(Report by Mark Botteley)
Last weekend was all about the clubs youths, with the Heckington Show on Saturday and then the Regional youth circuit race championships on Sunday at the PFI Karting track near Grantham which the club organised on the regions behalf with sponsorship from JJ Mac Ltd of Bourne.
The club fielded a team for the first time ever in the inter club grass track competition at Heckington. With a very inexperienced team, as only three of the six riders had raced grass track before, it was impossible to know what to expect, and as the team was made up of an equal split of boys and girls with 4 of the riders being under 12, where the other participating teams only fielded one girl and generally older children, it was impossible to predict if the Bourne team would be competitive.
What transpired was a display of such dominance especially by the girls, that even before the final race, Bourne were so far ahead they couldn’t be beaten.
With points being awarded for each of the 7 events that made up the competition, it was important to be consistent in all events. This the club did with the club taking a convincing win in the team sprint and Jess Woodworth, who was the star of the show, winning both her individual races. With Adam Botteley and Molly Peel both taking a 2nd and a 3rd, in both there individual races and Bryn Richards two 2nds and Emily Richards and Harry Garfield also scoring valuable points for the team, the young team won by ah huge margin. With only one of the riders being too old to compete next year, there’s every chance that next year will potentially see an even more dominant performance.
On Sunday, the whole team moved over to PFI Karting to try and win the much coverted Regional Championship Titles….11 Bourne Bullets took to the start line over the various youth categories to try and emulate the only club rider, Sian Botteley, to ever take a title.
Once again though, they were to be disappointed with no individual titles. However some great performances ensued, with Bryn Richards taking a fine 2nd in the under 12 boys and Molly Peel and Emily Richards placing 2nd and 3rd respectively in the under 12 girls race. Georgia Bullard was the other Bullet to medal coming 3rd in the under 16 girls race.
Other top placing’s were achieved by Alex Galpin, 4th in the under 12 boys and Adam Botteley 9th in the biggest race on the programme, the under 16 boys race.
Unluckily for Jess Woodworth, after the highs of yesterday came down to earth with a bump literally as she crashed 3 times when in the leading group as the rain started, causing the track to turn really slippery. On each occasion she got back on but couldn’t get back up to the leaders after her last crash with two laps to go.