However, after the over night rain and continued rain ALL day yesterday saw the stream water level rise to an unride-able level and the event was cut short to 2 laps from the planned 3.
Even with changed sections, the weather forced the event to be very high scoring because of the weather / terrain.
JST No.1 Rider Michael Brown had another second place on his new Raga bike, behind winner James Dabill. Michael struggled to ‘get going’ on the first lap and was in 3rd place after lap 1, two marks behind his JST teammate Sam Haslam who was riding well.
We hung back a little bit too much on the first lap knowing the muddy banks / ruts would get better after the eight championship riders had settled the sections. On section 11, Michael flicked the rear Mich off the rim so a hasty wheel change was needed. This put us the last rider and as you can imagine with the water levels rising this was not ideal. Nevertheless Michael rode with his head and purposely went for ‘threes’ on the impossible sections and he was successful to get through half of the twelve sections. A handful of good rides got him back to second in front of Sam.
So it was another runner up place for Michael but it was SAM HASLAM’S first ever BTC podium finish so well done to Sam!
Ross Danby (JSTGG) also had his best finish of the year in 4th place chasing Sam home. These two are always so close but this week it was Sam that got the deserved podium. So, we didn’t win but I was happy to have the runner up, third and 4th placed riders all JST GG Teamsters..
In the Expert A Class, John Lee supported GG Rider Robert Harries finished 2nd which was a fantastic result.
Ricky Wiggins (RCMGG) won’t be happy with 6th place but still leads the Championship by 3 marks from James Fry who also had an ‘off day’.
Keelan Hancock was the best Gasser rider in expert B Class in 3rd place.
Tom Dexter (JSTGG) got the final podium place in the Youth Class in 3rd. Chris Stay (JSTGG) had an eventful day finishing 4th. Chris had a nasty crash on the first lap which shook him and the bike (bent disc and mudguard stay).