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Kellett, Calvert and Litt blast the sands! 2021 Weymouth Beach Race – Race Report & Results

Kellett, Calvert and Litt blast the sands! 2021 Weymouth Beach Race – Race Report & Results

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Duck Smart

The AMCA Weymouth Beach moto-cross was back for 2021 and what a simply superb event it was! With a massive crown in attendance and able to watch the action for FREE, nearly 300 riders then entertained them with an afternoon of sand surfing.

Report and Images courtesy of Mike Wood

Hosted by the Purbeck MCC in conjunction with the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and aided by their reliable army of volunteers, this latest staging was to be another classic, immaculately presented with it’s usual precision and class. After six hotly contested races, the end result was to be overall victories for Todd Kellett (Experts), Alfie Calvert (Seniors) and Ajay Litt (Juniors). Whilst Kellett’s success was rather straight forward and expected, youngsters Calvert and Litt certainly had to work a bit harder for their ultimate wins!

Sam Wilson, 3rd in the Juniors

So, after a delayed practice due to a slower than expected retreating tide, it was eventually time for the racing to start. First up was the full Juniors Unlimited class and as Purbeck’s very own Jim Shipton dropped the flag, the rush was on to fire the dead engines into life and stretch the throttle wire to the absolute max in the long blast down the beach to turn one. Quickest away was Danny Morris with Harry Burton, the very experienced Leonard Paget, Tommy Hobday, Ricky Hayles, Sam Wilson and Ajay Litt giving chase. By lap two, Paget had moved into pole position but his joy was to only last for one further circuit of the Weymouth Beach as Litt now controlled proceedings. Looking a very likely winner, Litt though was passed on the final lap of the contest by Thomas Sharpe on the 150cc KTM who had initially gated in 11th. With Litt getting home in 2nd, Hayles, Wilson, Paget and Hobday completed the top six.

Wheelie good Juniors style from Mike Payne on his KTM

In moto two, Mark Morris, Wilson and finally Litt enjoyed the glory of race leadership. With Litt taking the win, the ride of the moto was produced by Ben Boare. Starting down in 25th, he got right up to 4th following seven hot, highly contested laps. Those Junior results meant that Litt was to be the 2021 Weymouth victor, a truly fantastic result bearing in mind that he is not a regular competitor, this being his first race of the season and first ever win! Joining him in the top three was Sharpe and Wilson.

Jack Packer(23) and Joshua Morris in Seniors action

Jack Hooper led the pack away in the Seniors Unlimited moto one with young Weymouth debutant Alfie Calvert on his tail ahead of Bradley Frost, Luke Scott, Ashley Locke and Lewis Scard. That leading pack was to be then joined by Harvey Cashmore in what was developing into a super scrap. Calvert took over the race leadership for two laps before Cashmore who had started 8th then blasted to the front. On lap seven, Calvert in very determined mood responded in style by fighting back again and thus retake the advantage before keeping his composure to thus bag the win. With Cashmore in 2nd, Charlie Nightingale, Ryan Tanner, Frost and Jack Hooper completed the top six.

Seniors winner Alfie Calvert

After Hooper then led the pack down the beach and into turn one of the second Seniors clash, both Tanner and Calvert found a way through before locking horns in a serious head to head battle for glory. Swapping positions at the front, Calvert appeared set to make it a moto win double only to then fall on lap seven and be trapped under his machine. Quickly though, Calvert was able to remount and regain forward momentum, still having enough time to maintain 2nd spot. In another late twist though, Tanner then went out of the contest on the penultimate lap and the new race leader was Ashley Locke who had initially started in 7th. From here onwards he remained in control, and after being forced out of the opener on lap one, he brilliantly steered his tiny 125cc Husqvarna to victory, taking the chequered flag from Calvert, Cashmore, Nightingale, Frost and Vincent Branch. The overall top three saw a deserved success for teenager Calvert in what was his Weymouth debut after being too young to compete the last time the event was held back in 2019. Another teenager Cashmore finished 2nd overall with Nightingale 3rd.

