The beginning of the end! British Minibike Championships Finale – Preview
The fifth and final round of the 2019 British Minibike Champs are being held at the Kieradan Park venue near Scunthorpe this weekend, with loads at stake throughout the classes as all of the title contenders will be gunning to be on the top step of the podium come Sunday afternoon.
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It’s going to be a big weekend for Ethan Georgiou as he stands on the cusp of taking the Kids 50cc title, but his rival Otto Hookam will be on the gas and trying to reel in Ethan by the end of play. With lots of wildcard riders making an appearance throughout the year in this class, that could be a big factor in the title race if other racers were to get in the middle of the championship chasing duo.
Ben Casey already has his hands on the Kids 65cc title taking every race win that he has taken part in, but behind him, Maddie Banks and Max Pridmore are set for a battle royale as they fight it out for the number two position.
In the Youth Junior group Harry Lee has dominated, notching up win after win on his way to a clean sweep which he will look to continue this weekend and claim the title too. Harris Goddard and Ben Johnstone will be both be trying to end Lee’s unbeaten run as well as beat each other to the number 2 spot on the championship podium being separated by only 12 points.
The Youth Senior class is not to be missed this weekend. The racing has been epic in this group all season long and it’s all set for a firework finale as the top three young racers are only separated by 8 points. As it stands Leo Vowles holds the lead by just 2 points from Freddy Hills, with Jake Speller a further 6 points behind.
Oscar Stearn and Craig Powell are set to duke it out for the Stock Mod title, while a good entry is expected for the Fun races which have been great at bringing riders out from the woodwork.
Lee Mitchell hasn’t had it all of his own way in the Masters category this year, but he fired in with a big win at Apex to move into the series lead for the first time this year. The reigning champion doesn’t have a big points cushion though, and both Matt Chamberlain and Scott Joyner are close enough to pounce and make a break for the win.
Chris Rose’s chances of retaining his Vets title may have come crashing down at Apex, but luckily he may have enough points in the bag after a stunning early season run of form. It is unknown if he will be fit enough to race this weekend but if he doesn’t it will take a huge effort by Phil Thomas to rack up the 127 points needed to go top.
French Racer Kevin Llamas has been a revelation in the headlining 160 class, winning each and every round this year. He has a 98 point advantage over Blaine Blackwell who sits in second, but with 225 points available over the weekend Llamas cannot be complacent. 62 points further back from Blackwell is Dom Foreman, and having beaten Llamas on a number of occasions this year he will be looking to be the number one over the weekend as well as move ahead of Blackwell into second.