Race 2 and a similar story to race 1, Tighe taking the BelRay holeshot but Gowland quickly took the lead and checked out this time Tighe put up a fight to try and hold off Goodlad but just couldn't resist as Goodlad made the pass on lap 2, again Gowland had already pulled too big a lead. The story was almost a repeat for the rest of the top ten places if it wasn't for a fall by Cath King dropping her to 12th place, up into 7th place and finding her form was 16 year old Eleanor Calby on her 125cc KTM finding her confidence after a brilliant IMBA debut the previous week.
Race 3 provided the drama as the normally cool and smooth Chelsea Gowland made what looked like a small mistake on the second corner following another Tighes 3rd holeshot of the day. Gowland now down and dead last had a massive task to pass the 26 riders but within 5 laps she was on Amie Goodlads back wheel and soon made the past for the lead only to make a similar mistake and dropped down to 3rd before battling back past Tighe for second to take second, it turned out she had a bent front disk which was grabbing her wheen in the corners making it an even more incredible performance.
Qualifying for the second day and the times were a lot closer as the overnight rain made the track tacky and grippy. Chelsea Gowland again got the best qualifying time followed by Amie Goodlad, Leonni Tighe and the young Taylor Scott getting 4th fastest and Nadiya Jones rounding out the top 5.
Race 4 and similar story Gowland with a spare front wheel was back on winning form finishing with a 25 second lead over second place Goodlad, BelRay holeshot winner Tighe followed with Sleightholm, Saunders, Jones, Hall King and Eleanor Calby in close pursuit, Kayleigh Durston was finding form with a stronger ride breaking into the top 10 claiming 10th place.
Race 5 and the young Taylor Scott upset the form book after Tighe had an uncharacteristic slip on the start putting her mid pack, leaving Scott to take the BelRay holeshot. This didn't put her off as she rode her heart out making pass after pass to push through back to her familiar 3rd place.with Sleightolm 4th and Scott finishing in a strong 5th.
Despite getting her 5th BelRay holeshot of the weekend Leonni Tighe made a mistake dropping her down the field, but Amie Goodlads also came off leaving both to battle their way through the field with all this going on behind her, Gowland pulled another victory followed by Marni Saunders who held onto a fantastic second place, followed by Goodlad, Tighe and King.
With a line up of 15 youth girls the first year of the Girls Youth Championship attracted some of the quickest youth riders in the UK none more so than the outstanding Elisha Elliott who ran away with all 6 races, even more impressive when you consider the calibre of the rest of the field, Izzy Neale qualifying 2nd, all the way from Scotland Christina Palmer 3rd, Grace Packman 4th, Hannah Jones 5th, Rheanne Morgan Rogers and Jaysi Austin all within 10 seconds of each other.
The weekend produced some really exciting and close racing, Elisha Elliot taking all 6 BelRay Holeshot prizes and a clean sweep of wins, but the battle behind was a close, fought hard between Packman, Austin, Neale, Palmer Jones and Rogers all trading places throughout the weekend with neither giving an inch.
The BWMA took a chance to run the Youth class to encourage the young girls to continue in the sport and see a pathway to female adult racing and European IMBA oompetition and this weekend justified that by the incredibly determined and exciting racing they produced.
Words by Howard Marriott and images by Mike Wood