REPORT: BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday June 02, 2018
RESULTS from Saturday's British Youth Championship 2nd round at Hoddesdon;

BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 2, Rye House
500cc: Leon Flint, Joe Thompson, Dan Thompson, Chad Wirzfeld
250cc: Jordan Palin, Nathan Ablitt, Sam Norris, Sam Hagon
150cc: Archie Freeman, Gregor Miller, Charlie Jenson, Soony Springer
125cc: Max Perry, Elliot Kelly, Luke Harrison, Sam McGurk

There was plenty to excite the crowd at the second round of the British Youth Championship in Hoddesdon. The 32 young hopefuls present gave fans a good chance to cast an eye over the stars of the future.


Birmingham Brummie Leon Flint who was successful at 250cc last season took the 500cc class but only after being pushed all the way by Joe Thompson. The Warwickshire youngster beat the championship leader in their first meeting but couldn’t make the most of another quick gate in the final, the impressive Flint taking the outside line off the fourth bend of the first lap to ensure victory.


Jordan Palin saved the best until last in the 250’s, after the 13 year old had trailed behind rival and track specialist Nathan Ablitt throughout the qualifying campaign. There were indications, though, in the final qualifying heat that Palin was beginning to settle at the start. The positive signs continued in the final as he produced the perfect start from gate two, clamping down Ablitt on the opening bend to take the win.


Newcastle youngster Archie Freeman looked a real prospect in the 150cc class in maintaining his unbeaten record in the championship. Freeman’s only real opposition came from local lad Charlie Jenson who put three impressive wins together to ease into the final. But after the lively Sonny Springer had fallen in the initial running of the decider, the unfortunate Jenson’s bike died on the line of the re-run, much to the dismay of the home crowd and leaving Freeman to maintain his impressive start to the season by outpacing the chasing Gregor Miller.


The 125cc class provided the biggest surprise of the afternoon. There was an immediate sign that things might get interesting when round one winner Sam McGurk was beaten by Luke Harrison in the opening race. The two progressed to the final as clear favourites along with the consistent Max Perry and Elliot Kelley. At the first time of asking, McGurk took an uncharacteristic tumble out of the second bend leaving the unbeaten Harrison seemingly set to mop up the victory. The 10 year old, though, fell on the first lap of the re-run leaving Perry to beat Kelley in a match race to take the honours.

500cc
L.Flint 2 3 3 2 =10
J.Thompson 3 2 1 3 = 9
D.Thompson 3 1 2 3 = 8
C.Wirtzfeld 2 1 1 2 = 6
H.McGurk 1 0 0 1 = 2
M.Simpson X 0 0 0 = 0

Final: Flint, J.Thompson, D.Thompson, Wirtzfeld, 61.8

250cc
N.Ablitt 3 3 3 3 = 12
J.Palin 2 2 2 2 = 8
S.Norris 0 1 1 1 = 3
S.Hagon 1 0 0 0 = 1

Final: Palin, Ablitt, Norris, Hagon, 63.5

150cc
A.Freeman 3 3 3 3 = 12
C.Jenson 3 3 3 1= 10
G.Miller 2 2 2 3 = 9
S.Springer 1 2 2 3 = 8
A.Vale 3 F 2 2 = 7
J.Bell 2 1 1 2 = 6
F.Fox-Baron 1 0 1 2 = 4
D.Smith 0 0 1 1 = 2
C.Gill 0 1 0 X = 1
J.Wright 0 X 0 n.s = 0

Final: (re-run) Freeman, Miller, Jenson (ret), Springer (f.exc), 68.2

125cc
L.Harrison 3 3 3 3 = 12
S.McGurk 2 3 3 3 = 11
E.Kelley 2 3 3 1 = 9
M.Perry 2 3 2 2 = 9
A.Goldsborough 3 0 2 3 = 8
K.Lyden 2 1 2 2 = 7
B.Trigger 1 2 2 R = 5
V.Foord 2 1 X 1 = 4
M.James 1 1 1 1 = 4
F.Dimmock 0 0 0 1 = 1
M.Fellows 1 0 X 0 = 1
C.Martin 0 1 0 0 = 1

Final: (re-run) Perry, Kelley, Harrison (f.exc), McGurk (f.exc), 68.8

With thanks to Pete Hill for the above report.