Harvey Cashmore, 2nd in the Seniors

Fresh from his fourth Weston Beach race title and getting some last minute practice in before the opening round of the French Beach Race Series this coming weekend, Todd Kellett was in a very buoyant mood at Weymouth and what a start he made in the opening Experts Unlimited race. With an incredible display of smooth, very fast but totally controlled sand racing, the Drag ‘On Tek Yamaha rider lapped the entire field in winning moto one. Taking second spot was the very loyal Weymouth regular James Dodd who had enjoyed a great ride himself with Brad Thornhill, brother of ACU British Championship star Dan in a super 3rd. Out on his new 250cc 2T KTM, AMCA Championship front runner Josh Coleman got home in 4th as Henry Siddiqui, Charlie Putman, Aaron Patstone, Mark Young and Lee Truman were next up.

Scott Elderfield in Experts action

Making a simply supersonic start, Ultimate Wheels/Thunderroad Honda star Dodd made a fantastic getaway in moto two, leading the contest for a couple of laps with Kellett quickly moving into 2nd spot. Eventually though the dynamic Todd got through and despite a serious issue with his goggle roll-on’s sticking and forming a trail, clear vision was never going to be a problem as he stormed to another win. In this one Doddy was also right on it and along with Kellett completed 15 laps, one circuit more than the rest of the field. Taking 3rd was Scott Elderfield from Putman, Simon Booth, Truman, Young and Siddiqui. After their super opening rides, Thornhill and Coleman suffered mixed fortunes in this second clash. Brad was going well early on in 5th before falling and going right back to 49th. Undeterred though the Gloucestershire rider dug deep to come right back to 17th and 8th overall whilst Coleman went out on lap two.

Todd Kellett the Weymouth winner

Special mention in this Experts class goes to Luke Newman who campaigned a 150cc Husqvarna and brought it home in 11th overall, a super result! Indeed throughout the day there had been plenty of other very impressive results recorded by riders on small capacity 2T mounts!

So that’s it for 2021 and with the Purbeck MCC handing over a cheque for a fantastic £1,800 to the local Weymouth and Portland Charities, proceeds raised from a percentage of the riders entry fee, all eyes now turn to 2022 and what is sure to be another memorable event!

Experts runner-up James Dodd

2021 Weymouth Beach Race Results

Expert

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2
1 Todd Kellett 100 50 50
2 James Dodd 94 47 47
3 Charlie Putnam 82 39 43
4 Henry Siddiqui 76 41 35
5 Lee Truman 72 33 39
6 Mark Young 72 35 37
7 Simon Booth 71 30 41
8 Brad Thornhill 69 45 24
9 Aaron Patstone 65 37 28
10 billy saunders 61 28 33
11 Luke Newman 58 29 29
12 Bradley Rowland 56 31 25
13 Luke Oldfield 55 25 30
14 Brett Rowland 48 27 21
15 Elliot Cook 46 24 22
16 scott elderfield 45 45
17 Travis Reynolds 43 20 23
18 Josh Coleman 43 43
19 Sam Lycett 42 15 27
20 George Boyce 42 16 26
21 Jed Stockham 42 22 20
22 Lewis Barfoot 41 26 15
23 Jordan Carrier 37 19 18
24 Callum Gordon 34 17 17
25 Harry Linton 31 31
26 Joshua Scott 25 11 14
27 Bradley Wheeler 23 23
28 Jamie Watts 23 13 10
29 Alex Harvey 22 14 8
30 Tallon Leach 21 21
31 Joe Golding 20 4 16
32 Bradley Barfoot 20 7 13
33 Ross Parkinson 19 19
34 Jack Turner 19 8 11
35 Jack Griffiths 18 6 12
36 Stuart Keen 18 12 6
37 Jordan Bachelor 18 18
38 Ricky Good 15 10 5
39 Oliver Barnes 11 9 2
40 Callum Baldwin 9 9
41 Craig Chamberlain 8 1 7
42 Garry Wells 5 5
43 Charlotte Hall 4 4
44 Perry Matterface 3 3
45 Ross Millard 3 3
46 Jordan Davies 2 2
47 Will Laughton 1 1

