The AMCA 2 Stroke Championship is hosted over 9 rounds, an MX2 class (125 & 144 (150)) will be held within the main 2 Stroke class if there is sufficient interest from riders on this capacity of machine.
The top 20 finishers automatically qualify for the following years Championship. Area qualifiers are organised in March for those riders who did not finish in the top 20 and for new riders wishing to try and qualify.
|AREA 1 (North/North Shrops/Wales/South Shrops)||March 19||Market Drayton @ Ollerton|
|AREA 2 (East/Trent/Central/Yorkshire||March 19||Ollerton @ Bevercotes|
|AREA 3 (Wessex / South)||March 19||Bristol @ Yarley|
|Round 1||April 9||Dursley @ Minchinhampton|
|Round 2||April 16||Dursley @ Nympsfield|
|Round 3||April 30||Cannock @ Lower Drayton|
|Round 4||May 28||Corby/Southam @ Bevercotes|
|Round 5||July 2||North Area @ Hawkstone|
|Round 6||July 30||Teme Valley @ Boraston|
|Round 7||August 13||Cheltenham @ Brookthorpe|
|Round 8||September 3||Dursley @ Frocester|
|Round 9||September 10||Mid Cheshire @ Norley|
What a great sight it was to see a full line-up of two-stroke machines on the Lower Drayton start-gate. The opening round though of the AMCA Championship quickly developed into a serious head to head battle for honours between Ben Saunders on a 150cc KTM and James Lane on the 250cc orange mount. On conclusion of three highly competitive clashes it was Saunders taking the all-important overall win with also a 2-1 count in his favour on moto victories.
Lane’s one success came in race two when he reeled Saunders in before snatching the lead with just the final turn remaining, breathtaking stuff!
Matthew Bath led the first 2T Championship battle of the day but by the end of lap one had dropped down to 5th behind James Lane, Jamie Powell, Ben Saunders and Kristofer Ayres. Five laps in and super Saunders was in control only to then be repassed by his very determined rival Lane with just two circuits remaining.
Ben Saunders decided to switch to a 250cc KTM mount and what a wise move it proved to be! Storming to all three moto wins, he has now regained the series lead, 6 points clear of James Lane. On Sunday, Lane certainly did his very best to halt the Saunders express, chasing him home in all three clashes and even briefly leading moto three.
In a very entertaining opening 2T clash at Hawkstone, Jamie Powell, Jake Edey and finally Ben Saunders took turns to head the contest. Eventually though it was series leader Saunders who was able to see off the close attentions of Edey before racing onto the win.
With series leader Ben Saunders dominating the opening 2T race at Boraston, Elliot Stones and Jason Kendrick both took turns to fill the 2nd place spot in the early exchanges.
What another stunning performance Ben Saunders was to produce in the 2T Championship races as he swept to a big three moto success. The only occasion the immaculate Saunders was seriously headed came in the final scrap of the day as Richard Lloyd briefly led the opening lap.
Needing just 57 points to clinch the 2016 2T crown, the immaculate Ben Saunders got the job done in moto one at Long Lane by scorching to another smooth, big win. Also currently in fine form, Jamie Powell got home in 2nd from Luke Phillips, James Lane, Dylan Hodgkins and Richard Lloyd.