After an exciting first round of the BWMA Westermans International British Womens Motocross Championship 3 weeks ago, the AMCA Mid Wilts club staged the 2nd round at their heavily revised circuit at Bushton built by ace track builder Justin Barkley.
Report and Images by Howard Marriott
Unfortunately with a couple of red flags and ambulances taking over 4 hours to get to the track the club could only run one block of races but thankfully ran the second race for the BWMA Championship classes.
In the adults class an upset was promised after defending champion and current championship leader, Redline Hondas Chelsea Gowland, suffered a fractured elbow and facial injuries after crashing out of race 3 of the AMCA MX2 Championships just two weeks ago. With true grit and determination, she bravely stepped aboard her Redline Honda to salvage some points so not lose too much ground in the Championship. But, with great resilience she ran on pure adrenalin to put in one fast lap of qualifying to give her pole position, Cath King on her Cheddar MX Honda 2nd after just pipping current championship runner up Charlotte Hall on the Realising Dreams Honda ahead of Marni Saunders Cheddar MX Yamaha and Bethany Allison in 5th. Kayleigh Durston, Millie King, Jaymee Garrood, Caitlin Newman and Vicky Marriott rounding out the top 10.
Chelsea Gowland claims victory against the odds
Race 1 and it was Kayleigh Durston’s turn to take the BelRay holeshot closely followed by Chelsea Gowland and continuing their battle from round 1 Catherine King, Charlotte Hall, Marni Saunders and Bethany Allison. Again the girls produced some of the most exciting racing of the day Gowland quickly took Durston controlling the lead despite the pain and managed to keep a steady gap leaving Durston, King, Hall, Saunders and Allison to fight for second, this bunch were never out of each others site with Hall and King taking over the charge for second from Durston, these two swapping places and literally banging bars until right up to the finish flag when King took an incredible second place less than a second from Hall. Saunders, Allison and Durston again were so close with less than two seconds separating the three. In the battle for the top ten ProClass selection, it was a hotly contested affair, with Garrood comfortable in 7th ahead of Millie King while behind her Grace Bates was battling hard with Hannah Jones, Louise Powell, Lily Moreland, Caitling Newman and Vicky Marriott all with everything to race for. It was Marriott who put in a determined ride picking her way through to better her qualifying to take 9th place ahead of Louise Powell, Bates, Moreland and Newman in 13th.
Race 2 and after a 5 hour delay it was Bethany Allison who stepped up her game and stormed out the gate to take the BelRay Holeshot ahead of Gowland, Hall and Durston, but race 1 runner up King had a bad start and had a lot of work to do to get back to the front. Gowland soon took the lead and again pulled away controlling the race to take another incredible race win despite the pain of her fractured elbow and another maximum score. Behind her Allison dropped into the clutches of Saunders, Hall and Garrood but the hard-charging Hall pulled a nice gap in second with no Cath King pushing her, King struggling to get back to the front but managed a great 5th place behind Durston in 4th and Saunders 3rd. Allison managed to hang on for 6th ahead of Garrood and Millie King. The battle for top 10 again was all over the place with a brilliant race from Hannah Stone holding 9th place until the last but one lap when Grace Bates took it from her. The battle for the last of the ProClass places is going to go to the last race of round 4 for sure.
Adult Ladies Overall
1st Chelsea Gowland 120pts
2nd Charlotte Hall 104pts
3rd Catherine King 99pts
4th Marnie Saunders 97pts
5th Kayleigh Durston 90pts
6th Bethany Allison 88pts
7th Jaymee Garrood 82pts
8th Millie King 78pts
9th Grace Bates 70pts
10th Louise Powell 68pts
In the Youth Class it was Jaysi Austin who took pole position in qualifying ahead of a determined Grace Packman, the ever-improving Katie Morgan took 3rd with Autumn Jenkinson just pipping Beanie Reece by a second for fourth, Sophie Jones 6th with the two Rising Stars Ellie Davidson ahead of Poppy Banning.
Jaysi Austin in great form
Everyone was keen to get started but race one was jinxed. Grace Packman just pipped Beanie Reece for the Holeshot but first down on the first corner was Jaysi Austin, bending her bike up pretty bad and Beanie Reece getting swallowed up by the dust berm the start crossed, but they both got going way down the field until on the second lap Autumn Jenkinson had a big off causing a red flag. The restart and this time it was Grace Packman following another holeshot who crashed badly and was out for the day, a bitter blow for her championship challenge, fortunately not too badly injured and back for round 3. On the eventual restart it was Jaysi Austin who got the BelRay Holeshot just pipping Beanie Reece, Reece and Morgan had an epic battle all through the race showing the great progress these girls are making but it was Morgan that got the better grabbing 2nd place, Sophie Jones took a great 4th place from a shaken Autumn Jenkinson who bravely raced on. In the Rising Stars Poppy Banning and Ellie Davidson had a brilliant battle swapping places all through the race but it was Poppy who got the better of Ellie by the chequered flag.
Beanie Reece 111 and Katie Morgan 272 battling it out!
Race 2 was run without the inter class so the BWMA girls had the opportunity to race head to head and it was another BelRay Holeshot for Jaysi Austin, but only just taking it from Beanie Reece who had the jump to the first corner but Austin exited first. Austin riding with a damaged finger from her first race crash pushed on to a comfortable lead but again Morgan and Reece had a great battle with Morgan again just getting the better of Reece with Sophie Jones again taking fourth from the brave Autumn Jenkinson. In the Rising Stars it was a similar story to the first race with nothing separating Poppy Banning and Ellie Davidson each swapping places until young Banning took the win.