Report: Braintree BMX Round 9
Braintree BMX racing Club hosted round 9 of the East Anglian Summer 2009 series today and there was a fantastic turnout of 130 riders, of which 49 from Braintree. Following a heavy downpour on Saturday night the day started with the hard work of patching the berms and sweeping off the couple of puddles which still appear!
This was the first regional meeting to be held on the newly revamped, now National standard track, the improvements to enable this were kindly funded by the 2012 Legacy fund from Essex County Council and there is more to follow with another large grant from the CHIP fund - a joint venture between Braintree District Council and Greenfields Community Housing which will enable part of the track to be tarmaced and a new start gate system to be purchased and fitted.
The day started with two races of novice riders and Cade Moore, Lee Butson, his brother Josh Butson and Hugh Mizen from Braintree all tried their hand at regional racing for the first time. Cade and Lee both rode in the novice 8 - 10 class with Cade just piping Lee to the post in third. In the 11 - 14 class Josh finished an excellent second and Hugh in fourth. All novice riders were presented with newcomer trophies before they left for the day.
On to the expert classes and in the youngest age group of 6 and under Luke Shriever had it all his own way and was completely unbeaten in all 4 of his races bumping up his regional ranking nicely. The male 7 class saw Joe Read-Millard in the same position with Tom Stokes on his tail all afternoon in second. Not far behind them both was Sydney Allen who finished the day in fourth. The male eight class saw Charlie O Grady have fantastic moto results finishing third in the A final and Oliver Rowe on his tail in fourth. Going into the B final in this class was Jake Newton who finished second.
The male ten class was also won by a rider from Braintree - George Moret. George crossed the line just in front of Shane Redgewell who finished third, Josh Legrove in fourth and Evan Tulloch in fifth. The male eleven class winner was Jedd Hurst with three wins out of four and on his tail was Jonathan Boreham who finished in second. In the male twelve's Lee Golder was completely unbeaten crossing the line just in front of Shane Pavitt who had consistent seconds all day. It was the same scenario in the male thirteen's with Taylor Andrews winning all and Daniel Killingback also in this class finishing fifth.
The first three riders in the male fifteen class were from Braintree and Riess Harper took the win in front of Toby Bearne in second and Christopher Potter in third and it was a similar story in the sixteen's with Oliver Cutmore taking the win and Leon Dixon in third.
The junior men were combined with the 19+ class to make for a very competitive and exciting set of races. Back on his bike, following an injection of enthusiasm was Bradley Watts, who won 2 of his motos going through to the semi finishing fourth and taking him into the A final where he worked his way through the pack to finish second. On his tail was Matt Kirk who crossed the line in third and a little further down was Will Elsey in seventh just missing out on the A with a frustrating fifth. In his semi was Richard Whiting who unperturbed then went on to win the B final. Tim Machin and Joe Kennedy went into the C final and Tim crossed the line in third with Joe in fourth.
The masters of the sport were led by Braintree's coach and track designer Julian Allen throughout the motos and a fight to the line in the final saw him finish a very close second with Stu Dixon on his tail in third and Gavin Stokes crossing the line in fifth. The B final in this class saw Mark Read-Millard and Steve Hurst finish first and second in the B final.
The girls all rode together and the racing was again dominated by a Braintree rider in the shape of Natalie Miller. Kelsey Dixon and Bethany Shriever were riding with the older girls and Beth finished fourth and Kelsey in third.
The cruiser riders were out in force and the two 13 - 15 riders were combined with the competitive 16 - 29 class but that did not stop Toby Bearne coming through and taking the win. He was followed across the line by James Knight in second, Lee East in third, Oliver Cutmore in fourth and Ryan East in fifth.
The older cruiser class of 30 - 39 saw new Braintree rider Paul Sorrell finishing in second with newcomer to regional racing Dee Williams finishing fifth. The 40 - 44 class saw John Stockwell unbeaten in his motos but piped to the post finishing second in his final. New Braintree member Tony Williams crossed the line in sixth and Paul Shriever in eighth and Tim Killingback winning the B final.
A fantastic day of results for Braintree BXM Club with 10 race wins out of 17 - thanks I am sure to the new excellent high-standard facilities and the increase in high quality regular coaching, expertly overseen by Julien Allen.
The next regional meeting is at Peterborough on Sunday 16th August and Braintree BMX Club are currently racing on a Wednesday evening at 1900 and all riders of any ability are welcome. For more information visit www.braintreebmx.co.uk.