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Nicholls gets his name on Patchquick Trophy at first attempt! Race Report, Highlights and Results!

by adminJune 15, 2018

Back on Wednesday evening 13th June the 71st running of the Patchquick Trophy event which this year had kindly been sponsored by TyreMarks of Tavistock took place at Little Silver Moto Parc on the outskirts of Exeter in Devon.

Report and Images by Dave Rich – Highlights Edit by Walker Media

This year’s event had attracted nigh on a full entry and included many of the country’s top riders and with it was too attract some 2,000 plus spectators who were in attendance on what was a well prepped track with excellent viewing.
Topping the line-up and expected to be a front runner was current British MX1 Championship leader Jake Nicholls on the Buildbase Honda who made the long trip down from East Anglia to have his first attempt of getting his name inscribed alongside many of the greats already on this famous Trophy, but there was plenty of other talent all looking to do the same.

In the opening Patchquick Trophy race it was team mate to Nicholls Josh Gilbert who was on a 450f Buildbase Honda rather than his normal 250f who had first pick at the gate as he had qualified the fastest, but as they entered the first corner it was Nicholls who had the holeshot from the Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha of Ryan Houghton and last year’s winner Jake Shipton on the Crescent RFX Yamaha, but not the best of starts for Gilbert who was back in about 10th. Nicholls had a clear track ahead of him and was to ease away from Houghton who had Shipton all over him like a rash for the first couple of laps, but all eyes were on Gilbert who was now up in to 4th. Shipton was eventually to get pass Houghton on lap 4 and was to try and close down the gap on Nicholls which was some 5 seconds, but it was a tall ask as Nicholls was in dominating form and went on tom take the Chequered flag with Shipton 2nd and after a long tussle with Houghton, Gilbert found away pass on the last lap to take 3rd.

Jake Nicholls with the Patchquick Trophy

In the second moto this time it was Josh Taylor on the DirtWheelzUK Kawasaki with the best start from Nicholls and the Wheeldon Farm Off road Kawasaki of Joe Clayton, but several riders were to go down behind them including Gilbert, Alex Snow and Shipton. Gilbert managed to get away in mid pack, but not Shipton who was right at the back of the field as was Snow who was to pull out. Meanwhile back at the front Taylors lead was short lived as within a third of the opening lap Nicholls took over at the front and was soon in to a rhythm and eased away. Dan Thornhill on the Cab Screens Honda was to move up in to 2nd on lap 3, but as with the opening race all eyes were on Gilbert who was storming up through the field as was Shipton, but a rear wheel moose problem was to force Shipton out on lap 6. Houghton was also on a mission and moved past Taylor on the same lap, but soon to be breathing all over him was the flying Gilbert who found away pass 2 laps later and was soon chasing down Thornhill in 2nd and was to catch him with 2 laps remaining and had a real ding dong. Nicholls was to take a comfortable win, but who was it going to take 2nd as Gilbert was trying allsorts, but Thornhill held strong and took it by literally .2 of a second.

As the last race got underway the light was fading and a good start was the thing to have and that was exactly what Nicholls did from Shipton and the D S C Cornwall Kawasaki of Luke Sturgeon, but with a clear view in front of him Nicholls wasted no time at the front and powered away. Gilbert had a better start in this won and by the end of the opening lap was sitting in 3rd and was giving chase. Houghton was also on a charge in the early stages before he was forced to retire with no front brake. Nicholls was to go on to take the win to make it a hat trick on the night with Shipton 2nd just a head of Gilbert who took 3rd, but the applause was for Nicholls who was declared Patchquick Trophy winner 2018.

Luke Sturgeon took 4th overall in the main Patchquick Trophy class

In the B group which was for the Speed Trophy there was great drama as it was Brandon Baker who led the race for the first couple of laps before Mark Cornish took over, but soon to be all over Cornish was Rick Hanson who was on a real mission and was to pass Cornish a lap later to take the lead and it looked as if Hanson was going to take the win, but a big off on the last lap ended his race and Cornish regained the lead, but he was to be denied the win just before the end by the enduro ace Ricky Wiggins with Ben Gibbons who had fought his way through from 18th on the opening lap taking 3rd.

In the second moto Gibbons had the best start from Jordan Watts with Baker in 3rd, but a bad start for race 1 winner Wiggins who was down in 17th at the end of the opening lap and had it all to do. Gibbons was to pull away on the first couple of laps and Watts was to drop down to 4th after being passed by Finton Jones and Baker. Gibbons went on to take the win with Jones 2nd but a late surge on the last lap saw Watts pass Baker and was to finish 3rd.
The last group saw dominance from Matt Daines who blitzed the rest of the field with two convincing wins.

