Cadders Hill, Lyng, Norfolk.
Round three saw the British Championship head to the gnarly and rough sand track that is Cadders Hill in Lyng, Norfolk, and the sun was finally shining! Conditions were great after a week of dry weather and the sand held onto some of its moisture to bring some very fast, action packed racing this weekend.
Heads & All Threads Suzuki MX2 rider, Graeme Irwin, posted a great third fastest in qualifying, but was just pushed into fourth by Bryan Mackenzie in the hot lap ‘Superpole’.
With only a few seconds separating the top ten a good start was imperative to get good results but the gate being concrete didn’t make this simple.
Race one saw Irwin gate in eighth and had taken seventh by lap two, but with the field so close in lap times it was hard to reel in the pack in front and, although pushing hard, seventh was his final finishing position.
Another bad start in race two, Irwin picked his way from tenth to ninth and then eighth, but with two laps to go, the front wheel washed out on a fast section and he lost three places, finally finishing in eleventh.
Gating ninth in race three, Irwin was behind his second place rival in the championship, Steven Lenoir. Battling with Lenoir for six laps, the pair moved into seventh and eighth until a mistake by Lenoir on lap seven, which slowed Irwin and allowed Ryan Houghton to leap frog into seventh. Irwin focussed and managed to take Houghton on the twelfth and final lap to take a valuable extra championship point and finished eighth overall on the day.
A Difficult meeting which has pushed Irwin down to fifth in the championship standings, but with only thirteen points between him and HM Plants KTM rider, Nathan Watson, in second there’s all to play for going into round four.
The teams MX2 rider, Luke Burton, was still showing signs of nerves going into round three with some bad starts in races one and two, but he managed to move up in positions and finished inside the top thirty in both.
In race three his nerves dissipated and he managed to get a good start and was within the top twenty, and the points. He was fighting hard most of the race to keep Luke Hawkins at bay, just behind him twentieth. With two laps to a go a small mistake cost him two places and he finished just outside the points in twenty-first.
Luke is a self confessed hard-pack rider, and with round four being held at Milton Malsor, Northamptonshire, he expects his confidence to rise and get some solid results.
Due to technical issues at round one, this was the first championship ride for the teams MXY2 rider, Olly Townsend, so nerves were naturally quite high. Race one saw him start quite well, but a fall on the first lap resulted in him being dragged by another riders foot peg and he required some minor treatment in the medical wagon. Not disheartened, and despite being slightly battered and bruised, he grit his teeth and went out for the second and final race where he finished in thirty-first.
We’ve not really seen what this young rider can do so far, hopefully round four will have less bad luck for him and we can see what he is capable of.
The Red Bull Pro Nationals first round is in two weeks time on the 20th-21st of April at Landrake Moto Parc, Saltash, Cornwall.
The next Maxxis British Championship round is on the 12th of May at Milton MX Park, Milton Malsor, Northamptonshire.