Friday, 18 June 2010 10:46Braintree National, BMX Rounds 5-6 – 12 / 13th June 2010
Well what a weekend. Superb weather, a sublime and well prepared track, a massive shout firstly to Braintree club who provided a spectacular weekend of some seriously organised racing.
With a very healthy turnout boasting over 500 riders to rounds 5 & 6 of the National Series, it was always destined for an action packed & fun weekend.
A massive shout out & well done also to all the Hawks squad and parents who made it down to support both the young and old two wheeled cadets.
Was good to see Hawks riders getting some early practice in especially on the rhythm section and it was also good to have Claire Morrison back from injury & in action with the squad again.
With Super Phly Rhy on the ones & twos, Uncle Buck rocking tha' mic and siren - the scene was set for some fast, furious and fizzing afternoon action.
First out the aviary, Hawks / Kuwahara rider lil' Emily Hutt took a keen liking to the new improved & slightly tweaked track, mopping up straight wins all weekend in the girls 6 and Under.
Well done Travis Wilson a couple fourth spots both days in the 7 male too.
Looked game set and another match also for Emily's big brother & Kuwi rider Mathew Hutt, grabbing the holeshot on saturday but narrowly missing out on a 3rd spot on the sunday in 8 male.
A big shout and well done to Billy Hayes on his debut national for the club, he was unlucky to get moto'd both days.
It was all smiles for Redman / Rockstar's lil' miss sunshine, Oliva Howard grabbing a 2nd place on saturday and nearly getting the holeshot on day two.
SE racing's and Hawks lastest top gun Gideon Orena showed his wings this weekend styling the doubles and grabbing a well fought 2nd as well as the holeshot and win on day 2.
Unlucky Sam Alexander & Gutterfly's Coben Walters, both moto'd over the weekend but well done. Also to Joe "quick" Brewer, grabbing an 8th & a 3rd in the B final on Sunday.
Gutterfly racing's Flo "Rider" Hefft, showed progress grabbing a 4th place in Saturday's B final and then the 3rd spot on the podium for Sundays B final clash. A couple more race's & a win; The LDC lever is coming your way Flo!
All eyes of the Hawks were also firmly locked on latest auxiliary wing commander; Squadron leader Jimmy Orena in the 13 male.
A flawless flight secured straight wins on day 1 but an unclip in the final the next day had the new Hawk & SE racing rider out gunned for a 2nd spot on the podium day 2.
Bard Kerr had a great weekend grabbing a 2nd on day 1 and the win on day two after rival Quillan Isadore stacking in semis leaving the door wide open for the Bard to take his first National win.
Healing vibes to Owen Davies and Jamie Alexander both taking a stack in practice runs and the semis respectively suffering head and ankle injuries. Healing vibes also going out to Jason King (35+ cruiser) taking a stack on day 1 ruling him out for the weekend and also to Angelica Orena on her debut national for the club. Things looked good grabbing the second spot on day 1 but taking a hard nose dive on the rhythm section on day 2 after her landing gear failed.
Speedy healing vibes also going out to senior Hawks squadron leader & and new acting club tech mech / spanner in chief - Keith Wilson and partner Renee Diwell too. (cheers for the pit stop tyre change buddy)
Redman Rockstar's and Hawks most promising flyer rising up through National ranks Cameron Howard, took the overall honours in 15s cruiser and nearly sewed up the 15 male too with a superb run grabbing a 3rd & a 1st in 20 inch over the weekend. This was once again Cameron's first ever National win on 20 inch.
Hawks and Profile racing's Dan Longhurst, was looking a deadly hunter too in the motos and narrowly missed out on the 3rd spot during Saturdays run. Consolation coming in shape of the holeshot in Sundays B final with Reece Buckland 7th place finish & Josh Valman having good rides too but unlucky not not get out of motos.
The 17-24 men was almost an all Luckhurst affair with young master Billy butchering the rest of the competition in all motos with a 1st & 2nd place both days. Styling it big time along the way - so sick it was fowl.
Big up younger bro Charlie taking a 3rd & 5th in the A finals after having all of us on the edge of our seats for one of the maddest semi finals ever. Well done to Lucy grabbing a 3rd & stepping up her game to grab the 2nd spot the following day in her B finals too...
Posh Bikes rider & club assistant coach Rob Reed done well with a 5th and a 2nd place on the podium in the 25+ men followed by John Delany & Coach Lew Robinson.
Dialled factory / Hawks rider Emily James did well to secure a second and third spot in the Championship class this weekend with good runs in her motos & semis too.
Partner Darren Flint also done well grabbing the third in Sundays 40+ cruisers B final.
It was probably a good laugh to see us born again Hawks rookies Andy Lee & myself slogging it out in the run offs for semis both days in a row with Andy taking the advantage on day one & myself grabbing it the following day...
The next run off will be the decider buddy.... There can only be one. ;)
Well done to former Euro champ Simon Hayes in the Vets class showing the old boys how it should be done & repping the club to the max, fully honouring the code of conduct dressed in full club regalia & strip.
A 4th place and 5th spot in the National A finals and fresh out of retirement too? Keep it up and at this rate with the Hawks leading the club rankings too, yet another title will be coming soon , watch this space.
Hayes Hawks BMX Club are currently leading the National Club rankings in the 2010 British Cycling BMX Series after 6 rounds. The next rounds are in Manchester on the 3rd and 4th July.
Words Orin Waters
Hawks BMX Factory Pilot
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