Sand ace Stevenson! Barmouth Beach Race – Race Report
Images courtesy of Aled Jones
Gavin Stevenson lead an all-star Adult A class with many British Championship racers lining up in the talent-packed field. Stevenson would notch up two moto wins to edge out Moto 1 winner Jamie Law for the title. Jamie Wainwright would round out the podium, just six points off of the winner, and with two moto wins to his name he certainly showed great speed. George Sim Mutch, John Robson and Ed Briscoe would round out the top six.
In the Quad’s Oli Sansom showed his sand prowess by beating 2018 Weston Beach Race winner Harry Walker to the Barmouth title. Sansom would pile in with four moto wins before relinquishing his unbeaten run to Walker in the final race. Liam Garbett put in a good string of results to obtain third overall, ahead of British Quad XC Champion Alex Bethell in fourth, James Bevan in fifth and Laurence Stopps in sixth.
The Quads also had a stacked B class with Simon David taking the overall from Jake Best, Dylan Mckenner and Iestyn Rees. Spare a thought for 15 year old Alfie Walker who won four moto’s but a DNF in race two relegated him to fifth overall in the final standings with Ethan Best in sixth.
Arai Elcock was a class act in the 85’s going through the card with 5 moto wins from 5. Jack Dando looked at home in the sand finishing an excellent second overall. Standing on the third step of the podium would be Alfie Davies, fending off Ronnie Reeves in fourth, Daniel Arkell fifth and Tiger Anderton in sixth.
In the 125’s Travis Steels rode a stormer coming home with the overall with four race victories. Henry Yardley would be the only racer to defeat Steels and it would help him edge ahead of James Handscombe for second. George Yardley kept consistent for fourth, ahead of Jason Bancroft and Taylor Baston.
Jack Benniston pipped (excuse the pun) Pip Davies to the Adult B Group one overall by a solitary point with three moto wins to his name. Davies would claim the final moto but it wasn’t enough to overhaul Benniston. Stu Owen rode better as the weekend went on and finished a solid third overall with Race 2 winner Matt Hockenhall fourth. Chris Neesam would end the two days in fifth with Brogan Johnson in sixth.
In the Adult B Group 2, Moto one aside, Carl Robson was in control piling in with victories in races 2 to 5 for the overall. Scott Isherwood was the best of the rest finishing in second with Jamie Isherwood-Birkett in third. Ste Liston came away from Barmouth with fourth, fending off Sam Alderman in fifth and Enduro ace Rosie Rowett in sixth. Adam Moore would open the event with the Moto one win but couldn’t back it up in the other four races.
Tom Arnold and his team once again put Barmouth on the Moto map and created a great event which is growing in stature year on year.