Affiliated to the AMCA, the newly formed UK EVO MX Club are working very hard to fly the EVO flag down in the West Country.
And, on the evidence so far of their opening two meetings in a mini four round series, they are certainly doing a truly cracking job! Sunday’s latest action was held at Ford, near Chippenham and again attracted a fantastic 250 strong entry and was another massive success.
Despite steady rain falling until the early hours of Sunday morning, the Ford track was in surprisingly good condition come race time. And, what cracker it was that opened up proceedings as 25 very rapid 125cc EVO pilots went into action. In that first moto, Kevin Sanders, Robert Bull, Jack Gribble and Bradley Doyle hotly disputed the lead with Gribble eventually coming through to take the win just two laps from home. In moto two it was the hard charging Doyle who was to take the win before Gribble bounced back in style for the last victory of the day and also top the overall standings.
If the 125cc EVO clash was a very competitive, tight affair, in contrast there was to be no disputing the boss in the Open Vets Over45 EVO group as former Grand Prix competitor and top ACU British Championship contender Brian Wheeler strolled to three untroubled wins. On each occasion, Gary Henson chased him home as Sean Doyle did enough with a 5/3/3 scorecard to earn 3rd overall.
On paper, one of the most unpredictable groups of the day looked like being the Super EVO class which pitched 125cc, 250cc and 500cc riders together in one all-out combative contest. Continually Chris McGill on the CR250cc Honda was to grab the holeshot only to be pushed back. Indeed McGill eventually had to settle for 3rd overall as the superb Aston Illsley came through to bag all three moto wins. Taking 2nd overall was Gary Jones although Jamie Cooper could and probably should have also been in podium contention. Missing from moto one, he then went 2/3 which still earned him 9th overall.
Just like the Super EVO, there was an abundance of varying machines and rider ages in the combined 250cc/500cc EVO and Twinshock Open class. With some 33 riders coming under starter’s orders, Martin Izzard on the CR250cc Honda won the opening two clashes from Wayne Butt before the roles were reversed in the last moto. In that one, Butt was first past the flag from Izzard, Ryan Harris and eventual third overall finished Ayrton Forenzio.
Not to be outdone by the highly competitive EVO 125cc contest, the Partridge Ventilation Pre83 125cc class also produced some stunning action on the fast Ford circuit. Anthony Twidle took all three race wins but was certainly made to work very hard by Jake Chamberlain and Rob Mead. Indeed Mead’s pass of the Chamberlain on the final turn of moto two when he dived underneath him and barged him aside was just typical of the racing served up by these pilots who continually had the throttle wire stretched to the limit!
Sunday’s meeting also included two classes for West Midlands EVO riders. In the Pre85 125cc/250cc group, Jim Shand won the first and last moto but after only managing a 10th place finish in the second clash had to settle for 3rd overall on the day. Taking top honours was Dean Warren with Kelvin Tatum in 2nd. Over in the West Midlands Pre85 500cc Open group, Jason Aylett was in terrific form as he scorched to three moto wins with Kevin Reed chasing him home on each occasion. After earlier competing in the Partridge Pre83 125cc class, Jake Chamberlain jumped aboard his 490cc Yamaha to also take 3rd overall in this West Midlands Pre85 500cc bash.
Completing the very entertaining Ford racing was a modern 2T contest which saw Luke Smith scorch to all three moto wins chased by Ben Haggerty-Marks and Olly Toms. Well done again to the organising UK EVO MX Club and many thanks to the event sponsors Fern Plant Hire. The EVO series now moves onto a new circuit at Wickwar on the 26th June with the final round due to be staged at Ford on 10th July.
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The results of the event are below.