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SHIPTON DOMINATES AT OPENING ROUND. Point S South West Masters Round 1 – Race Report and Results

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Yesterday saw the opening round of the POINT-S South West Masters Motocross Championships at Whiteway Barton in Devon. The track was in tip top shape and had attracted a fair entry and was to produce some excellent racing in all classes.

Report and Pictures by Dave Rich

In the 24MX Expert Championship there was a good entry and had attracted back to top flight racing the likes of Luke Hawkins a former Champion in the South West along with many others. Jake Shipton on the Crescent Racing Yamaha had set the fastest time in qualifying and had first pick of the gates and he was to use it to his advantage in the opening race and took the holeshot from the outside gate from the Cheddar Mx Honda of Luke Hawkins and Dan Thornhill on the Cab Screens DEOS Racing Honda. Shipton had a clear track in front and soon eased away, but Hawkins was put under a huge amount of pressure early on from Thornhill who was all over him looking to get pass which he eventually did on lap 5. Hawkins was soon put under pressure again from the St Blazey/Dragon Tek Yamaha of Todd Kellett who didn’t have the best of starts but was soon on the gas and powered his way up in to 3rd by the end of lap 8 after passing Hawkins, but he wasn’t going to catch the leading two as Shipton took the win, Thornhill 2nd and Kellett 3rd. In the second moto this time Shipton went for the inside gate at the start and this also worked well as he again had the holeshot from Supercross star Joe Clayton and Kellett who was all over Clayton from the off. Shipton again was pulling away at the front and Kellett was aware of this and passed Clayton by the end of the opening lap and was giving chase. Thornhill was to move up in to 3rd passing Clayton on lap 2 and Hawkins was soon all over Clayton which turned in to a scrap for several laps with Hawkins getting the better of Clayton on lap 8 powering up the big hill and moved in to 4th. Thornhill closed in on Kellett in the closing stages, but Kellett held on to take second behind Shipton. In the last moto Shipton went back to the outside gate and he took the holeshot again from Kellett and Thornhill and it wasn’t long before Shipton had the throttle wound back and was starting to get away at the front. Thornhill and Kellett were having a real tussle and at one stage were to bang handlebars with neither rider giving an inch until a slight lack of traction from Kellett was enough to see Thornhill go through in to 2nd, but he wasn’t going to catch Shipton who went on to make it a hattrick of wins.

Wayne Shimell took a hattrick of wins in the Over 35 Championship

In the Wulfsport Over 35 Championship there was a good entry and included former over 35 Champion Wayne Shimell on the TyreMarks Honda who for sure would be a threat. In the opening race it was Ben Harmon on the 300 2-Stroke Ktm who had the best start from James Kensington also on a 2-stroke who was having his first ride in the over 35’s ahead of Shimell who was to waste no time at tall and soon got pass Kensington and Harmon who made a mistake and took over the lead, but all eyes were on the Cheddar Mx Honda of Darren Banwell who didn’t have the best of starts and was mid pack, but he was absolutely flying up through the field and by the end of lap 5 was up in to 4th behind Peter Bulley who was soon relegated to 4th and the battle was now on for 2nd between Banwell and Kensington with Banwell eventually getting pass Kensington 3 laps from the end, but it was Shimell who took a comfortable win. In race 2 this time Shimell hit the front from the off and was soon in to a rhythm and eased away from Kensington and Harmon who was soon to have Banwell breathing all over him pushing to get pass which he did on lap 4, but that was as far as he got as Shimell took the win from Kensington. In the last race Shimell had a flyer off the line again and was on a real mission at the front. Kensington was to hold second from Banwell for a couple of laps until Banwell pounced on a slight mistake on lap 3 from Kensington and moved in to 2nd. Shimell was well gone by this time and went on to make it a hattrick on the day and maximum points.

In the Wulfsport Over 45’s category it was all about one rider and that was the J D Racing Ktm of Leigh Williams or Leapey Leigh as he is better known who holeshoted all three races and stormed away to take a convincing hat trick of wins, with David Ford and David Shipton finishing 2nd and 3rd behind him in all three races.

