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Tombs rises in the East! ACU Eastern Motocross Championships Finale – Race Report and Results
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Tombs rises in the East! ACU Eastern Motocross Championships Finale – Race Report and Results

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The final round of the Eastern Centre Motocross Championships was held at a wet Cadders Hill circuit on Sunday, hosted by the Norwich Vikings club, and sponsored by Bickers Lifting and Stebbings Car Superstore. All credit to the club officials, marshals, medics etc, who braved the weather, ensuring that the fifteen-race programme was completed.

Report by Charlie Ralph

The first premier class race for the experts saw Lewis Tombs setting a fast pace at the front, chased by local ace, Luke Parker, who had spent this year competing in British and European enduro events.

George Turner was involved in a fierce battle with series leader, Luke Benstead, for third place, but on lap four, both riders went missing at the top of the circuit, allowing Calum Mitchell to move into third, chased by 2018 champion, Shaun Southgate, and local ace, Declan Whittle. Tombs led all eleven laps to gain 25 points, which saw him leading the series, just three points clear of Benstead, who’s retirement effectively lost him the title.

Race two saw Tombs storming to the front again and leading throughout the twenty-minute-long race. Ipswich youngster, Ryan Allison, held second place for two laps, before being passed by Benstead, who gave chase, but could not catch the on-form Tombs. Sam Nunn was battling hard on his MX2 bike, and the youngster claimed third place at the end of a gruelling race. Parker was fourth, followed by Allison and Josh Peters. Championship contender Shaun Southgate’s challenge was ended when he was forced to retire on lap eight.

Tombs ensured that the 2019 title was his, by winning the third moto with ease. Parker held second place for five laps, until Benstead passed him on a strong downhill pass. Nunn and Calum Mitchell on their 250cc bikes, were having a race long battle, and both got the better of Parker, who had to settle for fifth place. Unfortunately, the race was stopped after eight laps when Josh Peters took a heavy fall, and it is hoped that the young ace recovers well from his injury.


After qualification, the fastest forty junior grade riders hotly contested the final round of their championship. In a hectic battle, Tomas Hardcastle led after lap one of the fifteen minute long race, but a chain problem ended his race, leaving Max Bickers to lead the pack, chased by local rider, Ryan Powley, and fifteen year old Eastern youth champion, Will Farrow. Farrow moved into second place on lap four, but could not catch Bickers, who had taken the championship lead by just one point at the finish. Casey Lambley rode well for third place, from Powley and Jack Youngs, who was leading the series prior to the Lyng meeting.

Farrow rode brilliantly in race two on his little 125cc KTM, leading from start to finish. Youngs was holding second place on the first lap until Lambley made a fine move to grab second place. Bickers finished in third place after a battle with Hardcastle, but on the penultimate lap, Hardcastle was forced to retire again, allowing Charlie Roper to finish in fourth place ahead of Joe Golding and Powley. Youngs was having problems on the tough circuit, and could only manage eighth place at the finish.


The third junior championship race saw Roper leading for a couple of laps until rising star, Farrow, moved to the front to claim his second win, and overall victory on the day. Hardcastle’s luck turned for the better, and rode well for second place, ahead of Lambley and Roper. Bickers had a steady ride to finish in fifth place, knowing that the championship was his, with young Archie Fisher rounding out the top six.

The B group support races saw Chelmsford’s Joe Salmons taking the overall win with two wins and a second place. Surrey visitor, Roger Frean, won the first leg, followed by a second and fifth place to finish in second overall from the consistent Jack Austin.


Veteran Lee Keyton won all three moto’s in the C group, with Norwich rider, Scott Goodson taking second overall from Tristan Cunningham, Bradley Allen and Ed Pegram.

In the D group supports, victory went to former speedway rider, Shaun Tacey, who could only finish in tenth place in the first race, but by winning the following two races, took the overall win. Josh Warren rode well for second, ahead of youngster, Henry Cox.

Results

Experts

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 66 Lewis Tombs 75 25 25 25
2 49 Luke Parker 56 22 18 16
3 365 Sam Nunn 55 15 20 20
4 190 Luke Benstead 44 – 22 22
5 411 Declan Whittle 44 16 14 14
6 27 Ryan Allison 42 14 16 12
7 499 Ben Cole 39 11 13 15
8 32 Calum Mitchell 38 20 – 18
9 553 Ryan Watts 34 13 10 11
10 18 George Ellis 33 8 12 13
11 23 Timothy Warnes 28 7 11 10
12 712 Josh Peters 25 10 15 –
13 1 Shaun Southgate 18 18 – –
14 3 Jason Morland 12 12 – –
15 10 Ryan Nock 9 9 – –
16 282 Connor Baldry 6 6 – –
17 19 Rheis Morter 5 5 – –

