Long Buckby SMC Round 8 24/10/10
NMCC & NSMXC combined season finale at Long Buckby National track
Report: Fraser Law
For the final meeting of the year both of the Northampton ACU clubs came together to put on a joint meeting at this historic hill side venue. As is to be expected for the end of November, the track was damp at the start of the day. However with its hardpacked base and steep elevations it was never impassable and improved as the day went on. This allowed the various championship classes to be concluded for the schoolboys, and a fun day's racing to be had by the adults. As well as being somewhat historic in the fact that both clubs ran together, it was also a test run for NMCC's 2011 2Stroke Unlimited class. In this anyone is eligible provided they ride a 2 stroke, irrespective of engine capacity. Given the feedback beforehand and the level of enjoyment from the competitors it looks like it will be a great success next year.
Lewis Huckerby took victory in the 65 class with two fine wins from double runner-up Dillon Fitzpatrick. Running a slightly shorter track than the other classes the 65's put on a fine display of riding skills given the tricky conditions. Daniel Bartlett and Mac Burdett tied on points for third, with Mac taking the final podium spot by virtue of his 3rd place in the final leg. Both 85 classes ran together on the full track this time. The S/W class finished in the same positions both times out, Jack Gardner was victorious from Harvey South and Callum Smith. In the B/W category the Harrison family took 2 out of 3 of the podium positions. Matt Harrison took two fine wins from Jordan Fox, while brother Frazer Harrison improved as the day went on to finish third. Ben Rollinson was yet another double race winner finishing first in the Schoolboy 125 class. Josh Callis took second after never finishing out of the top three, with consistent finishes again giving Jack Marriot third.
The Adult classes were unpredictable, not only were riders from two clubs put together , but also the race formats and classes had to be adjusted to suit both clubs. In the combined Junior Class, Liam Harland travelled from the south in search of those elusive Expert points. His confidence was rewarded with two straight victories. Second to Liam in both legs was Graham Hill, from Martin Streeton with two third places despite some very close racing. In the 2 Stroke Unlimited class Jordan Willis showed skill in winning both legs. Mark Bland took second place from Leon Dolby in third. Robert Embery was unlucky to finish fourth after leading both races on the big KX500, but suffering a number of mud-related incidents along the way. The Over 35 class was dominated Darren Ismay, with Fraser Law in second and Robert Embery in third.
Many thanks must go out to the brave and interpid marshals for volunteering on such a cold and inhospitable day.
65: 1 Lewis Huckerby, 2 Dillon Fitzpatrick, 3 Mac Burdett, 4 Daniel Bartlett, 5 Albert Hall
85 S/W: 1 Jack Gardner, 2 Harvey South, 3 Callum Smith
85 B/W: 1 Matt Harrison, 2 Jordan Fox, 3 Fraz Harrison, 4 Robbie Hollis
125: 1 Ben Rollinson, 2 Josh Callis, 3 Jack Marriot, 4 Jonathan Brighton, 5 Ian Beeesley, 6 Henry Tyrrell
Junior(inc Experts): 1 Liam Garland, 2 Graham Hill, 3 Martin Streeton, 4 Jordan Wills, 5 Tom Allsopp, 6 Brad Willis
2 Stroke Unlimited: 1 Jordan Wills, 2 Mark Bland, 3 Leon Dolby, 4 Robert Embery, 5 Kai Passmore-Jones, 6 Tony Barret
Over 35: 1 Darren Ismay, 2 Fraser Law, 3 Robert Embery, 4 Mark Bland, 5 Kevin Fossey, 6 Tony Fricker
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