopkins held a comfortable distance from third-placed Roan Delaney and the clutch happy Daniel Arkell improved his first race placing by one in 4th. Smith was having a bad day finishing down in 5th but came back strong Sunday taking the first race from Zeale, his only defeat of the weekend. Hopkins had pressure from Delaney but held his nerve for 4th. It was, in fact, Delaney who gated in the final moto and held the lead for a number of laps before succumbing to the pressure of Zeale and Smith then dropped it twice in as many laps allowing Arkell (who somehow still had a clutch) to grab another 4th.

The Small wheels was a masterclass by Tommy Smith. While his big brother might not have been having his best day Tommy held up the family name by taking a clean sweep. With the exception of race one, Ellis Poole was within striking distance but just couldn’t quite get on terms to make a challenge, although he did manage to get out front from the start in one only to be out jumped by Smith. Jay Bond secured third in every race albeit some distance back on the lead pair and on Sunday he had his hands full with Small Wheel newcomer Ben Casey who was really getting to grips with the extra power of the 85. Gus Mustoe put on a good show also, and while big brother was scrambling around the pits on his mobility scooter Gus was stepping up to the plate for a fine 4th overall ahead of Levi Davies.

The Junior and Auto was complete devastation from Ollie Bubb. He might now be the biggest rider out there, but he is also the fastest. It didn’t make a difference if he got the start or not, he came through in commanding form to win each race by a minimum of 10 seconds. Harley Prickett and Riley Small both had their turns at leading races but neither could match the constant high lap times put in by Bubb. With Bubb being the polar opposite to Small, you would have thought Small wouldn’t be the first, or the only of the 65’s to clear the new bomb hole stepdown table thingamajig at the top of the far side of the track! Prickett’s familiar battles with his nemesis Jack Evans didn’t materialise this weekend as Evans didn’t seem to settle on the flat out straights through the centre of the track. Evans still managed 4th overall ahead of the smallest Smith brother Beau and behind Small and Prickett. The Autos were dominated by Ceri Allen who held the throttle on the longest all weekend only to be beaten by Joseph Chandler in the very first race. Sean Smout was in the hunt but his first race DNF put him out of the picture for the overall. Chandler took second overall and Zac Wallbridge third.

Vets took the last race of each block and with two classes in one its hard to see the age gap with their helmets on but regardless it was an Andy Marchant clean sweep, but Billy Hazel is getting closer to challenging each time they take to the track. Marchant had been carrying a hand injury in the early part of the season but Hazel is getting quicker as the weeks go past and is now literally attempting to make moves on Marchant for the win, its not happened yet but with two rounds still to go Hazel has got to be thinking he can take at least one win off Marchant. With the next round being sand could it be Marchents time to show Hazel who’s boss or will it play into Hazel’s hands??? Another rider that has been plagued with a hand injury was Chris Peaty who now seems to have shaken that problem riding strong all weekend but losing out on overall placings due to a problem in race 3 but breaking the top 3 twice but it was Bryan Tucker who finished all four races inside the top five to take third overall.

The ‘real’ Vets over 45’s were dominated by Wildman Willis who just never seems to stop riding! He mixed it up with the youngsters in the plus 35 group on a combination of his trusty 125 and 250 2 stroke Yamaha’s. John Gauntlett was his closest over45 competition but he couldn’t get within 40 seconds of the flying pensioner! Phil Coid and Steve Beeken had a tussle for the final podium place, going to Coid by less than a handful of points by the end of the weekend.

With the next round at the infamous Hawkstone Park in Shropshire there are bound to be a number of wildcard entries so book in early to avoid disappointment folks!

