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Mackenzie takes the win, but not the score .. Ecosse XC Winter Championship Round 1 – Race Report and Results

by adminJanuary 10, 2019

The first Rock Oil/MichelinEcosse XC outing of the New Year, saw over 200 solo and quad riders turn out to a new sand venue at Tyninghame Links, near Dunbar in East Lothian

Report by Jenni Foulkes – Images courtesy of Peter Greenwood Photography

A huge amount of work and input from the Pro riders went into building an interesting and flowing one-mile-plus track with plenty of passing lines and big berms. Great weather welcomed the riders who were swiftly through signing-on, practice and ready for the first race with go underway promptly at 9am.

Billy Mackenzie – won the A races, but didn’t score

A surprise competitor in the A group was non-other than two-time MX1 British champ – the first-ever Scottish rider to win a World Motocross GP – Billy Mackenzie. He was enjoying a blast of winter race fun, and so laidback was the former champ that he forgot a transponder, but the Ecosse lap-scoring girls caught sight of him flashing past their post. He didn’t get it all his own way though and had to push hard to get to the front, ahead of John Robson, Michael Ogden and Sean Williamson in the first and second race and then Robson, Ryan Thomson and Williamson in the third moto. So, whilst the uber-smooth Mackenzie won on the day, the official result went to John Robson. The Rookies were also out with this top group and made a good account of themselves, with a flying young Shay Page out front in all three motos.

Zack Frost – C group

Nieve Howes gave an outstanding performance in the B-class with a blistering start in race one to briefly take the lead, giving eventual winner Ivan Williamson, together with second-placed Fraser Watson, a run for their money. She finished third in the opening moto and fifth overall.

A full-gate lined up for the C’s with tight and close racing between a dominate Zack Frost, who took three wins from three starts, with a hard-charging Scott Foote all over his rear wheel. Jimmy Bell and Stuart Wilson were also in the up-front mix.

Cristina Palmer #131 leads BW rider #255 Mark Parker

The combined BW/SW85 class made for exciting racing, with the small-wheel riders holding their own against the bigger bikes, whilst enjoying their own in-class battles at the same time. Ayden Smith, Jay Cheel and Kieran Sives were the ones to watch in the big-wheel sector, with Smith’s one-two-one giving him the overall. They had to contend with the small-wheel rippers of Jack Fletcher, Cristina Palmer and Ryan Waggot in their midst though with Fletcher third, Palmer fourth and Waggot fifth in race one and then Palmer third, Waggot fourth and Fletcher fifth in the final moto. The youngsters changed positions throughout each race with Fletcher taking the overall just three points ahead of Palmer, who was three points ahead of Waggot.

Rhys Whyment – 65cc

Tom Grant won the closely-fought Vets battle and Rhys Whyment was too fast for the rest of the pack in the 65cc class.

Brewis leads quad start

The quad start-line featured two former Scottish champions Michael Brewis and Paul Davie, to absolute newbie Hugh Beattie, with a bevy of well-known ‘vets’ including Ian Neill, Iain Clark, David Vass and Warren Allen.

Michael Brewis took the holeshot in all three motos and won the day by three points from Lorne Sinclair, but not without a fight. Eighteen-year-old Sinclair challenged Brewis throughout the day, setting the fastest lap in each race in the process, but the experienced Brewis won through taking the overall with first and third race wins, whilst Sinclair won the second moto. Another 18-year-old, Ayrton Knowles, who was runner up in the Clubman British Quad Championship in 2018, surprised himself by taking third place overall on his Yamaha after three steady races. “I’m quite happy with that, given the amount of Christmas pudding I’ve been eating recently,” he commented. Vass was happy to finish fourth overall, having taken a last-minute decision to make the four-hour trip south on the morning of the event. A fan of sand racing, Vass used the day to get in some valuable practice ahead of Le Touquet later this month. Completing the top five overall was Mark Wilson – his best race of the day was moto one, where he held the runner up spot until the last lap, when Sinclair squeezed past him.

Michael Brewis

The youngest rider in the quad class, schoolboy Robbie Wood, took sixth overall, despite a near collision on the first moto with George Oliver, who took seventh overall, just five points behind Wood. Rookie Beattie showed great form in his first ever race weekend, finishing eighth overall, with Davie one point behind him in ninth overall, and Richie Cornett tenth.

The next round of the Ecosse XC series will take place on 20th January 2019, back at Tyninghame Links.

