Tip Top Thompson! East Cumbria MXC Club Championships Round 3 – Race Report and Results
Report by Peter Bell – Images courtesy of B&M Photography and Peter Greenwood Offroad Photographer
Once again Andy Slavin and his team headed up on Wednesday to start track preparation, and as normal what a track they produced. A full re-vamp, track changes and tonnes more sand added had the Drumclog track owners saying it’s the best the track has ever been.
Sunday morning came and a packed paddock, although some annoyingly booked in but not turned up, the sun was out the weather had been kind and track was perfect.
After a delay with marshal’s practice and racing got underway with the Autos first up on to the revamped circuit. There was to be a shootout between 2 newbies to the 2019 season in Ricky Barrack and George Dryden for the overall, with the Dryden taking the top step with a final moto win being the only way they could be separated. Cumbrian Connor Thompson had a solid day on a track new to him in third but now leads the East Cumbria Championship after 3 rounds.
The 65 class was taken by maximum man Rhys Whyment on his KTM to put his foot in the door of the championship especially with Duns next up in July, it was clear to see the new track layout was to his liking. Jamie Prentice went 2-2 for second overall with Robbie Scott in third, Finlay Pickering was unlucky to have a dnf after coming home second in moto1.
The 85s next up and a similar story to the previous rounds at Haverigg with some mega racing and 2 more maximum men. In the Small wheels it was once again Liam Johnston the one to beat, Thomas Carruthers had an impressive run out in second with Dumfrieshires Ryan McKinney taking the final podium place despite Jake Robley taking a last moto 3rd. Is there anyone who can stop Robbie Park in the big Wheels this year? Another 2 wins to extend the Championship lead. Lee Cameron had a good solid day grabbing a holeshot, however, rode for no championship points so it was Ayden Smith going 2-2 for second and Bobby-jak Ennis third, its defiantly going to be a tight race in the 85s for the remainder of the season.
Excuse me for saying this once again but what the youth class lacks in number definitely makes up for in quality, once again some awesome racing between the lads, Adam Slavin once again coming for a week preparing the track took the overall despite being relegated to second in moto 2 by Oliver Barr, who for the record I still can’t believe is on the adult size bikes already. Jack Abbott was third overall with Jake Sharkey the one to miss out on the podium.
The first of the Adult classes was the recently introduced vets class, The fast-starting Tom Grant looked to be the one to beat however, Stuart Mowbray was soon to catch and pass in both motos to take the overall and extend the Championship lead, Gavin Southward took the final podium step, although as in a few of the Adult classes there were several riders not riding for championship points so are missing from the overall results.
A decent turn out in the C class, with any number in with a shot of the win, and despite a moto 1 fourth Kady Moor was out the gate to take a final moto win and the overall. Andrew Hills went 2 5 to come second overall with Daz Birkbeck in third, and I think extend a lead in the ECMX championship in doing so.
The B class victor was Andrew Slavin always super fast round the Drumclog circuit, going 1-1 for the overall, Stuart Hogg took an impressive second race second to finish behind Slavin and recent graduate from the C class Lewis Mchale completing the podium ahead of some unlucky riders with a host of DNFs mixed into their points.
Last but by no means least was the A class, with James Mackerel and Matthew Loughlin over the water in Northern Ireland riding for no championship points it was Ryan Thompson to take the overall. Ryan has been in great form in the Nationals this year and great to see him back racing with the East Cumbria Club. Kieron Marr is getting a lot more bike time this year and took second ahead of Chris Blacklock building on an impressive rider the previous weekend at the Acerbis Nationals.
Next Stop on the 2019 East Cumbria tour is Duns on the 28th July, another big show of support for the club is needed as they seek to provide a permanent track for you guys to race at, once again a huge thank you to all the organiser’s committee and everyone who stepped up to marshall.
1. George Dryden 2 Ricky Barrock 3 Connor Thompson 4 Brooklyn Tinkler 5 Lewis Reed
1 Rhys Whyment 2 Jamie Prentice 3 Robbie Scott 4 Ashton Crossley 5Harry Cartmel
85 Small Wheels
1 Liam Johnston 2 Thomas Carruthers 3 Ryan Mckinney 4 Jake Robley 5Jacob Hayes
85 Big Wheels
1 Robbie Park 2 Ayden Smith 3 Bobby-Jak Ennis 4 Aidee Smith 5 Kerr Thompson
1 Adam Slavin 2 Oliver Barr 3 Jack Abbott 4 Jake Sharkey 5 Jack Winthrop
1 Stuart Mowbray 2 Tom Grant 3 Gavin Southward 4 Mark Dempsey 5 Stephen Humphries
1 Kady Moor 2 Andrew Hills 3 Daz Birkbeck 4 Claxo Burnett 5 Ewan Campbell
1 Andrew Slavin 2 Stuart Hogg 3 Lewis Mchale 4 Adam Stockton 5 Sam Taylforth
1 Ryan Thompson 2 Kieron Marr 3 Chris Blacklock 4 Seth Moir 5 Ewan Moir