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Wainwright and Walker the main men at Barmouth! Barmouth Beach Race – Race Report and Results
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Wainwright and Walker the main men at Barmouth! Barmouth Beach Race – Race Report and Results

by adminOctober 30, 2018

A magnificent contrast of snow topped mountains and glorious sunshine welcomed Wilden MXC to
Barmouth for their annual beach race last weekend.

Report and Images by Joe Marston

An ever growing turn out of riders flooded the sea front car park bringing a positive feel to the sleepy welsh town. Fireworks on the Friday night added to an already excitable, fun filled atmosphere with all the riders and their families lining the sea wall to watch the fantastic display put on by the town & club. The buzz carried over to the Saturday morning as the juniors headed to gate to open the 2018 programme with spectators lining the promenade from end to end.


The Open expert race was the headline act with a mix of riders from a multitude of organizations and clubs. Jamie Wainwright was returning for another crack at the Barmouth Beach with Ryan Crowder, Luke Merideth and John Robson set to challenge. When the final flag dropped on Sunday afternoon only one rider had stayed clean taking a flush of wins and the overall. Wainwright bagged all five race wins in a dominant display of skill and style. Stepping back to watch the AMCA rider his speed was superior riding on the pegs for 95% of the lap. Robson managed to steal second overall making the most of a challenging Sunday for Crowder who dropped off the pace as the track got rougher. A challenging Saturday hampered Merideth’s overall score but ending the weekend in fifth with a smile on his face it was clearly a fun Barmouth for the welsh man. Josh Canton had a superb ride in the final race of the weekend sneaking past Merideth for fourth by just 2 points. One rider who left thinking what if was Scott Aldridge. Solid pace and a pair of seconds seemed like he would be in for a shout at a podium spot but a DNF in the final race ruled him out in ending in 10th overall. Edward Briscoe rounded out the weekend in sixth overall having shown great speed in the early stages of every race.


Saturday saw a split between Wilden regular Arai Elcock and Sam Davies with Elcock opening the weekend in fine fashion stealing the win from Davies. However, the final two races on Saturday were sweet revenge for Davies as he powered to a pair of race wins. A further two race wins on the Sunday and it was victory for Davies. Elcock was the best of the rest with both riders clocking up over 200 points across the five races. The battle for third overall was wide open with newly promoted Jake Davies fighting hard with Josh Williams. Davies found the edge in the final race of the weekend to clinch the final spot on the podium with 197 points just a hand full clear of Williams in fourth. The stand out rider of the weekend was returning fan favourite, Alfie Davies. The 65cc rider had come on leaps and bounds since last years beach race after a year racing in national series. A run of sixth place finishes in the opening four races on the only 65cc in the race seemed like a mammoth achievement but a fifth in the final race topped it bagging the youngster sixth
overall.


The Saturday club race proved to be as popular and varied as always with a tantalizing mix of enduro and motocross riders making up the 60 plus gate. With such a large entry the group was split into two races. Enduro regular Tim Foreman was the dominate force throughout the day in the B group wrapping the overall with 3 race wins and 135 points. A constant pace and few mistakes proved to be the key to winning the class with many riders fighting through the order only to fall and drop down the order. Another rider keeping clean was second place man Andrew Edwards, a trio of seconds secured the runner up spot making it an enduro lock out on the top two spots. Rounding off the Saturday club podium just 6 points off second was Jacob Marsden whose run of third place finishes was enough to fend of Thomas Roberts in fourth. Keith Saines and Aaron Nicholls rounded out the top 6 six.


In the A group it was Wilden regular Kyle Lane who scored the overall setting a blistering pace throughout all 3 races. Matt Moffat was a late addition to the program for race two, riding a two stroke KTM after bike troubles in the first expert race. A win in the second race and third for the final outing showed his pace was their but a DNS in race one ruled him out of the overall. Owain Humphries was the best of the rest in second overall 12 points off Lane in first. Aled Bellis bagged a couple of thirds in the opening two races showing great speed but with his pace fading in the final race as the track got rougher he had to settle for third overall.


The adult open race provided some of the best racing throughout the weekend with several riders making their way through the pack to lead. Taking the overall after an epic, determined Sunday ride was Ashley Beniston. Saturday’s fast paced racing proved challenging for Beniston seeing him score a fourth and third in the opening two races but once the track got tough his smooth style clinched the overall by just point over Adam Pearce whose out right pace was some of the fastest seen throughout the weekend. It was the small mistakes amongst traffic that ultimately saw him settle for second overall. The top two’s pace was emphasised by the 18 point gap back to third overall which was taken by Daniel Townsend. Snapping up  fourth just two points further back was Ross Neville with Toby and Ben Lightbrown rounding out the top 6 respectively.

