I’ve been waiting all year to write that as my headline. What a weekend it was; both on and off the track. I made the journey down on Friday to set up in the lovely sunshine with not a care in the world. Saturday qualification took place in the glorious sunshine with Adam Wells qualifying 2nd and Aidan Wigger Toby a great 12th for his second time out on the 250f. Young Lewis was impressive in 24th; as he also was just coming up to the 250f from his 150.
Heat 1 saw Adam Wells grab a great start, as he was out in front and held the lead for 5 laps. But a hard charge from Glenn Fletcher meant Adam dropped to 2nd with his main title threat Emerson Jones some 10 seconds behind him. Aidan had a poor start in 16th place on lap 1 but in true Underdog style he fought hard to climb 11 places by lap 4 to come home a well deserved 5th. Young Toby had a cracking start out the gate in 6th place, but a spill on lap one pushed him down to 13th place, in another good consistent ride. Young Lewis did well to finish 24th.
Moto 2 was a great race for Adam. With a great start he battled from first, and on lap three due to a mistake by Glen Adam, he took the lead and came home 1st. Aidan had a great start but got caught up in the pack on the first turn and had to fight his way through on lap one, coming home 6th. Toby had a flying start again now getting more confident with his new bike, but bike problems on lap one saw him finish a lap down in 24th place, just behind young Lewis.
Sunday was to see the heavens open. With us leading the championship heading in, also we saw the return of our Pro rider with his dad over from South Africa. At the same time young Ryan Snaith was at the Red Bull Pro Nationals, so with a lot going on it was time to get down to business. The Pro’s qualified on a wet track. Despite the thunderstorms, qualifying was not bad for Brad as he qualified 21st in the MX1 MX2 mixed class. This was followed by a call from the Red Bull Pro Nationals, stating that Ryan had qualified 10th
Race 1 on Sunday was a lottery with the track so wet and slippy, out the gate it was Toby and Aidan out front. With Aidan just pipping him for the holeshot. With a track that was so slippy only six out of the field finished in the points, as everyone struggled. With bikes getting stuck on the hills it was a great ride from Aidan from start to finish with a gap of more than twenty seconds at the end of the race giving him his first and much deserved win of the series. Adam found the going tough, but his mind was focused on keeping his championship hopes alive and needing to finish, which he did – finishing in 3rd place. Toby came home a great 12th place, as he would not let the track beat him. If you’re wondering just how bad it was, Toby’s best lap time was 5 minutes and 01 second, compared to 2 minutes 42 seconds in the dry.
At the same time the call came from Canada Heights that Ryan had come home 3rd in moto one! Then it was announced that we had won the title at the British Masters, I didn’t think that I would get emotional, how wrong was I! Everything I have worked for all the hours, all the heartache, all the worries and now I had done it! We finished the day with a great result from Brad finishing the championship in the top ten.
Just when you think it can’t get any better, the call came from the Red Bull Pro Nationals, which was taking place at Canada Heights that Underdog’s Ryan Snaith had taken the red plate, and was leading the series!
I would like to thank the following people for their support in this year so far:
Richard and Clair, V.Customs, Mark at Rapid Acerbis , Blow your Pipes, Vanity Fitness, Motul Oils, Surf and Turf Instant Shelters, Daren ProAm-MX for a great website, Lee Jones J4 , Howard Battery Energy Drink. Pro Decals, DJ Text and Graphics, GP Graphics and Muck Junkie
By no means last, the riders and their families. Toby, my son for pushing me and of course the fans that follow the riders and the team. Keep checking back to find out if we’ll win another title this year!