News for 2017
Ben Luxton further increases lead in Championship.
Qualifying took place in damp conditions with Sam Wilford taking his first pole position, Cameron Lee with a well earned second place, Ben Luxton taking the final position on the front row. Held in perfect conditions the first day of racing in this increasingly competitive series was going to be tough.
Sam Wilford took his first win in race one from Luxton who missed out on win number seven by just 0.22 of a second from sixteen year Wilford. The second race of the day saw a similar battle between Wilford and Luxton with Luxton taking the win by just 0.182 from Wilford.
Luxton made it hard for himself however "For some reason I wasn’t getting particularly good starts whereas Sam, Will, and George were. By the end of lap one I was back in sixth place and could see I needed to get a wiggle on, so I put a couple of hard laps in and hauled myself back up to the top four. It took me until the last lap to get behind Sam Wilford. I passed him at the first corner going up the hill and more or less held on, a tough race." said Luxton.
As a result of the mega laps system Luxton moved to pole as he had set the fasted lap of the day on the first day of racing. The final day of racing on Monday saw the same three or four protagonists battling for the wins. Fast starting Will Hodgson had woken up from the previous day and was back in the hard charging form we come to expect from this likeable rider, the best starter in the 450 pack Hodgson led to from start to finish, with Luxton getting another less than good start. However "The Smiling Assassin" as commentator Steve Day calls him picked away clinically to get behind Hodgson’s very noisy RRV450 on the final lap to get within 0.056 of Hodgson on the line.
The final race of the day was again going to be a no holds barred bloodbath. With a lot at stake for Luxton and Hodgson the atmosphere was tense on the grid and pit wall. JDF team Manager John Davies "I could feel the pressure in the air. Ben had to take the win come what may and knew it. He is one of the coolest riders I have worked with when under pressure and knew he would give it everything he had, which he knew he would have to do. George Stanley was also going well and would certainly figure in deciding the outcome of the race, as he is due a win."
With an improved start which saw Luxton holeshot it and lead up the hill it could have been any one of six riders that led over the line on the first lap. Across the line the race was led by Sam Wilford, Will Hodgson in second spot, George Stanley in third and Luxton in fourth place, the riders were nose to tail. By lap seven Luxton had worked his way up to second spot closing in on Will Hodgson. By the start of the last lap Luxton had repeated the move on Hodgson he had done to Wilford the previous day and led the pack for the first time. Hodgson was not giving up and dived underneath Luxton and Stanley but ran a bit wide. Luxton "Will is very good on the brakes and I just saw his front wheel at park corner. I used this opportunity to get under George and kept control from this part of the lap to the line taking my second win of the weekend". Ben won the race by 0.558 of a second from George Stanley.
Ben Luxton takes a 59 point lead in to round five at Oulton Park at the end of June.