Henry Yardley put on a dominant display in the youth class steering his KTM to four race victories across the weekend showing great speed and style along the way. The win didn’t come easy for the enduro regular with red flags and false starts testing his nerves across the weekend. Another rider shining when the track got tough was second place man, James Hanscomb. A tough opening day saw Hanscomb fight his way through traffic to a pair of fourth places finishes and a third in the opener after poor starts and first corner carnage. Luckily for Hanscomb Brad Malin’s fast pace was dealt a blow with a 10 point penalty in race three for a track infringement. The penalty ruled Malin out of the fight for second overall ending his weekend in third on 196 points. Sam Beresford showed great pace throughout the weekend scoring a couple of thirds over the
5 races. Traffic and a series of small mistakes hampered his overall though seeing him end his weekend in firth. Joseph Davies bagged fourth overall thanks to a couple of hole shot’s and strong early race pace in every race. Sixth went the way of Marshall Smith who ended the weekend 6 points clear of his nearest rival.

A new addition to the program this year was the Youth quad race. It was a two horse race for the overall with Dylan McKenner and Alfie Walker going tooth and nail for the win. Walker opened his account with a pair of race wins on the Saturday but it was McKenner who would take the overall with a dominant performance on the Sunday. Walker managed to hang on for second just 3 points further back. Rounding out the top 3 was Josh Talent whose consistent pace scored him five third place finishes across the weekend. Jake and Ethan Best bagged fourth and fifth respectively with James Maybury taking sixth. One of the Youngest riders of the weekend was William Harden aboard his Yamaha 90cc. The youngster managed to finish the opening two races of the weekend but the ever tougher conditions saw him join the spectators to watch his dad’s final 3 races.

A massive entry of quads this year had forced the club officials to split the field into two groups. Luke Richards topped the B group field with a clean sweep of wins and a massive 225 points. Taking second overall was Lestyn Rees whose strong Saturday performance saw him hold off the advances of David Richards who was getting faster as the track worsened. Wilden favourite Sophie Bosworth fell short of the podium this year in fourth overall having to fight her way through the order in every race. Jack Evans and Tom Jones were the best of the rest in fifth and sixth.

The A class quad field was full of talent with Weston Beach Race winner Harry Walker returning for another crack at the Barmouth Beach & Oli Sansom coming back to defend his crown. After a season away from racing Sansom would find it hard against the on form Walker and long standing Barmouth rival Alex Bethell. Luke Davies was another rider who always goes well when it comes to beach race season and he was once again out to challenge for the win. After five dominant race wins it was Walker that bagged the overall adding another Beach race to his tally for 2018. Sansom managed to secure second overall capitalizing on Bethell’s mistakes during Sunday’s races. Race two on Sunday was one of the most dramatic as Sansom came to a holt on lap one whilst negotiating the waves. A hard push for the remaining 10 mins saw him climb through the order back to second truly earning his runner up spot. Bethell hung on third overall as Davies
pushed on throughout Sunday closing up to within 3 points at the close of play. James Bevan had a
challenging weekend settling for fifth overall with Tom Chell in close succession.

The Sunday club race saw Matt Moffat power John Robson’s two stroke KTM to a pair of wins and the overall ahead of Saturday Club overall winner Tim Foreman. Rounding out the podium places was Andrew Edwards adding another great result to his weekends tally with a second overall yesterday too. Richie Roberts had chosen to withdraw from the experts class for Sunday’s action, a decision that was rewarded with a fourth overall up against tough competition. Fifth went the way of Carl Powell with Billy Bayliss hot on his case in sixth.

Results

Experts
1. Jamie Wainwright
2. John Robson
3. Ryan Crowder
4. Josh Canton
5. Luke Merideth
6. Edward Briscoe

Adult Open
1. Ashley Benniston
2. Adam Pearce
3. Daniel Townsend
4. Ross Neville
5. Toby Lightbrown
6. Ben Lightbrown

Saturday Club A
1. Kyle Lane
2. Owain Humphries
3. Aled Bellis
4. Joe Smith
5. John Littler
6. Richard Evans

Saturday Club B
1. Tim Foreman
2. Andrew Edwards
3. Jacob Marsden
4. Thomas Roberts
5. Keith Saines
6. Aaron Nicholls

85cc
1. Sam Davies
2. Arai Elcock
3. Jake Davies
4. Josh Williams
5. Cory Aldridge
6. Alfie Davies (65cc)

Youth Quads
1. Dylan McKenner
2. Alfie Walker
3. Josh Talent
4. Ben Best
5. Ethan Best
6. James Maybury

Quads B
1. Luke Richards
2. Lestyn Rees
3. David Richards
4. Sophie Bosworth
5. Jack Evans
6. Tom Jones

Quads A
1. Harry Walker
2. Oli Sanson
3. Alex Bethell
4. Luke Davies
5. James Bevan
6. Tom Chell