History will be made this coming Sunday, July 31st as the Cannock MXC in conjunction with the AMCA become the first organisation to stage all four classes of the IMBA European Championship at the same event.
Riders from all over Europe will converge on Penkridge in Staffordshire to compete in MX1, MX2, Ladies and Sidecar racing on what promises to be a very exciting and busy day of action!
So far it’s been a very stop, start campaign for the lads and lasses representing Team AMCA Great Britain in this year’s European conquest, thus in the process producing a very mixed bag of results! Bucking that trend slightly though and arguably the top performers to date have been the Sidecar pairing of Jack Etheridge/Scott Grahame. After winning all three races during round two held in France, the British crew currently hold 2nd in the title standings and are just 3 points behind leading Belgian duo of Christian Corthouts/Sven Verbrugg. Etheridge took the overall win in 2015 at Penkridge so a repeat result this time around would be very welcome news. With Etheridge/Grahame starring, other Brits looking good in the early 2016 exchanges are George Kinge/Zac Snell in 10th, Dan Foden/Joshua Haynes 11th and David Keane/Paul Horton 14th.
Also currently in with a major IMBA medal chance is MX2 ace Josh Waterman, holding 2nd spot in the Championship but with a little more work to do! With rounds already completed in Italy and France, Waterman trails leader and defending Champion John Cuppen of Holland by 44 points. Generally though it’s been going well for our MX2 lads with Jack Gardner(6th) and Lewis King(10th) also right in the mix. Completing the Team GB line-up at Penkridge will be Ryan Pottenger, Adam Wells, Jansen Day and Luke Mellows.
The IMBA MX1 crew have already made the very long trips to Denmark and the Czech Republic in the quest for European glory. After those two completed rounds, Jack Cox was the top Brit in a great 3rd overall but will miss his home round due to a broken leg. So currently leading the way for Team AMCA Great Britain will be Ed Briscoe in 11th with regular competitors, Scott Bates(15th), Sam Smith(17th) and Joshua Scott(18th) also all going well. Having an IMBA MX1 wildcard ride at Penkridge are Luke Burton, the current leader of the home AMCA series, Ryan Crowder and James Dodd.
For the IMBA Ladies, it’s just one round contested to date and that was right back on the 10th April in Belgium. Leading the way at present is former F.I.M World Ladies Champion Steffi Laier of Germany. After that opening contest, Gabrielle Hamlet is the top British performer in 17th spot. At Penkridge, Gabrielle will be joined by Georgia Ithell, Vicky Marriott and Lauren Swalwell.
So get those air-horns blasting and Union Jack flags flying as the Brits go for glory in this European Championship spectacular. The circuit will be signposted from junction 13 of the M6 and Penkridge Town centre with the postcode being ST19 5RE. The first race of the day is due to blast off at midday, make sure you are there to see the action unfold!!.
Team AMCA Great Britain line-ups.
Ladies 10 Georgia Ithell 11 Vicky Marriott 15 Gabrielle Hamlet 16 Lauren Swalwell 17 Alexe Brace.
MX1 10 Luke Burton 12 Scott Bates 14 Sam Smith 15 Ed Briscoe 16 Joshua Scott 17 James Dodd 18 Ryan Crowder.
MX2 11 Jansen Day 12 Luke Mellows 14 Jack Gardner 15 Josh Waterman 16 Lewis King 17 Adam Wells 18 Ryan Pottenger.
Sidecars 10 George Kinge/Zac Snell 11 Dan Foden/Joshua Haynes 12 James Whitt/Jamie Greensill 13 David Keane/Paul Horton 14 Sam Osbaldiston/Nathan Cooper 16 Michael Hodges/Bradley Conner 19 Jack Etheridge/Scott Grahame.