Juniors
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 211 Wiliam Farrow 72 22 25 25
2 531 Casey Lambley 62 20 22 20
3 751 Max Bickers 61 25 20 16
4 352 Charlie Roper 45 9 18 18
5 241 Jack Youngs 43 16 13 14
6 171 Joseph Golding 40 14 16 10
7 338 Ryan Powley 33 18 15 –
8 477 Connor Bunkle 28 1 14 13
9 265 Jack Edwards 26 10 11 5
10 757 Harrison Forde 25 13 12 –
11 206 Elliott Stones 24 7 6 11
12 80 Matthew French 24 15 9 –
13 821 Tomas Hardcastle 22 – – 22
14 208 Shane Brown 21 6 7 8
15 661 Archie Fisher 19 – 4 15
16 956 Arran Powley 19 – 10 9
17 959 Stephen Atkins 19 11 8 –
18 505 Simon Daniels 15 3 – 12
19 86 Mark Hunt 12 12 – –
20 123 Rupert Graver 11 – 5 6
21 83 Joshua Deadman 9 5 – 4
22 700 Mark Goodson 8 8 – –
23 774 Jay Perry 7 – – 7
24 687 Jake Rackham 5 – 3 2
25 472 Ben Roberts 4 2 1 1
26 227 Robert Baldry 4 4 – –
27 716 Jordan Andrews 3 – – 3
28 295 Lee Butson 2 – 2 –

Group B

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 448 Joe Salmons 72 22 25 25
2 866 Roger Frean 63 25 22 16
3 474 Jack Austin 50 18 20 12
4 242 Jack Whitlam 38 5 18 15
5 588 Anthony Brown 37 11 15 11
6 320 Bruno Van Dyke 36 14 – 22
7 969 Lewis Holmes 34 – 14 20
8 714 John Hinz 32 16 16 –
9 425 Sam Cornwell 32 10 13 9
10 555 Aaron Minter 30 12 – 18
11 243 Luke Clifton 30 13 11 6
12 541 Daniel Wright 27 7 10 10
13 468 John Hall 22 – 9 13
14 461 Luke Nolan 21 9 12 –
15 653 Joe Scillitoe 21 15 6 –
16 742 Spencer Brooking 20 20 – –
17 809 Karl Sturman 15 – 1 14
18 182 Jamie Broady 14 6 8 –
19 64 Oliver Gaut 12 – 5 7
20 476 Zak Roberts 11 1 7 3
21 899 George Stark 8 8 – –
22 288 Ethan Cone 8 – – 8
23 684 Michael Brouse 8 – 3 5
24 455 Christian Drane 8 – 4 4
25 940 Lloyd Goldstraw 6 4 – 2
26 428 Joe Marsh 5 3 2 –
27 975 Joe Miller 2 2 – –

Group C

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 247 Lee Keyton 75 25 25 25
2 100 Scott Goodson 56 18 18 20
3 782 Tristan Cunningham 49 13 22 14
4 778 Bradley Allen 46 9 15 22
5 459 Edward Pegram 42 22 20 –
6 768 Ty Atkins 38 12 13 13
7 259 Christopher Freeman 34 16 8 10
8 175 Dexter Lambe 33 1 14 18
9 844 Zachary Squirrell 31 3 12 16
10 508 Alfie Hunt 31 20 – 11
11 116 Henry Utting 29 10 7 12
12 307 Toby Souchotte 29 11 9 9
13 248 Justin Dennis 28 2 11 15
14 395 Benjamin Warnes 24 14 10 –
15 488 Glen Porter 18 7 5 6
16 906 Lewis Abel 16 – 16 –
17 754 Charlie Dormer 15 15 – –
18 743 Shaun Copland 14 8 6 –
19 978 Samuel Cook 11 – 3 8
20 438 Andrew Rooke 11 4 2 5
21 828 Jake Pearce 9 5 4 –
22 445 Andrew Smith 7 – – 7
23 283 Jody Cutler 6 6 – –
24 90 Trevor Neave 5 – 1 4

Group D

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 418 Shaun Tacey 61 11 25 25
2 580 Joshua Warren 57 15 20 22
3 708 Henry Cox 53 22 16 15
4 91 Andrew Webster 44 13 18 13
5 87 Aaron Holden 40 – 22 18
6 877 Alfie Self 39 8 15 16
7 815 Max Monk 29 16 13 –
8 264 Ian Fisher 29 6 11 12
9 721 Thomas Olley 28 14 14 –
10 347 Geraint Hubbard 27 9 7 11
11 820 Ryan Preston 26 – 12 14
12 969 Lewis Holmes 25 25 – –
13 351 Jake Barsby 20 20 – –
14 93 Ryan Goode 20 – – 20
15 432 Matthew Cope 20 – 10 10
16 327 Luke Yallop 18 18 – –
17 430 Robert Bushell 16 7 9 –
18 794 William Mcrae 12 12 – –
19 209 Ryan Bailey 10 10 – –
20 611 David Whitehead 8 – 8 –

2019 Champions

Premier class Lewis Tombs
MX2 expert Calum Mitchell
Rookie expert Ryan Watts
Junior class Max Bickers
MX2 junior Max Bickers
Over 40 Matt French