The Mitas British Youth Championship returned back to Norfolk on Saturday 11th June at the home of the King’s Lynn Stars to host the 3rd round of the 2016 series. As a venue that has not hosted a round since 2009, for many of this generation of Under 16 riders it was their first visit to the Adrian Flux Arena.
With all the work that the promotion have invested over the last few years what an impressive venue King’s Lynn now is, and it was a privilege for all the Young Lions to be racing at such an impressive venue.
After Round two was split over the two May Bank Holiday’s and being hosted by Scunthorpe, Round three returned to its normal format with a large attendance of 42 riders. It should have been 43 but poor little Jack Shimelt in the 125cc class injured his leg during the pre meeting practice and had to withdraw prior to the start of the meeting.
The hotly contested British Championship in the 500cc class was well attended, and Daniel Gilkes who comes from Coventry was making his first appearance in the competition for over two years, produced a surprise by beating one of the pre-meeting favourite’s in the shape of Tom Brennan, in the first heat of this class.
With Brennan dropping points in his first heat, the marker was then set for all the remaining 500cc riders to try and amass enough points to make the all important final. From there on in the two standout performers in this class were Kyle Bickley and Jordan Jenkins, who both won their first three heats, which set it up nicely for their last qualifying heat as they met in heat 37. Bickley made a slightly better start, and although Jenkins tried for the four laps, trying different lines did not quite have enough speed to past the impressive Bickley.
With Bickley making the final on a maximum score of 12 points, that gave him the edge of having first pick of gates for the Final, and selected the favourable gate two position that had been working well all afternoon.
Jenkins choose the inside gate one, with Brennan off three, and the impressive Luke Woodhull who made his debut 500cc final coming of the outside.
Bickley and Jenkins made the best starts, but Bickley just had about enough strength to get over Jenkins and powered his way to the front, and after that made no mistake to win his 2nd round after winning round one at Glasgow back in April.
Jenkins who is one of the youngest riders in this class and does not turn 15 until August looked vey impressive and the watching Mildenhall promoters, which is Jordan’s local track, were very pleased with his performance.
Brennan made the podium to stay at the top of the British Championship standings, but with Bickley now winning two of the opening three rounds, he is hot on his heels.
Unfortunately two riders withdrew from the 250cc class late on Friday, which only left four riders in this class, although each of the four races were very competitive. Jason Edwards had two race wins, with both Drew Kemp and Leon Flint also winning a race apiece.
Flint did not have the best of days with his machinery and after scoring six points in the qualifying heats which gave him third pick of gates in the final, he never even left the start line after again having more engine problems, which cost him a place on the rostrum.
Jason Edwards, who like Flint has moved up from the 150cc class again looked like a star of the future, and clinched his 2nd victory after winning round two and now takes a sizeable lead in to round four.
Newcomers Drew Kemp and Aaran Butcher also enjoyed successful days, and with both boys new to the sport, will definitely improve as the season progresses.
In the support class of 150cc, Nathan Ablitt again dominated this class with yet another polished unbeaten performance, and Jordan Palin managed to get the better of the Thompson Twins Joe and Dan and the previously unbeaten Mickie Simpson to clinch his first win of the season in the 125cc.
Yet another successful day, and the next stop for the series is at Rye House on Sunday 26th June.