Banks-Browne Wins Newcastle Arenacross

/ February 2, 2015

Banks-Browne01Elliot Banks-Browne stood on the top step of the podium in Newcastle at the weekend, after taking his Geartec Suzuki to the overall win at the fifth round of the Arenacross series.

Determined to score a good result after the bad luck that had dogged the first half of his Arenacross campaign, Banks-Browne started the right way and took the win in his opening heat race after battling with his teammate Greg Crater. Crater eventually finished fourth.

Banks-Browne then followed it up with a third placed finish in his second heat race, qualifying for the main event.

After making a good start he got away with the leading bunch out of the gate, before taking the race lead at the second corner. He was never headed from then on, and rode to the win.

Rob Hooper, Geartec Suzuki team manager, commented, “I am so happy that everything has turned out so well for Elliot.

“We have all worked hard to make it happen, and Elliot was brilliant and smooth. It was a richly deserved win for all the hard work he puts in.”

Kullas01Heads & All Threads Suzuki’s Harri Kullas had a strong showing at the previous round in Birmingham, before bad luck saw him caught up in a crash in the main event. The former Finnish Supercross champion was looking for a stronger showing in Newcastle, but was again the victim of bad luck off the all-important start in the main event.

Kullas rode to sixth in his opening heat race, before standing on the podium in his second with a third place finish. He also qualified for the head-to-head shootout where he finished second.

However, fate in the main event wasn’t as kind, with Kullas boxed out in turn one and onto the second straight, losing ground on the leaders and shuffled to the back of the pack. He came through to finish seventh and is just four points of the championship top three.

Series leader Thomas Ramette missed the Arenacross podium in the main event for the first time this year.

The Frenchman, riding the SR75-Molson prepared RM-Z450 finished second in his first heat race behind Banks-Browne, and took fourth in his second heat.

Thomas Ramette05In the main event Ramette again found himself battling at the front of the pack, attempting passes on the leading Banks-Browne.

Unfortunately he crashed with two laps to go, but was able to remount and finish fifth, retaining the red plate and the Arenacross championship lead.

The Arenacross tour now heads to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena this weekend.