In the JCT Developments Junior Championship class there were many up and coming youngsters moving up in to the adult ranks all keen to do well. In the opening race it was Kieran Mclelland with the best start from James Cole and Brandon Baker with the latter taking over the lead by the end of the opening lap and moving up in to 2nd was now Kieran Yorke who had the bit between his teeth and was desperate to find away pass Baker which turned in to a real battle for several laps with Yorke eventually getting pass on lap 7 and from there went on to take the win, Brad Thornhill thought his way through in the latter part of the race to take 2nd with Daniel Wade taking 3rd. In the second race it was young 16-year-old local lad Jason Down who was having his first ride in the adults on his 125 with the holeshot from Rocky Letherby and Ben Clayton. Down was screaming that 125 around Whiteway and was to hold the lead for a couple of laps before Clayton took over on lap 3 and was to ease away. Down held 2nd until 2 laps from the end when he bent his gear change and struggled to carry on and through went Wade who took 2nd just a head of Harry day with Down bring it home a respectable 8th for his efforts. In the last race there was no stopping Clayton who led from the off and went on to take the chequered flag a head of Thornhill who again came on strong in the closing stages of the race with Harvey James taking 3rd.

In the Junior B class there was no stopping Josef Scibilia who notched up a hattrick of win where as in the Junior C class there was two wins for Darren Brock and the other one went to Andrew Wright who denied Brock a clean sweep in race 2.

Results

24MX Experts

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 731 Jake Shipton 150 50 50 50
2 95 Dan Thornhill 139 47 45 47
3 98 Todd Kellett 137 45 47 45
4 8 Luke Hawkins 125 43 43 39
5 14 Joe Clayton 119 37 39 43
6 111 Kelvin Townsend 109 35 37 37
7 4 Rob Cross 97 33 35 29
8 75 Ben Butler 90 30 25 35
9 32 Tom Moore 90 28 29 33
10 15 Ross Kersey 89 31 27 31
11 34 Ty Kellett 87 29 33 25
12 65 Bradley Barfoot 86 26 30 30
13 447 Simon Booth 86 27 31 28
14 600 Jamie Skuse 82 41 41 –
15 152 Luke Sturgeon 80 39 – 41
16 611 Callum Gordon 77 24 26 27
17 77 Luke Oldfield 77 25 28 24
18 505 Ross Parkinson 73 23 24 26
19 68 Lewis Barfoot 68 22 23 23
20 115 Jack Stevens 64 20 22 22
21 23 Tom Armsrong 63 21 21 21
22 41 Aaron Jenkins 20 – – 20

JCT Juniors

A Group

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 11 Ben Clayton 141 41 50 50
2 41 Daniel Wade 133 45 47 41
3 95 Brad Thornhill 131 47 37 47
4 280 Kieran Yorke 126 50 33 43
5 72 Maverick Smith 113 37 43 33
6 214 Harry Day 111 27 45 39
7 101 Thomas Townrow 103 39 29 35
8 13 Ben Gibbons 100 33 30 37
9 31 Stefan Little 97 26 41 30
10 6 Harry Mitchell 96 29 39 28
11 199 Kieran Mclelland 87 28 28 31
12 86 Elliot Cook 86 31 26 29
13 941 Brad Taylor 85 30 31 24
14 164 Jordan Gosling 78 35 22 21
15 29 Jason Down 78 25 35 18
16 187 Brandon Baker 76 43 23 10
17 77 Cameron Packer 71 23 21 27
18 115 Taylor Eden 71 21 24 26
19 15 Harvey James 70 20 5 45
20 71 Drew Slevin 66 16 25 25
21 284 Ryan Davis 57 18 16 23
22 45 Connor Jago 57 19 19 19
23 703 Matthew Treen 52 22 8 22
24 841 Lewis Hunt 51 14 17 20
25 118 Josh House 51 24 27 –
26 702 Adam Treen 45 13 20 12
27 456 Kurt Pugsley 40 11 14 15
28 241 Kona Jenkins 38 12 13 13
29 691 Sam Raymont 34 10 10 14
30 228 Michael Merrick 31 9 11 11
31 141 Nick Ford 29 7 15 7
32 53 Kyle Breslan 29 17 12 –
33 188 Callan Marshall 26 – 9 17
34 191 Rocky Letherby 26 8 18 –
35 554 Jamie Knight 23 – 7 16
36 711 Ashley Volz 20 6 6 8
37 20 Josh Symons 17 4 4 9
38 194 Corey Hawkins 15 15 – –
39 94 James Cole 5 5 – –

