Gowland maxes out at Wroxton! British Womens Motocross Championships Round 4 – Race Report and Results
Only one week after the brutal round 3 at Fatcats the BWMA Westermans International British Womens Motocross Championship headed to the Wroxton Moto Parc circuit in Banbury for round 4. A completely different track which suited a lot more riders and produced some of the most exciting and spectacular racing of the series so far. The rain in the week threatened cancellation but the Stroud club did an amazing job preparing the track even having to put water down in the morning.
Report and Pictures by Howard Marriott
In the Adult Ladies Class the girls had their last chance to qualify for the Pro-Class Championship, only the top 10 can qualify the remainder compete for the rest of the season in the National Ladies Championship. The positions for qualification were only separated by a handful of points between Grace Bates, Lily Moreland, Vicky Marriott, Georgie Potter and Aaliyah Hulbert it was going to be a tense round. For this round we also had Icelandic Champion, Gyða Dögg Heiðarsdóttir, giving the BWMA a go borrowing Louise Powels spare KTM.
Qualifying and again Redline Hondas Chelsea Gowland smoothly hammered in an incredibly quick qualifying time to give her 4 out of 4 pole positions. With Charlotte Hall out with a broken shoulder, it was left to the crazy gang of Cheddar MX’s Catherine King and Marni Saunders, Kayleigh Durston and Bethany Allison to battle it out for P2. It was Catherine King though that got the better with brilliant lap just ahead of Durston with her best qualifier of the series, Saunders and then Allison in 5th place, behind her Jaymee Garrood put in a great qualifier in 6th, Esme King on her first competitive ride back after injury and first round with the BWMA with an incredible 7th, Grace Bates ahead of Louise Powel and Hannah Jones rounding out the top 10.
Race 1 and typically the only rain of the day fell just for the duration of the Ladies race, but it didn’t stop Louise Powel grabbing her first BelRay holeshot of the series just pipping Chelsea Gowland who quickly took the lead and steadily pulled out a commanding lead the battle behind was lead by Kayleigh Durston doing a fantastic job in second ahead of Marni Saunders, Catherine King and Esme King right up there following with Jaymee Garrood behind. This leading battle was hotting up and soon Saunders took Durston for second, Durston now had Catherine King on her tail putting the pressure on but Durston managed to hold her off to the flag to secure 3rd, Jaymee Garrood had a super race keeping out of trouble and ahead of young Bethany Allison to bring home her best race result of the series in 5th place. Behind Allison the battle for the Pro-Class qualification was all over the place with Grace Bates putting in a solid 8th place ahead of Georgie Potter but Vicky Marriott had a tough time dropping the bike in the slippery conditions and putting her down in 14th place behind Aaliyah Hulbert with the Icelandic Champion finding the track a challenge but bringing it home in 10th place ahead of Lily Moreland keeping her qualification hopes alive.
Race 2 and the conditions were almost perfect, the rain had made the track just tacky enough. Out the gate and this time it was Kayleigh Durston in super determined mood taking the BelRay Holeshot from Chelsea Gowland, Gowland again took the lead early on and controlled the race from the front with ease. Behind her Marni Saunders soon got past Durston and put in some quick times but she was pushed hard by Catherine King with only seconds separating them at the finish, Durston secured fourth with Bethany Allison close behind in fifth.
After her disappointing first race Vicky Marriott had her best start of the series in fifth place and after had a great battle with Jaymee Garrood her got past on lap 3 for sixth closely followed by Esme King but leading the battle for the last of the qualifying places Marriott stubbornly held Grace Bates off despite immense pressure on the last lap with Bates pulling alongside on several occasions, Marriott brought it home in 8th with Bates 9th, closely watched by Louise Powell in 10th ahead of Hannah Jones and Lily Moreland.
Race 3 with so much at stake it was Kayleigh Durston again grabbing the BelRay Holeshot half a wheel rim ahead of Jaymee Garrood, Garrood was in the lead by corner two but up the inside of corner 3 came Bethany Allison, Durston nipped in front to chase then Gowland took second, Garrood took Durston as Gowland took the lead, Saunders had now taken Durston and then Garrood for second, Durston got back in front of Garrood and was followed by Catherine King, Allison tired and dropped back to seventh and that is how exciting and close this front battle was, behind them Louise Powell shadowed Esme King in seventh to take eight while Vicky Marriott had a bad start but worked her way up to ninth taking Lily Moreland who finished in 10th place.
Adult Ladies Championship
1st Chelsea Gowland 160pts
2nd Marni Saunders 152pts
3rd Catherine King 147pts
4th Kayleigh Durston 144pts
5th Jaymee Garrood 133pts
6th Bethany Allison 131pts
7th Esme King 123pts
8th Louise Powell 105pts
9th Vicky Marriott 103pts
10th Grace Bates 103pts
In the Youth Classs the racing was getting much closer with Grace Packman on her favourite track levelling out the difference between her and championship leader Jaysi Austin. In qualifying though it was Austin that put in the pole position time with Packman close behind in 2nd, Katie Morgan is improving each round taking 3rd place ahead of Exe Sports Beanie Reece, Autumn Jenkinson still recovering from her fall at round 2 and Sophie Jones. In the Rising Stars 65cc class Ellie Davidson took her first pole from Poppy Banning.Jaysi AustinRace 1 and it was Jaysi Austin who took the BelRay holeshot from Grace Packman, Katie Morgan had a dreadful start and had lots to do, Beanie Reece took advantage and pushed as hard as she could while up front Grace Packman for the first time this year held on to Austin for the first half of the race, a very encouraging performance from her. Katie Morgan was riding a super race as she reeled in Reece and took over 3rd place with Autumn Jenkinson in 5th ahead of Sophie Jones. The Rising Stars 65cc class and as always Ellie Davidson and Poppy Banning were having a great race with nothing separating them but it was Banning again just taking the win.
Race 2 and this time Jaysi Austin just pipped Grace Packman to the BelRay Holeshot and again had a start to finish win Packman held on as much as she could but lost a bit too much ground, behind them Katie Morgan had a better race taking a comfortable 3rd from the ever-improving Beanie Reece with Autumn Jenkinson getting her confidence back each race in fifth ahead of Sophie Jones. In the Rising Stars and there was only a second between both Poppy Banning and Ellie Davidsons lap times but Ellie took a tumble that knocked shook her up but still remounted and brought it home.Race 3 and this time a more determined Grace Packman took the BelRay holeshot from Jaysi Austin and led for a short while, but the strength of Jaysi Austin showed as she pushed through to take the lead. The race followed a similar pattern to race 2 with Morgan leading Reece home ahead of Autumn Jenkinson and Sophie Jones but heartbreak for young Ellie Davidson when all her determination nearly paid off for her first win against Poppy Banning, each of them matching times but on the last corner Banning snatched the win from Davidson.
Youth Girls Championship
1st Jaysi Austin 180pts
2nd Grace Packman 162pts
3rd Katie Morgan 150pts
4th Beanie Reece 141pts
5th Autumn Jenkinson 135pts
6th Sophie Jones 125pts
Rising Stars 65cc
1st Poppy Banning 123pts
2nd Ellie Davidson 121pts