Only fools and horses – well so we thought. As the Mancunians set off south to the Capital with tales of congestion charges, strange languages, dragons and no car parking the intrepid explorers were well rewarded with a fine track, good weather, great racing and a warm welcome. With nothing to report but great a atmosphere and how friendly and helpful all the Peckham BMX guys were and all the staff from Southwark council. Awesome show guys, no doubt led by CK Flash. I personally was loving some of the old tunes with the sun shining while others were getting stuck into the jerk chicken, all was good.
And with no MBMX riders in the cruiser classes (where were you all?) it is straight in to the little kids. First out for MBMX was Eben Cousin in the 6 and under boys, who did the club proud battling away, giving it all. Despite his best efforts Eben just missed out on the A final on both days with two 9th place finishes. Nothing wrong with consistency. Great riding Eben.
Next out was Millie Tanner in the 7-8 girls and after putting her heelies to use warming up and smile power to get her round the track it was a solid set of motos and just like Eben a consistent weekend for Millie as she took 10th spot on both days.
7 boys saw some great drama and action but in a class of 30 with so many to drop it was a tough one. After claiming 17th and oh so narrowly missing out on the semis on Saturday Jack Bennett couldn’t improve on the Sunday and it was 20th. Great effort though Jack. Flyin Flynn Drelincourt had a it all, offs, moto wins, semi wins, even going over the gate but the action packed little dynamo made the A final on Saturday picking up 2nd place and a podium spot. Not to be repeated on the Sunday and it was a B final for Flynn and an eventual 13th place. Joining Flynn on the podium was Gabe Simpson who had a great weekend of racing if a little less dramatic. Having claimed a great 3rd spot on Saturday Gabe went one better and took 2nd place. Brilliant stuff Gabe.
32 riders in the 8 boys and only from MBMX, good job it was the one and only Harry Tanner. Not quite a full set of wins but Harry dominated taking moto wins, semi wins and winning both finals. Both finals were brilliant races to watch and certainly not easy for Harry who had to battle to the line to take two first place wins. Awesome. Hope your mum has recovered.
Three dudes hit the track in the 9 year old boys. Tough weekend for all. Curtis Sveikutis went close on the Saturday but missed out in the quarter finals. Sunday saw Curt again in the quarters and going into the last berm in 5th tried a move that didn’t quite pay off. Better to go out trying and unlucky. Some good riding saw James Jackson into the quarters on both days and picked up 24th on the Saturday and went one better with 23rd on the Sunday. How strong was Aaron Davy. With a cough an old smoker would be proud of and not long out of surgery he got stuck in with some great racing moves on his way to the quarters on both days. Not enough in the locker this weekend to make it through but absolutely brilliant.
Bit of a gap then until the trio of Matt Gilston, Sam Bennett and Will Blevins took to the action in the twelves. A mixed weekend all round with Matt taking a bit of a heavy fall in the motos but still made the semis and the A final on both days claiming a great 5th spot on Saturday and 6th on Sunday. Awesome. A great Saturday for Will Blevins saw him make the semis but miss out on the A final claiming 3rd spot in the B. After a great day Will decide to add some excitement into the mix with a tumble over the gate in moto 1 and not his best ride in moto 2. Will pulled it out of the bag with a fine 2nd place in moto 3 to make the semis where again he was to miss out and claim 4th in B final. Some good riding from Sam Bennett showing off his skills saw him through to the quarters on both days but he just couldn’t quite find a way through to the semis but a 22nd and 24th place finish was well deserved.
A pretty good weekend in the 13s for Lewis Holmes. Some solid laps saw him make the semis on both days and showing some consistency to claim 13th on the Saturday and going one better to make 12th on the Sunday. Great stuff Lewis, really showing some great form now.
Back to the girls. Great work and battles with Emily Clinch and Katy Cosgrove in the 11-12 girls now racing hard and battling each other. Saturday saw both girls on fire and storming into the semis. While Katy made it through to the A where she found a path through the carnage to claim 6th place. Unfortunately for Emily a heavy fall in the semi brought her day to an early close but she bounced back brilliantly on the Sunday to make the semis again but narrowly missed out on the A final claiming 4th in the B to make 12th and 16th for the weekend. Katy again was flying and made the A final on the Sunday and claimed another great 6th place. These girls are tougher than they look and getting quicker and quicker.
In the 13-14 girls Leanne Henshall was doing battle without Hannah Baker but did not let this deter her. Showing plenty of skill Leanne pulled out some great motos but on both days managed to finish 9th and miss out on the A final with exactly the same amount of moto points on both days. So close, so unlucky, so consistent.
In the 15-16 girls it was close racing all the way with Leah Clinch and Kerri Turner right in the thick of it. Some good racing saw both through to the A final on both days. Showing how close it is Kerri and Leah were doing battle in turn 2 where unfortunately Leah unclipped and Kerri went on to take 4th and Leah recovered to take 8th but pushing all the way to recover. Sunday saw Leah have the advantage with a great gate and Kerri battling her way back and as they went in to the last corner disaster struck and they both went down. Fortunately no serious damage was done but we could do with as many points as we can and without both club riders falling.
Only Mason Chidley in the 15 boys and it is a class that just seems to get tougher and tougher. Some great riding from Mason saw him safely through to the semis and then into a stacked A final on both days. Saturday probably wasn’t the final he had hoped for ending with an 8th place but Sunday was more like it with Mason in the mix and claiming a brilliant 5th place.
The usual suspects in the 16s with Joe Cotton, Tom Garner and Charlie Yates doing the business for MBMX. Saturday saw Charlie put some great laps in to make the semis but miss out on the A final. Still a good 15th place finish for Charlie while Tom and Joe missed out on the semis with Tom finishing 19th and Joe 23rd. Sunday was a different matter with Joe improving and going close to the semis but just missing out and finishing 18th and Tom going even better making the semis and the B final and finishing 15th. Meanwhile Charlie missed out on the semis and finished 20th just to show how competitive it is in this class.
Tough old group the 17-24s but Nathan Turner is certainly not afraid to mix it and showed his ability but couldn’t find a way through to the semis but after a 26th place finish on Saturday was further up in the pack on the Sunday finishing 22nd.
So to the mixed Championship and elite class and with a huge last jump on the pro straight it was not for the faint hearted and certainly a little local knowledge helped. After a few runs Cal Strickland looked like he got the hang of it, and so it proved as Cal took the win in the championship class on the Saturday but with results swapping all over the place he couldn’t repeat the fete on the Sunday. Meanwhile Ricardo Addeymellor put a heavy fall in practice behind him to take on the challenge and put himself in the mix and took a very creditable 18th on Saturday and 21st on the Sunday.
So that was Peckham. A fun trip down to the big smoke and all the riders doing the club and themselves proud. Some great performances and the MBMX cheer squad by the finish line helped with the results. Thanks to Uncle Buck and Rich Eames for the commentary work, all the grey coats including some of our very own, the medical team and to CK Flash and the rest of Peckham BMX for such a good weekend. Star performers for me Harry Tanner and who really raced hard to take the wins and Aaron Davy who showed true warrior spirit to race let alone do as well as he did. Good work guys.
With the club now sitting 3rd in the standings it is going to be tough to get back to the top but we can do it. I know it’s been a long season but one last push at Birmingham and we can do it. See you at the next one race fans