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Hall on the Ball at Pontrilas! 2021 Acerbis Amateur Nationals Round 4 – Race Report & Results

Hall on the Ball at Pontrilas! 2021 Acerbis Amateur Nationals Round 4 – Race Report & Results

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Pontrilas in Herefordshire was the venue for round 4 of the 2021 Acerbis Amateur Nationals series and as we tip over into the second half of the season it’s crunch time for the top runners as title fights are starting to come to the closing stages and any mistakes will be costly. Luckily the conditions were cooler over the weekend making it a lot better for the riders and it also helped the track crew to keep the dust down after the hot spell of weather we’ve all been experiencing recently.

Report by Arran Murphy – Images by Matthew Rudd Photography

In the Moto Connection 125 2 stroke class it was Yamaha mounted Ash Harland who closed the 47 point deficit he had in the championship dramatically as he took home the overall honours with three race victories and two runner ups. Wildcard rider Joel Fisher took the other two moto wins but came up 8 points short of the overall while series leader Stu Owen stood on the lower step of the rostrum. Matt Ridgway saw his chances of a potential podium spot evaporate after a second race DNF but consistent second and third places in the other four motos helped him work his way to fourth overall.

Tim Burrows

In the California MX Dreams Open 2 stroke category it was wildcard rider Adam Cook who showed the rest of the field the way around the rutted circuit as he claimed four wins split with a third race third spot to take home the overall victory on the weekend. He was pushed however and didn’t have it all his own way as Jordan Wright was hot on his heels all weekend but had to settle for runner up on the podium this time around. The first of the registered riders was the points leader Adam Harris taking consistent finishes and consolidating his already hefty advantage at the top of the tables taking third on the day. James Dent took the race three win on his way to fourth overall and Drew Roe rounded off the top five.

Michael Ogden

There was some brilliant and close racing in the hotly contested Craigs Motorcycles MX2 class as a couple of wildcard riders Matt Burrows and Joe Dark mixed it up with Cory McShane for the race victories but with Burrows not scoring points towards an overall position it was left to Dark and McShane to dual it out for top step honours. It was Dark that claimed the overall when all was said and done by a fairly healthy 9 points over McShane who took the final race victory after an intense dual where the top three were separated by less than 2 seconds. Tim Burrows claimed the third step overall while Josh Canton and Dylan Spencer took home fourth and fifth places respectively.

Seb Berthiaume

In the Paradise MX Holidays MX1 class, another wildcard rider scoring no points for the weekend tally was AMCA MX1 championship leader and 2019 Weston Beach Race winner Ashley Greedy. Greedy took four of the five-race victories but had to play second fiddle in race two to Jack Beniston. Beniston seems to be getting more and more confident as the series progresses and took the overall win by 16 points from championship leader James Hutchinson. Hutchy managed to fend off the attentions of Brad Wheeler for the runner up while also extending his series lead while his nearest challengers suffered with issues. Simon Booth put on a solid performance taking fourth overall and Bradley Flagg claimed the final lot of prize money in fifth.

Brad Wheeler

It was business as usual in the LS2 Helmets Vets Over 40 category as Ryan Voase aimed his fourth maximum points haul of the year. Even a first lap spill in race two couldn’t stop the Kawasaki man from claiming five race wins but he didn’t have it all his own way. Voase had to find his way past fast-starting Lee Martin who put up a good fight and fended off the points leader for a good few laps but had to settle for five runner up places this time around. Danny Tollett moved to a 125 two-stroke and rode the wheels off it for a brace of third place finishes on a track that would tend to favour the bigger bikes with the long uphill drags. Andrew Woolhouse and David Evans took the fourth and fifth places respectively split by just a single point.

Josh James

In the Roberts Plant Engineers Vets Over 50 category, it was once again the Brian Wheeler show as he holeshot and dominated all five motos closing in another 16 points on championship leader Chris Brown. Andy Watkins traded second and third places with Chris Brown but the Honda man came out on top by just two points. Paul Wildman Willis was in the mix all weekend and took his 125 Yamaha to fourth while Rob Lewis finished fifth overall.

Chloe Clegg

The Pro Green Ladies category couldn’t have got much closer with the top three separated by just two points. Charlotte Hall took the honours with a final race victory tieing her on points with Kathryn Booth overall as Booth could only manage a third. Cath King was the third rider involved with the fight for the win but a race 4 fourth place could have cost her the overall as she fell 2 points short of the overall honours. Former champ Nadiya Jones keeps plugging away scoring points towards potentially claiming her second Ladies title as she finished the weekend fourth overall mixing it up with the top three at points over the weekend. Grace Richards took a brace of fifth-place finishes to round out the top five overall.

