Last weekend saw the season opener for the 2019 season and it didn’t fail to deliver. Good weather and a relatively hitch free build made for a great weekends racing. Battles in every class and lots of new faces to welcome to the sport meant seen a record equalling attendance. What a fantastic start to the year. Let’s get on with the good bit, The Racing!

Youth 570 Class

Qualifying

This event was the first occasion when the kids got to join the fun with them now featuring on the Saturday of several of the senior rounds. This opportunity to shine was grabbed with both hands as the kids took to the track for Qualifying. Early on it became clear that this year Lewis Scotney was not going to have it all his own way, as the fastest lap changed hands several time in the earlier practise session. However, he kept his cool and showed why he is the current Champion, putting the Anglia UK machine on Pole for race 1. Joe Chilvers in the Welbourn’s machine was the surprise of the session beating several more experienced drivers to second spot, a great drive for one of the new kids on the block. Next up was the ever-reliable Rio Longdon improving massively from last year with a solid third place in a very challenging session. Alfie Davies made his return to the Youth Class with a solid fourth having not been in his ACE for several months, definitely some improvement in later rounds to come from Alfie. Fred Tarrant was next home in fifth spot closely followed Jacob Tomblin in sixth. The most improved of the session was definitely young Jude Scotney bounding up the pack as his confidence grows after every lap. Stanley Whitmore in his first run out took eighth spot in the 44 machine again learning and improving with every lap. Closing off the session were Sophie Bird and Ruby Priestwood with there first tastes of racing action. The unlucky driver in this session was defiantly Mack Priestwood, tipped for the front end of this session mechanical trouble saw his session destroyed and a battle through the pack to come. It was race time.

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Race 1

Race one saw all the drama many had predicted from this class in 2019, we had contact, rolls and some fantastic driving throughout the field. Lewis Scotney looked set to lose the first race of the year to the charging Joe Chilvers, till a late incident saw Lewis break through to take the flag. Rio Longdon capitalised on the same mistake to take second spot with Alfie Davies through to third. Mack Priestwood showed grit and class as he moved through the pack at a steady rate coming from dead last to fourth setting up a battle at the front for race 2. Fred Tarrant landed a solid fifth spot followed home by the unlucky Joe Chilvers in sixth spot. Jacob Tomblin crossed the line seventh followed in by Stanley Whitmore, Jude Scotney and Sophie Bird. A fantastic race to open 2019 with lots of action which made for great spectating.

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Race 2

Race two was predictably more of the same, Lewis Scotney broke from the front and never looked back, knowing just one mistake could be punished in this fiercely competitive field. Rio Longdon went with him but could catch the flying Scotney, second for Rio in a solid mistake free race. The battle in the race was in the mid pack, Mack Priestwood, Joe Chilvers and Alfie Davies gave us one of the best displays ever in the youth class battling hard for every inch of track. Mac Priestwood came off best wit third place but he was certainly made to work for it. Joe Chilvers again suffered after a small mistake and settled for fourth spot ahead of Alfie Davies in fifth. Fred Tarrant and Jacob Tomblin were next home in sixth and seventh which meant Jude Scotney, Stanley Whitmore and Sophie Bird closed off the finishers.

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Race 3 

This race was set up to be a war and even the spectating adults looked forward to the flag drop. Again, Lewis Scotney knew he couldn’t hang around and broke clear at the front. The battle was on! Mac Priestwood and Joe Chilvers went to war in one of the best displays of racing ever seen in the 570 class. Mack came through to take second spot, an amazing performance considering he started at the back in race 1. Joe Chilvers took third spot which seen Rio Longdon shuffled down to fourth after a solid performance all day. Alfie Davies took fifth spot with Fred Tarrant crossing the line in sixth place. Jude Scotney jumped up a spot ahead of friend Jacob Tomblin in tenth. Stanley Whitmore and Sophie Bird closed off the pack ion there first ever race day, what a great day for them both. Welcome to SXS and congratulations on your first weekends racing.

What an amazing days racing that was. It really did have it all. High speed, great racing and drama in every session. A chat with the Clerk before the next session as maybe there was a bit too much paint exchanged in some of the fierce battles. Well done to everyone who took part and see you all soon.

