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Tombs and Murfitt take victory as they claim Eastern ACU Motocross Titles – Race Report, Results and Standings

Tombs and Murfitt take victory as they claim Eastern ACU Motocross Titles – Race Report, Results and Standings

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Duck Smart

The final round of the 2021 Eastern Centre Motocross Championships, sponsored by Instanda and Stebbings Car Superstore, was held at Lyng, Norfolk, on Sunday.

Report from Charlie Ralph – Images courtesy of Max Leveridge – Narna Productions

Hosted by the Norwich Vikings club, the Cadders Hill circuit was in prime condition, and a bumper entry of 200 riders competed at the iconic hillside track.

After the timed qualification sessions, the fastest 40 riders competed in the premier class, with the remaining competitors separated into four support groups.

Current champion, Suffolk’s Lewis Tombs, came to Lyng with a 24 points advantage over Norfolk ace, Luke Parker, in the experts’ class, but with 75 points up for grabs, everything was to be decided on the day. Race one saw Tombs leading, chased hard by Parker throughout the twenty-minute-long race. Kings Lynn’s Calum Mitchell was pushing hard in third place, followed closely by former champion, Luke Benstead, and Newmarket youngster, Sam Nunn. At the finish, Tombs took the win, with Parker only yards behind. A mistake by Mitchell had dropped him to fifth place, with Benstead crossing the finish line in third, just ahead of Nunn. Tom Murphy rounded out the top six.

With the junior grade riders scoring separately, series leader, Callum Murfitt, increased his championship lead. The seventeen-year-old was the leading junior rider, finishing in 11th place, therefore collecting maximum points in his class. His nearest rival, Ryan Gardiner, had earlier had machine problems, which effectively meant that the junior title was settled after the first race. Chelmsford teenager, Liam Bennett, was the second junior to finish in 13th place, just ahead of the young Norfolk ace, Bayliss Utting.

Race two of the premier group saw local ace, Parker, charging to the front on his Kawasaki, this time Tombs was the chaser, and the crowd witnessed some very fast close racing at the front. Tombs made his move on lap six to take over the lead, and despite a strong challenge from Parker, held on to record his second win. Behind them, Benstead held third place for ten laps, until Tom Grimshaw made a strong pass with two laps remaining. Ben Cole and Sam Nunn were involved in a battle for fifth place, with Nunn getting the verdict at the finish. Murphy rode consistently again to take 7th, with Todd Ritchie just behind him.

Murfitt was again the leading junior grade rider in a fine 10th place, after a closely fought battle with Bennett. Ben Gillett rode well for third best junior, just ahead of two more up and coming youngsters, Thomas Harris and Jake Rackham.

The third premier class race saw Parker taking victory, leading each lap. Tombs held second place, content in the knowledge that he had held on to his title, and Grimshaw held off his under 21 British teammate, Sam Nunn, for third place. Mitchell was fifth, chased by Tom Murphy. Murfitt celebrated his junior title win with a fine 9th place, with Adam Reeve next best junior in 11th, followed by Harris and Rackham in 12th and 13th places.

The supporting A group saw overall victory going to lady rider, Kathryn Booth, who was second in the first two moto’s, and made sure of the overall by winning the third race. Local rider, Robert Baldry won the first race, followed by a 4th and 3rd place to claim second on the day, with Joshua Deadman putting in three good rides for third overall.

Charlie Dormer won the first two races in the B group, but struggled in his third race for third overall. Consistent riding from Bailey Jackson, and veteran Steve Atkins saw them 1st and 2nd on the day.

In the C supporting group, Nathan Moulton won all three moto’s, chased home each time by fellow Norfolk rider, Scott Goodson. Ty Atkins was third each time, for 3rd overall, and three wins by Andrew Webster in the D group saw him easily the overall winner.

Results

Experts

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Lewis Tombs 72 25 25 22
2 Luke Parker 69 22 22 25
3 Sam Nunn 52 18 16 18
4 Tom Grimshaw 47 7 20 20
5 Thomas Murphy 44 15 14 15
6 Todd Ritchie 40 14 13 13
7 Benjamin Cole 39 10 15 14
8 Luke Benstead 38 20 18
9 Ben Burridge 36 13 11 12
10 Wiliam Farrow 33 12 12 9
11 Calum Mitchell 32 16 16
12 Benjamin Alexander 30 9 10 11
13 Philip Burton 27 8 9 10
14 Jason Morland 11 11

Premier Class Juniors A

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Callum Murfitt 75 25 25 25
2 Thomas Harris 56 18 18 20
3 Adam Reeve 50 13 15 22
4 Ben Gillett 47 16 20 11
5 Jake Rackham 46 12 16 18
6 Liam Bennett 44 22 22
7 Archie Fisher 38 9 14 15
8 Finley Jarvis 36 7 13 16
9 Benjamin Parry 36 14 9 13
10 Connor Bunkle 35 10 11 14
11 Sam Cornwell 30 6 12 12
12 Joe Phillips 21 4 8 9
13 Simon Daniels 21 11 10
14 Bayliss Utting 20 20
15 Lewis Holmes 18 3 7 8
16 Sean Wright 15 5 10
17 Perry Galloway 15 15
18 Kieran Ryan 8 2 6
19 Kai Brown 8 8

