Last race at BMX track before refurbishment

BMX race action

BMX race action - Credit: Archant

THE penultimate round of The East Anglian Winter Regional BMX series was also the last race to be held on the current Royston track on Sunday.

The Royston Rockets club have been granted £50,000 to rebuild their current facility to modern standards.

There were 87 brave souls who signed up for the race that started with the track hard and frozen, but ended soft and slick as the track thawed out through the day.

The seven and unders were the first class out on and after some chaos caused by the conditions it was Braintree’s Jospeh Harris who worked his way through the field to hit the front and take the win.

Adam Barass, from Milton Keynes, managed to hold off the rest of the pack to ride to second just ahead of Ipswich’s Hayden Gladwell.

The B final was equally chaotic and was won by Barney Devereux from Milton Keynes ahead of club-mate Harry Kirby and Braintree’s Eddie Cannons.

Up to the eight-nine year olds and another class win came for the Braintree Bullets in the shape of Freddie Jackson who capitalised on his great starts to win from start to finish ahead of club mate Seb Pantlin who looked to be enjoying the tricky conditions.

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Elliott Bowyer headed up a trio of home club riders in third.

In the eight and under girls Royston’s Harriet Alexander romped to victory with a clean sheet of wins.

Toby Lachlan from Milton Keynes had the endurance when it counted in the A final of the 10-11 year olds.

He came from behind in the first half of the track to steal the win from Braintree’s Joe Read-Millard who put in a valiant effort for second.

Royston’s Alfie Salmon rode well to third ahead of Braintree’s Thomas Knight in fourth.

Royston riders forged a stranglehold on the 12-13s class as they took the top three spots with Brandon Fermor, Dan Blanche and James King out in front.

Kyle Gladwell from Ipswich mixed it up in fourth ahead of Milton Keynes’ Austin Lachlan and Braintree’s Jake Coombs.

The 11-13 girls was won by Norwich’s Morgan Dorrell.

The 17 and overs was actually a mix of 14-16s, 17 plus and Masters and had been gearing up through the day for a great showdown between Norwich’s Alan Hill and Peterborough’s Lee Carrick.

Hill had a great start and led through the first two corners when Carrick went for a move but went down on the slippery surface.

Julian Allen, from Braintree, made some moves through the pack behind the leaders to capitalise on Carrick’s crash to take second and Royston’s Darren Foreman showed the youngsters some moves in third.

The 17 plus ladies was won in fine style by Abi Hill from Norwich and Peterborough’s Amy Morris was second.

Tim Drew made the trip from Birmingham worthwhile by winning the 17 plus cruiser class ahead of Royston’s Gareth Gardiner and Milton Keynes Mark Devereux.