B Group

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 451 Josef Scibilia 150 50 50 50
2 69 Reegan West 119 45 47 27
3 777 James Chard 113 37 29 47
4 444 Luke Scriven 113 35 41 37
5 231 Jonathon Budd 111 27 39 45
6 747 Jack Cunningham 104 43 43 18
7 33 Alex Loewy 103 41 31 31
8 5 Cole Baker-Edwards 102 31 30 41
9 244 James Teenan 101 13 45 43
10 17 Daniel Brailey 90 28 33 29
11 2 Craig Garret 86 47 – 39
12 177 Kai Ford 79 30 23 26
13 57 Adam Weeks 79 24 35 20
14 61 Will Matthews 77 23 21 33
15 666 Ben Bowden 76 39 37 –
16 728 Nick Carbury 75 15 25 35
17 233 Nick White 75 25 22 28
18 112 Jason Sweet 74 21 28 25
19 129 Joel Worthigton 70 22 26 22
20 192 Steve Wannell 66 16 20 30
21 32 Ben Wills 63 29 19 15
22 100 Marc Hoskin 58 19 18 21
23 680 Tom Barfoot 54 17 14 23
24 87 Brian Hutchings 54 20 17 17
25 923 Jak Ford 51 – 27 24
26 66 Adam Barfoot 50 18 16 16
27 454 Ashley Wigmore 48 33 15 –
28 30 Jude Gaylard 45 26 – 19
29 55 George Jones 38 14 24 –

C Group

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 22 Darren Brock 147 50 47 50
2 291 Andrew Wright 142 45 50 47
3 93 Steven Nicholls 137 47 45 45
4 117 Kevin Pengelly 125 41 43 41
5 97 John Mitchell 112 43 41 28
6 114 Steven Flack 111 33 39 39
7 51 Ryan Lock 98 37 18 43
8 111 Andrew Townrow 96 39 20 37
9 741 Sam Andrews 95 27 35 33
10 791 Morgan Limpus 93 30 33 30
11 363 Luke Horsey 91 31 25 35
12 47 Adam Pellow 87 28 30 29
13 415 Kevin Spiller 82 22 29 31
14 600 Grant Hewitt 79 26 28 25
15 169 Jon Trevelyon 78 35 17 26
16 511 Ben Brown 77 23 27 27
17 23 Daniel Harris 72 25 24 23
18 1 Andrew Day 72 16 37 19
19 171 Chris Tibbs 68 18 26 24
20 46 Zoe Deacon 67 24 23 20
21 16 Kyle Richards 64 21 22 21
22 131 Jordan Spence 62 19 21 22
23 257 Jack Bowden 51 20 31 –
24 184 James Read 49 15 16 18
25 54 William Jenkins 44 29 15 –
26 49 Liam Annetts 36 17 19 –

Wulfsport Over 35’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 10 Wayne Shimmell 150 50 50 50
2 011 Darren Banwell 139 47 45 47
3 140 James Kensignton 137 45 47 45
4 19 Ben Harmon 127 41 43 43
5 22 Peter Bulley 125 43 41 41
6 72 Carl McIlroy 107 37 31 39
7 38 Lee Randall-Smith 105 35 35 35
8 200 Jon Morrissey 104 39 37 28
9 42 Mike Burgess 98 29 39 30
10 242 Matt Wells 97 31 29 37
11 14 Luke Dewey 97 33 33 31
12 199 Mark Callcut 89 30 30 29
13 24 Mark Osbourne 82 28 27 27
14 83 Ryan Hoskin 79 27 26 26
15 11 Dan Merifield 76 26 25 25
16 46 Darren Pearce 61 – 28 33

Wulfsport Over 45’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 57 Leigh Williams 150 50 50 50
2 761 David Ford 141 47 47 47
3 731 David Shipton 135 45 45 45
4 595 Richard Tapscott 123 41 39 43
5 918 Dean Davies 117 43 33 41
6 94 Shaun Brooker 115 33 43 39
7 367 Robert Topp 111 37 41 33
8 76 Alan Packer 105 31 37 37
9 124 Neil Stephens 101 39 31 31
10 6 Wayne Slater 100 30 35 35
11 762 Paul Ford 95 35 30 30
12 118 Adrian Toy 86 28 29 29
13 555 Brian Pugsley 57 29 28 –
14 26 Nicolas Grenney 53 26 27 –
15 77 Justin Napier 27 27 – –