Kellett Powers Two-Stroke to Victory at Little Silver
Words and Photos by Dave Rich
Todd Kellett (Dragon Tek/St Blazey MX Yamaha)
Back on Sunday, June 23rd round three of the Point-S South West Masters Championships returned back into Devon to Little Silver Moto Parc, Exeter. On Saturday the sun was out in all its glory and had made things a bit dry, and water had to be distributed on the track early race day morning. This worked wonders as the track was in prime condition as the practice and qualifying got underway, but it didn’t need no more water during the day as this came naturally as a light drizzle was to fall in the second and third block of racing.
In the 24MX Expert Championship, it was Championship leader Luke Hawkins on the Cheddar MX Honda who had set the fastest qualifying time and had first pick of the gate. In the opening race, it was Ross Kersey with the Holeshot on St Blazey MX Honda from Hawkins and the Wheeldon Off-Road Kawasaki of Joe Clayton with Todd Kellett on the Dragon Tek/St Blazey MX Yamaha. Kellett was making his return to the Championship on the 2-Stroke there in fouth, but all was to change by the end of the opening lap as Hawkins had taken the lead with Kellett moving up into second ahead of Clayton with Kersey dropping down to fourth. Hawkins seemed to be in control for a couple of laps at the front, but the real battle was going on between Luke Dean on the Wildmoor Grabaway/Langmead Construction Yamaha and the Tony Maunders racing Suzuki of Jamie Skuse with Skuse eventually passing Dean on lap six. Kellett was still in contention in second and was now turning the power on and was to close right in on Hawkins. He was soon breathing all over him on lap six and was trying loads of different lines to get past. But Hawkins kept shutting the door and held his nerve and was to go on to take the win but only just as Kellett was literally less than a second behind at the chequered flag with Clayton taking third some thirty seconds adrift of the leading two.
In the second moto with the rain starting to fall it was Clayton this time with the best start from Kellett with Hawkins there in third. Kellett and Hawkins were all over Clayton on the opening lap, and Clayton was soon relegated to third on lap two as Kellett hit the front followed by Hawkins. Clayton was quickly pressured by Skuse and Dean who again was having a real tussle for several laps with both Skuse and Dean getting the better of Clayton mid-race. Meanwhile back at the front Kellett had put a bit of distance between himself and Hawkins and was to hold that margin to take the win. But all eyes were on to see who was going to take third as Dean was all over Skuse on the last lap desperately looking to find a way past and he eventually got pass dropping into a right-hander and was to take that third spot
Close action in turn one
In the last moto this time it was Skuse who emerged at the front from Hawkins and Clayton. Kellett didn’t have the best of starts and was in back in fifth at the end of the opening lap. He was soon on the gas as was Hawkins who took the lead from Skuse on lap two and it wasn’t long before Kellett was all over Skuse desperately looking to get past. He did squeezing through on a fast right-hander and was up into second giving chase and was soon to catch Hawkins which turned in to a battle royal for most of the fourth lap until Kellett hit the front. He past Hawkins on a cambered right-hander and from there was to go on to take the win from Hawkins with Skuse taking third.
In the Wulfsport Over 35 Championship, it was the Cheddar MX Honda of Darren Banwell who had the fastest qualifying time ahead of Championship leader Wayne Shimell on the TyreMarks Honda who had yet to lose a race. In the opening race, it was Shimell with a flyer out of the gate followed by Ricky Brown on the Tony Maunders Racing Honda with Banwell tucked in third. Shimell had a clear track in front of him and was soon into a rhythm. He was starting to ease away on the second lap from Banwell who was now up into second with James Kensington on the two-stroke Tony Maunders Racing KTM giving chase in third but Shimell was in control and from there went on to take yet another win from Banwell with Kensington taking third. In the second moto this time it was Brown with the holeshot from Kensington and Banwell with Shimell back in seventh, but he was soon up into third by the end of the opening lap after passing Banwell. Kensington was on a mission in this one on the two-Stroke and was to get the better of Brown on lap two and took the lead and was starting to get away. Shimell was soon all over Brown, but it wasn’t until a lap later that he got the better of Brown exiting out of the U-turn corner and Banwell was also to get the better of Brown on the same lap. Shimell was to gradually haul in Kensington and was to take over the lead on lap four and went on untroubled to take the chequered flag from Kensington a close second with Banwell coming home in third. In the last moto, Shimell was to lead from the off from Banwell with Brown there in third for the first couple of laps. Kensington who had piled the pressure on Brown on an opening couple of laps eased his KTM pass and moved up into third, but he wasn’t going to make any ground on the leading two with Shimell holding on to his hundred per cent record taking the win from Banwell.