Overall

1st – Lewis Scotney #11

2nd – Rio Longdon #8

3rd – Mack Prestwood #73

4th – Joe Chilvers #74

5th – Alfie Davies #21

Clerks Driver of The Day – Mack Prestwood

Fastest Lap Bonus Point – Joe Chilvers

The Rookies

Qualifying

This session was a hard one to predict as the Open Class and 1000cc machines shared a track for the first time in a long while. Some big names on the rookie scene and some new blood to mix things up set the scene for a great session.

Early in the session it looked like Jed Wiegold was going to be the man to beat in his new RS1 but Andrew Postlethwaite threw down the fastest lap, setting a mark nobody could match. Pole for Andrew followed in closely by Jed Wiegold. Ryan Smith was always going to be one to watch, current British truck racing Champion and a bit of a demon behind the wheel, everyone suspected he would do well and he did, third spot in his first ever SXS Session. Keiron Weaver was predicted to top the 1000s, but fourth was the best he could do after some mechanical issues made for a challenging session. Chris Place was next in for the new comers showing that his MX background has set him in good stead for a switch to SXS. Well done Chris and I’m sure there is more to come as experience grows. Mick Edwards in the Comfort Services RS1 spent the session adjusting to the new driving position but finished the session with a solid sixth spot. Joe Robinson took seventh spot on the same second as the two cars ahead showing just how competitive this class is, great news for all the racing to come. Nathan Bath and Jason Bird took eighth and ninth spot with Mark Scotney just a few tenths behind in tenth place. Next home was the Kelsa Trucks car of Darren Longdon with Paul Monteith (another newcomer) grabbing twelfth spot. Carl Day drove the Herbie inspired 53 car to thirteenth followed home by Cameron MacDonald and Declan Whitmore. Jack Barley and the love heart covered Joe Pullen closed off the grid for round one in what was a solid session for all the rookies, Well done everyone.

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Race 1

Race one was what endurance races are all about, push hard being punished and consistency being rewarded. Jed Wiegold took the top spot after Andrew Postlethwaite tumbled down the field. Ryan Smith held on to second spot growing in confidence with every lap. Keiron Weaver moved up to fourth with Cameron MacDonald jumping up the field to take fourth spot. Cameron’s experience definitely shining through as his consistency was rewarded. Paul Monteith was another driver with the right idea, he also climbed several places taking advantage of some mechanical failures to jump to fifth. Mick Edwards had a few teething problems on his route to sixth but the speed is definitely there looking at his lap times. Nathan Bath was next home in seventh followed in by newcomer Declan Whitmore after a great a mature race one performance. He clearly listened to the advice of the old and bold of the paddock. Darren Longdon and the Joe Pullen rounded off the top ten, a great achievement again for two new comers to SXS Racing. Chris Place after some belt issues lost places to finish eleventh a real shame as he defiantly has the pace to finish much higher in the field. Some valuable lesson and experience for Chris.  Joe Robinson completed most of the race in two-wheel drive and still held his own finishing twelfth with Alan Curnick in thirteenth. The remainder really were the stories of bad luck, mainly loosing laps to mechanical failures or racing incidents as they pushed hard in the race. Some work to do for the back markers but as with everything, experience gained and lessons learnt.

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Race 2

Race two really was more of the same, consistency paining of and bad luck punishing the few.  Ryan Smith remained solid and took advantage of Jed Wiegold taking a tumble down the field to take the race win. A great drive by Ryan and some bad luck for Jed.  Keiron Weaver gained some ground and got back towards the top where he belongs second spot for Keiron.  Andrew Postlethwaite climbed the field after some bad luck in race one, third place for Andrew and some good damage limitation. Jason Bird and Paul Blackford in the 88 car also ploughed through the field showing their experience to grab fourth spot. Mick Edwards climbed to fourth followed in by Joe Robinson in sixth spot. Paul Monteith again remained consistent taking seventh spot ahead of Jason Medleycott who came from nowhere thought to eighth. Cameron MacDonald build on his strong race one with another consistent drive to to ninth spot.  Declan Whitmore again showed maturity and raced his own race to grab tenth conveniently the number on the side of his car. Jack Barley after a nightmare race one pushed through to eleventh spot ahead of Chris Place and Joe Pullen in twelfth and thirteenth. The remainder of the pack were stories of woe, with bad luck on machines and trips to their roofs affecting their race results. Lots of lessons learned and modifications already happening to help with race success.

