Riding a super-hybrid Kawasaki KX 250 2 stroke for Paul Bird Motorsport on Saturday night at the NEC arena Birmingham, Gordon Crockard showed that he is going to be a major threat in this winters 4 round Future West Supercross series.
After an intense day of practice and demonstrations Gordon started the night off by taking his 2010 KXF 250 chassised KX 250 motored hybrid to a holeshot and gate to flag victory in the first British Open Qualifying race which ensured a route directly into the final.
Next up for GC was the International Open Pro Class qualifying race where a reasonable start seen him run 5th early in the race, by the flag he had made it to 3rd and again a safe route through to the International Pro Open Final, the last race of the night.
Lining up for the British Final Jack Burnicle was touting Gordon as pre race favourite, hard charging David Goosen from South Africa was having a great night on the Jonny Rea Racing Honda and Kristian Whately LPE Kawasaki also looked to be a threat if he could get out of the gate.
A midpack start saw Gordon come out of the tight left, right first corner complex in 7th with it all to do in the 15 lap final. He made his way through the traffic with some great passing to 3rd at the halfway stage then on the last corner before the finish line double managed to pass both 1st and 2nd in a fantastic move into the lead, from there he remained unchallenged and had built up a healthy lead by the checkered flag, finishing round 1 of the British Open SX Championship with maximum points.
After a long evenings racing there was just the 15 lap main International Pro Open Class Final to run, Gordon lined up against names such as Mike Brown, Zach Osborne, Colton Facciotti, Ben Lamay and Ryan Blizzard.
A strong start placed him in 5th on the first lap, after making his way through to 3rd he was coming under attack from the hard charging American Zach Osborne on the Utag Yamaha, after Zach had made a pass, Gordon immediately returned the favor with a firm but fair block pass onto the start straight.
After some more close racing between the two throughout the next lap, Zach soon dropped back and Gordon set about putting down some good lap times in an effort to make up time on the big jumping American Ben Lamay in 2nd, this he did and with 2 laps to go he was further aided by Lamay unfortunately getting a rear wheel puncture, making it almost impossible to continue at racing pace.
By the flag Gordon had finished a fantastic second only the distance of the start straight behind Downtown Mike Brown and put himself in a great position to challenge for this International Pro Open title as well as the British Open Title.
Gordon would like to say a big thank you to all the guys who have helped bring this deal together for the Future West series, Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki, Leo his mechanic, Phillip Coulter at No Fear, Ricky at Norman Watt Motorcycles and his other long term sponsors Bridgestone Tyres, Gaerne Boots, Oakley Goggles, Gavin Boyd and fonaCAB.
Next Event for Gordon will be Round 2 of the series which is also at the NEC Arena Birmingham this coming Saturday evening - 5th December.