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Wiggins wins at Huntsham!
On Fathers Sunday, 18th June, CORE Off Road hosted round 5 of the 2017 South West Enduro Championship at the vast Huntsham venue.
A well marked out 17 minute lap was laid on for the riders with a lot of technical woodland and fast flowing terrain. The fantastic weather and a big line up of racers was the perfect recipe for 3 hours of fun in 30*C!
Unfortunately, pre race favourite Richard Tucker didn't make it away from the start with bike problems as he warmed it up. He turned it off and it simply wouldn't start again. This was a big blow as Richard was on course to close the gap in the championship with the absence of Keelan Hancock.
Nevertheless, at 11:00 the flag dropped and the premiere class were away. Many may of now had their money on Dylan Baynton or Ricky Wiggins to take the win but after 8 laps Baynton was out of the race and Ricky, on the Wincanton Print KTM, walked away with the victory, 4 minutes ahead of nearest rival Allyn Taylor. Only Ricky and Allyn completed 11 laps in the Championship class, and it was Josh Marshall on 10 laps bringing home third place. This is Ricky's first South West Championship win in the enduro world (after numerous victories in the SW Trials Championship) and he is starting to show everybody what he can do now!
In the Experts it was Darren King who took a very convincing 6 minute victory over Liam Skelton and very closely followed home by Patrick 'Paddy' Twentyman. All 3 of these expert riders completely 10 laps!
In the over 35 expert class it was Ross Blackmore who romped home to victory, sneaking in an extra lap over his rivals. Ross finished on 10 laps, and nearest rival Jack Twentyman narrowly missed the extra 10th lap as the flag went out. Paul Tossell, also on 9 laps, rounded out the top 3.
In the over 40s, Neil Ross took a commanding victory almost 8 minutes clear of 2nd placed Andrew Smith and in third, Dave Sawtell, with all 3 on 8 laps!
In the Super Vets it was a cracking ride from Jon Tarr to round out 9 laps (missing a 10th by less than a minute!), and with a 2 minute cushion over Gary Baker with Robert Carey bringing home a great 3rd place in a 13-strong group.
In the Clubman E1 class, James Ford was the first of 21 finishers on a very respectable 9 laps! In seconds place it was 16 year old, Ryan Mundell on the Flatchat Clothing KTM. Ryan is just starting to dip his toe into the enduro world alongside his cousin and like his dad and uncles did before him! To complete 9 laps was a great result. In third was Kieran Hole who unfortunately missed a 9th lap by the time cut off, however still a very good ride for a place on the rostrum!
In the largest class in the race... the Clubman E2/E3 group, Luke Williams, a motocross rider from Somerset came home with an almost 7 minute advantage over George Bowerman in second and Ben Hampshire in third! All of these riders completed 9 laps. A quick shout out to Stefanie Jewell who came home with 8 laps to her name and 4th out of 23 in this class; a very strong ride indeed!
Last but by no means least, in the Beginners class it was Guy Krumins on a great 8 laps who took the win. His nearest competitor was Jose Cioraia on 7 laps and Kevin Norman in third who also completed 7 laps of the cracking Devonshire Circuit!
Well done to all those that raced and it is great to see a lot of new faces at these events both young and old... Trials back ground or Motocross back ground!
The next round of the SW Championship is on the 16th of July, once again hosted by CORE Off Road at the epic Ashcombe Forest, just off of the A388.
Report: Dan Mundell