Support Class A

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Kathryn Booth 131 43 43 45
2 Robert Baldry 125 45 39 41
3 Joshua Deadman 115 31 41 43
4 Craig Heslop 113 37 37 39
5 Benjamin Watling 111 34 45 32
6 James Rowsell 109 41 34 34
7 Shane Brown 102 39 26 37
8 Harry Smith 98 33 32 33
9 Paul Aldridge 88 29 31 28
10 Charlie Roper 86 16 35 35
11 Archie Cockerill 84 28 30 26
12 Freddie Wyard 81 35 21 25
13 Roger Frean 77 26 27 24
14 James Jackman 74 15 28 31
15 Aaron Smith 73 10 33 30
16 Jack Whitlam 72 32 11 29
17 Cullen Hawkins 68 25 25 18
18 Marcus Smith 63 24 23 16
19 Lewis Bond 61 23 16 22
20 Oliver Gaut 61 22 29 10
21 Luke Nolan 57 12 22 23
22 Josh Sturman 57 18 20 19
23 Lloyd Goldstraw 53 20 12 21
24 Charlie Baker 53 21 18 14
25 Gareth Lane 51 24 27
26 Lee Keyton 51 14 17 20
27 Ethan Cone 47 13 19 15
28 Alby Smith 38 11 10 17
29 Sam Rogers 36 27 9
30 Henry Cox 33 9 13 11
31 Marc Nickerson 31 19 12
32 Archie Fremel 30 30
33 Mark Goodson 28 15 13
34 Danny Palmer 17 17
35 Rupert Graver 14 14
36 William Jurgens 8 8

Support Class B 

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Bailey Jackson 115 39 37 39
2 Stephen Atkins 115 41 41 33
3 Charlie Dormer 110 45 45 20
4 Sam Browning 107 19 43 45
5 Paul Hubbard 106 33 32 41
6 Oakley Harrison 106 37 35 34
7 Teddy Howard 104 28 39 37
8 Philip Waldron 97 43 11 43
9 James Taylor 97 35 31 31
10 Joe Scillitoe 93 29 34 30
11 Bradley Allen 88 24 29 35
12 Zak Roberts 85 32 27 26
13 James Gadd 83 31 25 27
14 Daniel Wright 77 30 19 28
15 Gareth Cushion 77 22 30 25
16 Steven Bennett 76 16 28 32
17 Karl Sturman 71 21 33 17
18 George Stark 70 34 12 24
19 George Reeves Furness 64 25 16 23
20 Luke Clifton 63 23 18 22
21 Scott Blazey 55 15 21 19
22 Jak Young 53 20 15 18
23 Andrew Cattermole 52 26 26
24 Vincent Snell 51 27 24
25 Lee Kirkpatrick 46 17 29
26 Matthew Wright 44 13 10 21
27 Max Monk 44 14 14 16
28 Justin Dennis 44 9 22 13
29 Jonathan Finch 40 17 23
30 Christian Drane 38 10 13 15
31 Joshua Warren 32 18 14
32 Ryan Hooks 31 11 20
33 Jesse Eaves 20 12 8
34 Daniel Lawlor 14 5 9
35 Aidan Weston 8 8
36 Morgan Flockhart 7 7
37 Robert Bond 7 7
38 Michael Kester 6 6

Support C

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Nathan Moulton 135 45 45 45
2 Scott Goodson 129 43 43 43
3 Ty Atkins 123 41 41 41
4 Kevin Gore 111 39 37 35
5 Jay Peperell 106 28 39 39
6 Ryan Goode 103 37 32 34
7 Brett Hellyer 94 30 35 29
8 Charlie Starsmoore 89 26 31 32
9 Craig Page-Baker 88 32 26 30
10 Lewis Saunders 88 27 33 28
11 Alex Buckenham 82 33 18 31
12 Jonathan Nudds 80 25 29 26
13 Dean Suckling 78 24 27 27
14 Chris Gaut 76 31 24 21
15 Tavis Coulson 72 23 16 33
16 Haydon Jarvis 71 34 37
17 Aaron Holden 70 15 30 25
18 Tony Rooke 70 18 28 24
19 Samuel Cook 69 29 23 17
20 Matthew Lovelock 69 35 34
21 John Smith 60 17 20 23
22 Tom Starling 58 16 22 20
23 William Mcrae 54 11 21 22
24 Evan Brown 52 21 13 18
25 Jason Turner 49 13 17 19
26 Tom Garnham 47 22 25
27 Thomas Davies 36 8 14 14
28 Troy Brumpton 35 12 12 11
29 Ashley Reeve 31 5 11 15
30 Jody Cutler 31 19 12
31 Graham Muff 30 7 10 13
32 Liam Lewis 29 10 19
33 Adam Groom 24 9 15
34 Dylan Wilby 20 4 16
35 Ryan Preston 20 20
36 Robert Green 14 14
37 Damian Taylor 6 6

Support Class D

Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Andrew Webster 135 45 45 45
2 Shaun Copland 119 41 43 35
3 Nicholas Seabright 109 35 41 33
4 Matthew Herring 108 33 32 43
5 James Hendry 108 30 39 39
6 Kai Ryder 104 39 31 34
7 Jason Eaves 101 32 37 32
8 Carl Hood 97 31 29 37
9 Christopher Bickley 85 22 33 30
10 Mark Shelton 84 26 27 31
11 Adam Baker 81 25 28 28
12 Joshua Chappell 77 24 26 27
13 Aaron Richardson 69 34 35
14 Michael Blaxell 63 34 29
15 Ian Fisher 57 27 30
16 Daniel Allen 48 23 25
17 Wayne Fulcher 43 43
18 Mark Hegarty 41 41
19 David Homan 37 37
20 Haydon Newton 29 29
21 George Lummis 28 28

Final Championship Standings

Experts

Lewis Tombs 446, Luke Parker 419, Ben Cole 294, Declan Whittle 243, Will Farrow 230, Luke Benstead 229.

Juniors

Callum Murfitt 434, Ryan Gardiner 336, Archie Fisher 274, Connor Bunkle 241, Tommy Clark 219, Matt french 185

Best Expert Rookie 2021

Will Farrow.