British Youth Championship: Desertmartin race report
The weekend of August 17th and 18th saw the UK’s elite youth motocross riders head across the water to Desertmartin in Northern Ireland for the hotly contested fourth round of the Judd KTM British Youth Championship.
As a world-renowned racetrack, the Northern Irish venue provided some first-class competition as the series enters the second half of the 2019 season. Lucas Lee, Brandon Buckley, Fin Wilson, Charlie Heyman, Preston Williams and Max Ingham took the honours in their respective classes.
In the Auto Class Lucas Lee clinched the overall victory with four out of five race wins at the sandy circuit, with Judd Orange Brigade’s Robbie Daly taking second place following some great battles throughout the event. Just a single point separates these two young bar-banging warriors in the championship, and the next rounds will certainly be interesting in the Auto category. Thai rider Brian Gyles had another outstanding weekend, cementing his status as a strong sand rider as the youngster concluded the event third overall with 189 points. Casey Lister and Malachi Allan completed the top five.
Brandon Buckley had an action-packed weekend of racing in the Junior 65cc class as he clinched his first overall with 217 points after taking the chequered flag for three out of the five races. In second position was Freddie Gardiner, whilst SJP Moto’s Reece Jones, who is leading the standings by 26 points, took third and Charlie Richmond was fourth with just five points separating second to fourth overall. Fifth place went to SJP Moto’s Archie-Jay Girdham.
The Small Wheel 85cc class provided some spectacular racing with the podium fight going right down to the wire on Sunday afternoon. Taking the top of the podium with 222 points was championship leader Tyla Hooley with four race wins, while second position went to Fin Wilson, who had just a one point advantage over third placed Shaun Mahoney. Billy Askew and Alex Henderson completed the top five.
It was the SJP Moto machine of Charlie Heyman that took the top step on the podium at Desertmartin for the Big Wheel 85cc class to retain his series’ lead with four wins over the weekend. In second was Sam Atkinson who clinched a moto victory and the youngster is just 16 points behind in the championship chase, with Revo Husqvarna’s Ollie Colmer in third position on the weekend. Charlie Palmer and Matthew Beattie finished in fourth and fifth positions.
The Judd Orange Brigade machine of Preston Williams received the honours for round four in Northern Ireland in the hotly contested 125cc class that saw three different winners over the weekend. Wildcard rider Ryan Mawhinney put on a strong display for second overall with two moto wins, whilst Judd Orange Brigades Louie Kessell was third. Fourth place went to Buster Hart and fifth went to James Smith, whilst Jack Grayshon, who won the final moto of the weekend and remains in the running for the championship, was sixth overall.
In the Open Class the number 11 of Max Ingam dominated the class with five out of five race wins on the sand circuit to conclude a perfect weekend and he leads the championship by a strong margin heading into the final two rounds. Second place went to Nathan Green followed by Jack Moore in third. Jak Henderson and Jack Roberts rounded out the top five.
In the Rookie Championships across the five classes, Brian Gyles, Freddie Gardiner, Shaun Mahoney, Ollie Colmer, Louie Kessell and Max Ingham took the honours for the Desertmartin round of the series.
Once again SCOTT Sports Holeshot awards were awarded for each race throughout the weekend. Keep an eye for the latest championship standings in the coming days.
The Judd KTM British Youth Championship heads to Little Silver near Exeter for the penultimate round of the championship on September 7th and 8th.
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