Let’s be honest: No one ever really wants to read the introduction, as you all just want to see if you have had a mention in this week’s report. So let’s just quickly summarise the track and its conditions with a couple of rider statements.
Troy Beck from the Open class described the circuit as “the best I’ve ever ridden it. It was prepped unbelievably." Whilst Dan Guy (AMX) explained it as “quite hard for overtaking," stressing the necessity for good start to allow for a strong finish.
Guy’s hypothesis was tested early on. In moto one he bagged a great start and quickly stretched out a lead, ahead of the combined class. Dan controlled race one for a considerable time before the KX450F of Ben Lambert-Williams charged past the ‘77’ machine to claim the first moto.
Race two witnessed a clash of titans. Two seasoned warriors battling head-to-head at the front of the pack but, despite all his efforts, Ben Lambert-Williams could not find an answer to the remorseless speed of number ‘226’, Troy Beck. Beck narrowly clinched the moto win, with less than a second dividing him and Lambert-Williams. Open/AMX race three allowed Beck to replicate the dominant performances he exhibited back in March at the EKSSC season opener.
Two race wins and a second granted Troy the overall, as well as the retention of the championship lead following two rounds of the EKSSC 2017 season. Ben Lambert-Williams humbly claimed the second step of the open podium, whilst Paul Burr stole third and the MBO-sponsored holeshot award.
In the AMX class Mark Sharman grasped the top spot, followed by James Camwell and Dan Guy. Once again the combined category delivered some thrilling contests in the midst of the club’s premier class.
The Clubman class, in its usual fashion, presented spectators with aggressive performances, exceptional absurdity and an overwhelming amount of carnage within its stacked line-up. Heading the pack in moto one, John Waller stormed home to take the race win. However, failing to replicate his race one display, he could only salvage eighth overall at day’s end. Tom Hilden championed moto two, but unable to score points in the final race he was forced out of the top 10, relinquishing his chances of the overall. The door then opened for Lewis Dorling to claim the third and final moto victory, along with the overall, as Peter Thompson and Alistair Patterson thundered home in second and third.
The Senior class consisted of multiple riders capable of winning motos, however. When the dust settled and the chequered flag dropped, it was Ritchie Martin aboard his number ‘4’ Husqvarna who ascended to the top step of the podium. Ebby Elliot managed to roar past the finish line first in the opening and final moto of the day, but his second moto result forced him down a position. He scored 123 points for second overall. Rounding off the Senior’s podium, the ‘69’ machine of Jake Swann humbly secured third overall following three valiant performances.
The Big Wheel 85cc class delivered an outright winner by curtain call; Jacob Russell left no holds barred as he crucified the field and pilfered the overall! Mason Odds consistently finished second throughout the day, whilst watching Russell disappear in every moto, permitting him to obtain the second step of the BW podium. Benjamin Causer claimed third overall atop his Challenger Scaffolding Husqvarna, showing clear signs of improvement each and every meet, expect to see the number ‘94’ homing in on an EKSSC overall in the upcoming meetings.
The Small Wheel class enticed spectators as newcomer to the class, Josh Bassett, swiftly forced his way to the head of the pack to claim the first and second moto wins as his own. Jack Raybold certainly threw a spanner in the works, as EKSSC members witnessed him challenge Bassett for the win. He marginally beat the ‘34’ Holeshot2Win machine in the final moto to claim second overall.
Harrison Borg rounded off the Small Wheel podium in third. Although an accomplishment in its own right, one can definitely assume that the young rider will be pursuing redemption at the next meeting. Ashden Barlow fell prey to the banks of Chippenham in moto two, trapped beneath his bike Barlow remounted down the ranks. Despite his evident form throughout the day, the number ‘82’ settled for fourth overall.
The Junior class experienced a trio of dominant performances from Spike Stevens. Although Harvey Packman managed to position himself for an attack on numerous occasions throughout the day, the number ‘20’ couldn’t hold on for the chequered the flag. However, after a few setbacks in a couple of motos, the young rider definitely performed admirably to finish second overall, whilst Spike Stevens took first. Riley Ingram secured 121 points by the end of three motos, more than enough to grant him the third and final step of the Junior’s podium.
The Auto class braved the gate drop and lengthy start straight as though they were seasoned professionals, keeping their little machines pinned before getting on the brakes hard for a narrow and cambered first corner. The littlest champion of the meet was none other than Aimus Peckham! Going 1-2-1 he comfortably secured the overall ahead of Jacob Francis and Harrison Hooley. The ‘101’ of Archie Britton pinched a moto win in race two, however, failing to score points in the opening moto put him out of contention for the overall. Britton still managed to salvage eleventh, following a race win and a second.
“The track was quite bumpy in the later races, but I enjoyed the tight and twisting circuit. Nice flowing corners and a few decent jumps made it enjoyable. But, the starts were important if you wanted to be up there," said Darren Haines (Clubman).
“I surprised myself when I got to the front! I should have won the last race though, I just waited a little too long to try and make a move. But, I’m happy with two wins and a second for first overall," said Josh Bassett (Small Wheel).
“The track was really good! I had three second places, which is good. I think I should have had at least one win, but two bad starts and a few mistakes made it hard," said Harvey Packman (Juniors).
“The track was the best I’ve ever ridden it. It was prepped unbelievably! My bike needs setting up badly though… the suspension isn’t the best at all. In fact, anyone else that rides one wouldn’t race it unless the suspension has been re-valved, so I feel I haven’t done too bad. Not much to say about the races really. They all went pretty smoothly, even the first one; although I didn’t have my race head on," Troy Beck (Open).
“It was all about getting the start. It was a hard track for passing. Also, fitness was key in the later races," said Dan Guy (AMX).
“Two solid third places, equalling two club wins. First corner crash in the second race, started last and got back to sixth by the end. I had a good day, at a great track, with the best club," Ben Causer (Big Wheel) said.
Full results are on this link. Watch the video below if you'd like to take a ride with Small Wheel rider, Josh Bassett, as he heads a field of 30+ riders at Chippenham!
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