Goodwood Action Sports (GAS) defied the elements this week, to the delight of the thousands of Goodwood Festival of Speed enthusiasts who flocked to the West Sussex venue for four days of rapid action and entertainment.
Despite a deluge of rain on the opening day and again on Saturday, the e22 Sports 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 Freestyle motocross, 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. First out were the trials riders, swiftly followed by MTB dirt, BMX and then the Freestyle performers.
The trials riders engaged in head-to-head style races, pitting pedals against motorised machines. Twelve-time World Trials champ Dougie Lampkin is virtually Goodwood royalty and, fresh from winning his tenth Scottish 6-Day, engaged in battle across the GAS logs and rocks against his protégée, 19-year-old Jack Price. A GAS first-timer, Price, currently leading the World Trials 2 championship and lying second in the British, certainly held his own against his mentor and clearly enjoyed the attention and performing to the GAS fans. “It’s been awesome,” said a beaming Price. “I’ve always known it to be a massive event but didn’t realise the full scale of it. It’s been great to hang out with so many riders from so many different disciplines and I’m keeping my fingers crossed to be invited back next year.”
The GAS Arena closed on a high with a multi-discipline free-for-all after four exhilarating days of serious action motorsports.