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Triple win at Wakes for Wilkinson & Millard! 2023 ACU British Sidecarcross Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results

Triple win at Wakes for Wilkinson & Millard! 2023 ACU British Sidecarcross Championship Round 1 – Race Report & Results

The Halstead Club hosted the first round of the ACU British Sidecarcross championships of 2023 at the Wakes Colne track in Essex.

Race Report and Images courtesy of Tracy Thacker

The weather had got the better of the track and rain from Friday was still in puddles, the sun was out and helped with the trying but practice was difficult, and the club worked hard to remove the deep areas and make the track rideable.

There were 20 sidecars entered and a twin shock support class, which was great for spectators.

Unfortunately, the current champion Stuart Brown and his new passenger Nathan Cooper did not attend the event as Stuart was injured at the first GP in Spain. Another team struggling with injuries were Gary Moulds and Lewis Gray, with Gary not at full fitness but managed two eventful races before racing back to the ferry crossing back to Northern Ireland.

Out in force was Brett Wilkinson and Joe Millard who have been on the podium in all events they’ve attended this season – a fantastic achievement. And they kept up that records with three brilliant wins to take full points and lead the championship.

Racing got underway with an early lead for Brett Wilkinson / Joe Millard, holding the lead throughout and going on to take their first great win. The new pairing of Dan Foden / Ryan Humphrey tucked into second but suffered problems with the mud and retired with mechanical problems. Tony Grahame / Scott Grahame tucked into second although a safe distance behind the leaders. Behind the battle for third was close with Sam Osbaldiston / Harley Lloyd tucking in behind George Kinge / Paul Horton and making a strong challenge, but both teams came together and stopped in the mud with no way to get moving, leaving them track side. After a slow start Lee Foyle and new passenger Dan Phelps kept a steady pace to move into third place. Luke Peters / Thomas Mackay passed Paul Pelling / Mike Curnow to take fourth, with Daniel Lawry / Jak Watson just behind.

In Race two Brett Wilkinson / Joe Millard took the holeshot, and despite the difficult conditions took a second great win. Gary Moulds / Lewis Gray held second from George Kinge / Paul Horton, but both had mechanical problems, Moulds had rear wheel problems which slowed them, and eventually the moose split and came out of the wheel, they made it back to the pit box and changed for a new wheel, but that put them a lap down. Sam Osbaldiston / Harley Lloyd tucked into second and this time they held the position, Tony Grahame / Scott Grahame held a safe third. Behind Luke Peters / Thomas Mackay were on top form blasting into fourth, ahead of Ashley Williams / Jon Hunt with Paul Pelling / Mike Curnow holding sixth.

In the last championship race of the day Brett Wilkinson / Joe Millard held the championship lead at and were determined to keep it that way, they blasted off the start and into bend one leading the pack, and that’s where they stayed, taking maximum points on the day, and gaining the red plate for the next round. George Kinge / Paul Horton again had a great start, but this time stayed out of trouble and held a brilliant second place. There was a strong battle for second with Tony Grahame / Scott Grahame fighting into third with enough points to take second overall. Lee Foyle / Dan Phelps fought passed Luke Peters / Thomas Mackay to take fourth, and that one move was enough to secure them a podium position, a first for the pair. Taylor Whitt / Jake Grahame held a brilliant sixth with Paul Pelling / Mike Curnow just behind.

Don’t miss round the next on 02 July at Dean Moor where the battle to become 2023 champion will continue.


Pos Competitor Points R1 R2 R3
1 Brett Wilkinson Joe Millard 75 25 25 25
2 Tony Grahame Scott Grahame 62 22 20 20
3 Lee Foyle Dan Phelps 52 20 14 18
4 Luke Peters Thomas Mackay 52 18 18 16
5 Paul Pelling Mike Curnow 45 16 15 14
6 Richard Gilham Miles Gilham 40 14 13 13
7 George Kinge Paul Horton 39 8 9 22
8 Taylor Whitt Jake Grahame 36 11 10 15
9 Ashlie Williams Jon Hunt 34 7 16 11
10 Daniel Lawry Jak Watson 26 15 11
11 Tilo Maguire Toby Hutchins 26 9 7 10
12 Gary Moulds Lewis Gray 24 12 12
13 Sam Osbaldiston Harley Lloyd 22 22
14 Tony Murch John Murch 20 8 12
15 Adam Field Darren Bishop 16 10 6
16 Dan Foden Ryan Humphrey 13 13