Sand Racing July 23d / 24th Report

Sand Racing Report 23 & 24/7/2021
The temperature may have dropped once Friday had arrived but this did not affect the enthusiasm of the competitors as they gathered on Vazon beach for the first of 2days racing, this may have dwindled by the time Saturday ended in pouring rain. A larger than normal entry had been received in most classes with some newcomers joining the fray either for the two days or just for one day.
Unbeknown to the MX adult riders was the fact that though on both days they were riding for points in the championships for the A & B groups on Saturday they were also scoring points in each race towards the title of becoming King of the Beach (this may have to be renamed as there are a number of young ladies also riding in these classes).On Friday the tussle for line honours in the A group was between Billy Rive, Billy Russell, Owen Waddingham & Jarrod Carrington but come Saturday things changed as Billy Rive was attending a wedding whilst Owen was having bike problems so was having to ride borrowed bikes thus allowing Brad Smith & Paul Le Messurier to also fight for the podium spots. On Friday the B Group was a simpler affair as Josh Ballard outrode the rest of the field leaving Luke Bush in second & sand race chairman Kevin Rumens in third on the twisty course whilst on the oval Alisha Wild King showed good form in taking a third & then a second spot. With a number of riders having bike problems there was a number of bike swop’s going on & this continued on Saturday when A Group rider Cory Leggett had to drop down to the B group so as to be able to share his bike with Cayden Farr who had blown his machine’s engine. Cory gave Josh a good chase taking wins on the twisty course whilst Josh prevailed on the oval course. At the end of a pair of races on both the twisty & oval course Cory & Josh were on level points for the King of the Beach trophy whilst Billy Russell from the A Group was just one point behind. The final race for each group were handicaps which were certain to put a spanner in the works as these riders were the scratch men so had to chase & pass as many riders as possible to gain the points needed to be crowned the King. In the end the final tally gave the win to Josh Ballard in his first season on the beach.
For this meeting there was an entry of 9 cars but by the end of the first race there were only 6 left as Karl Marshall in his buggy had what was thought to be a diff problem but turned out to be a broken gearbox, Scot Webb making his first appearance in a blue Subaru Impreza estate with a pink roll cage blow a tyre (no replacements were found for Saturday) whilst Sam De Carteret blow the motor in the very quick Toyota Corolla. The remaining saloons & single racing car tried to make the racing as interesting as possible with the final race a handicap proving the closest as Richard Le Feuvre defended his lead till the very last corner when Matthew Board just had enough power to poke his nose in front leaving Eric Trump & Steve Marquis battling for third spot. Come Saturday there were only the 6 cars remaining but this dropped to 5 when Nigel Ozanne broke the chain on his buggy. When the clerk of the course Dave Le Cheminant caught sight of the erratic driving of Richard Le Feuvre causing damage to some of the other cars he was called into the centre of the course to be excluded from the rest of the meeting. For the final race there was only one car left running.
On Friday there were 2 riders sharing 3 bikes as Erin Ogier’s main bike was playing up so she had to use the backup 250cc version though Bob Teed did lend her his bike whilst he tried out one of hers. On Saturday Erin was on her own but back out on her main bike which was running a lot better. Having acquired & practiced in a field Digby Cleal was keen to try out his new slider & it took him only one race to get the feel of this machine pushing Tyler-James Savident back into an unfamiliar second spot for the rest of the afternoon. Come Saturday on a slightly longer course & following Digby taking a tumble in the first race Tyler was back leading up to the last race which went to Digby as they crossed the line almost side by side.
For once it was the Walker brothers that were leading the way in the junior & intermediate’s slider class on Friday as Thomas Vining was not present & Lewis Le Blancq was running what sounded like a very sick bike just trickling around the course picking up championship points whilst Sam & Charlie sorted out the leading spot. Come Saturday Lewis was running a spare bike not quite able to keep up with Sam but keeping ahead of Charlie. The biggest increase in numbers was in this groups MX class where the usual riders were joined by Oliver Domaille & Peter Snell on both days & by Luke Saunders on Saturday. Ben Le Prevost was once again leader of this pack but it took only a couple of races on Friday before Oliver Domaille was fighting with Zak Guymer & Eve Guille for top spots whilst Finn Bogle was not far behind. Having solved problems overnight Peter joined in these fights & after the first race on Saturday Luke also joined this tight knit group of riders.
It will now be four weeks before these competitors can return to the beach for the final race of the season on Saturday 21st August with a start time of 11.30am.
Paul Stanford