With glorious weather, first class track prep and a very healthy spectator base,
the SWOR Championship kick started back into action today at the ever popular venue of Little Silver.
With the Championship now passing the halfway stage with round 8 , the expert class were first out and setting the high standards of racing witnessed today.
Race 1 started with a blistering pace with several riders battling for the front.
Nick Life took an early lead with Tom Moore, Ryan Redwood, and Ryan Allen all very close behind.
After some terrific racing from the entire pack, it was Tom Moore who seized victory in Race one with some hard fought battling with Nick life finishing in second place, only six seconds behind, and current championship leader Wayne Shimell, after having a mediocre start managed to fight through the pack and finish third.
Race two had Shimell making a much better start and was soon at the front with Allen, Life and Redwood all chasing hard. Shimell wound back the throttle and was soon unchallenged at the front once again proving to be the rider to beat and inevitably taking the victory in race two.
Race three followed in much the same format as race two with Shimell leading from the off.
However Nick Life maintained a high level of pressure on the leader throughout and was waiting to pounce on the slightest mistake, but alas to no avail as Shimell held fast at the front with Life finishing only four seconds behind and this time Ben Butler joining the party rounded off his day with a third place.
In the Inter 14-17 group saw a welcome return of rider Corey Hockey.
Corey returning to the MX scene after taking a few years away from the sport undeniably blitzed the field with three top class race victories. Proving that, even after a long break away from racing ,he’d not lost the skill, desire or determination needed to provide a performance such as this.
With fine performances of their own , Callum Ford and Brendon Cooper finished second and third overall, and although unable to challenge for the lead , neither rider ever gave up the chase.
Another hitting form was Inter 9-13 rider Mathew Treen , putting together three great race wins in this ever popular age group.
James Rowe and Brent Harris also showing that this group is just as exciting to watch as any other, showed themselves and the crowd that they have great racing futures ahead by finishing second and third overall respectively.
In the Junior 1 group it was rider No 22 Josh Controu who was to dominate the field with three seemingly straightforward race wins.
Luke Oldfielde and Cole- Baker- Edwards try as they might, could not quite match Controu for speed, but never the less pursued him all the same pushing themselves hard all the way to the finish line.
The Junior 2 groups Rob Bassett continued his charge forward by taking a 2nd place and two race wins. Bassett surely by now must have accrued the points he lost out on by missing an earlier round.
Ryan Lock was the thorn in Bassett’s side taking the victory in race one , once again preventing Bassett from taking three straight wins.
Lee Jackson took the second overall position by finishing third, and two second places and Sam Ryder completing the top three taking third overall.
The over forties championship Leader Justin Carpenter had his work cut out today facing entries from Mark Wilde and Ady Peeble.
Although Wilde and Peeble are not registered as championship entrants this year, the pair did not hesitate to to assert their authority once racing started.
Wilde secured the three wins but not without constant pressure from both Peeble and Carpenter.
Race two was especially close as Peeble pushed Wilde all the way to the chequered flag with only a four second gap separating them both.
Carpenter will however breathe a sigh of relief because, as previously mentioned, neither Wilde or Peeble will score any points within the championship standings …so Justin ” don’t worry” your lead is safe and infact extended after todays results.
Closing out today’s event were the Seniors, and once again it was the all too familiar fight for the front between Lee Almond and championship rival Mark Ferris.
Again it was Almond who proved to be the stronger with some inspirational and very determined racing that saw him through to take all three wins.
Ferris chased hard finishing only seconds behind each time , but just could not find that little bit extra to challenge Almond for the lead.
The points totals between the two are still relatively close, so all is not over yet. Who knows what’s in store from them both in the next round? I for one cannot wait to find out.
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