MATCH REPORT: British Individual Championships Day 1

The second half of the British Individual Finals Day 1 racing at Astley & Tyldesley saw the first four British Individual titles of the weekend decided.

Three riders dominated the u-12 Boys Championship, and all three came together in heat 13, a race which effectively decided the final outcome. Noah Woodhouse, of Kesgrave, lined up on grid 1 with an unbeaten12 points to his name, Poole’s Kenzie Bennett started from grid 2, on 11 points, with Astley & Tyldesley’s John White off grid 3, also unbeaten on 12 points. Birmingham’s Charlie Buet-Gannon was on grid 4, on 8 points. Noah held his gate position, with Kenzie chasing hard and John in third place. On the second lap, Kenzie dived under Noah going into the pits bend, and as both riders drifted wide, John gratefully
took advantage of the gap, to pass both riders and pull away to take a crucial race win, with Kenzie second and Noah third. Wins for John and Kenzie in their last races sealed the title and runner-up slots respectively. Noah was beaten By Leicester’s Kyle Wells in heat 18, to finish on 17 and in overall third place. Kyle’s rostrum chances disappeared after a gate exclusion in heat 10. This was John White’s first British Individual Final win, to accompany his three British Youth & Junior Grand Prix series wins at u-8, u-10 and u-12 levels.

u-12 Boys British Individual Championship

John White (Astley & Tyldesley) 20, Kenzie Bennett (Poole) 18, Noah Woodhouse (Kesgrave) 17, Kyle Wells (Leicester) 14, Connor Steel (Birmingham) 14, Charlie
Beeton (Kesgrave) 14, Tom Morrissey (Astley & Tyldesley) 14, Oliver Saunders (Poole) 13, J.J. Wildman (Exeter) 13, Charlie Buet-Gannon (Birmingham) 12, Charlie Parr (Kesgrave) 11, Torsten Jolly (Kesgrave) 11, Charlie Burgess (Astley & Tyldesley) 9, McKenzie Lang (Exeter) 7, Oliver Johnson (Poole) 6.

Referee – Graham Lush (Stockport).

The u-12 Girls Championships was a hard fought affair, between Poole’s Daisy Sherwood and Exeter’s Shannon Tucker. Both girls finished on 14 points, beating each other when off the inside grid. The toss for start positions in the run-off was always going to be crucial, and it was Daisy who won the toss, took grid 2 and pulled away from Shannon to take the race win and the overall title. Lexie Curtis, of Poole, was overall third place, after finishing third in each race.

u-12 Girls British Individual Championship

Daisy Sherwood (Poole) 14, Shannon Tucker (Exeter) 14, Lexie Curtis (Poole) 8, Josie Kell (Hethersett) 4.

Referee – Graham Lush (Stockport).

Astley & Tyldesley’s Emily Burgess won the u-14 Girls Championship, with a 16 points maximum score. The decisive race was in heat 7, when defending champion, Maddie Saunders, of Poole, lined up on grid 3, against Emily on grid 4. A crisp gate from the outside saw Emily clear Maddie going into the first bend and she raced to a vital win. With both girls winning their last races, Emily took the title, from Maddie. Exeter’s Miah Lang took third place overall, dropping just two points.

u-14 Girls British Individual Championship

Emily Burgess (Astley & Tyldesley) 16, Maddie Saunders (Poole) 15, Miah Lang (Exeter) 14, Rosie Tidball (Exeter) 13, Rebekah Humphries (Birmingham) 12, Phoebe Hammond (Kesgrave) 11, Megan Burt (Wednesfield) 10, Erin Corrigan (Astley & Tyldesley) 9, Charmaine Wells (Leicester) 8.

Referee – Graham Lush (Stockport).

Poole’s Nathan Goulden made it a family double on the day, by winning the u-14 Boys Championship, with a 16 points maximum score. While Nathan was a clear winner, there was a real battle for the other rostrum places, which was decided in an eventful heat 11. Three riders were all on 11 points, each having lost to Nathan previously. Sheffield’s Kielan Burton led from grid 1, with Poole’s Kenzie Bennett, off grid 2, in hot pursuit, followed by Astley & Tyldesley’s John White, from grid 4. The all action Kenzie fell while attempting to pass Kielan, who went on to win the race, with John coming through to finish second and Kenzie picking himself up for third. This meant that Kielan secured the silver medal and John the bronze medal.

u-14 Boys British Individual Championship

Nathan Goulden (Poole) 16, Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 15, John White (Astley & Tyldesley) 14, Kenzie Bennett (Poole) 13, Ellis Richmond (Wednesfield) 12, Jack Horton (Exeter) 11, Joshua Nottle (Poole) 10, Jack Reynolds (Coventry) 9, Harry Radford (Bury) 2.

Referee – Ben Higham (Stockport).

So, the day finished with both the Astley & Tyldesley and Poole clubs celebrating two new British Champions each. It was a great day of cycle speedway at Gin Pit and if the other two days this weekend turn out to be half as good, then we are in for a real feast of cycle speedway.