Josh Barrett Dominates at Pontrilas Wednesday 22 May, 2013

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Yorkshireman and former British Quadcross Rider Josh Barrett drove dominantly to secure maximum points at round two of the 2013 British SXS Championship. Held at the popular Pontrilas MX track and organised by NORA MX, spectators witnessed a spectacular day’s racing as over 22 stock Polaris RZR XP900’s battled it out over big jumps and quick straights during three races of fast and furious action.

Paul Rowlands looked impressive as he clocked the quickest qualifying time and used it to full advantage, taking the holeshot at the start of race one. In hot pursuit were Dean Hyde and championship leader Richard Avis. Before the end of the first lap, the three became tangled and as they went wide on a corner, it allowed Barrett and Mark McCann through. Fletcher Racing’s Tom Fletcher battled his way from seventh to third while Barrett maintained the gap on McCann, taking his first SXS Championship win with a 4.8 second lead and the fastest lap of the race. It was also a great drive from Fro System’s McCann, his highest position finish so far. Fletcher finished third with Avis in fourth. Sean Haran was unlucky, unable to finish after working his way into a top six position and pulling up on the last lap. Rowlands took fifth with Dean Hyde sixth.

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Sean Haran – before pulling up in race one

Barrett was now in his stride as he took the holeshot in race two. Avis followed close behind, looking for an opportunity to pass as the two battled it out on a slippery track after it was watered to keep down the dust. Fletcher was in third until he crashed in lap three with Rowlands able to pass into third. Meanwhile, the leading Barrett and Avis were battling hard in the wet, taking different lines with superb displays of offensive and defensive driving tactics. Barrett held out and took his second win of the day with Avis just behind. Rowlands stormed through for third and Dean Hyde made fourth. Fletcher recovered to take fifth and Alfie Hyde took sixth place, taking the fastest lap in the process.

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Paul Rowland and Richard Avis battle it out

In the final race of the day, Barratt again took the holeshot with the top seven drivers racing very closely and breaking away from the rest of the pack. Most drivers were able to hold their positions with a few battles up and down the field but it was exciting, good, clean action. Barrett’s smooth driving style helped him to go first through the final chequered flag of the day with a five second lead from another excellent drive from Dean Hyde, followed by Avis, Fletcher, Haran and Rowlands. Alife Hyde again took the fastest lap.

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Barrett leads out from the front

After winning all three races a delighted Barrett commented “It’s been a brilliant day and I feel like Team Barrett Racing are back in the game and we can be strong contenders now to compete for the championship. We’ve been working on our machine setup and have been very pleased with our reliability. Really looking forward to the next round.”

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A delighted Team Barrett Racing take away maximum points

With a second place finish overall on the day, Avis extends his lead in the championship. He reflected afterwards “It was a really good day’s racing, for me one of the most enjoyable yet.  I had a great second race, tussling with Josh in some good clean racing.  Congratulations to him on his hat trick, it was well deserved in very challenging conditions!”

The final podium position was closely fought with both Dean Hyde and Fletcher Racing on joint points however as Hyde had the best finish from the final race of the day, he took the position – his highest so far racing in the SXS Championship.

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Fletcher Racing are still second in the championship and lead the team class.

Results: Round Two at Pontrilas:

1 Josh Barrett 40 + 40 + 40 =120, 2 Richard Avis 33 + 37 + 35 =105, 3 Dean Hyde 29 + 33 + 37 =99, 4 Fletcher Racing 35 + 31 + 33 =99, 5 Paul Rowlands 31 + 35 + 33 =95, 6 Mark McCann 37 + 28 + 27 =92

Round three of the British SXS Championship will take place on the 23rd June. Full list of results available from Mylaps

Don’t forget to check out the overall current championship standings table here.

Words by Alistair Plant
Photos kindly supplied by John Cook

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