With a full day of first class racing ahead and the sun in full bloom Morleigh was the perfect venue to host round 10 of the SWOR Championships.
Every effort was made to present today’s riders with near perfect conditions with even mother nature lending a helping hand to water the track with almost perfect timing.
Kicking off today’s proceedings were the Junior 1 group. The riders provided top quality racing from the start which resulted in three separate winners from their races. First to take the chequered flag was Ben Morrison with a healthy lead over second place Phil Deeble. Brett Hellyer was to take the win in race two and Jack Perkins finishing the winning trio with a win in race three.
The Expert class next out of the start gates saw a very strong line up with guest riders Nick Life and Luke Hill included in the numbers.
Life was awesome on the starts achieving all three Hole shots but chasing riders Hill, Shimell, and Rowe were all close behind. Life in race one was eventually to prove too strong for the chasing pack and had soon gained a very healthy lead which secured his victory, Hill took second and current Championship leader Shimell taking third.
Race two with Life taking the hole shot for the second time could not break away from the ever determined Hill and was so overhauled by him and several other riders. Hill took control of race two with a comfortable victory over Mike Rowe who took second place with Shimell once again finishing third.
Much the same as in the race two Life took the Hole shot, but it wasn’t long before Hill once again passed the lead rider and took control of the race. However Shimell was to keep Hill on the straight and narrow the entire race with a relentless chase but to no avail as Hill held fast at the front to take his second win of the day, with Shimell in second and Tom Harvey in third.
With a small group in 9-13 riders out next the crowd were treated to a one man show by Louis Thomas who totally dominated the group. Thomas took all three wins and finished nearly a full minute ahead in every race. Jordan Veale, a regular winner in this age group, simply had no answer to Thomas but still managed to secure second place in races one and three. Brent Harris also with strong results in each race managed to secure third place overall.
Junior race two also showing a very healthy and strong line up at the start gates, were to continue today’s first class racing.
Current Championship leader Rob Bassett was once again denied a trio of wins. This weeks thorn in Bassett‘s side was Toni Burrows who took the victory in race one, after Bassett suffered a jammed clutch lever.
Bassett made his presence felt in race two by storming through the pack to take the lead. Bassett by no means had it easy as Burrows chased hard the entire race, but Bassett this time was too strong and took the chequered flag with a 32 second lead.
Race three again followed much the same format with Bassett at the front being chased hard by Burrows. Burrows managed to keep the gap a lot closer, but it was Bassett who held his nerve to take the victory for the second time. Jon Jones had strong results in all three races which secured Jones a well deserved third overall in his group.
Another class to be dominated by one rider were the junior 14-16 group.
Tim Moran with a new sponsor and new ride found the return of form previously shown before his tumble at Crediton. Moran was to lead from the start in every race and secure all three wins.
Kieran York was hot on Moran’s heels throughout, but found Moran too strong and had to settle for three second places. Reagan West riding extremely well took third in races one and three and fourth in race two achieving a well deserved third overall.
Justin Carpenter extended his Championship lead today after another fine performance in the over 40’s.
Carpenter took wins in races one and two but was denied the trio of wins by Ben Deeble who won race three by a single second. These two riders had battled hard in all three races with only a few seconds separating them in each race. Meanwhile in a more comfortable position was Simon Goodfellow a little further behind the front runners securing third place in each race.
Last but definitely not least the Senior’s. This was probably the closest of them all with regards to Championship points with several riders challenging for the top spot.
There were three separate winners today, those being Ed Lewis in race one, Stuart Barfoot in race two and Lee Almond in race three.
Ferris with a second in race one and a third in race three could only watch his Championship lead diminish after a poor result in race two, only managing to finish way down the group, resulting in the points gap at the top, currently held by Ferris, being greatly reduced after today’s results.
The next round is to be held at Tiverton on 8th September home of the Chard MX Club.
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