Bury St Edmunds’ Elliott Banks-Browne in fine form as record crowd watch at Wattisfield Hall
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A record crowd watched the motocross action at Wattisfield Hall on Wednesday.
The Diss club hosted the Annual GH Motorcycles-sponsored event and had prepped the fast circuit to perfection, with the crowd loving the four-lap race format.
Several national grade riders were in action, and Elliott Banks-Browne won all of his four races.
After winning his qualifying heat from James Cottrell and Lewis Tombs, the Bury St Edmunds star (25) won both group A races with ease.
Eastern champion, Luke Parker, won heat two after a fierce battle with Halstead’s Jason Morland and local rider, Ben Talbot.
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Race one in group A saw Brendon Mayers, in fine form, holding second place behind Banks-Browne, with Morland, Shaun Southgate and Talbot all within inches of each other.
The second leg saw Banks-Browne leading from the start, building up a 10-second lead after lap one, leaving a hectic battle for second place between Southgate, Parker, Morland and Cottrell.
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The four of them thrilled the huge crowd, then just before the finish, Southgate was alongside Parker and Cottrell going into the final corner, when the latter duo collided, sending Cottrell tumbling to the ground.
Southgate crossed the line in second from Parker, Morland and Ben Talbot, with Adam Day just behind them.
The six-lap grand final saw Banks-Browne in charge from the start, with Mayers again getting a good start in second place, but was soon passed by Cottrell and Tombs.
Considering the fact that Cottrell had retired from racing last year, he impressed the crowd with his riding, holding off Tombs until the last lap.
Mayers completed a good night with fourth, from a fast finishing Parker and Southgate.
The B group of allcomers saw former expert, Ollie Stearn winning both legs for overall victory, with Adam Johnson having two second places. Shaun Tacey, was third overall.
Making up the entry was a full line up of enduro riders. Lowestoft club member, Tom Braddock won all of his three races, although Tim Rose challenged hard in each race for second overall. Stowmarket’s Ed Pooley was third overall, with Braintree’s Will Hughes fourth.