Craig on top form in Cumbria! Cumbria MX Club Championship Rounds 5 & 6 – Race Report and Results
Report and Images by Peter Bell
After a week of wet weather, somehow missing the Cumbrian Coast, the track lay perfect and settled in after a revamp, and word had obviously spread and a big turnout gathered ready to race.
A big turnout of Autos was first up on the track on Saturday, Travis Tailford went 1-1-2 to take the overall from moto 3 winner Isaac Ramsey. Completing the podium was local Connor Thompson, continuing his impressive run of form.
The 65s class was stacked with any number of potential winners. However, local knowledge mixed in with some serious speed it was Jamie Keith taking maximum points and holeshot prize. Scotland’s Rhys Whyment was never far behind going 2-2-2 and Joel Winstanley Dawson 3-3-3 for 3rd overall.
Liam Johnston continued his rapid early season form to get maximum points in the Small wheel 85 class on Saturday. The battle for second went down to a final moto shoot-out between Daniel Pierce and Lewis Proud, with Pierce coming out on top although level on 125points each.
The Big wheel class saw Arai Elcock the one to end Robbie Parks recent win streak, taking the overall by 2 points. There were some great battles between the 2 on Saturday however, I’m sure Park will be happy with the points towards the championship. The TM machine of Grace Richards completed the podium in 3rd.
The Youth/Rookies class continued to be the one to watch in Cumbria in 2019, and with a scorecard of 3-1-2 it was youngster Oliver Barr taking the overall, only 2 points ahead of friend and rival, moto 3 winner Adam Slavin. Jake Sharkey on his Yamaha completed the podium after an awesome ride and win in moto1.
The C classes ran together with a packed gate and some mega racing. Bradley Owens was a maximum man in the Under 30 group, closely followed by Daz Birkbeck and Adam Curwen. Both Scott Atkinson and Todd Ingram were unlucky to miss out on the podium after 3 good rides each.
The over 30s was taken by another maximum man in veteran Paul Coward, behind him, well what a battle, 6 riders separated by 7 points… at the close of play Stephen Humphries was the man to take second ahead of John Carruthers.
The B class has been another one this year with some brilliant racing in. Mixed in with the A class these lads and lasses sure know how to mix it. Local Lad Liam Sommerville took the top step of the podium, with Austin Mowbray unlucky to have a DNF in the final moto after being level on points with Liam. Ben Southward was second overall and Andrew Slavin completing the top 3.
The A class saw some great battles between British Championship contenders Tony Craig and new Dad Jamie Law with some bar banging action. Law had a DNF in the final moto and Craig took maximum points. Another Maxxis rider Jacob Joyce made another trip up to Cumbria to take second overall. It was to be an expensive day for Jake Gowan, having to hand over his 3rd place prize money to Paul Coward on his racing comeback, great to see Jake back mixing it.
Sunday came, a fresh track, which even had to be watered, but conditions were perfect for another days racing.
After 2 sighting laps the Autos were first back up to the start gate. Some absolutely brilliant racing in this class today, with too many names to mention getting involved in the battles. Travis Tailford was, however, the one to beat and took home a 1-1-1 scorecard. William David Houghton stayed solid all day going 3-3-3 for second overall and the #512 of Jude Richards in third.
Jamie Keith dominated the 65 class again on Sunday, more holeshots and 3 wins. Sunday only racer Sonny Ronney went 2-2-3 for a second overall, with Rhys Whyment taking the final podium place.
Another stacked gate of 85’s combined lined up on Sunday, with 2 new additions from the previous day relegating Liam Johnston into third overall on the day in the Small Wheels. Those two were Warren Clarke #227 taking maximum points and Daniel Pierce going 3-3-2 ahead of the unlucky Johnston who got stuck in traffic in moto3.
It was a similar story to the previous day in the Big Wheel class with Arai Elcock taking the overall. It was good to see Arai back racing in Cumbria following a nasty spill last year up at Brampton. Robbie Park rode solid all day to take second place and more points in the championship hunt, and again Grace Richards completed the podium.
