Sunday June 11, 2017
It is said that a good thing is worth repeating, and so it proved at Rye House on Sunday afternoon as the circuit staged its second British Youth Championship round in quick succession.

The third round of the series was staged at the track in May following a late switch from King’s Lynn, while this event was the one originally allocated to the club.

That the 33 Young Lions who competed were clearly there not just to ride but to race was in evidence from the very first race, won by Bailey Fellows by just a bike length from the pursing Sonny Springer, a finish which set the tone for rest of the afternoon.

The meeting bubbled along nicely, and despite its hefty 36 race agenda, was completed in a little over three hours.

Daniel Gilkes dominated the 500cc bracket, going through the card to win his second straight round. The 15 year old was rarely troubled in his four programmed outings, and a lightning start in the Grand Final quickly put the decider to bed as well. Drew Kemp looked set to capture second spot, only to fall on the lfinal lap and hand that position to James Laker, with Kean Dicken taking third.

Defending 250cc Champion Leon Flint was equally on fire in his class, posting his third straight series victory of the year with a faultless display. He held his nerve well in the Grand Final after the race’s first staging was halted when Jason Edwards collected Joe Thompson on the second lap in a battle for third, re-emerging to steam home from Nathan Ablitt and Thompson.

The third rider to max out was Harry McGurk, who survived a four-abreast first two corners to take the 125cc category, ahead of brother Sam and Corbin Pavitt.

The one blip came when 11 year old Callum Gill from Leeds suffered a suspected broken wrist in a Heat 10 tumble, but that aside it was a very positive day.

As Young Lions Manager Neil Vatcher said afterwards, “It’s been an excellent afternoon, and the racing was really good. We’ve probably all been watching the Grand Prixs, and they say that those are all tough races. Well, it is no different in this British Youth Championship. Every race was tough, and the riders were all on the gas. It seems to get faster and faster every round. I keep saying this, but we’ve got some good kids, and the future looks bright.

“Well done to everyone, and thanks to the Rye House promotion again for putting us on.”

500cc Category:

Daniel Gilkes 12, Drew Kemp 6, James Laker 4, Kean Dicken 2

Grand Final:

Daniel Gilkes, James Laker, Kean Dicken, Drew Kemp (fex) (no time)

250cc Category:

Leon Flint 12, Nathan Ablitt 10, Jason Edwards 9, Joe Thompson 8, Dan Thompson 6, Sam Hagon 4, Jordan Palin 3, Jake Mulford 1, Jacob Clayton 1

Grand Final:

Leon Flint, Nathan Ablitt, Joe Thompson, Jason Edwards (fex) (62.1 secs)

125cc Category:

Harry McGurk 12, Sam McGurk 11, Corban Pavitt 10, Bailey Fellows 10, Gregor Miller 8, Sonny Springer 8, Luke Harrison 8, Charlie Jenson 7, Freddie Fox-Baron 6, Ashton Vale 6, Jacob Fellows 5, Max Perry 5, Mikey Robbins 5, Max James 4, Sam Peters 3, Taya Thirtle 3, Elliott Kelly 3, Mickie Simpson 2, Harry Cunningham 2, Callum Gill 0

Grand Final:

Harry McGurk, Sam McGurk, Corban Pavitt, Bailey Fellows (70.9 secs)