26th November 2017
The top 8 British 125cc riders from the 2017 British Youth Championship were lucky enough to be able to host their one-off British Final at the National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue on Friday 20th October.
After such a great series of support races for the two higher classes of 500cc and 250cc, many of the 125cc riders had a stand out moment of the year, so for that reason it was impossible to predict a winner of this British Title.
Looking down the list of the eight competitors, both Harry and Sam McGurk looked to have the slight edge, as from the seven rounds of the Youth series completed, the McGurk brothers had won six of them.
Having said that, as this is a one-off British Final, the majority of the riders competing had a moment of magic during the year, and another moment of magic in this event, then you could become a British Champion!
As this was late in October in Manchester, it was of no surprise that conditions were a bit wet to say the least, but of course this did not phase any of the eight competing riders.
In the first heat, it was a clash of the McGurks, and Harry drew first blood making the start of gate one, with Sam not far behind, with Bailey Fellows and Alex Goldsborough battling it out for a point.
Heat two, looked like it could go to any of the four, who are all sure to be stars of the future, but it was Corban Pavitt who set out a marker and won the race, with the unfortunate Luke Harrison crashing when in 2nd place, which would ultimately cost him a place in the final, with Elliot Kelly then claiming the two points ahead of Archie Freeman.
Harry McGurk went on to win his three remaining rides, again relegating his brother Sam to another 2nd place in their last qualifying heat, Sam two dropped points to Harry would be the only points Sam dropped.
Pavitt went on to score 9 points, and Kelly did just enough to qualify for the final on 6.
With Harry having first pick of the gates in the Final, he somewhat surprisingly chose gate 3, with Sam next to choose he selected gate 2, Pavitt chose the outside gate 4, and Kelly having last pick was delighted to have gate 1.
A hard first corner saw Sam give Harry no room coming out of the second corner, and although Harry never gave up for the whole race, Sam did not make a mistake to go on and claim his first British Title, and claim bragging rights in the McGurk household.
Pavitt was delighted to make the rostrum and claim third place, with Kelly enjoying the experience, and sure his time will come.
British Champion – Sam McGurk 2 3 3 2 = 10 + 3
2nd Harry McGurk 3 3 3 3 = 12 + 2
3rd Corban Pavitt 3 1 2 3 = 9 + 1
4th Elliot Kelly 2 1 1 2 = 6 + 0
5th Luke Harrison F 2 2 1 = 5
6th Archie Freeman 1 2 1 0 = 4
7th Bailey Fellows 1 0 ef 1 = 2
8th Alex Goldsborough 0 0 0 0 = 0