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ACU South Midland 2017 Trials Championships

This years Adult Championships were to be 6 rounds with dropping one score. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the final round due to bad weather conditions and safety at the venue. It is not possible to re-run the trial on another date so this round has been cancelled. The ACU rules stipulate that Championships have to be calculated on the number of rounds held. So this year’s results have been calculated on the 5 rounds held and riders have to drop their worst score.

It has changed the winner of the Expert and Intermediate classes.

So I would like to extend my congratulations to the following riders who are our 2017 champions :-

Chris Koch- Expert class

Jason Clifford – Intermediate class

Christian Hatcher – Novice class

All good wishes and I look forward to the 2018 season.

Karen Southwood - Trials Recorder - ACU South Midland

2017 Novice upgrades

I would like to congratulate the following riders who have all this year won 3 or more Novice classes and therefore qualify to upgrade their Novice status.

So for 2018 you will either have to ride as an Intermediate and ride the 50/50 route or as  Clubman and continue to ride the yellow flagged deviations.

So well done too:

Christian Hatcher 2017 South Midland Novice Champion

David Hill

Jack Hudson

Ivan Thatcher

Brian Tomkins

Tim Davis

Look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Karen Southwood - Trials Recorder-  ACU South Midland

The ACU South Midland MX Championship has been completed and the winners are as follows : Expert - Michael McClurg is Champion 2nd Tom Harwood, 3rd Kyle Creevy: Michael McClurg also wins the Val Webb Expert Championship.  Juniors- Champion Paul Atkinson, 2nd Sam Harwood, 3rd George Cox: Sam Harwood is the winner of the Val Webb Junior Championship. Tony Leishman was once again triumphant in the Over 40's from Paul Kroner and Matthew Mason: Over 50's Champion is Greg Cox from Fraser Law and Simon Tucker.  Over 60's  Champion is Nigel Miller from Trevor Roberts and Roger Knibbs.

We are looking for someone to take over the management of the Web Site and to develop this further, please contact Terry Golds or Judith Ayres

The Centre is in need of Stewards for Motocross and Trials events, if you are interested in becoming a Steward please ring Roy Watson on 07789 222121

The Bowring Trophy winners for 2016 are:

ACU British MX Veterans - James Russell

ACU Extreme Enduro Clubman Class Champion - Lennie Tidd

ACU Normandale Traditional Trials Champion Class l - Chris Koch

British Upright GT Champion 350cc - Luke Harris

British Youth GT Champion Senior A 250cc - Luke Harris

The Web Site Photo Gallery has been altered, With the MX riders you will find a selection of Jim Laurie Winners from over the years, and Grass Track riders.  The Trials riders appear under the Misc section.

Terry has made a start on the Roll of Honour,  with 6 World Champions listed so far, to be continued...

Maria Costello

An A-CU South Midlands rider from Spratton in Northamptonshire, Maria Costello is probably the most prominent woman in motorcycle road racing and the only female motorcycle racer ever to be awarded an MBE. She has achieved unrivalled success in a high-risk world, competing on equal terms with men in a sport renowned as the ultimate test for competitor and machine.

Maria was the first woman ever to claim a podium finish in a race around the notorious Isle of Man TT course – often described as the world’s most dangerous race track – but that’s just one of many accolades she has garnered in a career spanning 20 years (a feat itself!).

The 2016 race season has proved to be one of her best, securing the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200, her best ever finish, so far, of 12th place in the Isle of Man Lightweight TT race and a podium alongside her hero and 23 times TT winner, John McGuinness in the Isle of Man Senior Classic TT.

Throughout that time, she has shown remarkable resilience and determination in the male dominated world of motorcycle racing, overcoming astonishing injuries – including 24 broken bones – to gain multiple podium finishes in real road racing.

She has also set a Guinness World Record, been voted Sports Personality of the Year in her native county, become an animated character in a PlayStation game, a rider double for Reese Witherspoon in a Hollywood movie and a published author.

Maria’s racing has taken her around the globe and the invitations for her to compete on exotic modern and classic machinery continue, adding to her already impressive racing CV.

Never satisfied with confining her success to the track however, she breaks boundaries to pave the way for more women racers and motorcyclists alike. In 2013 she founded ‘Woman on a Motorcycle’ a community space where like-minded ladies can share experiences and ideas. Her pioneering ‘women only’ trackdays have also gone from strength to strength; starting with just 11 riders at the Teesside Autodrome circuit, she now runs events for up to 70 riders at the world renowned circuits including Donington Park and Silverstone. In 2016 she was also appointed by BMW Motorrad UK to front their nationwide initiative supporting women riders.

Maria was inducted on to the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclist (FIM) Women in Motorcycling Commission in 2013 and is a mentor for the young riders competing in the European Junior Cup. She is also an Ambassador for ex-F1 driver Susie Wolff’s ‘Dare to Be Different’ campaign to drive female talent.

Her position in the sport is undeniable and her following reflects that with over 280,000 followers on Facebook alone. Twitter is an impressive 19,000 and her new Instagram page already has almost 5,000 followers.

Her undeniable uniqueness, the fact that she’s a woman challenging gender stereotyping and succeeding in a male-dominated area, also attracts elusive and highly sort after coverage from all forms of media: lifestyle, tabloid & broadsheet newspapers, TV, radio and online media. Her talents, achievements and extraordinary story have made her a popular Keynote and motivational speaker too.

Maria is a 2017 IAM Road Smart road safety Ambassador.


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