JohnJoe Wright

It took for wildcard rider John Joe Wright to break Alfie Calverts 100% win record in the Manchester Xtreme Junior Open class as the North East rider made the trip to Pontrilas worthwhile claiming the honours with a 1-1-1-3-1 scorecard while Calvert claimed the fourth race victory, the pair setting lap times good enough to be inside the top 15 in the MX1 and MX2 classes. Luke Price could only sit back and watch the front two disappear into the distance as he settled for another podium position just ahead of Ryan Davis who took fourth and Jack Gotts pipped Tom Card to the final trophy position by just a single point.

Ben Hunter

Results

MX1

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 JACK BENISTON 194 40 40 40 40 34
2 JAMES HUTCHINSON 178 36 30 38 38 36
3 BRAD WHEELER 174 38 38 36 30 32
4 SIMON BOOTH 161 32 36 34 32 27
5 BRADLEY FLAGG 159 34 32 29 34 30
6 SCOTT HAMILTON 154 30 28 32 26 38
7 ANDY WILSON 147 29 34 8 36 40
8 HENRY PARTRIDGE 130 28 29 28 24 21
9 CORY NEMETH 127 16 26 27 29 29
10 ED BRISCOE 126 25 20 30 28 23
11 BEN NICHOLLS 122 22 25 25 25 25
12 SCOTT MERADITH 117 24 23 23 23 24
13 ADAM THIRWELL 114 17 24 24 21 28
14 RHYS WALKER 114 23 21 22 22 26
15 DAN SHEP 112 14 27 26 27 18
16 SHAUN BUCHAN 99 19 22 21 15 22
17 MICHAEL SMITH 92 18 18 18 18 20
18 JAMES GOODALL 92 20 16 20 17 19
19 KERIAN MULLOY 89 21 19 19 14 16
20 RHYS BAKER 73 13 15 17 16 12
21 TED BAILEY 68 15 17 19 17
22 JASON MARTIN 66 12 13 15 11 15
23 PATRICK GILLIGAN 61 27 14 20
24 THOMAS O’CONNOR 60 10 11 16 13 10
25 CHRIS HAMLETT 56 8 10 12 12 14
26 JOSH KIRBY 56 9 12 14 10 11
27 DANIEL EDGAR 42 7 9 13 13
28 LLOYDE CLARKE 30 5 6 10 9
29 JOEL HUGES 26 26
30 CAI NICKSON 26 4 5 9 8
31 RYAN WILLIAMS 24 6 7 11
32 ARRAN MURPHY 19 11 8

MX2

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 JOE DARK 190 38 40 34 40 38
2 CORY MCSHANE 181 36 29 38 38 40
3 TIM BURROWS 161 25 34 36 30 36
4 JOSH CANTON 159 29 38 26 32 34
5 DYLAN SPENCER 154 32 27 29 36 30
6 JAMES HANSCOMB 150 28 30 32 28 32
7 MITCHELL MEADOWS 143 34 28 28 29 24
8 MARSHALL SMITH 136 27 24 25 34 26
9 LEE SEALEY 132 26 23 27 27 29
10 MAX LEWIS 125 24 26 24 23 28
11 DANIEL SULTANA 116 21 25 17 26 27
12 MATT BURROWS 112 40 32 40
13 JUDE HARDTWELL 106 18 20 19 24 25
14 JAMES PARKIN 103 19 18 18 25 23
15 ETHAN SILLS 100 22 22 22 20 14
16 SEB B 96 30 36 30
17 JORDAN HEARN 80 13 17 21 9 20
18 RYAN MANLEY 73 17 14 7 19 16
19 JAMES EAST 72 19 15 16 22
20 TROY JONES 72 15 12 9 21 15
21 BRADLEY LE FEUVRE 70 9 11 14 17 19
22 LUKE TUNRER 67 10 13 16 11 17
23 ADAM FORD 67 14 15 11 14 13
24 JOSH HART 66 12 9 12 12 21
25 ADAM NEVITT 66 16 4 10 18 18
26 KIERAN GREGORY 62 23 16 23
27 FRASER WAKEFORD 61 20 21 20
28 FRAZER HATCH 54 8 6 13 15 12
29 SHEA RYAN 50 11 8 8 13 10
30 LUKE POS 38 10 22 6
31 CAMERON MCGREGOR 37 7 3 6 10 11
32 JOE WHITE 32 6 5 5 8 8
33 MACKENZIE CROCKATT 31 5 7 4 6 9
34 RYAN NEAL 21 4 2 3 5 7
35 RYAN WILLIAMS 7 7

