DEACON AND PHILLIPS - MAKING DAD PROUD
MID SUSSEX SCHOOLBOY MOTOCROSS CLUB
SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP RND. 11 – RUSPER
Mid Sussex Schoolboy Motocross Club held Round 11 of their Summer Championship with the annual Deacon/Phillips Memorial at Rusper. Thankfully it stayed dry and the track team gave the riders a perfectly prepped track which stayed in perfect condition for the days racing.
With championship standings tight at the top in the Auto class all was to play for. Ashley-John Matthews delighted his supporters by taking the 1st holeshot of the day but Jake Cappa soon claimed his place at the front with Haydon Harris in hot pursuit. After taking the lead from Cappa, devastation struck for Harris with bike failure causing him to DNF and lose crucial championship points. The door was then left open for Cappa to take the win with a very pleasing result for Oliver Wickers 2nd and Mackenzie Green 3rd. With Race 1 put aside, Harris came through to relish in the victory of his race win in Race 2 ahead of Cappa and Luke Richardson. Another win for Cappa in Race 3, Harris 2nd and a great weekends performance from Mackenzie Green in 3rd.
Visitor Harvey Cashmore proved unstoppable in the Junior class leaving Mid Sussex riders to fight out their championship placings behind him. Owen Jenner put in his usual form taking all 3 championship wins. Miles Woodman had the bit between his teeth in Race 1 chasing Brandon Layne for the 3rd spot but a gutsy overtaking manoeuvre took him off the racing line and landed him on the ground. Never one to give up, he soon pulled through and was back on the back wheel of Layne for a dash to the finish but Layne held his ground for 3rd. Lane took another 3rd in Race 2 but Jamie Collins had an outstanding run out in Race 3 giving him the 3rd spot.
Billy Wilson really is the top of the SW85 class, only being beaten once this season when he had bike failure. Wilson, again took the maximum 3 Race wins whilst Jake Swann showed he was back on form taking all 3 2nds. Ollie Kingston put in one of his holeshots in Race 1 and should be proud of his 3rd spot finish. Jake Collins took 3rd in the next two motos.
Once again in the BW85’s the battle for the top spot between Sam Ongley and Elliott Phillips continued. Ongley was quick from the gate in Race 1 and was able to hold off Phillips to secure himself the first race win with Phillips left to settle for 2nd and Luke Cappa 3rd. Phillips came into his own in the following two races claiming two spectacular race wins ahead of Ongley and Ollie Rippon. With the meeting being held in his late Father Richard’s memory, Elliott Phillips really owned the track and proved himself to be a worthy winner of the overall.
Always a pleasure to welcome Jake Deacon to our club riding in the Youth Open Class and in honour of his father Terry Deacon, he put in an outstanding performance to claim 2 out of 3 race wins giving him the overall. Connor Mitchell once again impressed us with his quick from the gate holeshots and was holding his place at the front in Race 1, but a rear puncture caused him to spin out and hand the lead to Deacon with Aaron Ongley 2nd and Matt Dowse 3rd. Dowse was on top form in Race 2 coming through to claim a very well deserved race win with Ongley 2nd, and after falling on the last lap, Deacon was left to settle for 3rd. Deacon came back to claim his top spot in Race 3, with Ongley 2nd and Nathan Turner-Whittle coming up through for 3rd spot.
James Coker was on true form in the Adult A class and certainly goes down as my rider of the day giving some nail biting action. Taking to the front in Race 1 he was hunted down by Justin Collier, after getting caught with a lapper, Collier was able to take his opportunity going wide to clinch the win with Coker having to settle for 2nd and Harvey MacDonald 3rd. A constant change at the front in Race 2 with MacDonald setting the pace. Collier pulled out with bike failure giving Brad Clements a taste of the glory with MacDonald 2nd and Coker 3rd. Race 3 was where Coker really shone, having fallen at the start he was able to pull himself through the field and was on the back wheel of Darryl Maxwell battling for 3rd by the last lap. Unfortunately despite his best efforts he finished 4th behind Collier, Hopcraft, and Maxwell but a fantastic ride all the same.
The Adult B group is always well contested and this week was no different with several visitors getting in amongst the pack. Clayton Pierce showed off his excellent starting skills by claiming the holeshot but K Russell came through and held off competition to claim the race win with S White 2nd and our very own Elliott Purvis 3rd. A repeat in race 2 but a change at the front in Race 3 with White taking the win, Russell left to settle for 2nd and Pierce holding his form for a 3rd place finish.
After a days smooth racing it was time to turn the attention to Mums, Dads and sisters who took their turn on the track for the Deacon/Phillips Memorial trophy. Sophie Roeton gave it her best shot but competition was fierce and her 50cc Auto was to be outdone. Kiera Richardson was out there doing it for the girls and managed to secure herself a very respectable 6th place in the Novice class but competition at the top was tough with Mr Powell coming through for the win ahead of Mr Wallis and Paul Breakspear. With only 3 in the Expert class something was needed to spice things up a little so a Le Mans style start was the only way to test the stamina. Gary Hillier came through for the win ahead of Paul Roeton and Tony Clements.
1st Jake Cappa, 2nd Mackenzie Green, 3rd Luke Richardson, 4th Oliver Wickers, 5th Ashley -John Matthews, 6th Ciaran Poulter
1st Harvey Cashmore, 2nd Owen Jenner, 3rd Jamie Collins, 4th Brandon Layne, 5th Miles Woodman, 6th Max Whittley
1st Billy Wilson, 2nd Jake Swann, 3rd Jake Collins, 4th Cameron Hayward, 5th Ollie Kingston, 6th Leon Ongley
1st Elliott Phillips, 2nd Sam Ongley, 3rd Oliie Rippon, 4th Luke Cappa, 5th Ben Watts, 6th Scott Conway
1st Jake Deacon, 2nd Aaron Ongley, 3rd Matt Dowse, 4th Nathan Turner-Whittle, 5th Jamie Cox, 6th Taylor Smith
1st James Coker, 2nd Harvey MacDonald, 3rd L Hopcraft, 4th Darryl Maxwell, 5th Brad Clements, 6th 34
1st K Russell, 2nd S White, 3rd Elliott Purvis, 4th Sam Scrace, 5th Clayton Pierce, 6th Jake Scrace
MEMORIAL RACE NOVICE CLASS:
1st Mr Powell 2nd Mr Wallis 3rd Paul Breakspear
MEMORIAL RACE EXPERT CLASS:
1st Gary Hillier, 2nd Paul Roeton, 3rd Tony Clements