Rushen races to third title! 2018 British Youth Grasstrack Championship – Race Report and Results
Fenland Grasstrack Club staged the first of two days of racing on Saturday, playing host to the ACU British Youth Grasstrack Championships for 2018. The four classes of Youth competitors put on a fantastic show- many hailing it the best youth championships meeting for many years.
Report and Result images courtesy of Gareth Bemister – Action images courtesy of Mick Jenness
The youngest age bracket, the Auto Cadet class, saw a first ever win for Ollie Binns, though it looked as though he might have to settle for second. Pre-meeting favourite George Colvin won the opening three rides before finally being beaten by Binns in the fourth heat. But in the final heat, problems for Colvin meant that he had to retire from the all-important race, leaving Binns to win his second race and pip Colvin to the overall title. A huge shame for George Colvin, but he’ll be back. As for Ollie Binns, he was tipped as a potential spoiler and is a deserved 2018 British champion.
In the Cadet class, Cooper Rushen, the 2017 Auto Cadet Champion, continued his phenomenal youth Grasstrack career by picking up yet another British title- his third title in as many years. Guernsey Sand Racer Thomas Vining looked most likely to trouble Rushen, picking up second overall, with Norwich New stars racer Dylan Amies putting in some fine rides to finish 3rd.
The Juniors saw a fantastic win for Cameron Taylor. Continuing the RTS legacy, Taylor missed out last season when the meeting was cut short. This year, he made no mistakes. Defending champion Max Perry rode brilliantly to claim 2nd, but he was no match for Taylor.
Finally, the oldest youngster in the Inters class had some tremendous racing. Pre-meeting favourite Jake Mulford had a torrid day. Mechanical failure in both practice and his first race saw him miss the opening two rides completely. Mickie Simpson was perfectly placed to capitalise, claiming some impressive wins. When Mulford returned to the action he was able to beat Simpson, although the two had some tremendous scraps. But Simpson had done enough in the early heats to confirm his British Championships in the Inters class.
The kids were supported by the GT140 class, which was fittingly won by former youth racer George Fenner.
The youth competition has seen a steady increase in rider numbers over the last two seasons. The racing was highly competitive in every class. Very well done to all of the riders for putting on a brilliant show.