The BWMA were back this weekend, heading into the penultimate round of racing battling the heat and dusty track conditions at Wroxton in Oxfordshire. Chelsea Gowland had a huge lead already in the championship and, with Amy Goodlad and Leonne Tighe hot on her tail, she had the pressure on.
Going into the first race it was all to play for with Gowland having a huge off after taking the lead, which put her way back in the pack allowing Goodlad to go through. Gowland managed to push her way back up to second and Goodlad took a well deserved race one win. Marnie Saunders had a fantastic ride in race one taking a third, with the Passion Racing Husqvarna of Leonne Tighe taking a great fourth place.
The crash Gowland sufferd aboard her Honda in race one caused too many problems to repair in time before race two, which caused Charlotte Lilly hall to step up and lend Gowland a Redline machine to get her back on the start line. That, consequently, put her back in the running for the race two win. Pushing in the hot conditions was a smooth looking Amie Goodlad with Leonni Tighe hot on her tails and then Marnie Saunders in tow.
Moving onto the youth class; Elisha Elliot, Jaysi Austin and Hannah Jones all had a shot at the top step. Elliot took another race win an impressive thirty-five-second lead, followed by Austin, Jones, Grace Packman and Isabelle Neal. Heading into race two we had a switch round with the leaders; Jaysi Austin took first place with Hannah Jones in second and Elliot in third. That put Austin on the top step in first overall. Speaking to Austin at the last round she seemed so determined to win the championship.
Unfortunately, due to the track conditions, only two blocks were run this weekend, but its right to say that was the safest idea. Moving on to the next exciting event the girls are racing in is the Women’s IMBA round next weekend at Norley and that will be amazing to watch with Great Britain’s and Europe’s fastest females battling it out for the team win.
The British team consists of Chelsea Gowland (Redline Honda), Leonni Tighe (Passion Racing Husqvarna), Catherine King (Midwest Husqvarna), Charlotte Hall (Realising Dreams Honda), Eleanor Calby (Gwiz KTM), Amie Goodlad (Yamaha) and Taylor Scott (Hubway Plant Honda). MX Vice will be at the ladie’s IMBA this weekend reporting on all the action. See you there!
Words: Sophie Mcginn | Lead Image: AMCA Events