Results

Auto’s
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 5 Cai Allen 176 43 45 43 45
2 24X Joseph Chandler 174 45 43 45 41
3 404 ZAC WALLBRIDGE 158 41 39 39 39
4 93 Sean Smout 125 – 41 41 43

Juniors

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 4 OLLIE BUBB 180 45 45 45 45
2 22 Harley Prickett 168 39 43 43 43
3 65 Riley Small 164 43 41 39 41
4 167 Jack Evans 156 41 39 37 39
5 17 Beau Smith 140 35 31 41 33
6 88 CHARLIE JAMES 138 34 37 33 34
7 6 Jayci Dix 136 31 33 35 37
8 44 Cailen Jai Griffiths 134 33 32 34 35
9 211 CAMERON CHAPMAN 126 30 34 31 31
10 2 Ollie Truman 121 32 27 32 30
11 48 Liam Regan 119 29 28 30 32
12 107 Logan Ireland 115 28 30 29 28
13 808 CODY WALLBRIDGE 113 27 29 28 29
14 52 Donte Roden 79 26 26 – 27
15 119 TOM GOODFELLOW 72 37 35 – –

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 117 Tommy Smith 180 45 45 45 45
2 116 Ellis Poole 172 43 43 43 43
3 1 Jay Bond 164 41 41 41 41
4 361 GUS MUSTOE 148 39 37 37 35
5 11 Levi Davies 144 34 39 34 37
6 150 Max Miles 139 35 35 35 34
7 60 Fraser Topp 131 32 34 32 33
8 114 Mitchell Conway 130 33 32 33 32
9 924 Mckenzie Saunders 125 30 33 31 31
10 2 Franky Freetham 118 29 29 30 30
11 145 Braidy Tucker 116 28 30 29 29
12 53 Ben Casey 115 37 – 39 39
13 111 BEANIE REECE 108 25 27 28 28
14 21 PIRAN GWENNAP 108 27 28 27 26
15 12 RILEY GAY 105 26 26 26 27
16 30 Harry Woodland 62 31 31 – –

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 31 Ben Zeale 178 45 45 43 45
2 4 GEORGE HOPKINS 168 43 43 41 41
3 17 Jake Smith 166 41 37 45 43
4 78 Roan Delaney 156 39 41 39 37
5 63 Daniel Arkell 150 37 39 35 39
6 181 Tyler Smith 135 34 33 34 34
7 226 William Rowe 133 26 35 37 35
8 5 Sonny Noble 127 31 32 32 32
9 44 ARCHIE TAYLOR 126 33 27 33 33
10 22 Alfie Smith 125 32 31 31 31
11 116 Corey Gay 119 29 30 30 30
12 216 Ieuan Jones 113 27 29 28 29
13 72 Thomas Jago 113 28 28 29 28
14 117 GEORGE GOODFELLOW 64 30 34 – –
15 8 JAKE RANDALL 35 35 – – –

Senior Open

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 211 Callum Beeken 178 45 43 45 45
2 444 Daniel Maule 166 43 41 41 41
3 56 Ross Millard 164 33 45 43 43
4 14 Jack Loveridge 152 37 37 39 39
5 131 Austin Topp 141 34 35 35 37
6 50 Finley James 137 32 33 37 35
7 208 CHARLIE BOISON 78 39 39 – –
8 161 Kullen Evans 69 35 34 – –
9 2 ARNIS PABERZS 41 41 – – –

Senior 125’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 100 Liam Gale 176 45 41 45 45
2 5 Harvey James 166 41 45 43 37
3 417 VINNIE GUTHRIE 166 43 43 37 43
4 22 Zac Cooper 156 39 39 39 39
5 15 Billy Duke 148 37 35 41 35
6 3 Ryan Mundell 147 35 37 34 41
7 200 Tom Simpson 133 34 33 33 33
8 45 Connor Jago 130 32 32 32 34
9 29 Jason Down 130 33 34 31 32
10 47 Leon Williams 124 29 30 35 30
11 112 Morgan Walters 115 31 31 30 23
12 46 Stanley Noble 113 24 29 29 31
13 64 Tommy Stone 112 30 25 28 29
14 27 Taylor Johnson 110 28 28 26 28
15 21 Kian Roche 108 27 27 27 27
16 119 KRISTIAN PABERZS 100 26 24 24 26
17 2 Ria Truman 93 25 26 21 21
18 26 Zak Flay 88 23 20 25 20
19 289 Thomas Williams 87 22 21 22 22
20 294 EMILY NOON 78 21 19 19 19
21 16 Tyler Wilcox 71 – 23 23 25
22 98 HARVEY TANNER 66 – 22 20 24

