Career best result for GRT Holeshot KTM’s Kyle McNicol at Landrake!
Last weekend saw the GRT Holeshot KTM Team make the long journey to Cornwall for the final round of the REVO ACU British Motocross Championship at Landrake Motoparc. As ever the circuit was in perfect condition, with some rain on the Friday meaning the Cornish soil was in prime condition for racing. The team knew this would be a bittersweet weekend but were looking forward to celebrating the life of Jude Morris #101, a training partner and friend of the team who sadly lost his life at Duns.
The GRT Holeshot KTM squad for the weekend saw Kyle McNicol in the Pro MX2 class on his KTM 250SXF, Ollie Colmer on his KTM 125 SX in the Youth 125cc class, Finley Evans on his KTM 85SX BW in the Big Wheel 85cc class, and Cole McCullough on his KTM 85SX SW in the small wheel 85cc class.
Kyle McNicol was fired up coming into Landrake and his positive attitude showed in his results. A good qualifying lap left Kyle in 12th place, with a decent gate pick for the two races. In race 1, Kyle fired his JGR Performance powered machine out of the gate for an excellent start. He settled into the race well, battling throughout and ending in P10 at the flag. Race 2 saw another superb start and race-long battles, Kyle finishing in P9, giving him his best ever British Championship Pro MX2 class finish of 8th overall.
It was Ollie Colmers first race back since his injury in July and his weekend was all about damage limitation in the Championship standings. Ollie had only managed to ride a few times leading up to event, he eased himself back into it with a 6th place finish in qualifying. Ollie rode consistently for 4/4/4/4 finishes in the motos, giving him 3rd overall for the weekend and 3rd place in the final championship standings, only 1 point off 2nd place.
Finley Evans came to Landrake confident off the back of a win at the final round of the MX Nationals, and he attacked the track in qualifying to take a superb 2nd place in qualifying. Unfortunately a small crash out of 2nd place in race 1 left Finley in 4th place at the flag. A poor start in race 2 meant a 5th place finish. In race 3, after taking the lead on lap 1 a stone jammed the rear brake, dropping him back to 4th, then another lacklustre start in race 4 meant P5 at the flag, giving Finley 5th overall for the weekend and finishing the season in 5th place in the Championship standings.
Cole McCullough has had an excellent season, being crowned Small Wheel 85cc Champion at the MX Nationals, so he came into Landrake in good spirits. The track and conditions weren’t to Coles liking for the weekend but he battled on, taking 2nd position in qualifying. Races 1, 2 and 3 saw Cole in solid P3 finishing positions. Cole rounded off the weekend with a 5th place in the last moto, leaving him in an excellent 2nd place in the Championship for the 2021 season. Cole will undoubtedly be a contender for honours in the Big Wheel 85cc class next year.
Team Manager Jon Giffard said ‘It was great to welcome Ollie back to the squad at Landrake this weekend. We were hopeful that we’d have a full complement of riders for the last round, but unfortunately Teddy Merriman sustained an injury at a local race last weekend, so we were a man down. Overall it was a really good weekend and we finished the season strongly as a team. Our standout performer for the weekend was Kyle, he rode superbly to his best ever finish of 8th overall at a British MX2 round. We’re excited for the future, starting with our first attempt at Weston Beach Race this year with an old friend of the team riding for us, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on this. The team would like to thank all our loyal sponsors, supporters and fans and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year already.’