Results

65’s
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 42 Rhys WHYMENT 135 45 45 45
2 48 Haydon STATT 120 42 36 42
3 11 Lucus FORSYTH 118 36 42 40
4 122 Jamie PRENTICE 113 35 40 38
5 10 Jaxon HASWELL 112 38 38 36
6 130 Leo SELF 110 40 35 35
7 265 Mitchell PEARCE 101 34 34 33
8 14 Ellis NELSON 99 33 32 34
9 77 Haydon STEEL 95 32 31 32
10 100 Ryan PRENTICE 95 31 33 31
11 21 Luke WILLIAMS 60 – 30 30

Small Wheel 85’s
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 310 Jack FLETCHER 130 45 45 40
2 131 Cristina PALMER 127 42 40 45
3 55 Ryan WAGGOT 124 40 42 42
4 7 Conner SMITH 111 35 38 38
5 60 Ryan LOWES 109 38 35 36
6 890 Thomas CARRUTHERS 106 36 36 34
7 25 Zac CHEEL 103 34 34 35
8 500 Ebony BROWN 98 33 33 32
9 37 Dylan DAVISON 96 31 32 33
10 777 Brook LOFTERS 94 32 31 31
11 85 Tom BLACKWOOD 90 30 30 30
12 62 Jake COLLINS 85 28 29 28
13 147 Daniel WATSON 83 27 27 29
14 12 Charlie MacDONALD 81 26 28 27
15 63 Robbie DAVIDSON 55 29 26 –

Big Wheel 85’s
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 666 Ayden SMITH 132 45 42 45
2 70 Jay CHEEL 127 42 45 40
3 04 Kieran Mark SIVES 122 40 40 42
4 255 Mark PARKER 114 38 38 38
5 114 Thomas BRUCE 107 35 36 36
6 20 Euan AIKEN 106 36 35 35
7 265 Jacob CARTWRIGHT 102 34 34 34
8 33 Ben McDONNELL 98 33 33 32
9 57 Jayden JEFFREY 97 32 32 33
10 12 Daniel WADDLE 93 31 31 31
11 72 Owen BOOTH 90 30 30 30
12 80 Callum DAVIDSON 58 29 29 –

Rookies
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 3 Shay PAGE 135 45 45 45
2 8 Logan FERGUSON 126 42 42 42
3 1A Jake SHARKY 118 40 40 38
4 30 Jack WINTHORP 116 38 38 40
5 99 Josh BUCHANAN 108 36 36 36
6 101 Tyla MOIR 105 35 35 35
7 175 Mackenzie CROCKATT 101 33 34 34
8 166 Blayn SCOTT 100 34 33 33
9 60 Ben BALLANTYNE 94 31 31 32
10 36 Joseph McGOVERN 62 30 32 –
11 11 Brandon BURNS 62 32 30 –
12 19 Dominic STEVENSON 29 29 – –

Vets
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 9 Tom GRANT 124 42 42 40
2 43 Alan THAIN 120 45 33 42
3 471 Gordon MORRISON 113 35 40 38
4 545 Peter O’NEILL 111 40 36 35
5 69 Ian WILSON 110 36 38 36
6 10 Morton HANNAH 107 38 35 34
7 458 John CRUTHERS 95 28 34 33
8 619 Barry GILLAN 95 34 29 32
9 135 Mark DEMPSEY 93 33 32 28
10 600 Barry SMITH 92 32 31 29
11 750 Brian ALEXANDER 90 – 45 45
12 164 Stephen CASSIDY 89 31 28 30
13 14 Kenny McCLOY 87 30 30 27
14 233 Graham SMITH 76 26 27 23
15 456 Stephen HOWES 75 24 25 26
16 121 Richard BRYCE 75 25 26 24
17 251 Jamie MENZIES 68 21 22 25
18 16 Nicky MacLennan 68 27 24 17
19 250 Antony HUME 67 22 23 22
20 177 David WATSON 62 20 21 21
21 911 Oliver STYLES 60 23 19 18
22 83 Ashley WILSON 59 19 20 20
23 136 Stephen MONALLY 52 17 16 19
24 223 Tam LADDY 49 16 18 15
25 64 Stephen GRAY 46 15 15 16
26 4 Julian HOLMES 43 29 14 –
27 216 John GLASS 35 18 17 –
28 637 31 – – 31
29 66 Gordon FORBES 14 14 – –

