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British SxS Racing Campionship 2015 season Winners

The SXS Racing Championship Results 2015

2015 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – 1000cc
Pos
No.
Name
Points
1
172
Alfie Hyde
487
2
64
Mark McCann / Becky Ind
485
3
77
Richard Avis
459
2015 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – 900cc
Pos
No.
Name
Points
1
55
Joe Bennett / Andy Bennett
471
2
67
Stewart Gubbins
450
3
71
Claire Avis
425
Congratulations to the winners.

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Round number 9 and last in Britain’s very own side-by-side championship saw the eager SXS Racing paddock near a small village in rural Hampshire. Work had begun on the track 4 days previous with the intent of it being an old school grass track. Phil Jeffery or Farmer Phil to the paddock kindly lent his freshly harvested 28-acre field. After a good few days of hard graft a mile long twisting circuit was born; mechanically sympathetic and wide enough in most places for 3 abreast. The hype and excitement going into this last round had been building for a fortnight. We were all set for a dramatic Championship finale.
We emerged from round 8 with the top 6 in the 1000cc category and the top 5 in the 900’s all able to stand on the top step of the podium. Every point mattered.
Qualifying
Hot on the timings the race marshals and officials got the 900 qualifying underway in good time. Joe and Andy Bennett sat in pole with an on form Colin Hadley, an experienced Autograss racer in 2nd. Back from a disastrous round 8 and the almost yearlong championship leader Stewart Gubbins finished the front row. Less than a second separated the top three. In almost one fluid motion the 1000’s entered the sxs-racingtrack as the last 900 left, slick drills would keep the day moving and in good time thanks to stand in Race Director and clerk of the course Neil Hawker. Neil, from Rogers Hill Raceway in Dorset is an experienced Motocross and Enduro racer in his own right. Multiple British Army Championships, Silver ISDE medals and more recently top British Rider and top Suzuki rider at the Series Rally in Greece. The day was run with military precision. Thirty minutes after the 1000’s left to qualify Mark McCann was sporting his trademark pearly smile as he and passenger Beck Ind had qualified pole. Josh Barrett and Steph Evans in the #45 placed 2nd just three tenths behind. Paul Severn showing great form in the second half of the season qualified 3rd.
900 Moto 1
Three 15minute +1 lap races and 75 points on offer would decide who would walk away with the SXS Racing 2015 900cc Championship. A disastrous start by Gubbins in 2nd dropped him back two places whilst the Bennetts and Hadley tore away quickly grabbing 3rd. Gubbins and Hadley would battle fiercely in the day but the race belonged to the Bennetts.

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1000 Moto 1
With the track nicely cut in the 1000’s came out to play. Mark McCann having qualified pole four times this year found himself in a battle with the 72 of John Lyne. Sadly contact was made flipping Mark and Becky onto their roof! A post-race discussion with the race director meant that John would start behind Mark in the 2nd Moto. The young Sam berry would bring home the 25 points and the 1st Moto win. Richard Avis placed a calculated 2nd whilst Alfie Hyde closed the point gap between he and championship leader McCann with a 3rd place finish. The 64 Fro Systems machine of McCann would not be the only heart break of the morning. Josh Barrett, fast all year let down only by unpreventable mechanical gremlins was forced to retire with a blown engine. He and Steph Evans were a long way in front but soon proved just how quickly you can get out of a smouldering machine. Armed with a fire extinguisher the war for them was now over.

 

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