RESULTS: British Individual Championships Day 1

Here are the results from Day 1 of the 2023 British Individual Championships:

Sheffield (Cookson Park)

Kesgrave riders dominated day one of the British Individual championships at Cookson,  Sheffield. 

The Panthers provided three of the four championship title winners, and for good measure Zac Payne won the senior Qualifier.

British Under 12 Boys Individual Championship

The under 12 boys pre Qualifier started proceedings,  Harry Jack Whitehead the unlucky rider to miss the cut and end up with the reserve berth.

The Final was clear cut for the winners Jersey, Frank White (A and T) retaining the title he won in 2022 with an unbeaten 20 point maximum. Heat 14 featured the then three unbeaten riders, White, Connor Jarrett (Kesgrave) and Spencer Glenton from Hull. The finishing order for that heat repeated the podium places.

Frank White (Astley & Tyldesley) 20, Connor Jarrett (Kesgrave) 19, Spencer Glenton (Hull) 18, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 17, Luca El-Labany (Hethersett) 16, Frank Spauls (Hethersett) 13, Riley Jarvis (Exeter) 13, Isaac Powling (Kesgrave) 13, Sam Comben (Southampton) 12, Caiden Rawlings (Kesgrave) 11, Harry Gibson (Hull) 11, Tyler Davies (Newport) 9, Austin Brailey (Hethersett) 9, Levi Edwards (Astley & Tyldesley), 8, Nathan Slight (Edinburgh) 7, William Holich (Hull) 5

Referee: Shaun Dyball (Norfolk)

British Under 12 Girls Individual Championship

Demi Blu Harris eased to the Under 12 Girls title,  with four tapes to flag victories. Maisie Baker fought tooth and nail for runners up spot. Often having to pass either one or two riders each race. The podium places completed by Lola Martin. 

Demi-Blu Harris (Kesgrave) 16, Maisy Baker (Ipswich) 11, Lola Martin (Hethersett) 9, Millie Shear (Poole) 8

Referee: Shaun Dyball (Norfolk)

British Under 14 Girls Individual Championship

Lily Parr won the under 14 Girl’s with a silky smooth performance on the pacy Cookson circuit,  winning all four races for a 16 point maximum.  Amberley Gant made it a Panthers one-two.  Home rider Lacey Ackroyd put knowledge of the Cookson track to good use to fill the podium places.

Lily Parr (Kesgrave) 16, Amberley Gant (Kesgrave) 15, Lacey Ackroyd (Sheffield) 14, Yoanna Gilpin (Coventry) 12, Lola Martin (Hethersett) 11, Kacey Bennett (Hull) 11, Maisy Baker (Ipswich) 10, Demi-Blu Harris (Kesgrave) 9, Millie Shear (Poole) 8

Referee: Dave Dart (Devon)

British Under 14 Boys Individual Championship

The under 14 boys Final produced some top level racing, as the riders adjusted to the pacy Cookson track (many of whom were making their first visit).

The racing heated up towards the end of the meeting.  Three unbeaten riders,  Luca Woodhouse,  Harvey Shumake and Frank White met in heat 15, the winner of which would likely be lifting the trophy. Woodhouse won comfortably from Shumake and White. Shumake won his final race (a heat 18 victory over Jude Wilcockson) to finish on 19 points. Woodhouse now needed to win his final race to secure the championship.  Though he made the gate, he slipped from first place to third (only a three rider race) on the exit of turn one. Teddy Curtis gleefully accepting the gift of the lead from the mistake.  Woodhouse got back in to second place,  but then fell entering turn one of the last lap as he tried an inside pass in this eventful heat 18. Woodhouse dusted himself down (he was actually the only faller in 80 heats of racing on the day) to win the silver/bronze run off over Jude Wilcockson. 

