Sun Sun and some more Sun! Round 3 of the Dirt Race Race Series, find out what went down here.
With a last minute change of venue Round 3 of the Dirt Racing Series was back at Churchill just out side Bristol . A complete set of extremes, last week being battered by the rain and wind at Fort William, the hustle and bustle of World Cup atmosphere, to glorious sunshine (Take note Race organisers when Matt books it, it turns up) and the chill out nature of local grassroots racing. It will be harder to beat the atmosphere at these events, everyone is out to have fun, completely pressure free. And once again the race was full, no on the day entries, not even late entries, full full full, this is how much people are enjoying this level of racing, from people just starting out to some of the more recognisable faces who want a week out from the more serious nature of the other events. Grass roots to the extreme this, hay bails for a podium.
The course was short but sweet with all the elements a downhill track should have, big berm, few rocks, roots, some off camber and a bomb hole, testing all the skills and getting people into it, thats what its about! The fastest time of the day went to Mike Strickland with a time of just over 50 seconds, the length of the course demanded you be perfect if you wanted to take the top prize the smallest misktake would cost you as the top 3 rdiers were all within four tenths of a second, proper close stuff.
Well… who won what. Starting off with the female catagory Sian Jones took the win with a time of 1:03.92 from Averil Garnett who put in a 1:05.25. Sue Mahony finished off the podium coming in third with 1:07.40.
The Hardtail catagory saw forum regular Chris Barnard take the win blue wheels, blue spokes, bail hopping and a time of 56.27 saw him clinch top spot on the bails a second faster than Clarkson Lloyd who came second and Chris Cummings in third with a 57.24.
Jamie Maller took the win in the Juvenile Catagory with a time of 55.61 from Josh Hodgetts who came in second by a small margin scoring a best time of 56.31. Josh Griglo unfortunately didn't complete his second run to improve on his 57.86 to take third place.
Youth was wrapped up by Alex Renshaw with time of 52.23 which also recorded him 11th fastest of the day and again it was very tight between first and second as Sam Kiddy took the second place on the podium under a second behind with Jody Bovy taking third place.
You don't get much faster than the Junior catagory and Ben Baker took the win with a time of 51.92. Probably would have gone quicker in his second run had he not taken a massive stack into the bushes, bungle impression, not bad! Second place went to Micky Boswell with a 52.04 and thrid place went to Alex Morgan who managed a 55.42
The Masters stroke slightly older masters was a real close affair with all three podium places being decided by three tenths of a second. Dave Southcott wrapped up the win with a 53.06, Dean Williams came in second with a 53.26 and Sean Mallett just must have blinked at the wrong moment to take third with a time of 53.30, super super close.
The Senior catagory saw some familiar faces come out to play, Strickers said he had it his second run, and he wasn't wrong taking the win, fastest time of the day and fifty quid for his efforts. His time 50.46 could not be beaten by Leon Rosser but it was super close Leon scoring a time of 50.76 and Andy Wright finished off the podium with a 50.85.
So again another awesome days racing, thanks to everyone that took part and everyone that helped the event run.for the full results check Dirt Racings website here . Just remember when the sun is out I know its rare to drink lots and lotion up and don't get sun stroke like I did! Shout out to the Bristol Freeride guys who were there on mass keeping it local. See you all at Round 4.
Keep It on the Wheeeeels!