Results

The Patchquick Trophy

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 45 Jake Nicholls 135 45 45 45
2 3 Josh Gilbert 120 40 40 40
3 95 Dan Thornhill 116 36 42 38
4 152 Luke Sturgeon 105 34 35 36
5 166 Josh Taylor 98 31 36 31
6 9 Jake Curtis-Stevens 97 32 33 32
7 771 Jay Hague 93 28 31 34
8 731 Jake Shipton 91 42 7 42
9 14 Joe Clayton 89 29 32 28
10 2 Josh Gotts 84 27 28 29
11 54 Corey Hockey 83 26 30 27
12 44 Luke Mellows 80 33 34 13
13 82 Charlie Cole 79 22 27 30
14 447 Simon Booth 77 25 26 26
15 119 Ryan Houghton 76 38 38 –
16 31 Alex Snow 70 35 – 35
17 140 James Kensington 67 21 21 25
18 505 Ross Parkinson 65 20 24 21
19 301 Ben Hunt 62 – 29 33
20 821 Thomas Andrew 56 13 20 23
21 22 Todd Leadbutter 50 12 19 19
22 951 Bradley Maddever 49 17 14 18
23 11 Ben Clayton CH 47 – 23 24
24 57 Billy King 46 24 22 –
25 167 Callum Gordon 43 5 18 20
26 17 Charlie Ware 43 18 25 –
27 115 Jack Stevens CH 42 9 11 22
28 91 Liam Curtis-Stevens 42 11 16 15
29 151 Ross Kersey 40 23 17 –
30 681 Tommy Alba 36 30 6 –
31 101 Thomas Townrow 33 8 13 12
32 86 Elliot Cook 31 6 9 16
33 77 Luke Oldfield 31 19 12 –
34 444 Jason Brooke 29 14 15 –
35 195 Brad Thornhill 25 – 8 17
36 181 Aiden Newitt CH 18 4 – 14
37 23 Ryan Mundell 17 7 10 –
38 15 Harvey James 16 16 – –
39 32 Tom Moore 15 15 – –
40 61 Ed Mountjoy 10 10 – –

The Speed Trophy

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 13 Ben Gibbons CH 85 40 45
2 1 Ricky Wiggin 79 45 34
3 526 Jordan Watts CH 78 38 40
4 51 Mark Cornish CH 75 42 33
5 87 Brandon Baker 73 35 38
6 761 David Ford CH 72 36 36
7 723 Josh Hurley CH 65 30 35
8 451 Josef Scibilia CH 64 33 31
9 16 Johvan Jennings 60 32 28
10 28 Nathaniel Coleman 59 34 25
11 35 Caius Hill 58 28 30
12 19 Olly Lawer 58 31 27
13 24 Josh Day CH 56 27 29
14 4 Billy Saunders 53 21 32
15 53 Kyle Breslan CH 50 26 24
16 18 Jordan Harris 49 23 26
17 901 Colby Walker CH 43 22 21
18 89 Colt Bright CH 43 29 14
19 103 Fintan Jones 42 – 42
20 159 James Deacon CH 39 17 22
21 199 Mark Callcut CH 39 19 20
22 554 Jamie Knight 39 20 19
23 *21 Charlotte Hall 38 15 23
24 331 Alex Loewy 34 16 18
25 *84 Scott Hooper 31 18 13
26 69 Reegan West CH 29 12 17
27 11 Chester Blair Snr 29 14 15
28 71 Jack Napier CH 27 11 16
29 238 Adam Ford 25 25 –
30 5 Rick Hanson 24 24 –
31 21 Tom Parkhouse CH 13 13 –
32 711 Ashley Volz 10 10 –

The Holne Trophy

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2
1 33 Matt Daines 90 45 45
2 251 Ryan Lock 84 42 42
3 551 Mathew Clarke 78 38 40
4 540 Daniel Budd 74 40 34
5 55 George Jones CH 73 35 38
6 762 Paul Ford CH 71 36 35
7 60 Jon Jones CH 65 29 36
8 126 Jordan Scadding 64 31 33
9 191 Morgan Limpus 62 30 32
10 08 Memphis Enright CH 60 32 28
11 94 Kester Wood CH 59 34 25
12 109 Andrew Parker 58 27 31
13 83 Paul Thewlis CH 57 28 29
14 351 Darren Hannaford CH 57 33 24
15 363 Luke Horsey 56 26 30
16 177 Justin Napier CH 52 25 27
17 122 Adam Merrifield CH 50 24 26
18 281 Daniel Cox 43 20 23
19 388 Julian Slee 42 21 21
20 224 Lee Mitchell CH 40 18 22
21 371 Simon Ring 39 23 16
22 511 Ben Brown CH 36 17 19
23 169 John Trevelyan CH 36 19 17
24 26 Nick Grenney CH 34 14 20
25 99 Ian Enright CH 34 16 18
26 46 Zoe Deacon CH 30 15 15
27 153 Jack Brazier CH 22 22 –
28 18 Aaron Powell 14 – 14
29 6 Jack Matthews CH 13 – 13
30 79 Louis Harmer 13 13 –