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How the Weston was won!

By Dick Law. Local lad Todd Kellett won his second Hydrogarden Weston Beach Race in a row with relative ease as he led the over eight hundred starters from the start of the three hour long gruelling race and was never really challenged on Sunday.

“It’s like a dream come true” said the ever-smiling Kellett just minutes after crossing the finish line, “I was so excited when I got the holeshot. That’s two out of two holeshots and I don’t know how many other people have done that. From then on I just pushed on hoping to break Jonny (Walker) as I saw him as one of my main challengers. I got a gap on him and I thought I could chill out a bit, but that didn’t happen – I just kept the pace real fast. I got some sore hands as the race went on but on that last lap I took it real steady to make sure the time went to zero before I got to the finish as I didn’t want to risk another lap.”

Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna) and David Knight (KTM) went one-two
Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna) and David Knight (KTM) went one-two

Kellett spent a lot of time on the beach over the weekend for the day before he finished second in the two-man four-wheel drive quad race partnered by his brother Ty, who finished eleventh in Sunday’s solo race. So no wonder he had sore hands.

Legendery David Knight was second after but had to push his 350 KTM over the finish line as it ran out of fuel.

“I had an early first stop because my goggles were all used up” said David, “So that put us out a bit on fuel stops but I knew it was only me and Todd on the lead lap so I went for it and hoped it lasted.”

The podium!
The podium!

Martin Barr had an up and down race after spinning out going up the big dune for the first time had had a further seven crashes and four pit stops before the end of the three-hour race but still managed third place on the podium, the same as last year.

Martin Barr gets it wrong but still finished third
Martin Barr gets it wrong but still finished third

Barr’s Buildbase Honda team mate Graeme Irwin, winner in 2013, was fast, but had a race plagued with troubles. The nice chap from Northern Ireland had a rear shock go early in the race and had to pit to change it, but later after climbing his way back up the leader board and with thirty minutes to go his chain snapped. Well that’s the official line from the team but others who saw it say the engine gave out.

British champ Graeme Irwin had bike problems - twice
British champ Graeme Irwin had bike problems – twice

Tommy Alba had a big crash at the one-hour mark braking ribs and knocking himself out. But these riders are tough and Tommy carried on, broken ribs and all and finished the race, and then went to hospital.

Alex Snow said he rode like a wolly for the first two laps’ then got it together to finish ninth.

Josh Gilbert went from hero of last weekend’s Coupe De l’Avenir to zero at this weekend’s race as his Honda let go after a couple of hours.

Race boss Gareth Hockey leading the riders to the start
Race boss Gareth Hockey leading the riders to the start

Some of the top names didn’t make it very far at all as Cab Screens Husqvarna’s Dan Thornhill, who is very good in the sand, followed Kellett down the straight at the start and must have thought he was in for a good result, but unlucky for him and the team his bike packed up after only half a lap.

Jamie Law’s event only lasted three laps before his machine came to a halt and he had to drop out while running in the top six.

Jonny Walker (KTM) was very fast
Jonny Walker (KTM) was very fast

Walker hung on to fourth with Jamie Wainwright fifth with and up and down ride coming from Ashley Greedy in sixth.

Another good ride came from the young Jake Edey, making the three-hour beach race his comeback event after being out injured for a big part of the year. He was twelfth.

TV star and TT hero Guy Martin made his Weston debut on a huge Honda Africa twin but it was too much for the tough conditions and he retired.

The race to the start!
The race to the start!

Sunday morning was the turn of the big wheel and small wheel 85cc combined event but many of the riders seemed to suffer from problems with front drive sprockets and brake pads that just couldn’t cope with the grinding paste like sand.

Dutch lad Jens Walvoort won the hour and a half big wheel race from Louie Kessel and Lewis Wood while fourth in the race Ben Clark won the small wheels.

Vinnie Guthrie was leading till mechanical problems and a trip to the pits dropped him back to six, two laps down on the leaders.

The Kellett brothers
The Kellett brothers

 

Winner Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna) with girlfriend
Winner Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna) with girlfriend

 

Ty Kellett (Husqvarna)
Ty Kellett (Husqvarna)

 

Dune mayhem
Dune mayhem

 

Big dune first lap fun
Big dune first lap fun

 

David Knight (KTM) and Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) battle
David Knight (KTM) and Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) battle

 

Martin Barr takes a prod
Martin Barr takes a prod

 

The star is always manic
The star is always manic

 

Full speed ahead  with Matt Burrows, Jamie Law, Jake Edey and Marin Barr
Full speed ahead with Matt Burrows, Jamie Law, Jake Edey and Marin Barr

 

Winner Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna)
Winner Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna)

 

Gavin Scott (KTM) 85
Gavin Scott (KTM) 85

 

Vinnie Guthrie (KTM) 85
Vinnie Guthrie (KTM) 85

 

Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna)
Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna)

 

Irwin was quick until he had bike problems
Irwin was quick until he had bike problems

 

Winning style from Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna)
Winning style from Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna)

 

Jamie Wainwright (KTM)
Jamie Wainwright (KTM)

 

Ashley Greedy (Yamaha)
Ashley Greedy (Yamaha)

 

Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) on his second lap while others try to get over the big dune on their first.
Graeme Irwin (Buildbase Honda) on his second lap while others try to get over the big dune on their first.

 

Jack Ford (KTM)
Jack Ford (KTM)

 

The big dune first lap
The big dune first lap

 

Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna) First lap
Todd Kellett (St Blazey Husqvarna) First lap

 

Brake problems (They were new this morning)
Brake problems (They were new this morning)

 

Sprocket problems
Sprocket problems

 

Ben Clark (KTM) 85
Ben Clark (KTM) 85

 

Jak Taylor (KTM) 85
Jak Taylor (KTM) 85

 

Jens Walvoort (Husqvarna) Holland 85
Jens Walvoort (Husqvarna) Holland 85

 

Leon Williams (Husqvarna) 85
Leon Williams (Husqvarna) 85

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