Kinsham was the destination this weekend for Round 1 of the Pearce series. Alfie, Ellen, Josh and Joe made the trip up there. Kinsham is a short track in comparison to the tracks used at other rounds but it doesn’t make it easy. It’s fast, techy, steep and the slightest mistake will cost you as times between riders come down to 100th of a second.
The forecast for the weekend was excellent and rumours of dust rumbled around the pits. We were not disappointed.Saturday practice was a misty start which put some moisture in the track to give excellent grip in the clay surface. Once the sun came out ‘dust’ started to appear.
The uplift at Kinsham is short and no sooner had you sat down in the Land Rover you were at the top ready to roll. The team made good use of the rapid uplift and smashed double figure runs with no effort at all.
The team were looking good and enjoying themselves. Josh was looking exceptionally quick and feeling comfortable after switching his Renthal bars to a bigger rise.
Saturday practice completed, bikes checked over and it was time to relax in the last few hours the warm sun. Plenty of banter, wheelie challenges and skids passed the evening away all finished off with race talk around a big fire.
Race day and again the sun shone but with a slight wind, luckily it was in the right direction and would not affect riding. Last few practice runs to hone line choices done and racing started bang on time.
1st up was Joe in the Vets category. Make no mistake these may seem like ‘old men’ who should know better but none of them are here to make up the numbers.
Joe had a good clean run and came into the finish arena pedalling at full speed to cross the line in 2:10:833 and placed in 14th. He was happy with that but knew he had more in the tank.
Ellen was next and again racing against much older girls, she was up against some strong competition. She also had a good clean run and finished in 2:15:220 placing her in 2nd.
Josh in his 1st year in juniors has been riding fast in training and now needed to match this in his races. He didn’t disappoint smashing through the line in 1:50:439 to sit in 2nd place. His smile showed his delight and this was a much needed run for his confidence.
Last down was Alfie , now racing in seniors. He had a good start but caught a rider up at the 1st split. There are not many overtaking opportunities so he had to sit behind the other rider crossing the line side by side but with a respectable time of 1:59:697.
Time for 2nd runs and the track was now a little beaten up, deep ruts in the corners and big braking bumps after the big step down in the middle of the track.
Joe was 1st down again, this time not the cleanest of runs but he made up for small errors with his pedal power. He crossed the line slightly faster in 2:10:172 but disappointingly he was pushed back 3 positions into 17th. Although happy with his runs he wanted to be in a higher finishing position.
Ellen was looking to consolidate her 2nd place as the 1st position looked a little out of her reach, she produced another good run and improved on her time to seal 2nd place with a time of 2:13:032
Josh would be 2nd to last down in juniors and riders already down had set some fast times. Sprinting into the arena he made a mistake on the last corner, still with a fast time but he had now been pushed down to 4th and missed out on a podium by a fraction of a second. He had beaten some rapid riders and although gutted not to be on the podium he was happy with his weekends work.
Alfie looking to get a clear run had no such luck, pushing harder he missed some of his lines and near the end of the track his feet blew of his pedals. He finished slightly slower but still with a respectable 33rd in his 1st year in the massive senior category.
@Pearce-Cycles organised another 1st class event with a faultless uplift service. The weather was on top form (A few glowing faces now though) and the team had a productive weekend.
Next race will be round 2 of Pearce’s at Bringewood so plenty of time for the team to work on their race craft.