Fab Racing back in action at Lydd


MiniGP 50: #7 Luke Fitchett winning 3 races out of 3 at Lydd

MiniGP 50: #7 Luke Fitchett winning 3 races out of 3 at Lydd

Image: Dale Baldwin

It was all smiles across the paddock as the FAB-Racing British Minibike Championship returned for 2022, with a fantastic weekend of racing setting up what looks to be another exciting year.

The weather seemed to be awful in the days leading up to the event, with some not being able to make the journey to the southeast, but the arrivals enjoyed beautiful (albeit cold and windy) conditions at the Lydd Kart Circuit over the weekend. , but not before some snow on Friday morning. Some special guests were also in attendance, the Honda British Talent Cup riders returning to the FAB for round one to spend some time on track while catching up with old friends and having a little fun.

Reigning British LS2 Helmets MiniGP70 Champion Ethan Sparks initially found himself struggling with his bike not handling as well as usual, coming out at the fast rear of the circuit at the bottom of qualifying. Getting back in the saddle, he managed to take pole position and, with the rider and bike okay, he set off to pick up where he left off last season, but disaster struck when he again crashed in the same corner at the end of the first career.

He was able to continue but the damage was done as Ronnie Harris took the win, his first in the 1970s after several podium finishes in 2021. Sparks was able to control things and win race 2, but he didn’t . It wasn’t easy, as the top 8 crossed the covered line by less than 2 seconds, going head to head during the closing laps of a very tense race.

Sublime racing artistry was displayed by all involved in the battle, the young riders displaying intelligence far beyond their years as they battled through every corner, with Harris and Luke Fitchett rounding out the podium.

In the MiniGP50s, Fitchett was the fit driver, showing absolutely blistering pace and scoring a hat-trick of wins.

In race 2 he broke the lap record 3 consecutive times, becoming the first driver to lap Lydd in a MiniGP50 to lap in the 42 second range on his way to an outright dominant win. The record would not last long though, as 2021 runner-up Marco Holt was able to grab hold of Fitchett’s back at the start of Race 3, and although he would not be able to challenge for the lead, he was able to learn from the dominant driver, and proceeded to lower the record to a lap of 42.841 and come home a comfortable second.

It was the same podium finish in all three races as Archie O’Brien put in some impressive performances to come home third each time in his first MiniGP50 weekend following his dominance in two Minimoto classes last year, especially considering his relative lack of time on the bike during the winter.

Race 3 in the ’70s became very much the Marco Holt show. After initially struggling to find his way through a very tight pack, a formation similar to Race 2, he found a way, as he darted around the riders in the final corner, lap after lap.

However, his meteoric rise from fifth on the grid could only go so far, as Ethan Sparks was able to stop him in the closing laps to take home a second win and the championship lead. It was, once again, a very close race with this time the top 6 covered by a second down the line, many riders who possessed great pace but failed to capitalize or make the gaps appear.

It was a similar story in the Minimoto classes too, as Harrison Day, Taylor Tomlinson and brothers Byron and Austin Johnson impressed throughout the weekend, while many riders struggled to shake off the winter rust that had crept in as they tried to get back on track. to get up. at speed, with classification and track position being far more important than outright pace.

It was a fantastic first round at Lydd for the FAB-Racing British Minibike Championship, with great racing on display, and as we look forward to round two at Llandow in just over a month’s time, we can look back and say firmly: it’s great. be back.

Round 2 of the Championship will be at the Llandow Circuit in South Wales from May 6-8.