James Chard (KTM)
In the Wulfsport Over 45 class, it was the CR125 Honda of Wayne Butt who had notched up the quickest lap in qualifying, and it was Butt with the best start in the opening race from David Shipton with Championship leader Leigh Williams on the J D Racing KTM in third. But all was to change at the front as Butt slid off and it was Shipton who was to lead for several laps from Williams who has been pressured by the Projuice KTM of David Ford who moved up into second on lap three. Butt was back on the gas and was closing in on the leading three and on lap five was to retake the lead after passing both Williams and Ford and then found himself leading after Shipton made a mistake. From there went on to take the win from Ford with Dean Davies on the Tony Maunders Racing Husqvarna taking third after a mistake from Williams late in the race. In the second moto again it was Butt with the early lead from Williams and Davies with Williams all over Butt from the word go which was to be a real ding dong battle for several laps. Williams eventually finding a way pass on lap five and from that point was to pull away and went on to take the chequered flag from Butt with Davies again taking third literally by a whisker from Ford. There was no stopping the fast gating Butt who made his third good start from Williams and Davies. Ford didn’t have the best of starts in this one but was to move up into third on the second lap after Davies dropped it. But the battle was on at the front with Williams breathing right down Butts neck for several laps until another error from Butt which you don’t see very often was to gift Williams the lead which was to go on to take the win. With Butt taking second which gave him the overall by one point on the day and Ford finished in third.
Louie Kessell (Kessell Commercials/Judd Racing KTM)
The JCT Developments Junior Championship has produced some top quality racing so far this season with many new names coming to shine. Also, some of the countries up and coming youngsters breaking into the adult ranks and this was the case at round three in the Championship as lining up as a wildcard was young fifteen-year-old Louie Kessell (Pictured No 7) on the Kessell Commercials/Judd Racing KTM from Cornwall. In the opening race, there was a bit of banging bars in the first corner with many riders coming to a halt. One of them being Kessell who was well down the field as well as Championship leader Daniel Wade. There was no stopping Kieran Yorke who sits second in the standings who shot away at the front and with a clear track in front of him raced away to take the win with Wildcard Harry James taking second ahead of Kessell even after a mid-race spill still managing to finish in third. In moto two there was no mistaking who was at the front in this one, and that was Kessell who within a couple of laps had a comfortable lead and was to go on to take the win by some thirteen seconds from Ben Clayton with Yorke taking third. In the last race, it was Rocky Letherby with the early lead from Wade with Kessell tucked in third. Wade was to get the better of Letherby on lap two as was Kessell with Kessell then taking the lead a lap later and from there on didn’t look back and took the chequered flag.
In the Junior B class, it was James Chard who was to dominate the opening race from Kona Jenkins, but there was no stopping Jenkins in the other two races which were to take the overall on the day.
In the Junior C class, there was no stopping Ryan Lock who was to notch up a hat trick of wins.
24MX EXPERT CHAMPIONSHIP
- Todd Kellett (250 Dragon Tek / St Blazey Yamaha)
- Luke Hawkins (450f Cheddar Mx Honda)
- Jamie Skuse (450f Tony Maunders Racing Suzuki)
- Luke Dean (250f Wildmoor Grabaway / Langmead Construction Yamaha)
- Joe Clayton (250f Wheeldon Off-Road Centre Kawasaki)
- Ross Kersey (250f St Blazey Honda)
WULFSPORT OVER 35 CHAMPIONSHIP
- Wayne Shimell (250f TyreMarks Honda)
- Darren Banwell (450f Cheddar Mx Honda)
- James Kensington (250 Tony Maunders Racing KTM)
- Peter Bulley (350f KTM)
- Ricky Brown (450f Tony Maunders Racing Honda)
- Mike Burgess (450f Kawasaki)
WULFSPORT OVER 45 CHAMPIONSHIP
- Wayne Butt (CR125 Honda)
- Leigh Williams (450f J D Racing KTM)
- Richard Green (450f Yamaha)
- David Ford (250f Projuice KTM)
- Dean Davies (350f Tony Maunders Racing Husqvarna)
- Robert Topp (450f Honda)
JCT DEVELOPMENTS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
- Louie Kessell (250f Kessell Commercials / Judd Racing KTM)
- Kieran Yorke (Honda)
- Harvey James (250f Foxhayes Carsales / Wright Racing KTM)
- Ben Clayton (250f Wheeldon Off-Road Centre Kawasaki)
- Daniel Wade (250f Yamaha)
- Brandon Baker (450f Kawasaki)
JCT DEVELOPMENTS JUNIOR B
- Kona Jenkins (Yamaha)
- James Chard (KTM)
- Callan Marshall (KTM)
- Reagan West (KTM)
- Adam Barfoot (Yamaha)
- Kai Ford (KTM)
JCT DEVELOPMENTS JUNIOR C
- Ryan Lock
- Dominic Stoneman
- Steven Flack
- David Abraham
- Toby Brook
- Dalton Webber