Wednesday April 26, 2017
BMR Rocket Ellis Perks finished 6th in Wednesday’s British U-21 Championship Final at Poole after falling in his semi-final run-off.

The 2016 U-19 Silver winner had earlier won three of his five programmed races to place third with 12 points over the main programme, but came to grief on the opening lap in his semi-final run-off.

It was an unfortunate end to an excellent night’s performance, but at 20 he still has one more shot at the event in 2018.

Brief 2015 Rocket Robert Lambert lifted the national crown after going through the card. The Rye House track record holder had won all his programmed races in the Final’s previous two years, only to be nudged into second in the decider, but made sure of the title this time around with a decisive from-the-gate display against Adam Ellis and defending champion Josh Bates, who finished third.

The meeting was marred by a lengthy delay while former Raider Danyon Hume was treated and taken to hospital with an arm injury after his machine seized and he was collected by the oncoming Josh Bailey, who was later forced to withdraw from the event himself.


SCORERS (After 20 qualifying races): Robert Lambert 15, Adam Ellis 14 (straight to Grand Final), Ellis Perks 12, Dan Bewley 10, Josh Bates 10, Nathan Greaves 9 (qualified for Semi-Final), Liam Carr 9, Zach Wajtknecht 7, James Shanes 7, Connor Mountain 6, Max Clegg 6, Jack Smith 5, Danny Phillips 4, Luke Harris 3, Josh Bailey 1, Alfie Bowtell (reserve) 1, Danno Verge (reserve) 1, Danyon Hume 0.

SEMI-FINAL: Bates (Awarded), Greaves (Awarded), Bewley (f.exc), Perks (f.exc).

GRAND FINAL: LAMBERT, Ellis, Bates, Greaves.