Isle of Wight Summer Series Gets Underway

isle of wight mccThe Isle of Wight MCC’s Summer Series Championship got underway today at Haslett Farm, Shorwell. The Club would like to thank Mr Glen Draper for welcoming us back to Haslett for the 1st Round. Thanks also to the course setters Nick Symes & Calvin Wright for eight excellent sections.

Young Alfie Haydon took the win in the Youth Small Wheel class. Despite riding unopposed he had to dig deep on today’s challenging sections to earn his 10 points. Harrison Crickmore, also competing on the E route found things a little easier than Alfie, no doubt Harrison’s larger wheeled bike made all the difference. Harvey Grieve took maximum points in the Youth Beginner class with a solid performance. – Well done Harvey. Youth Expert Jos Wright found today’s sections pretty challenging after being attacked by an ants nest, receiving several bites! Jos managed to keep going for as long as he could before having to retire. Good news is he completed enough of the trial for his score to count.

Two brothers fought it out in the Sportsman class – Mike & Geoff Taylor. They were fairly closely matched but sections 7 & 8 made all the difference to see Mike take 1st Place.

Simon Newnham was the clear winner in the Twin Shock class finishing ahead of Nick Symes in second with Stewart West not far behind in third. Simon was forced to work into the early hours of Sunday morning rebuilding his engine after the main bearing collapsed – good effort. Stewart West returned to trials after an 18 month absence, although his score suggests he’s never been away.

Paul Kent pushed hard today with a determined effort to get within a few marks of Wayne Brodie. Wayne took the win in the Novice class from Paul, just 3 marks separated these two. The Clubman class was won by Stuart Gummer who finished ahead of friendly rivals Mark Gray & Andy Scott-Jackson. Andy was forced to retire part way through his last lap after an injury to his wrist following a crash on section 7.

Will West (Expert) showed us all how it should be done, managing to complete today’s sections with just 9 marks lost – Well done Will.

The second round will be held on Sunday 21st of June starting at 12 noon. The venue is still to be confirmed but the course setter will be Simon Newnham. Please check the Club’s website: regularly (events) as it will be updated with the venue as soon as we can.


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