The Rookie class once again had plenty of talking points, plenty of spills and bike issues namely for Oliver Barr who ended up with a sheared rear shock bolt in moto 1 and a crash while on the charge in moto 2. Despite following Jack Abbott home in moto1, Adam Slavin took another 1st place, going 2-1-1 ahead of that man Abbott. Jake Sharkey completed the top 3 impressively after coming from last place in moto1 after a first corner spill.
Onto the Adults now and firstly the C’s. Recent youth class graduate Thomas Lawrence took maximum points on Sunday, having to come through the pack to do so. Charlie Leech went 4-2-3 for second and Bradley Owens in third. Ryan Metcalf could well have been in the podium mix had in not been for a DNS in moto3.
The over 30s again produced some great battles, Martyn Gregory #86 took maximum points ahead of the Honda of Richard Miller with Stephen Humphries adding to his solid championship total in third before his long trip home to Scotland.
Liam Sommerville completed a successful weekend with another maximum points haul in the B class ahead of Ben Walsh. Ben was fresh from the Tour-de-Tolo bike ride the previous weekend, which is a ride from Brampton to Haverigg, a total of 105 miles in aid of the Air Ambulance and in Memory of Lee Tolson. The returning Will Miller took his Suzuki to third overall after picking himself up from a moto1 corner 1 pile up.
The A class moto 1 had to be seen to be believed. Tony Craig had an issue and was around ¾ of a lap down, however there was no stopping the Scotsman as he chased down and passed Jacob Joyce on his way to 3 wins. Michael Smith on his #18 machine completed the podium in third.
Another great weekend of racing on the Route44 circuit.
Autos 1; Travis Tailford 2 Isaac Ramsey 3 Connor Thompson 4 Leo Whittle 5 William Davif Houghton
65s 1 Jamie Keith 2 Rhys Whyment 3 Joel Whinstanley Dawson 4 Finley Pickering 5 Mitchel Pearson
85 SW 1 Liam Johnston 2 Daniel Pierce 3 Lewis Proud 4 Ryan Mckinney 5 Marshal Halstead
85 BW 1 Arai Elcock 2 Robbie Park 3 Grace Richards 4 Kerr Thompson 5 Callum Bolam
Rookies 1 Oliver Barr 2 Adam Slavin 3 Jake Sharkey 4 Jack Abbott 5 Kyle Peel
C’s under30 1 Bradley Owens 2 Daz Birkbeck 3 Adam Curwen 4 Scott Atkinson 5 Todd Ingram
C’s over 30 1 Paul Coward 2 Stephen Humphries 3 John Carruthers 4 Jeff Rainey 5 Ashley Walsh
B’s 1 Liam Sommerville 2 Ben Southward 3 Andrew Slavin 4 Jane Daniels 5 Paul Gallagher
A.s 1 Tony Craig 2 Jacob Joyce 3 Jake Gowan 4 Callum Bircher 5 James Dent
Autos 1 Travis Tailford 2 William David Houghton 3 Jude Richards 4 Connor Thompson 5 Leo Whittle
65’s 1 Jamie Keith 2 Sonny Ronney 3 Rhys Whyment 4 Joel Winstanley-Dawson5 Finley Pickering
85 SW 1 Warren Clarke 2 Daniel Pierce 3 Liam Johnston 4 Lewis Pround 5 Ryan Lowes
85 BW 1 Arai Elcock 2 Robbie Park 3 Grace Richards 4 Aidee Smith 5 Finlay Harkness
Rookies 1 Adam Slavin 2 Jack Abbott 3 Jake Sharkey 4 Jack Murray 5 Kyle Peel
C’s Under 30 1 Thomas Lawrence 2 Charlie Leech 3 Bradley Owens 4 Jack Radcliff 5 Daz Birkbeck
C’s Over 30 1 Martin Gregory 2 Richard Miller 3 Stephen Humphries 4 David Langtree 5 Chris Elcock
B’s 1 Liam Sommerville 2 Ben Walsh 3 Will Miller 4 Andrew Slavin 5. Joe Khamouli
A’s 1 Tony Craig 2 Jacob Joyce 3 Michael Smith 4 Dee-Jay Walker 5 Lewis Parkinson