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A really strong days racing for the rookie class and some great new people joining the sport. Let’s see how they go in the more intense short circuit format and meet the Joker Lane! Well done everyone!

Overall

Open Rookies

1st – Joe Robinson #710

2ND – Andrew Postlethwaite #1

3rd – Jason Bird #88

Clerks Driver of The Day – Joe Robinson #710

Fastest Lap Bonus Point – Andrew Postlethwaite #1

1000 Rookies

 1st – Ryan Smith #81

2nd – Keiron Weaver #94

3rd – Mick Edwards #333

Clerks Driver of The Day – Ryan Smith #81

Fastest Lap Bonus Day – Ryan Smith #81

Experts

Qualifying

This session was always going to be the one to watch, who had made the most progress over the winter. We were about to find out.

Mark McCann’s tactical switch to a turbo paid off instantly, even after technical problems saw him only get one crack at a flying lap. Pole for McCann!  Tom Fletcher was only two tenths off in second spot, setting up a great battle at the front for the two multiple Champions. Richard Avis maybe even surprised himself in a near stock RS1 managing to put himself in third against some heavily modified machines, so well-done Richard. Paul Severn at last seemed to be back to form with a fourth spot ahead of Robert Lloyd in fifth.  Chris McPhee in his first expert session did well to put his Yamaha in sixth spot ahead of Bailey Edwards split by the tiniest of margins.  Paul Rowland took ninth spot with Adrian and Callum Loveridge following him in with their first drive of the PAR sponsored turbo. Shaun Jenkinson took tenth spot ahead of Dave Riley as the time margins between cars began to open slightly. Miles Radburn and Jason Rowlands bagged twelfth and thirteenth with Neil Davey and Joe Bennetts closing off the back of the pack. What a race one we were set for.

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Race 1

Race one saw a switch at the front and some great, clean racing through-out. Tom Fletcher took the top spot ahead of Mark McCann to no detriment to either with both taking class wins. Bailey Edwards and Paul Rowlands battled to respectable third and fourth places with Paul Severn home in fifth. Shaun Jenkinson climbed the field to sixth after an uncharacteristic error from Richard Avis dropped him to seventh. Dave Riley improved on Qualifying massively along with Joe Bennett crossing the line in eighth and ninth spot respectively. Adrian and Callum Loveridge used the session wisely to run the machine in and nailed tenth place in the process, a great result. Mechanical issues and racing incidents took their toll on the remainder of the field but some work to do in race two for many of them.

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Race 2

Race two was a war from the flag raise, many of the faster drivers found themselves out of position as they began to charge through the field. The battle at the front was class as always as McCann and Fletcher jostled for the race win. Tom Fletcher was first home followed in by McCann as both had class dominating days. Richard Avis recovered well to take third with Chris McPhee having a great race to push hard through to fourth. Bailey Edwards bagged fifth spot with Joe Bennett hot on his heels in a more respectable sixth after a challenging day. Miles Radburn at last seen some well-earned progress moving up to seventh spot ahead of struggling Jason Rowlands. Paul Rowlands had some bad luck with ninth the best he could muster after a stop hurt his race badly. Paul Severn landed in tenth in a borrowed machine ahead of Shaun Jenkinson eleventh.   Both Robert Lloyd and Dave Riley suffered at the hands of Mechanical issues which meant they closed off the pack in twelfth and thirteenth place.

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Another great day of racing by the experts. They really do showcase what these machines are all about. Well done to all the racers and their support teams.

Overall

 Open Experts

1st – Mark McCann #64

2nd – Paul Rowlands #60

3rd – Paul Severn #7

Clerks Driver of The Day – Mark McCann #64

Fastest Lap Bonus Point – Mark McCann #64

1000 Experts

1st – Tom Fletcher #59

2nd – Richard Avis #77

3rd – Bailey Edwards #33

Clerks Driver of The Day – Tom Fletcher #59

Fastest Lap Bonus Point   – Tom Fletcher #59

For full race results see our standings page HERE.

As always SXS Racing would like to thank all the staff and sponsors who made the event possible. It really was a great weekend and without everyone behind the scenes none of it would be possible.

We would also like to congratulate Mark McCann and Jayne Ind on the birth of their beautiful daughter Senna Rose McCann. We all cant wait to meet her 😊