On the GAS at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Last weekend saw Goodwood come alive in dramatic style as the e22 Sports team defied gravity with its Goodwood Action Sports (GAS) extravaganza at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Despite a deluge of rain on the opening day and again on Saturday, the team managed to maintain the jumps, ramps and raised wooden sections to a high standard and enable the best-ever GAS line-up to take to the arena. A full programme of FMX, MTB and Moto trials, MTB dirt and BMX action kept the crowd cheering for more as the 24-strong action sports athletes took centre stage.
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The FMX crew included legendary American motocross and supercross ace Ricky Carmichael, who proved his mettle as he whipped-it-up with some of the best (and younger) Freestyle riders. Also in the mix were the Arenacross Tour superstars of Petr Pilat, and British Lings Bolddog team of Dan Whitby, Arran Powley and Samson Eaton. 18-year-old Luc Ackerman, from Germany, who holds the record for being the youngest to ever back flip and Australians Steve Sommerfield and Ryan Brown completed the incredible entry of top-level talent.
The trials riders engaged in head-to-head style races, pitting pedals against motors, with 12-time World Trials champ Dougie Lampkin, fresh from winning his tenth Scottish 6-Day, and World MTB Trials round winner Chris Doney, leading the charge against their younger GAS team-mates Jack Price and Scott Wilson. Price, currently leading the World Trials 2 championship and lying second in the British, certainly held his own against his mentor and clearly enjoyed performing to the GAS fans.
The final day saw the FMX, BMX and MTB riders take part in Best Trick competitions and they pulled out all the stops in their quest to be crowned King of GAS. In the FMX camp, Ackerman went the extra mile with his extended Backflip Tsunami to win Best Trick, with Sommerfield second, and Pilat third.