Ham Lane Shoot Out

It was a great day of racing for Hampshire MX’s 5th round held at the Langrish track of Ham Lane. The venue had to change from a planned trip to Yarley due to watering issues. Although the track at Ham Lane is quite small and tight it made for some great racing with adult classes near full and some of the clubs best line ups in the youth class this season, showing how much the track is liked.

Report by James Webber – Images Courtesy of Derek Herbert of D73 Media.

After the mornings practice sessions were completed, racing would get under way with the popular SOUTH COAST HONDA sponsored MX1 shoot out. It was the well know Liam Garland who showed up and took the lead out of the gate with an on-form Nicky Watts giving him a hard time in second. Garland would lead for a few laps before a small off gave Watts the opening to take the lead but it didn’t last and Garland reeled him and retook the 1st spot with Watts ending up 2nd. Third in the race was Chris Wratten and if it hadn’t been for a bad start could have been in the mix with Watts and Garland as he showed some great speed!

Next out was another SOUTH COAST HONDA sponsored race the MX2 class where there was some tight racing. Danny Harris would get the 1st place but it wasn’t going to be easy as the top 4 all showed they had the speed to take the win. Scott Kennedy was riding great all day and Tallon Aspden shared the fastest lap time of the race with the winner but it wasn’t fast enough and Kennedy stayed calm and took 2nd with Aspden rounding the top 3.

The 2 stroke and under 23 combined race was next and it was the young guns who would the take the race win. Sam Butler, a rider the club hasn’t seen for long time showed great speed and although he had a tough job keeping Lewis Smith (who had found some amazing speed since first practice) off his back he did just that and took the win. George Coughtrey showed some great racing skills and stayed in the chase with the top two but it’s a tough track to make moves and he had to settle for the 3rdspot. The fastest rider on the 2 stokes was Rickey Humphrey who was battling with the u23’s up at the front and stayed there till the end for the race win. The battle for second and third was very tight with Jim Webber, Kev Wiltshire and Paul Moyes all running almost identical lap times. Moyes would find his way past Wiltshire mid race and would hound Webber in 2nd till the end but he just couldn’t get the pass done so finished 3rd

The Rookies were out next and there was some great racing in this class. Oliver Cook showed his dominance again taking all 3 race wins but it wasn’t a walk in the park. Jesse Wren rode some of his best races and took 2 out of 3 holeshots and lead a good few laps throughout the day. Brandon Hickman also showed great speed and consistency going 2-2-3 for the second overall. Ross Bundy and Xavier Cook battled in every race with Bundy getting to the line first in each encounter to take the third spot.

The 85 big and small wheel class is always great to watch and they didn’t disappoint. After the shower, conditions were tough for the second race but these lads showed some skill and kept on it. Olly Cole showed his dominance once again and took all three race wins but a very fast Billy Simpson and consistent Austin Wild kept him on his toes and chased him up in all three races. Simpson and Austin would also fight for the 2nd spot between themselves but Simpson got the job done going 2-2-2 and Austin 3-3-3 for third overall in the big wheels. The fastest of the day in the small wheel class was Tyler Kirby who had some lap times as quick as the top 3 big wheel riders and went 1-1-1 in his class. Joshua Williams also had an impressive run of 2-2-2 for the second spot and Jack driver rounded the top 3, only losing out on a third-place finish in one of the three races to Owen Haswell.

Next out and it was the old boy’s vets class, although from the speed of these riders they could easily show a lot of the young guns how to do it. Brad Aspden was the best man on the day and the slippery conditions didn’t even slow him down! The only hiccup on the day was losing out in the first race to Daniel Cavanagh and Shaun Brooker but 3-1-1 gave him the top spot. Shaun Brooker was in the hunt all day and with 2-2-3 results and finished on the second spot. Fighting over the 3rd podium position was Noel James and Paul Moyes. James would get the job done in all three for the 3rd spot but Moyes showed some great riding on the day even though he did confuse the clubs banner flag as the chequers and head for the pits before realising his mistake and continuing the race!!

The HELAR MX sponsored MAIN championship as always shows the top racers on the day battling had for race wins. Liam Garland would take the lead and check out for the race win but didn’t contest race 2 due to the slick conditions. Craig Daffin had no such issues though and although he couldn’t get the race win in either he showed the speed and consistency going 2-2 for second on the day only losing out in the top spot due to his race 2 finish. The top spot on the day went to club champ Chris Wratten who didn’t have the best starts but managed 3-1 results and showed some great class on his KTM. Harry Hinson and Fred Heath were both in the mix and battling with the front runners they also tied on points as with the top 2 but Heath took the 3rd spot with the better race 2 finish.

Finally, it was the B group qualifiers and it was Sam Purkiss who would easily take race wins in both races for first overall. This was also another race that had positions decided by the race 2 finish showing how close the racing was on the day. Rob Booth and Lee Skinner battled it out for the second spot with Booth 3-2 getting the better r2 finish for 2nd overall on the day some great riding from him. Skinner went 2-3 and took the last podium position.

Well done to everyone who took part, there was some great battles to been seen by the spectators. Luckily there wasn’t any major accidents on the day, but to the few that had injuries get well soon and we look forward to seeing you at the next event on the 28th of May venue to be confirmed.

Full lap times, results and standings can be found by clicking this link.

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