Pellegrini Wins In Wembley
Wembley arena marked the last round of the 2015 Arenacross series, with Angelo, Romain & Joe all looking to end the series on a high it was sure to be a good night of racing.
The morning saw practise and qualifying take place. Angelo was out in group one for qualifying; putting in a solid time placed him second. Romain placed fifth in his group just under a second slower than pole. The second session saw Angelo drop to third and Romain say fifth fastest in his group. In the rookies Joe Clayton was on the pace once again and put in solid times in both of his sessions giving him second gate pick for the night’s main event.
Heat 1 saw Romain behind the gate, a good start saw him third around the first corner, a small mistake in the early stages saw him lose two places and drop back to fifth were he finished.
Heat 2 saw Angelo take the holeshot and pull away from the field, by lap three he had pulled a three second lead and by the chequers he was clear by five seconds.
Heat 3 saw Romain make a better start and was chasing first, a small mistake saw him drop to third at the end of the first lap. At the halfway stage Romain was able to capitalise on a mistake by fellow Frenchman Thomas Ramette and move back into second place. Romain managed to pull a good gap on the number six of Ramette and take second place.
Angelo was out next in heat 4 and good jump saw him sit in second around the first corner. Pushing hard Angelo soon found himself behind the leader and looking for a way past. As the race progressed back markers made it hard for him to make the move. Angelo finished in second place and transferred straight to the main event.
The last rookie main event of the year saw Joe Clayton trying to repeat his form in Sheffield. A bad start saw Joe in fourth on the first lap. Pushing hard Joe found himself in third and soon on the back wheel of second place by the end of lap three. Early in lap four Joe moved into second place and pulled a good gap on third. Joe finished the race in second place and also took second overall in the championship.
With the points being doubled for the last race of the series, everything was to play for. Angelo had a great start as was in second place while Romain went down in a first turn crash. By the end of the first lap Angelo was on the back wheel of English rider Adam Chatfield and made the move at end of lap three. Angelo went on to take the main event win and Romain finished ninth after his first corner crash.
Angelo Pellegrini #941: “Today was the perfect day; I arrived here third in the championship and my goal today was to try and win because if I won the race I’d have a better chance of winning the championship if Ramette made a mistake. I am very happy because in the first heat race I started first and I went onto win the race and in the second heat I was second off the start and finished second. In the final I started second and made a little mistake on the first lap and finished that lap in second. Adam Chatfield was out front and a followed him for a couple laps, I made the pass and got out front and pulled a couple second lead and rode smooth an took the win. I want to say a big thanks to the Oakleaf team and e22 Sports”
Romain Biela #601: “Today was a good day for me, I had a good practise and heats races where I took fifth and second. This was really good for me, but I crashed in the star of the main event like in Sheffield but that’s racing. This has been big experience for me to ride in England with the Oakleaf Motorsport. I’m really happy, it’s a big family and I love this team. I hope I can come back next year.”
Joe Clayton #14: “The weekend went well, in practice I rode alright, the track was good it was a bit soft in places and hard pack. First qualifying I got second but I wasn’t riding that well, I couldn’t get the rhythm section right, second qualifying I got it good but Ollie still beat me. In the main event I had an ok start, I was in fourth. I got into second by the fourth lap but Ollie already had a three second lead by that point, I couldn’t close him in and it stayed that way until the finish. The series has been awesome, I’ve loved every minute it and I can’t wait to come in the pro’s next year, it should be good fun. I would like to thank the whole Oakleaf Motorsports team and the Events 22/MCF team for all their hard work.”
Shaun Anthony: “This weekend couldn’t have gone any better. With realistic expectations, yes it would have been good to win the championship but second overall is amazing for the team considering the amount of time we had to prepare. Angelo, Romain and rookie Joe Clayton done the team and sponsors proud and I am happy as team manager/owner with the riders commitment. They were great for me and the mechanics to work with throughout the tour. This Arenacross series has been an amazing tour and the team at e22 and Matt Bates have done a great job. I’ve always thrived on the atmosphere there events create it’s something that is above any other series in the UK. I want to thank everyone involved especially Dave Thorpe, Derbyshire Off Road and Honda for putting a deal together for the team to continue. We hope to be back next year to win the championship”
Final Championship Standings
- Thomas Ramette – 178
- Angelo Pellegrini – 150
- Florent Richier – 148
- Cyrille Coulon – 134
- Adam Chatfield – 123
- Loic Rombaut – 107
- Romain Biela – 86
- Nev Bradshaw – 80
- Ashley Greedy – 79
- Elliott Banks-Browne – 75