BSMA BRIDGESTONE CLUBMAN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
The BSMA Bridgestone Clubman’s Series round 1 was held at Pontrilas Moto Parc. This superbly prepared venue, with perfect weather and an entry of over 250 riders, set the scene for an exciting 2 days racing. High profile bling of banners, gazebos and a display area managed by our sponsors, Bridgestone, added to expectations of a great opening round. Many thanks to WEM Club for hosting this event.
Unfortunately, military activity in the area, adversely affected our electronics system, with the results having to be recorded manually. With such a large number of late entries and duplicated numbers, it proved extremely difficult for the lapscorers, causing a delay in the results. Thanks to Justin Morris who supplied us with a brand new set of electronics to help the BSMA, but sadly the situation could not be resolved.
The racing was fantastic with riders moving up to new groups, showing their continued development in the sport.
The highlight of the week-end was the Bridgestone Invitation Race, proving to be very competitive for the spectators to watch. The dominance of one make of machinery was not obvious. There was an air of excitement, and as the gates dropped it was Tim Truman with his Husqvarna, who had fitted a new pair of Bridgestone tyres, proving to be a good investment, as he powered to the first corner to win the holeshot prize. He was closely followed by Yamaha mounted Robert Yate and Jack Timms aboard his Honda, both Bridgestone sponsored riders. These three setting a fantastic pace, as Yates took the lead hotly persued by Timms, but despite his efforts lap after lap, he could not get close enough to pass the super smooth Yates.
Third place went to KTM pilot Dan Wheeler, who was probably the quickest rider on the track as he closed in on the leaders with Kawasaki mounted Adam Cook, a good 4th, getting the better of Scott Williams, Honda and the holeshot ace Tim Truman.
Automatics was dominated by Ben Mustoe, with a maximum leading every race from gate to flag, but Levi Davies keeping him on his toes less than a second behind at the finish of race 1. A mistake in race 2 , cost him a position to finish 3rd. He completed the week-end with 2 runner up positions, to finish second overall, with Luka Aston clear in third. Jayden Lee Davies, Preston Lewis and Dylan Meaney completing the top six.
Junior Charlie Palmer carrying on from last year scored maximum points. Morgan Evans, another Bridgestone rider, one to watch, finishing 2nd with Ethan Sills just getting the better of Matt Tolley, followed home by Jak Taylor and Connor Down. Unlucky Ben Pratt with two runner up spots on day one, had no further results on day two.
Next to line up were the small wheel 85cc with the opening race going to Aaron Patstone with James Hyett a good 2nd. Hyett running away with race 2 with Jacob Russell in 2nd and Patstone down in 6th. Race 3 was another win for Hyett, followed home this time by Ben Watkins making amense for a crash in race 1. This was enough to give Hyett overall first followed by Patstone with Jacob Russell just 2 points behind in 3rd. Watkins finished 4th with Billy Duke just up from the Juniors in 5th. Despite a bad last race, Callum Baldwin placed 6th. A final mid pack result costing him dear.
One to watch this year is James Smith who despite a DNF in race 1 recovered well with 2 top four positions and a final heat win.
Big Wheel 85 cc racing really hotting up this year with some new faces in the group. Dominic Lancett with 2 wins and 2 seconds had to get the better of Owen Woodhouse whose first race win made him look favourite overall. A disaster in race 2 saw him finish 4th. Lancett took the win in race 3 with Woodhouse in close attendance. The positions were reversed in the final encounter, giving the overall to Lancett with Woodhouse 2nd. Last place on the podium went to Callum Beeken with a last race decider giving him the nod from Jayden Murphy. Despite a 2nd in race 1 Jayden finished in 4th. These were well clear of Aaron Colley and Luke Woodhouse who finished 5th & 6th.
Senior 250cc riders were next to the line, with Harry Linton well clear on points in 1st, despite a 2nd in race 1, to Corey Coombes. He followed up with 2 wins, crashing whilst in the lead in the final race, he recovered to finish an incredible 3rd. Jordan Riley took 2nd overall looking safe until he also had a disaster in the final moto just 3 points separating the next three riders were Jack Biddle 3rd, Mikey Watson 4th and John Collins, the winner of race 4, just behind in 5th. Consistent riding by Ieuan Harris completed the top six. Unlucky not to be on the podium, was Corey Coombes with a DNF in race 2 despite three top 2 finishes. Alex Walton mixing well with the 250F riders dominated his class on his 125 cc scoring maximum points. Brooklyn Evans in 2nd spot had to battle hard all week end with Oliver Consterdine. Rory Jones scored good points to finish 4th from Jake Waterworth in 5th and despite bike problems on day one, Nathan Bache showed his true form with a 2nd and 3rd on day two to finish 6th.
AMX action saw Bridgestone riders Rob Yates and Jack Timms battling all weekend with a maximum going to Yates with Timms consistently 2nd. Dan Wheeler finished his weekend on a high with three 3rd places, well clear of Lee Truman and Leon Davies and Ryan Bawn.
Open AMX saw Adam Cook back after injury on his Kawasaki took three superb wins to take 1st overall. Not starting the best he finished strong in every race. Tim Truman race 2 winner was enough to give him 2nd on the weekend finishing equal on points with Scott Williams, who improved over the weekend with two runner up spots in his last two races. Shaun Buchan, Kevin Curtin and Mitchell Griffin completed the top 6.
A full line up of enthusiastic riders in the novice group saw three different race winners Henry Partridge with just one win, took 1st place never out of the top three. He was well clear of Ben Gardner 2nd with Jack Robbins in 3rd. Nico Cook finished 4th one point ahead of Jack Doran with Dan Merrills 6th. Thomas Smith maximum points on day one, did not ride on day two and Lewis Marshall racing on day two only took the final heat of the weekend.
Vets Niki Colclough in 1st place had a good weekend with two wins and two 2nd place results. Consistent riding by Mike Allport in 2nd who was never out of the top three followed by Jamie Askew in 3rd, Richard Evans only riding the 2nd day really impressed with two race wins.
Vets Open Andy Watkins showed his class by winning the two opening races. The challenge was taken up by Matt Evans who finished his weekend with two wins on day two to take spot on the podium. Equal on points just behind were John Gauntlett and Gavin Young.
Thanks to the WEM Club, Pete Crump and his Team for putting on such a successful event. The paramedics for their superb cover and to our main sponsors Bridgestone. See you all at the next round at Brookthorpe 25th & 26th April hosted by Severn Valley.