250 2 Stroke open

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 ADAM COOK 196 40 40 36 40 40
2 JORDAN WRIGHT 184 38 38 38 36 34
3 ADAM HARRIS 176 36 32 32 38 38
4 JAMES DENT 171 30 36 40 29 36
5 DREW ROE 166 34 34 34 34 30
6 CHRIS NUTTALL 156 32 30 30 32 32
7 JOSH GREEDY 142 27 29 29 28 29
8 TOM SHUTTLER 131 28 24 25 27 27
9 CALLUM BIRCHER 130 29 26 28 25 22
10 RYAN MATTHEWS 127 24 25 27 23 28
11 TRYSTAN WILLIAMS 126 20 28 22 30 26
12 JAMIE NEEDHAM 118 22 23 26 26 21
13 BEN BURRIDGE 117 26 21 23 22 25
14 ALEX NEEDHAM 111 23 20 20 24 24
15 RYAN GARDINER 111 21 22 24 21 23
16 ALAN MORTON 95 19 18 19 19 20
17 LIAM SOMERVILLE 93 18 17 21 18 19
18 CARL HOWES 68 17 16 18 17
19 BENNY LEWIS 55 16 19 20
20 MICHALE OGDEN 52 25 27

125’s

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 ASH HARLAND 196 38 40 40 40 38
2 JOEL FISHER 188 40 38 36 34 40
3 STU OWEN 168 32 36 30 36 34
4 MATT RIDGWAY 148 36 38 38 36
5 ALEX MORRIS 139 29 27 26 28 29
6 TYLER GRAVES 137 21 30 29 29 28
7 ALAN PEARCE 134 26 28 28 26 26
8 KEELAN HOPE 133 27 24 34 32 16
9 LEWIS PETFIELD 132 28 25 27 30 22
10 JORDAN RIDGWAY 120 30 32 3 25 30
11 ANDREW LAWTON 119 18 26 21 27 27
12 CHARLIE HAMLET 118 3 34 32 24 25
13 BEN MURRAY 113 24 23 23 20 23
14 TIM GARDHAM 108 22 20 25 22 19
15 HAYDEN STEVENS 97 25 1 24 23 24
16 ROBERT BARNEY 90 29 18 11 32
17 CHAD PROSSER 87 4 19 22 21 21
18 MATT RAYSON 82 19 15 19 15 14
19 GEORGE POOL 79 17 18 16 17 11
20 HAYDEN BROWN 75 23 22 20 4 6
21 BEN HUNTER 74 12 14 14 14 20
22 STEVE GARDHAM 70 21 13 19 17
23 GREGOR CAMPBELL 65 14 13 17 12 9
24 JAMIE COX 64 8 8 12 18 18
25 CRAIG REYNOLDS 58 11 10 15 10 12
26 WILL MORRIS 57 9 16 6 13 13
27 JAMES WILKINSON 55 20 12 9 7 7
28 JOSH NOON 54 10 11 7 16 10
29 ROAN DELANEY 49 15 17 9 8
30 MITCH GREGORY 45 7 6 11 6 15
31 TIMMY ANDRWES 38 13 9 8 8
32 JOSH JAMES 38 16 7 10 5
33 CHUCK DAVIS 34 34
34 DANIEL NEVITT 19 6 5 5 3
35 CALLUM NICHOLLS 17 5 3 2 2 5
36 KERR THOMPSON 8 4 4
37 ADIEE SMITH 8 2 1 1 4

Ladies

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 CHARLOTTE HALL 190 40 36 36 38 40
2 KATHRYN BOOTH 190 36 40 38 40 36
3 CATH KING 188 38 38 40 34 38
4 NADIYA JONES 172 34 34 34 36 34
5 GRACE RICHARDS 160 32 32 32 32 32
6 REBECCA NEWMAN 148 30 30 29 29 30
7 TAYLOR SCOTT 147 29 29 30 30 29
8 KADY MOORE 138 28 28 26 28 28
9 EMILY NOON 131 26 26 25 27 27
10 LILLY MORELAND 128 25 25 27 25 26
11 CHLOE CLEGG 121 24 24 24 24 25
12 AALIYAH HILBERT 116 23 23 23 23 24
13 KATIE LANCASTER 111 22 22 22 22 23
14 MOLLY WERNHAM 108 27 27 28 26

