The British Youth riders arrived at Swindon on Sunday afternoon to ride in the 2015 British 150cc Final, to find that the Swindon track staff had worked tremendously hard on getting probably one of the best prepared tracks ready for a British Final there has been all season.
The track on the centre green of the main Swindon circuit was superbly prepared, which included a new starting gate and green light system along with hay bales around the outside of the track instead of an air fence.
With the 7 riders competing having 4 rides each, the majority of races, had 2 riders or more having consecutive races, so between each of the races there was a small break, but it all got completed in about 40 minutes.
The top 4 scorers after each rider had completed 4 rides, qualified for the winner takes all final.
Nathan Ablitt who won Round 5 of the British Youth Championship last month, was the unluckiest rider of the afternoon after having some good early laps, had an engine failure in his 2nd ride, and fell in his 3rd ride, which ruled him out of the final. But one thing for sure, Nathan’s time will come, as he really has shown some quality this season and for a young man of such tender years, he has a big future in the sport.
Both James Laker and Jacob Clayton who were both making their British Final debuts will both benefit from the experience.
The 4 finalists Leon Flint, Jason Edwards, Sam Stead and Jordan Palin all deserved their places in the final, and prior to the final it was anyone’s guess who was to end up being British Champion at the end of lap 4.
Flint had first pick of gates for the final, and went off the inside, Edwards was off 2, Stead who chose 3rd selected to come right off the outside gate 4, which left Palin coming off gate 3.
Stead flew from gate 4 around the 1st and 2nd bends, and was leading the race coming down the back straight for the 1st time, closely followed by Flint and Edwards.
Both Flint and Edwards snuck up the inside of Stead going in to turn 3 , and from there on in it was a 3 way race for the title, with young Palin bringing up the rear.
Flint managed to get himself to the front, with both Edwards and Stead only a fraction off his back wheel.
For what was probably one of the most tense final races of this seasons youth championship, Flint just managed to do enough to stay in front and claim his first British Title, and in the process smashed the track record.
This British Final was a credit to all involved from the riders, Swindon promotion and track staff, and also the SCB Referee Graham Reeve who all did a great job.
Our thanks also to the British speedway public who came out in vast numbers to watch this Final, in what was again the biggest attendance to watch a British Youth Final. A number of those supporters approached Youth Boss Neil Vatcher afterwards to say what a bright future British speedway has.
So this concludes the British Youth season, and what a great season this was.
Many congratulations to the 4 British Champions; Jack Parkinson 500cc, Tom Brennan 250cc, Leon Flint 150cc and Joe Thompson 125cc, with a promise of plenty more exciting times to come in 2016.