Bradley powers ahead to win championship

I hold a very strong passion for motorsport. I have grown up in a motorsport paddock, supporting my uncle, who races a Sports 2000 racing car. It was inevitable I would later go on to gain my own racing licence at 11 years of age. That was 4 years ago.

This year, I graduated to the Rotax Junior Max class. I came into 2016 looking to build on what was a strong 2015 in the Rotax Mini Max class. After some good testing mileage in the Junior, it was all looking good for a good season.

We were setting fast lap times and scoring good finishes from very early on in the season, which put us in the hunt for the championship. The real boost came at the third round of the Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club Championships, where I scored my first ever overall win, blowing the field away in the final to win by 5 seconds! This was a huge confidence boost for me, and it also put me into the championship lead.

The next five races were incredibly nerve racking (for my parents!), but with every championship round that passed, I remained at the top of the pile. Good consistency meant I scored podiums in three of the five races that followed, as well as setting fastest lap times.

Soon the final round of the season was upon us, and I sat at the top of the championship. I had a comfortable lead in terms of the championship fight, so the objective of the meeting was just to stay out of trouble. A clean run through the heats meant a third place start for the final. More importantly, I had scored enough points in the heats to clinch the championship, meaning I could try and go for the overall race win. Unfortunately, an incident at the start where I was hit from behind prevented me from doing so. I managed to gain a few positions back, and finished in seventh place. We were happy to win the championship, but in a weird sort of way, slightly disappointed to be denied the final victory of 2016.

I received my first place championship trophy at the recent Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club Awards Ball. It was a fun-filled evening, and I was very happy to receive my trophy.

This year has been great fun. I have found karting in general to be a wonderful experience, and I’ve made many friends. I would thoroughly recommend the sport to anyone, young or old, who has a passion for motorsport. Thank you to Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club for running a great, competitive championship. Although the most thanks has to go to my Dad, who has been my mechanic, driver coach, and given me such a fantastic opportunity.

Bradley Horsnell
Year 11

Latest news from the SMCC Show Jumping and Eventing Team

South Molton’s Show Jumping and Eventing Team have been busy preparing for the upcoming season.

Izzy Beard (Year 11), Vicky Huxtable (Year 11) and Maisie Atkinson (Year 11) recently trained with Kathy Hollick-Blee at Codden Hill Equestrian Centre.  In the hour session, the girls worked on preparing for arena eventing with a focus on tight turns, maintaining rhythm and control.  Dury, Izzy’s 16hh thoroughbred gelding trained well, confidently jumping oxers and doubles at 90cm-1m.  Maisie’s horse, William, a 14.2hh Welsh Section D, was lively but performed well.  This was both Vicky and her horse’s, Lavender – a 15.1hh Connemara x thoroughbred, first training clinic.  Izzy and Maisie are competing at Codden Hill Equestrian Centre on Sunday 4th December, hoping to qualify for Cricklands.

Keeley Ball (Year 7) recently trained with Andrew Lovell focusing on maintaining a positive contact on the flat and getting the approach right to 2’6” fences.

Molly Matthews (Year 7) is training with Tim Cheffings on Dollar, her 14.2 12 year old horse.  Molly has previously won the 80cm championships at Mullacott Equestrian Centre.

Jessica Cummings (Year 8) is training with Yogi Breisner at Pontispool in December.  Yogi Breisner was appointed World Class Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe to the British Eventing team in 2000 and has since led medal winning teams at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games in addition to enjoying many successes at both European Championships and World Equestrian Games.  Jessica is riding Polly, her 14.2 12 year old horse, who she is hoping to event next season.

We are all really proud of the Show Jumping and Eventing Team for training so hard over winter; it takes real commitment and dedication in these cold and dark months.

We are really looking forward to hearing about their future successes!

#iwill Campaign welcomes new SMCC iwill ambassador for Devon

Abbey (2nd left) with other iwill ambassadors in London.

My name is Abbey Harwood and I am in Year 10 at South Molton Community College. I recently become an iwill ambassador for the iwill campaign.  iWill is an organisation designed to improve the lives of others. I am now planning to share more chances with other pupils to get involved in youth social action.

On Monday 21st November, my cousin and I went to Church House, Westminster, London to meet the other 49 ambassadors chosen this year. The iwill campaign has 150 ambassadors over the 3 years it has been running.

I spoke to one other ambassador who said “It was a good and interesting day learning about the benefits of youth social action and being taught tips and tricks for blogging: it was really good fun.”

After collecting my award at Church House with Adele Roberts from BBC Radio 1, my cousin and I walked over to the House of Commons.

At Westminster I got to chat with other ambassadors and now I am going to be carrying on my work here in Devon. I would like to do a skype call assembly with the other ambassadors and start a campaign to make more young people aware of the terrible illness, dementia.

see the iwill website