AMCA WULFSPORT BRITISH MASTERS (ROUND 2) AT FOXHILLS – PREVIEWPublished on 03.4.2012 8:52
BY MIKE WOOD
Following an opening round which produced both very contrasting and challenging conditions, the AMCA Wulfsport British Masters returns to action this weekend. In a late change of venue, the famous Foxhills circuit will now be your host for the round two action, and what a meeting it promises to be!
In the Battery Energy Drink Pro class, Kristian Whatley splashed to both MX1 moto wins at Mallory and he will enter round two certainly looking to repeat the feat. Opposition though on this occasion will be strengthened by the appearance of Wiltshire resident Stephen Sword, a firm crowd favourite who simply loves the Foxhills terrain. Over in Pro MX2,round one winner Neville Bradshaw tops the entry but watch out for Swedish rider Alex Eriksson making a surprise appearance. Other names who should feature in the combined capacity Experts clashes include Bryan Mackenzie, Scott Elderfield, Lewis Gregory, local lad James Dunn and Ashley Wilde amongst others.
The new Putoline Two-Stroke Masters made its debut at Mallory Park,and after a bright start, hopefully conditions will be far more favourable this coming weekend so that the two-smokers can really pin back that throttle and display their true versatility! Following the opening round, James Lassu, Matthew Moffat and Daniel Brough all bagged a Mallory moto win, with Lassu eventually finishing top of the pile. Fresh from the Youth racing ranks, young Sam Winterburn bagged a very impressive overall win in the MX2 Two-stroke contest and he currently leads Cory Joe Nemeth and Alex Davies.
Going for a hat-trick of MXY2 Masters Youth titles, Suzuki mounted Dan Thornhill started his quest in style by topping the GSP Race Products supported class at Mallory. However Dan did not quite have it all his own way as throughout the weekend both Jay Thomas and Zac Alsop also recorded race wins. Despite the awful day two conditions during round one, all the Youth riders displayed great ability and control, none more so than Jordan Moxey.Producing a star performance, Jordan bagged all four race victories in the Moto-Pro Suspension BW85cc class ahead of Charlie Putnam, Oliver Benton and Tyron Cleaver. Top pilot in the SW85cc contest was 2011 Champion Henry Siddiqui, starting the defence of his title in the best way possible, Henry was to lead home Howard Wainwright, Matt Brame and Aaron-Lee Hanson.
Despite only scoring 17 points in a very competitive Scott Acerbis Amateur MX1 race at Mallory, Lewis King then displayed great composure to still go onto take the overall win. Although both Jamie Dobson and Glenn Fletcher enjoyed scoring moto wins in this class, the remaining podium places instead were claimed by Luke Meredith and Ricky Lethaby. Making his Masters debut, Midlands based rider Jack Cox started the 2012 campaign in style by topping the Zook Clothing Amateur MX2 contest ahead of Edward Briscoe and Lancastrian Ryan Crowder. MX2 always produces plenty of hot action so expect TM pilot Charles Statt, Aled Bellis and Jack Forrest to also be right on the gas at Foxhills as they attempt to prove their own Championship credentials.
New for 2012, there is now separate races for MX1 and MX2 mounted riders contesting the Michelin supported Amateur classes. After Shaun Scrivens had won the opening MX1 race, Jake Alsop took control to earn the overall victory ahead of Samuel Kirby and William Orritt. In MX2, Emerson Jones and Adam Wells disputed the top two placings in all four motos to be later joined on the podium by Tom Smith.
So it’s time to cross fingers and hope for dry weather as the super Foxhills circuit awaits the AMCA Wulfsport British Masters racers. Enjoy the experience of competing on this great ex GP venue, have a great weekend and may the best pilot win!
Don’t forget the next round of the series on May 12th/13th at the exciting Skelder Bank, Whitby, the closing date for entries being 28th April.