The Action to come thick and fast at Fatcats this weekend! Bridgestone British Masters Round 3 – Preview
The Bridgestone British Masters travels north this weekend to the Fatcat Motoparc for the third round of their 2o19 series.
With two rounds completed the battle at the head of the Pro MX1 field is being led by Jake Shipton who has had a fantastic series so far, but he sits just a slender 10 points ahead of the ultra-fast starting Jake Millward. Combat for the third podium spot is fierce with Luke Norris, Robbie Dowson, and Gavin Stevenson only separated by five points. While this round sees a few absences through injury, including last years runner up Ryan Houghton, Dan Thornhill and Lewis Tombs, there are some big name returnees including reigning champion Elliott Banks-Browne and his Geartec Husqvarna teammate Luke Burton. Expect both of these riders to put a cat amongst the championship-chasing pigeons on Sunday.
In the Pro MX2 class it couldn’t be any tighter at the top with the old hand Martin Barr and the young gun Taylor Hammal tied on points going into round 3. Ben Franklin has been having a great series and sits in third spot, but a racer to watch out for is Ashton Dickinson who is having an awesome season and if it wasn’t for a DNF in the second race of round one would certainly be closer to the lead duo or possibly even ahead of them. The deficit isn’t too much to claw back either so Dickinson will have all guns blazing on Sunday. Michael Ellis missed the first round, but he made his mark on the series by winning the second moto at Wroxton so he will be a surefire contender as will Liam Knight who missed the trip to Oxfordshire for the last round.
While the Pro’s just race on the Sunday a whole host of other classes will be racing over the complete weekend with two races per day scheduled.
The smallest racers in the Championship are the 65’s and they are certainly putting on a show this year, with Freddie Gardiner and Charlie Richmond inseparable at the top of the standings, while Round 1 winner Brandon Buckley is not too far behind, with a whole host of little racers ready to mount a challenge including Archie-Jay Girdham, Ollie Bubb, Riley Ingram, Jamie Keith and Drew Stock just to name a few.
Tyla Hooley is in the Small Wheel 85 hot seat but his lead is just four points with Mckenzie Marshall in second and ready to pounce. Warren Clarke comes into Fatcats in third and full of confidence having won the final moto of round 2 and he will be looking to replicate that in the opening moto on Saturday. Will Haddock was the victor in round 1 but fell down the order last time around so he will be keen to get back to his early season best.
Sam Atkinson has been immense in the Big Wheel 85’s this year and has only been defeated once in 8 races. It’s no surprise that Atkinson has a big lead in the points table but Arai Elcock, Tye Jones, Reece Ross and the rest of the chasing pack will be super keen to put themselves on the top step of the podium this weekend.
The talent on show in the MXY2 category is formidable and standing out taller than them all is the tremendously talented Ike Carter who is another rider who has only tasted defeat once this year. That defeat came at the hands of Kyle McNicol who has been consistent throughout which means he only sits 14 points behind Carter and in good order to take it to his rival. Todd Leadbitter and Troy Jones are both capable of mixing it with these two and sit in third and fourth in the standings respectively.
The 125cc class always throws up some great action and with Dylan Spencer and Jordan Bachelor level pegging after the two completed rounds, and with Troy Willerton only another 14 points behind expect this round to go down to the wire.
Adam Day holds the Amateur MX1 lead, but racers from anywhere in the pack can get a result in this class. With Day only holding a 15 point cushion you can expect all action with a ton of drama in this class with the likes of Luke Houghton, Harry Bradley, Jamie Dixon and Gareth Artus all wanting to leave Fatcats with the points lead.
In the Amateur MX2 class Oliver Benton sits pretty at the top of the table but only three points ahead of Jack Rowland who has delivered solid second-place finishes at both rounds this season. Jack Timms blitzed to 4 race wins at Wroxton so if this form continues he will be a tough cookie to beat this weekend.
The Clubman class is where it’s at when it comes to drama with race wins coming from anywhere. Poking his head above the parapet with the series lead is Greg Fisher but his challengers this weekend will be coming thick and fast and include the likes of Charlie Sutton, Mark Kinsley, Alex Harvey, Kyle Jenkins and Max Wood.
Entry fee for Spectators is £10 for Adults, £5 for Children and Senior Citizens.
The track address is Armthorpe, Doncaster DN3 3EH