The Thor British Youth Nationals enjoyed an exciting weekend of racing at Brampton, in Cumbria, for round two of the championship. Wal Beaney, Vinnie Guthrie, Dominic Lancett, Rossi Beard and Jed Etchells took the overall honours.
The 65cc class provided some superb racing to watch across both days. Saturday saw Ollie Colmer take both moto wins with round one winner, Wal Beaney, taking second. The young gun had his eyes on keeping the title lead going into the next round, however, so Sunday saw some breathtaking moments. Both Beaney and Colmer battled it out hard. Beaney walked away with the weekend overall, after sweeping all three motos on Sunday, to retain his championship lead. Colmer, Keelan Hope, McKenzie Marshall and Roan Delaney rounded out the top five.
The top five riders in the SW85 class (Vinnie Guthrie, Alfie Jones, Raife Broadley, Oliver Barr and Bailey Johnston) had it pinned throughout the five motos in Cumbria, with some truly-exciting battles during the weekend. Guthrie walked away with the overall win and now there is just four points between him and Jones for the top spot. All eyes are on those two as we head to Desertmartin next month.
The BW85 class saw Dominic Lancett continue his battle for the title; he has amassed an impressive fifty-four-point lead after two rounds. However, Bobby Bruce was giving his utmost this weekend to gain those valuable points. The top five spots at round two of the series went to Lancett, Bruce, Jack Galvin, Ben Kennedy and Kyle McNichol.
Going into the weekend the current Thor BYN BW85 champion, Rossi Beard, had the overall win in the 125cc class in his sights, with the aim of keeping his top spot at the head of the series standings. Saturday saw some outstanding battles between Beard and Callum Mitchell, as they each took a race win, but on Sunday Beard was on fire and took all three moto wins. He was especially impressive in the opening race of the day, as he stretched out a five-second advantage over Mitchell. The top five spots in the overall classification went to Beard, Mitchell, Sam Nunn, Josh Peters and Drew Anderson.
The Open class was equally as exciting. Going into the final moto of the weekend there were only a few points between Jed Etchells, who enjoyed two moto wins during the Brampton event, Howard Wainwright and Tom Grimshaw. There were certainly some edge-of-your-seat moments, as these moto warriors fought to the final chequered flag. Etchells finished the final moto in third, which gave him the overall victory with a 4-1-1-4-3 scorecard, while Wainwright was second and Grimshaw was third. Ben Clark and Aaron-Lee Hanson rounded out the top five.
Once again there were the Apico Factory Racing Holeshot awards, which were taken on the second block of motos on Saturday. Raife Broadley, Dominic Lancett, Billy Moriarty, Joe Cadwallader and Rossi Beard took the awards in their respective classes.
We hope everyone had a great weekend at Brampton. The Thor British Youth Nationals now prepare to move onto Desertmartin, in Northern Ireland, for round three of the series on 20th and 21st May.
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