All the British Youth Rounds are looked forward to, but if the truth was known everyone’s favourite is going to the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester, and this years round certainly did not disappoint.
As expected another good turnout of 36 riders across the 3 classes.
The Belle Vue promotion worked hard prior to the event, and it was a fantastic crowd of almost 600 people they came out to support the British Youth, and they certainly did not go home disappointed.
Belle Vue Colt and current 500cc British Youth Champion Kyle Bickley was added to the field late on, and this certainly made this class a lot tougher as Daniel Gilkes and Drew Kemp are fighting for every point to claim that British Title.
Bickley looked class, but by no means had it all his own way, with Gilkes getting a very impressive win over him in the heats.
Kemp to be fair looked quick also, and relegated Gilkes to a 2nd place in the heats, so then it really was all about the final.
With Bickley just dropping the 1 point, he had first pick of gates, Gilkes had second pick so gates 1 and 2 were taken, when it came down to Kemp’s pick.
After taking a moment Kemp chose the outside gate to try and have a big run around the 1st corner.
Bickley made the start, but Kemp was having none of it, and managed to squeeze past him down the back straight.
It was a fantastic tussle, but Kemp looked to have done enough to claim top prize on the night only for an engine failure with half a lap to go, so heartbreak for Kemp, and everyone in the stadium felt for the boy who is still only 14 years old.
Anyway that’s speedway and it was tough on Drew, but Bickley took the win with Gilkes taking an important 16 championship points.
Carl Basford took 3rd place on the rostrum.
The 250cc class again did not disappoint with Flint again going unbeaten bar an engine failure, and looks nailed on certain now to claim his 2nd 250cc British Championship.
Nathan Ablitt has his best round to date with a 2nd place finish with Edwards getting another rostrum place finish, with the unlucky Dan Thompson blowing a motor in the final.
Harry McGurk blitzed the 125cc class with 5 wins, Archie Freeman who has been really impressive got a 2nd, and Luke Harrison in 3rd, with Elliot Kelly again making a final.