Race - 1st
On Sunday 2nd September, round 6 of the 2018 Schwalbe British 4X Series took place at Redhill in Gloucestershire. The season finals were held on this iconic track and with the Overall Elite Men’s title still wide open, team rider Scott Beaumont had a mathematical chance of winning the title. Scott’s job was simple. He had to win every single race in the day and rely on others finishing in certain positions.
Scott had continued his training on from the National Championships two weeks ago so he was firing on all cylinders and ready to battle for the title.
A cornerstone of the British 4X Series for many years, Redhill is fast, flowing and always a favourite for riders and spectators. With fun jumps, high berms and split lines on the track, racing is always amazing and on Sunday it was no different.
Scott just did a small amount of practice on Sunday morning just to get ready for racing but also save a little energy for the big day ahead. The British 4X Series uses the moto system for qualification which means Scott would race 3 qualifying races against different riders to qualify through to the knockout rounds. The hope was he would race against his fellow title contenders, so he could hopefully take points from them and help his quest for the title.
Racing got underway at 12.30. Scott rode flawless and took 3 convincing wins in his motos – in the process beating all his title contenders. By the time the semi-finals rolled around, Scott was feeling confident. His track speed was very good, and gates were perfect. In his semi-final he made a great gate and he stamped his authority on the race and took the win to book his place in the final.
In his semi-final he managed to beat two of the title contenders and they both bowed out. That meant that Scott was now guaranteed either first or second in the overall title chase. In the second semi-final the team could not believe their eyes. The other title contender crossed the line in third and did not qualify to the final. This meant that whatever happened Scott had done enough to win the Championship!
Scott being Scott, he wanted to go out with a win and seal the title in the right way. Choosing gate one Scott was all set for the last national of the year. Saving his best till last, Scott made a perfect start and checked out. Laying down a perfect lap and pulling a big lead, Scott raced past the team pit area nodding and already celebrating before the finish line. Across the line he punched the air with delight as he had managed to do the unthinkable and seal up the 4X National Series Title.
“I could not be any happier. A perfect weekend doesn’t come along too often but we have been able to back up the perfect weekend in Falmouth with another one here in Redhill. I didn’t expect to win the overall title today, so I am absolutely stoked to have done it. Thank you to everyone for their support.”
It has been an incredible two weeks with Scott also becoming 4X National Champion, he now holds both domestic titles as well as topping the British Cycling National Rankings for 2018. It has been a perfect domestic year and we can’t thank our team partners enough for their support.