Brad Thornhill in Experts action

Senior

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2
1 Alfie Calvert 97 50 47
2 Harvey Cashmore 92 47 45
3 Charlie Nightingale 88 45 43
4 Bradley Frost 82 41 41
5 Vincent Branch 76 37 39
6 Jack Hooper 76 39 37
7 Adam Ford 64 33 31
8 Lewis Dorling 63 28 35
9 Bradley Hicks 63 35 28
10 Jamie Wilson 60 27 33
11 Grant Laming 58 29 29
12 Marcus Clare 55 30 25
13 Ashley Locke 50 50
14 Joe Conway 46 24 22
15 Michael Norton 43 19 24
16 Ryan Tannerr 43 43
17 Thomas Watson 40 17 23
18 Alan Ranger 40 21 19
19 Gary Hurst 36 10 26
20 David Colton 31 31
21 Jack Alderton 30 30
22 Oli Coate 28 20 8
23 Jason Woodman 28 22 6
24 Joshua Main 27 27
25 Justin Cadman 26 26
26 Aiden Brooks 25 5 20
27 Craig Davis 25 18 7
28 Ben Gardner 25 25
29 Joe Cross 24 8 16
30 Elliot Dowell 24 13 11
31 Michael Windsor 23 23
32 Tom Mccabe 21 21
33 Adam Barfoot 21 4 17
34 Lee Phillips 21 7 14
35 Steven Minchin 21 12 9
36 Chris Toulson 19 6 13
37 Stuart Leicester 18 18
38 Stephen Hurst 17 2 15
39 Liam Mayo 16 16
40 Lewis Scard 15 15
41 Jayden Wheeler 14 14
42 Thomas Kimber Walters 12 12
43 Joshua Morris 11 11
44 Craig Arnold 10 10
45 Scott Elvin 9 9
46 Luke Scott 5 5
47 Aidan Gunner 4 4
48 Jake Cooper 3 3
49 Darren George 3 3
50 James Dance 2 2
51 Jordan allen 1 1
52 Lewis Smith 1 1

Jack Hooper, 6th in the Seniors

Junior

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2
1 Ajay Litt 97 47 50
2 Thomas Sharpe 89 50 39
3 Sam Wilson 88 43 45
4 Ben Boare 80 37 43
5 Ricky Hayles 80 45 35
6 Mark Morris 78 31 47
7 Leonard Paget 74 41 33
8 Johno Hoskins 71 30 41
9 Tommy Hobday 66 39 27
10 Adam Dixon 65 28 37
11 Harry Burton 61 33 28
12 Andy Biles 58 27 31
13 Cameron Butler 56 26 30
14 Josh Dowling 53 24 29
15 Terence Marsh 49 23 26
16 Guy Turton 45 20 25
17 Benjamin Grey 44 21 23
18 Kieran Payne 41 22 19
19 Danny Morris 41 29 12
20 Luke Robinson 35 35
21 Jacob Haigh 34 17 17
22 Ashton Coleman 33 25 8
23 Alex Luckes 28 8 20
24 Joe Workman 28 10 18
25 Mike Payne 25 11 14
26 Adrian Saunders 24 24
27 Haydn Hiscox 23 2 21
28 Darran Leach 22 22
29 Sean Roofer Rowe 19 19
30 Nick Groves 18 18
31 Tim Looker 17 16 1
32 Danny Miller 16 16
33 Mark Stanley 16 3 13
34 Adam Harvey 15 15
35 Sean Renvoize 15 15
36 Ellis Tighe 14 4 10
37 Rory Tucker 14 9 5
38 Greg Brice 14 14
39 Tom Matthews 13 13
40 Grant Reed 12 5 7
41 Triss Macey 12 12
42 Steve Matthews 11 11
43 Gemma Holtham 11 7 4
44 George Gale 9 9
45 John Trevelyan 9 6 3
46 Charlie Blundell 6 6
47 Luke Winn 2 2
48 Tony Giles 1 1

Ajay Litt leading a Juniors clash