An epic day of racing at our National Championships was wrapped up by an enthralling second block session.
Following our younger classes in the morning, ages from 12 through to 50+ were gunning it to the finish line in a super showdown on a sunny afternoon at Bunbury BMX Club, Western Australia.
Joining the older participants of our prestigious championship competition, the 12 and 13-year-olds raced their hearts out to the continuing cheers of the emphatic crowd.
Having already won on Wednesday, during the UCI Oceania Continental Championships, Noah Elton from Terrigal BMX Club again crossed the finish line first today, to take the #1A plate in the 12-years-boys class.
In the 12-years-girls class, Cove BMX Club rider and defending champion Shae Archibold had great success defending her title from 2017. Sacha Mills (Bayside BMX Club) followed Archibold in with second place, Sienna Yarwood (Cross Keys BMX Club) was third, to give South Australia a first and third result in the class.
Pine Rivers BMX Club got behind their man Thomas Tucker in the 13-years-boys class, who delivered #1A plate-winning performance. Callum Howarth from Nerang BMX Club was second, Jingili BMX Club’s Ian Orr repping the NT in third.
The bookies would’ve had a tough time deciding who would win the 13-years-girls class with defending champion Bella May (Frankston BMX Club), #4A and Penrith national series round winner Caitlin Jong (Satellite City BMX Club), as well as last year’s Aussies runner up Isabella Schramm from Ashmore BMX Club on the gate.
In a race that got the crowd on their feet, all three racers were continually battling for the lead. As race reached a crescendo, Schramm stole the show, with Jong and May close behind.
Blake Schofield from Wanneroo BMX Club took the top spot on the podium in the 30-34-mens class, but Lance Martin from Cockburn BMX Club and Levi Collins from Shepparton were both breathing down his neck.
A similar scenario occurred in the 40-44 men’s class, with Kamahl Lord from Mildura BMX Club milliseconds in front of Hills BMX Club member, Jade McPherson. Moranbah’s Michael Stevens rounded out that podium.
The 35-39 men and women put on a show proving that age is no barrier when the gates drop. Robert Slater from Sunbury BMX Club took the men’s class, Melanie Gibson from Sydney BMX Club the women’s.
In the 45-49 women’s class, Letitia Weatherhead (Bayside BMX Club) managed to move on up the rankings from her #2A plate last year with a convincing win over Sydney’s Sandy Cameron from Penrith BMX Club, South Australia’s Rebecca Smith was third.
For Dean Patch from Eastfield BMX Club, he pulled off a convincing defence of his title and take the #1A plate home again for another year. Karl Mustchin and Darren James diced for second, the former winning it.
To wrap up our day of electrifying racing, the 50+ men showed their experience and skill. The top spot went to Centenary Plains BMX Club rider, Bruce Morris who erupted as he crossed the line, in what he alleges will be his last ever race at the Aussie titles.
To see a full list of results click HERE
Concluding a wonderful week of BMX in Bunbury, the final day of racing kicks off tomorrow at 10am AWST.
Hold onto your hats as the rest of our challenge classes and our championship classes put everything into the track as they chase a slice of glory.