Junior Open

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 JOHN JOE WRIGHT 196 40 40 40 36 40
2 ALFIE CALVERT 192 38 38 38 40 38
3 LUKE PRICE 174 34 36 36 34 34
4 RYAN DAVIS 170 32 30 34 38 36
5 JACK GOTTS 156 30 34 30 32 30
6 TOM CARD 155 29 32 32 30 32
7 REECE WILKINSON 141 27 28 29 28 29
8 DAN TIMBRELL 130 23 29 28 29 21
9 SEB BASHFORD 129 28 23 27 24 27
10 JACK GATLAND 116 18 19 25 26 28
11 SAM HAMER 108 25 25 18 23 17
12 GRAHAM CLARK 104 26 27 20 22 9
13 ADRIAN WITCOMBE 99 22 15 21 17 24
14 LEWIS DAVIDSON 98 20 14 17 27 20
15 KEIRON DAVIES 96 17 9 23 25 22
16 FRASER SMITH 94 14 22 13 19 26
17 STEFAN ROBSON 90 13 10 22 20 25
18 JAKE BASHFORD 88 24 21 19 12 12
19 KEVIN BROWN 86 19 26 9 16 16
20 TAYLOR MISSELBROOK 79 7 17 26 11 18
21 LUKE SCOTT 78 11 18 24 15 10
22 JOSH OATES 77 15 13 16 10 23
23 ROSS HEPBURN 73 16 6 11 21 19
24 MATT BENNETT 71 21 11 12 13 14
25 JASON WAYMAN 66 4 20 15 14 13
26 DALE LYONS 55 6 16 4 18 11
27 DAN EVANS 53 8 12 10 8 15
28 JAMES CHANDLER 36 36
29 PAUL SHUTE 33 12 5 6 7 3
30 LOUIS SMITH 30 3 8 8 9 2
31 TOM BERRY 29 10 4 7 4 4
32 BEN PROSSER 26 7 5 6 8
33 BRADLEY OWENS 26 2 24
34 LEWIS RAYNE 23 9 1 3 5 5
35 SAM ALDERMEN 20 5 14
36 OLLI 10 3 7
37 JACK PARTRIDGE 8 2 6
38 TONY TENNETT 8 1 3 2 1 1
39 JASON BRICE 2 2

Vets Over 40’s

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 RYAN VOASE 200 40 40 40 40 40
2 LEE MARTIN 190 38 38 38 38 38
3 DANNY TOLLET 180 36 36 36 36 36
4 ANDREW WOOLHOUSE 157 30 30 29 34 34
5 DAVID EVANS 156 29 29 34 32 32
6 PAUL COWARD 150 32 28 32 29 29
7 NEIL GRIFFITHS 148 28 32 30 28 30
8 CRAIG CHAMBERLAINE 135 27 23 27 30 28
9 DAVID HOPKINS 135 26 27 28 27 27
10 NIGEL SMORFITT 123 24 25 24 24 26
11 MARK SUTHERLAND 123 25 21 26 26 25
12 JOHN CURRUTHERS 118 22 26 25 21 24
13 DALE SILK 116 23 24 23 23 23
14 NEIL PRINGLE 112 21 22 22 25 22
15 KEVIN CHARLES 101 20 20 21 20 20
16 MIKE JOHNSTON 95 19 19 20 19 18
17 NICK MacLENNAN 91 17 18 19 18 19
18 BARRY GRAY 85 34 34 17
19 DAVID WARNER 70 18 17 18 17
20 STEVE POWELL 43 22 21

Vets Over 50’s

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 BRIAN WHEELER 200 40 40 40 40 40
2 ANDY WATKINS 186 36 38 38 38 36
3 CHRIS BROWN 184 38 36 36 36 38
4 PAUL WILDMAN WILLIS 166 34 34 34 34 30
5 ROB LEWIS 154 29 27 32 32 34
6 EWAN JOHNSTON 149 30 32 28 30 29
7 ROB PROSSER 148 27 30 30 29 32
8 JIM SHAND 132 23 26 27 28 28
9 CHRIS STEMP 124 28 29 21 22 24
10 ADRIAN LEWIS 122 26 24 26 23 23
11 BRIAN FRASER 115 22 22 24 26 21
12 ALAN MORTON 114 24 23 25 24 18
13 ADRIAN JESSOP 112 25 25 18 27 17
14 STEVE HUMPHRIES 105 20 16 17 25 27
15 ADRIAN SMTIH 102 17 21 20 18 26
16 ANDREW PROSSER 96 11 17 23 20 25
17 STEVE HOWES 96 21 18 22 13 22
18 IAN POSS 93 18 20 15 21 19
19 STEVE WARD 89 32 28 29
20 SHANE HOGG 82 13 19 11 19 20
21 JOHN CARD 81 19 15 14 17 16
22 STEVEN POLLOCK 75 16 12 16 16 15
23 IAN MCGREGOR 68 14 13 12 15 14
24 IAN SAYER 60 9 11 13 14 13
25 KEVIN McCATHEY 54 10 10 10 12 12
26 COLIN BERRY 48 15 14 19
27 BRUCE GARSIDE 12 12