Harvey Shumake (Kesgrave) 19, Luca Woodhouse (Kesgrave) 18*, Jude Wilcockson (Coventry) 18*, Frank White (Astley & Tyldesley) 17, Noah Lyon (Hull) 16, Teddy Curtis (Poole) 16, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 14, Isaac Powling (Kesgrave) 11, Mitchell Baker (Ipswich) 11, Harvey McLachlan (Hull) 10, Dylan Geer (Hellingly) 10, Charlie Spurgeon (Kesgrave) 10, Connor Jarrett (Keagrave) 8, Jayden Hancock (Bury) non starter, Luie Lewis (Newport) non starter

*-after run-off

Referee: Shaun Dyball (Norfolk)

British Open Individual Championship Qualifier 1

The Open Qualifier upped the pace and produced top class racing, right to the wire. Zac Payne lost once (to Gavin Wheeler) in a heat where all four riders crossed the line under a blanket. Ben Clarke was set for a maximum score, on the track where he won the Junior title in 2018, only to suffer a tapes exclusion in his final race.

Zac Payne (Kesgrave) 19, Gavin Wheeler (Poole) 18, Lee Aris (Wednesfield) 16, Ben Clarke (Ipswich) 16, Ed Morton (Sheffield) 16, Wil Bristowe (Poole) 15, Kyle Holland (Sheffield) 14, Leon Mower (Kesgrave) 12, James Porter (Ipswich) 11, Ashley Hill (Ipswich) 11, Callum Goward (Newport) 10, Daniel Taylor (Bury) 10, Elizabeth Rigley (Leicester) 9, Kristian Ramsden (Bury) 8

Referee: Bob Prince (West Midlands)


British Junior Individual Championship

Leon Penketh (Southampton) 18, Noah Woodhouse (Kesgrave) 17, John White (Astley & Tyldesley) 16*, Kenzie Bennett (Poole) 16*, Mason Martin (Hethersett) 15, Shaun Kell (Ipswich) 14, Feroze Langoo (Poole) 13, Ryker Jolly (Kesgrave) 13, Oliver Saunders (Poole) 12, Jack Brownell (Sheffield) 12, Charlie Parr (Kesgrave) 11, George Whale (Southampton) 9, JJ Wildman (Exeter) 9, Sam Stansfield (Sheffield) 7, Torsten Jolly (Kesgrave) 7, Connor Steel (Birmingham) 7

Referee: Mike Hack (Greater Manchester)

British Over 60’s Individual Championship

Phil Gard (Poole) 16, Glyn Morgan (Hethersett) 14*, Colin Rowles (Poole) 14*,Steve Nation (Poole) 14*, Chris Ward (Horspath) 12, Barry Ashton (Hull) 11, Rob Falconer (Southampton) 10, Gary Lawrence (Hethersett) 9

Referee: Darren Kent (West Yorkshire)

British Open Individual Championship Qualifier 2

Noah Woodhouse (Kesgrave) 17, Matt Hill (Ipswich) 16, Ben Mould (Newport) 16, Josh Brooke (Great Blakenham) 16, Chris Timms (Birmingham) 16, Will Jeffery (Birmingham) 15, Lewis Foxley (Hull) 15, Ryker Jolly (Kesgrave) 14, Kenzie Bennett (Poole) 14, John White (Astley & Tyldesley) 13, Mark Boaler (Poole) 10, Jack Herbert (Ipswich) 9, Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 9, Owen Simcock (Astley & Tyldesley) 7, Owen Johnson (Horspath) 7

British Open Individual Championship Qualifier 3

Reece Pollitt (Bury) 18, Leon Penketh (Southampton) 17, Charlie Parr (Kesgrave) 17, Aaron Smith (Poole) 16, Jack Lister (Hull) 15, Michael Baldock (Bury) 14, Paul Heard (Birmingham) 14, Torsten Jolly (Kesgrave) 14, Ricki Johnson (Birmingham) 14, Feroze Langoo (Poole) 13, JJ Wildman (Exeter) 11, Harley Hamill (Hethersett) 9, Luke Whitehead (Leicester) non starter, Mark Carmichael (Newport) non starter

Referee: Mike Hack (Greater Manchester)