Quads
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 505 Michael BREWIS 132 45 42 45
2 101 Lorne SINCLAIR 129 42 45 42
3 126 Ayrton KNOWLES 118 38 40 40
4 133 David VASS 110 36 36 38
5 60 Mark WILSON 107 40 38 29
6 6a Robbie WOOD 103 33 34 36
7 97 George OLIVER 98 28 35 35
8 702 Hugh BEITTIE 97 31 32 34
9 72 Paul DAVIE 96 35 33 28
10 16 Richie CORNET 95 32 31 32
11 11 Ian NEIL 93 34 29 30
12 82 Warren ALLAN 91 30 30 31
13 13 James NISBET 90 29 28 33
14 6 Gary ATKINSON 27 27 – –

Adult C
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 911 Zack FROST 135 45 45 45
2 763 Scott FOOTE 122 40 42 40
3 373 Stuart WILSON 117 35 40 42
4 281 Mike TWEDDLE 108 34 36 38
5 33 Steven LANCASTER 107 36 35 36
6 60 Gavin LOWES 103 38 33 32
7 58X Jimmy BELL 103 42 30 31
8 50 Andrew BARNES 99 27 38 34
9 313 Marcus JEFFERSON 98 32 31 35
10 100 Grant AITCHISON 90 28 29 33
11 255 Max HAMILTON 90 29 34 27
12 110 Christopher WALKER 87 30 28 29
13 14 Reece BROWN 75 22 25 28
14 338 Chris CLARKE 75 31 24 20
15 2 Steven COWAN 74 33 32 9
16 215 Brandon BECK 70 26 21 23
17 114 Ian SAYER 70 23 26 21
18 41 Jake SINCLAIR 69 25 19 25
19 28 Robert HORNE 65 19 22 24
20 92 Max HOWES 64 20 18 26
21 7 Barry KENNEDY 60 15 23 22
22 95 Michael MacKINNON 59 24 5 30
23 726 Gerard DEWAR 56 21 27 8
24 5A Davie SMITH 55 18 20 17
25 291 Callum WILSON 48 16 13 19
26 65 John BELL 44 17 9 18
27 58 Iain CLARK 44 13 17 14
28 4 Chris SMITH 42 10 16 16
29 361 Duncan HAMILTON 40 14 11 15
30 353 Andrew CARR 38 12 14 12
31 117 Ross CARBRY 32 9 10 13
32 194 Ryan McGEORGE 30 11 12 7
33 83 Norrie CHRITSIE 25 6 8 11
34 133 Andrea TAYLOR 23 8 15 –
35 5 Abigail AITCHINSON 21 5 6 10
36 44 Mackenzie SWANSTON 14 7 7 –

Adult B
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 88 Ivan WILLIAMSON 130 45 45 40
2 430 Fraser WATSON 122 42 42 38
3 31 Steven McCORMACK 120 35 40 45
4 101 Alex JAFFRAY 116 38 36 42
5 4 Nieve HOWES 114 40 38 36
6 77 Steven LENNIE 100 31 35 34
7 23 Johny SYEWARTON 100 33 34 33
8 416 Michael McLARTY 100 36 32 32
9 275 Stuart HOGG 96 28 33 35
10 104 Andrew CURRIE 89 29 29 31
11 637 Gareth GRAY 89 32 27 30
12 96 Carl HOWES 88 30 31 27
13 22 Jordan DOHERTY 84 27 28 29
14 511 Lee BELL 82 24 30 28
15 774 Scott CRAWFORD 82 34 22 26
16 97 Alexander MARTIN 75 25 25 25
17 13 Daniel McNALLY 71 26 21 24
18 118 Liam CRISP 65 19 24 22
19 14 Brian TAIT 63 22 18 23
20 771 Jamie CLARKSON 63 23 19 21
21 82 Craig MacKENZIE 63 20 23 20
22 999 William PENRICE 44 18 26 –
23 196 Alasdair GORRIE 41 21 20 –

Adult A
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 28 John ROBSON 135 45 45 45
2 56 Michael OGDEN 122 42 42 38
3 1 Sean WILLIAMSON 120 40 40 40
4 181 Ryan THOMSON 115 38 35 42
5 710 Alan SMITH 103 33 36 34
6 100 Seth MOIR 102 32 34 36
7 632 Barry TURNBALL 100 36 29 35
8 11 Colin McLUCKIE 99 35 32 32
9 81 Declan RYAN 96 30 33 33
10 701 Lewis DAVIDSON 87 29 27 31
11 444 Kyle OLIVER 86 28 28 30
12 311 Ryan GARTHWAITE 84 27 30 27
13 152 Lindsay DUKE 80 25 26 29
14 151 Joe TELFORTH 72 34 38 –
15 153 Jack HENDRY 57 26 31 –
16 115 Jason MARTIN 55 31 24 –
17 6 Andrew BISSET 53 – 25 28