2015 Team Event at Milton Malsor
The weekend of 5th and 6th September saw the second National Team Event of Offroad Motorsport UK. Teams from East Anglia, Coventry, East Kent, Ireland and YSMA midlands came together at Milton Malsor for this spectacular event. It was really good to see a joint team made up from all the Irish clubs taking part for the first time.
The weather over the weekend was a little changeable, it started with a little light rain, which did not last long but it remained chilly all day. It got considerably colder during the evening and overnight we saw the first frost of the year. Sunday was completely different, the sun came out and we had a bright, warm sunny day.
Teams consisted of 6 riders in each class, with the best five scores counting towards the overall result. Trophies were awarded for each class and the overall winner.
The racing got underway on Saturday with the MX1 group. YSMA got off to a good start with a good win, East Anglia took the second position from Coventry with East Kent taking the next three places and Ireland coming in next. The clubs were very well distributed throughout the field.
The next group out was the MX2. Coventry took the top slot in this one with East Kent taking second and fourth split by East Anglia. Coventry took fifth and sixth. Then came the Clubmen. East Kent took the win here, with Coventry in second, East Kent in third, East Anglia in fourth and fifth and Coventry taking the sixth slot.
MXY2 went out next and Coventry started off well with Ireland a close second. East Anglia took third and Ireland fourth. East Kent had the fifth and sixth spots. The Big Wheels was very much a group affair. Coventry took the first three places and East Anglia took the next three. The Small Wheels were dominated by East Kent, with East Anglia taking second and third from Ireland in fourth, East Kent in fifth and East Anglia in sixth.
Ireland took the Vets win, with East Anglia taking second, Coventry took the next places with East Kent taking the sixth spot. The Juniors first place went to Coventry, with East Anglia coming in second. Ireland took the thirt place, East Kent fourth and fifth and East Anglia sixth. Finally it was the turn of the Autos. YSMA went into a blinding lead with East Anglia close behind in second and third. YSMA took the fourth spot and East Anglia had fifth and sixth but this event is not about winners, it’s all about team performance and close scores in the middle of the field will end up with a better score than one shining star.
YMSA started the second block with a good win but East Anglia took the second spot this time. Coventry came in third with East Kent, East Anglia and East Kent taking the next three places. The first four places in the MX2 group was a rerun of race one but fifth and sixth went to East Kent. The Clubmen also had the top three places going the same as race one but Coventry, East Anglia and East Kent had the next three places.
The MXY2 group had a bit of a change round. Coventry and Ireland had one and two but also took the third slot this time. East Kent had four and five and East Anglia had the sixth place. The Big Wheels saw a change of position for the clubs with Coventry taking the first place from East Anglia the next two places followed by Coventry, East Anglia and Coventry in sixth. The Small Wheels saw East Kent in the top position with East Anglia taking the next three places. Ireland came in next with Coventry in sixth.
There was quite a change in in the Vets. Ireland took the first place for the second time but East Anglia took the next three slots, with Coventry taking fourth and fifth. Ireland came to the fore in the Juniors with East Anglia in Second, Coventry in third, East Kent in Fourth, East Anglia in fifth and East Kent in sixth. The YSMA again took the first place in the Autos. Ireland came in second, East Anglia third, YSMA fourth and East Anglia fifth and sixth.
Then we started block three and the MX1 group were out first. YSMA took the lead from Coventry and East Anglia. Coventry then took the fourth place, YSMA fifth and Coventry sixth. MX2 was a line up with East Anglia in the first place, Coventry in the next three and East Kent taking the rest of the top slots. The Clubmen were out next, East Kent were first, East Kent second and East Anglia third. Coventry took the next two places and YSMA sixth.
The MXY2 third block was an exact rerun of block two in the top five places but this time YSMA came in sixth. East Anglia came in first in the Big Wheels and Coventry took the next three places. Ireland had fifth and East Anglia sixth. The Small Wheels again saw East Anglia taking the top slot from East Kent. East Anglia then came third, Ireland fourth, East Kent fifth and Coventry sixth.
That was the end of racing on Saturday and the Vets would start the action on Sunday. The track had been graded and watered heavily overnight and although soft was in very good condition.
The Vets were led home by Ireland again but this time Coventry came in second with East Anglia taking the next three places closely followed by Ireland. There was quite a change in the Juniors with East Anglia taking first place from Coventry and then taking the third spot from East Kent, with Ireland taking fifth and Coventry Sixth. YSMA started well in the Autos taking the top two places. East Anglia had third and East Kent fourth. Ireland had fifth and sixth.
MX1 then started the last two blocks of the weekend. Coventry had a great start taking the top two places. East Anglia had third and fourth, YSMA fifth and Coventry sixth. Coventry took the top slot in MX2 as well, with East Anglia and East Kent taking second and third from Coventry, East Kent and again Coventry. East Kent led the Clubman home with Coventry in close pursuit. East Anglia then led home two Coventry riders, with East Kent taking the sixth spot.
Coventry and Ireland repeated their performance of block two in MXY2. East Kent took the third place and Coventry the next two leaving YSMA to take the last of the top slots. East Anglia managed to split up the Coventry riders in the Big wheels. Coventry still took the first place but East Anglia got second and third. Coventry then came back with a fourth and fifth and East Anglia again in the sixth spot. East Anglia had a very good small wheel race taking the top two slots from East Kent and Coventry and then coming back to take the sixth slot.
The YSMA managed to squeeze into sixth place in the Vets. Ireland won it with East Anglia in second and third. Coventry came fourth and Ireland fifth. East Anglia took the top two places in Junior race four. Coventry came third, Ireland fourth, Coventry fifth and East Kent sixth. YMSA did well in the Autos taking the first position from Ireland. YSMA came back again in third place and East Anglia managed to squeeze in just ahead of Ireland, with East Anglia taking the sixth place.
We were then on to the last block of the weekend and once again the MX1 went out first. YSMA went to the front, ahead of Coventry in second and third. East Anglia had fourth from Ireland and East Anglia in sixth. East Anglia also took the lead in MX2. Coventry came in second from East Kent. Coventry then came in fourth from East Anglia and East Kent. East Kent had a great Clubman race taking first, third and sixth. Coventry took the other places.
The MXY2 group was led home by Coventry. Ireland had the next two places with East Kent in fourth, East Anglia in fifth and YSMA in sixth. Coventry had a good Big Wheel race with a first, third and fifth and East Anglia had second, fourth and sixth. The Small Wheels were led home by East Kent, East Anglia and Coventry. Ireland had the next two places and East Anglia came in sixth.
Ireland and East Anglia took the top two places in the Vets. Coventry had the third place from East Anglia and again the fifth place from East Anglia in sixth.
Ireland led the first two places in the Juniors and Coventry had third. East Anglia had fourth and fifth and East Kent had sixth. Lastly the Autos went out to round off a great weekend. YSMA came in first and second. East Anglia came in third and fourth and Ireland had fifth and sixth.
The class wins were taken by, East Anglia, Auto, Junior, Small Wheel and Big Wheel. MXY2, MX1, Clubman and Vets was taken by Coventry. East Kent had the MX2 win.
The final positions at the end of the weekend saw East Anglia in first place with 7174 points from Coventry with 7019 points. East Kent finished third on 6279 and Ireland fourth on 5360 with YSMA fifth on 4932.
This was a fantastic win for East Anglia and the first time they had ever won a team event but the event was great success for all the clubs that took part and I am sure this will lead to bigger and better team events in the future.