Event Reports


October 9th, 2017.

Round 6, Sunday 8th October, Canada Heights, Kent


With just one point separating Paul Holmes from Mark McLernon, the British Championship was set to go to the wire when proceedings got underway yesterday at the challenging Canada Heights circuit in Kent.

An on-form Holmes was focussed for the final. He produced a flawless performance in the autumn sunshine to grab the title back from Ireland’s McLernon.

Holmes set the pace in qualifying, with Leon Rogers just 0.8 seconds behind and McLernon a close third.

In the first moto, 18-year-old Dafydd Davies got off to a flying start and led Stefan Murphy and Leon Rogers for the first few laps. Lap three saw a change in fortunes when Rogers moved to the front with Holmes and Murphy chasing. However, it was further back in the field where the championship was really changing as McLernon suffered from a mechanical issue towards the end of lap four giving him a very unfortunate DNF and turning his one-point lead at the start of the day, to a 21-point deficit. Rogers took the win with Holmes second and Murphy third.

Davies, Rogers, Holmes, Walker get stuck in

Race two saw another Davies holeshot yet, as early as lap two, Holmes had a commanding lead with McLernon in second. Proceedings were brought to a halt though when Blake McCormick* was involved in a nasty accident. When the race restarted, George Day was quickest off the line and he set a good early pace with Holmes and Rogers in pursuit, along with Davies and Harry Walker. Holmes was at the front by lap five, whilst McLernon had an off and was way down the field. McLernon could only recover to 10th which handed the title to a delighted and emotional Paul Holmes with a race in hand. Day took a spirited second and Rogers third.

In the final race of the day, Davies was again first into the corner with Holmes and Rogers giving chase. Holmes took the lead on lap two and Davies slipped back to fourth as Rogers and Bunce moved into second and third. A late surge by Bunce to catch Holmes in the latter stages was not successful and Holmes held on for the win. Elsewhere, Walker passed Davies, Day and Murphy to grab a fourth-place finish on the day – had it not been for an electrical fault in race one, he could well have been on the podium.

Overall Open Championship results on the day;

1st Paul Holmes (2,1,1),
2nd Leon Rogers (1,3,3)
3rd George Day (6,2,6)

2017 Open Championship;

1st Paul Holmes,
2nd Mark McLernon
3rd Leon Rogers

U21’s on the day;

1st Dafydd Davies
2nd Harry Walker
3rd James Bevan

U21 Championship;

1st Dafydd Davies
2nd James Bevan
3rd Harry Walker

*Blake McCormick suffered a dislocated shoulder and received surgery to relocate and repair a fracture. He also suffered a concussion and was taken to Kings College Hospital, London.