Final Round - West Meon Race Report
With no dropped rounds allowed in the 2017 Championships, this set up an exciting albeit nervy finish for the top riders in many of the race groups as Nora Mx returned for its final round of 2017 to West Meon in Hampshire. Who would grab the podium spots and whose luck would run out at the last hurdle? The rain came Saturday evening to make the hillside venue ready for some good old-fashioned Scrambling!!
Fun was had by the kids both Saturday and Sunday with bouncy castles supplied very kindly by Bourne fun.
First out, on a moist but interesting track was the Pro/Pro Am class that featured no fewer than four of the riders who have been selected to represent their respective Countries at Quadcross Nations at Cingoli in Italy in less than two weeks time.
The day started with 3 of these heading the Championship, with George Day on 380 points, Mark McLernon 361 and Dafydd Davies 336.
Race 1 saw Scotland’s Murray Graham with the hole shot over Carl Bunce and it was these two who pulled away from the field, with Graham taking the win over Bunce by 3.8 secs. James Bevan grabbed a good 3rd after overhauling Oli Sansom in the latter stages of the race. However, this race shattered the Championship hopes of both Dafydd Davies and Mark McLernon as firstly Davies suffered electrical problems taking him down to 19th and McLernon suffered a DNF 5 laps in! George Day in 10th would have been a happy man!
Race 2 and Oli Sansom fastest out of the blocks and holding the lead for a few laps before Bunce made his move and took a comfortable win by 14 secs over a very spirited Davino Bruneel in 2nd place.
The final race and Bunce was looking like the win on the day, with firstly the hole shot over George Day and then battling it out at the front and what looked like a 2nd place finish for Bunce behind Day. Unfortunately for Bunce an infringement had been spotted and he was demoted to last place. and out of the top 3 on the day!
Pro Overall on the day - 1st George Day (10,3,1), 2nd Harry Walker (6,4,3), 3rd Davino Bruneel (8,2,7)
Nora Pro Series Champion: George Day 580, 2nd Mark McLernon 515, 3rd Oli Sansom 503.
Luke Berlyn wrapped up a well-deserved 100cc title despite unusually not winning all 3 races on the day! Luke was 2nd best on the day with a 1st and 2 seconds behind Robbie Wood (2,1,1).
The 250cc British Championship was looking like a battle to the end between Zak Orchard and his PDV teammate Josh Birch, with Zak entering the day a slender 6 points ahead. Lady luck crushed Josh’s chances with two DNF’s on 2 separate bikes for him in the first two races, not only taking him out of Championship contention but out of the podium top 3! No invitation was required for Zak, as he wrapped up the Championship in style with 3 comfortable wins on the day, all by over 20 seconds. Catrin Davies showed she is the girl to watch in the future as she grabbed 2 2nds and a 3rd on the day, and a credible 2nd in the final Championship standings. 13-year-old Marcus Sprason took the final spot on the podium.
Ayrton Knowles despite being out of Clubman Championship contention following injury earlier in the season took 3 strong wins with a masterclass, to take the overall on the day and bagged a pair of goggles for his long awaited Holeshot…
The hot battle for the title though was between ‘King of the Enduros’ Welshy Rhydian Owen and Iestyn Rowlands. 16 points separated them in the main championship at the start of the day and just 7 points in the Clubman Elite subclass.
What a finish, as Iestyn beat Rhydian in all 3 races on the day but by only 1 place each time. This meant he caught up 6 points, and missed out by just 1 point on the Championship. Add to this race 1 where Iestyn lost his seat in the final stages and lost a place in the final few corners as a result. Ouch!
The Masters Class on the day and for the year was won yet again by Ed Davies.
Ed made it three wins on the day and his name is yet again on the Masters British Championship title. Ant Barrett was the best of the rest with three 2nd place finishes.
In the Out of the Box sub class Joe Williams again took the three race wins, two over Pete Bates and the other over Vassna Wilcock.
Geoff Otway entered the day in the Masters Support class just requiring 1 win to seal his Masters Championship. Lady luck deserted him too as electrical problems in races 1 and 2 and a chain off in race 3 took him off the top spot, and it was Mark “Budgie” Smith who was crowned Champion.
Scott Berlyn and Michael Haydon battled it out in the Novice class. Scott with 2 wins on the day and Michael one gave Scott the win on the day.
Scott a worthy champion and Haydon an equal worthy runner up.
Results on the day:
100cc/50cc: 1st Robbie Wood (1,2,2), 2nd Luke Berlyn (1,2,2), 3rd Jago Jackson (3,3,4).
100cc Sub class winner: Kieran Marriott
50cc Sub Class winner: Taylor Hyndman
250cc overall: 1st Zak Orchard (1,1,1), 2nd Catrin Davies (2,3,2), 3rd Alfie Walker (3,2,3)
250cc Air Cooled Winner: Jack Evans
Masters "A": 1st Ed Davies (1,1,1), 2nd Ant Barrett (2,2,2), 3rd Ben Morgan (3,3,4)
Out the Box: 1st Joe Williams, 2nd Pete Bates, 3rd Vassna Willcock
Clubman Elite Overall: 1st Ayrton Knowles (1,1,1), 2nd Iestyn Rowlands (3,3,2), 3rd Sam Norris (2,2,4)
Clubman sub class winner: Dean Porter
Adult Novices: 1st Scott Berlyn (1,1,2), 2nd Michael Haydon (2,2,1), 3rd Joe Sharp (4,3,3).
Masters Support: 1st John Hall (1,1,1), 2nd David Marriott (2,2,2), 3rd Rick Jones (4,4,3)
Unfortunately the rain came for the annual charity pit-bike race and Mechanics Quad race where we raised money for ‘air ambulance’ and the ACU’s benevolent fund for injured riders. The pair raised £250 to share between the two charities.
My Personal thanks go out to all who braved the weather under Umbrellas and supported their club champions being crowned and soaked a little more in champagne, albeit some chose not to attend which was shame!
After all the effort they have put into the championship all year!
Roll on February 17th 2018 where we will have the official Nora-mx Awards Ceremony @ The Oxford belfry, where you can have the weekend off, catch up with everyone all dressed up, and talk about the 2018 season ahead!
Thankyou everyone for all of your continued support of the ‘Best Quad club in Europe’ this is only because you make it so, by attending.
Keep close eyes on the website for news and also get your reservations in early for the awards evening so you can reserve your accommodation and trophies can be ordered
Stuart & Nikki