Vets 35+
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 800 Andy Marchant 180 45 45 45 45
2 101 Billy Hazel 172 43 43 43 43
3 74 Bryan Tucker 158 41 39 41 37
4 716 Chris Peaty 147 39 41 26 41
5 202 CARL WALLBRIDGE 145 37 35 34 39
6 38 Richard Tudor 141 34 37 35 35
7 10 JAMES BAKER 135 33 33 37 32
8 811 Yan Howells 132 35 34 29 34
9 19 Phillip Jones 125 31 29 32 33
10 100 JAMIE EPPLESTONE 124 32 30 33 29
11 42 DANIEL THOMAS 116 28 28 30 30
12 73 DAVE WARNER 110 27 27 28 28
13 315 Mark Ward 106 26 26 27 27
14 14 Ryan Thomas 97 – 32 39 26
15 11 MATTHEW LONG 91 29 – 31 31
16 293 Guy Pickering 61 30 31 – –
17 615 Leigh Wilcox 50 – – 25 25

Vets 45+
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 93 PAUL WILDMAN WILLS 180 45 45 45 45
2 544 John Gauntlett 170 43 41 43 43
3 50 Phil Coid 162 37 43 41 41
4 22 Steve Beeken 158 41 39 39 39
5 155 Kev Brotherton 144 35 35 37 37
6 49 Robbie Howard 135 33 33 34 35
7 7x Paul Minihane 132 31 32 35 34
8 142 Brian Grimes 132 32 34 33 33
9 146 IAN POSTLETHWAITE 76 39 37 – –
10 71 DAN TURNER 65 34 31 – –

MX1
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 26 Harry Linton 180 45 45 45 45
2 961 Reagan Skinner 172 43 43 43 43
3 929 Jamie Dobson 158 39 41 37 41
4 80 Darren Webster 148 37 33 39 39
5 91 Joe Seedhouse 136 34 37 30 35
6 61 Jack Waterman 132 32 31 35 34
7 19 DAN POUNDER 131 33 35 31 32
8 146 Daniel Bartlett 127 26 34 34 33
9 242 BEN WALKER 122 30 30 32 30
11 112 Liam Deegan 119 31 28 33 27
10 225 Joe Roberts 121 29 32 29 31
12 57 ADAM HARDY 111 35 39 – 37
13 117 Thomas O’Connor 107 21 29 28 29
14 67 CONNOR HANNIGAN 106 41 – 41 24
15 42 Rhys Grimes 106 27 26 27 26
16 56 Grant Tucker 100 25 25 25 25
17 133 Thor Tucker 80 28 – 24 28
18 8 Kairon Watkins 76 23 27 26 –
19 64 SCOTT CLARKE 48 24 24 – –
20 33 Liam Waite 22 22 – – –
21 23 Lee Jones – – – – –

MX2
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 49 Karl Haycock 178 45 43 45 45
2 2 Jake Ford 172 41 45 43 43
3 1 BAILEY BETSWORTH 155 39 34 41 41
4 777 ARCHIE HICKS 147 37 37 34 39
5 32 LEE POSELTHWAITE 142 35 35 37 35
6 25 Tom Shutler 141 33 39 35 34
7 11 Eddie Deegan 135 43 30 31 31
8 12 hayden brown 132 34 33 33 32
9 651 Shea Ryan 129 32 32 32 33
10 20 ELEANOR COLBY 121 30 31 30 30
11 46 Owen Wilkes 117 – 41 39 37
12 657 COLIN MARSH 31 31 – – –