Sam McGurk unbeaten in British Youth round

May 1st, 2017
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Youth 125 winners

SAM McGURK went through the card unbeaten, to win the 150/125cc class of Round Two of the British Youth Championship at the Eddie Wright Raceway yesterday (Sunday).

The only time that McGurk looked likely to drop a point was to elder brother Harry in Heat 3. Harry led for almost the entire race, but drifted perilously wide coming off the final corner, and Sam charged through to snatch the victory.

Harry would have been his brother’s main competition, but finished last in Heat 6 due to machinery problems and therefore missed out on the final by a single point.

Sam McGurk (12), Archie Freeman (11), Corban Pavitt (10) and Luke Harrison (9) were the qualifiers for the final race. Local lad Harrison fell and was excluded while chasing Pavitt in Heat 9, but won his other three qualifying races and edged out fellow nine-pointer Bailey Fellows on the account of three heats wins to one.

In the final, McGurk led from Harrison, when Pavitt misjudged an overtaking move on Harrison at the start of the third lap, leading to both riders coming crashing down. In the re-run, with Pavitt excluded, McGurk led all the way from Freeman and Harrison, to complete a packed afternoon of speedway.

Qualifying scores:

Sam McGurk 3 3 3 3 (12)
Archie Freeman 3 3 3 2 (11)
Corban Pavitt 1 3 3 3 (10)
Luke Harrison 3 FX 3 3 (9)
Bailey Fellows 2 2 3 2 (9)
Harry McGurk 2 0 3 3 (8)
Mickie Simpson 3 0 3 1 (7)
Jack Bell 3 1 1 1 (6)
Max Perry 2 2 2 N (6)
Callum Gill 1 2 2 1 (6)
Sonny Springer N 1 1 2 2 (6)
Charlie Jenson 3 2 R FX (5)
Elliot Kelly FX 2 1 2 (5)
Mikey Robbins 1 1 0 2 (4)
Aidan Arthur 0 2 0 1 (3)
Jacob Fellows 2 1 0 0 (3)
Sam Peters R 0 1 2 (3)
Gregor Miller 2 1 N N (3)
Freddie Fox Baron 1 1 0 R (2)
Taya Thirtle 0 0 0 1 (1)

Heat details:

1: (Re-run) Simpson, Miller (15m penalty for tape touching), Gill, Springer (non-starter), 77.40.
2: Freeman, Perry, Fox Baron, Arthur, 72.00.
3: S.McGurk, H.McGurk, Pavitt, Simpson (fell, remounted), 71.50.
4: (Re-run) Bell, Arthur, Peters (ret), Kelly (fell, excluded), 75.06.
5: Harrison, B.Fellows, Miller, Thirtle, 68.68.
6: Jenson, Perry, Springer, H.McGurk, 73.10.
7: Freeman, Gill, Robbins, Peters, 71.00.
8: S.McGurk, J.Fellows, Fox Baron, Miller (non-starter), 73.44.
9: Pavitt, Perry, Bell, Harrison (fell, excluded), awarded – no time.
(Perry could not avoid Harrison, also fell, and took no further part in meeting).
10: Simpson, Kelly, Robbins, Thirtle, 70.88.
11: S.McGurk, B.Fellows, Springer, Arthur, 69.87.
12: Freeman, Jenson, Bell, Robbins, 69.13.
13: H.McGurk, Gill. J.Fellows, Thirtle, 67.44.
14: Pavitt, Springer, Peters, Fox Baron, 69.25.
15: Harrison, Freeman, Kelly, Miller (non-starter), 69.69.
16: B.Fellows, Springer (extra ride replacing Perry), Simpson, J.Fellows, 69.31.
17: Pavitt, Robbins, Arthur, Jenson (ret), 67.94.
18: S.McGurk, Kelly, Gill, J.Fellows, 67.68.
19: H.McGurk, B.Fellows, Bell, Fox Baron (ret), 67.95.
20: Harrison, Peters, Thirtle, Jenson (fell, excluded), awarded – no time.
Final: (Re-run) S.McGurk, Freeman, Harrison, Pavitt (fell, excluded).

* The 500cc and 250cc classes of Round Two of the British Youth Championship will take place following the Henderson Insurance Scunthorpe Scorpions vs Newcastle Diamonds SGB Championship clash on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29th.

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