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Rd 1 - Bala Woodlands - North Wales - November 2018
"Eck of a fast rider"
Shaun Eckersley was the top Adult solo rider from start to finish last Sunday at the WOR Events, Wulfsport Winter Enduro series rd 1.
Set at the WOR Forestry Complex Near Bala in North Wales, the 8-mile lap did not disappoint in any way as the course offered everything a winter Enduro track should with a true mix of terrain and challenges for the riders.
Eckersley, a Top, 2t MX rider showed his Enduro skills with a start to finish leading ride, as he eventually topped the event from Jamie Dilworth by a comfortable 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Rob Francom rode well to just miss the runners up spot after a late, last lap pass by Dilworth. The top 3 all completing 9 laps in the 2-hour race duration.
Lincoln Brewster blasted the Expert Vets once again as he left Jason Howarth and Mark Tebay as second and 3rd placed respectively. Brewster did 9 laps and finished a fine 4th overall, Howarth and Tebay completed 7 laps each. Darren Skillin was on course for a 9 lap Brewster matching ride, but a mechanical failure saw a rare DNF for Skillin.
Race Boss, Steve Ireland is known to be keen at grading the riders and
making sure the classes are fair, so he has now re introduced the Clubman A
and B groups. This allows for faster Clubman Riders, whom are not Experts
though, to have a class of their own to go at and in turn allows the Other
Clubman and indeed Sportsman that are ready to move up, a proper class of
correct abilities to pitch against each other, and indeed an incentive of
achievable silverware to pursue. It used to work in past seasons and will be a
welcome addition to the class category's for future events. With these changes
in Place it was Paul Engerlen that took the Clubman A group victory from Sion
Jones and Chris Neesam with all 3 riders on 8 laps each but considerably ahead
of the rest of the group. Jones did in fact keep it real at the front by
passing Engerlen and taking the class lead. However, the consistent Engerlen
made the pass back and kept hold of the lead for the chequered flag. Neesem is
a good MX rider and is indeed showing his skills as an improving Enduro rider
with each event he does.
In a very poorly supported Over 40 class it was Mark Heaton ahead of Robert Blake with both riders on 7 laps each and a 1 minute and 15 second advantage to Heaton.
Top Sportsman was Andy Smith with a superb 8 laps in class, the only rider to do so. Andy's result would have given him a runner up spot in the Clubman B showing his skills will be better displayed in that new group and that Steve Ireland's new class innovation is already working. Runner Up Sportsman was Newly Promoted Novice Rider, Lee Anderton on 7 laps. Lee doing well getting a podium place in his new class on his first ride in Sportsman group after doing well last year in the Novice category. Anderton was 47 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Cynan Sharp, again on 7 laps.
The Ladies class is back with a Boom at WOR and 5 girls lined up for the 3 trophies that where on offer along with the championship points. Top Girl and back from a Knee op and a long time off the bike was Glesni Jones as she was the only rider in class to complete 7 laps in the 2 hrs. Izzy Skillin rode well to complete 6 laps and take the Runners up spot and the Silver pot. Annabelle Brewster was as determined as ever to complete 5 laps and take the bronze, 3rd place award. Well done to Brooklyn Johnson who was going well till a crash and a sore elbow put paid to her race and also Alix Howarth with a very spirited ride in her first ever WOR enduro.
Ryan James followed by Will Baxendale and Adam Bromilow rounded out the Novice class in that order with all 3 riders finishing on 3 laps a piece.
Earlier in the day the Quads had been out for their 2-hour Enduro Race and it was a small but competitive line up that took to the 6-mile lap for the 4 wheelers. David Tokarz was the top man, showing why he was the clubs Overall National Hare Scrambles Quad Champion this year. Tokarz had a bad start and some bike gremlins but recovered well to push long time race leader, Graham Guy into 2nd place with only 39 seconds advantage after his last lap pass on Guy. The top 2 4x4 Expert riders on 12 laps each. Endaf Owen was 3rd on 11 laps on the Suzuki farm King Quad.
Nick Key took the 4x4 Clubman win with ease and infact was 2 nd overall only seconds behind Expert Winner, Tokarz. Key looking good for a move up to the 4x4 Experts. Runner Up was Dean Foster with Kev Jones only 6 seconds behind him with both Clubman riders on 11 laps.
Kicking the day off even earlier in the race schedule was the 8.30am start for the kids race. They had a 1.5hr race ahead of them on a much shorter Enduro course. Brilliant to see the kids have a "proper" forest Enduro track to take part on.
Sam Hughes was on top form as expected and he took the overall win in the event and his class with 19 laps to his scoreboard. Runner Up in the 13/14 group was Lewis Taylor on 18 laps and Jack Williams took 3rd on 15 laps.
Jack Brooks and Curtis Mcaloon took the silverware in the 7/8 yrs group on 8 and 6 laps respectively.
Lewis Hurdsman was top 11/12 group rider and indeed 2nd overall to Sam Hughes, matching the 19 laps and finishing 104 seconds behind. Runner Up 11/12 was Jake Harrison.
Aled Owen won the 9/10 group on 13 laps from Runner Up Rhys Williams on 12 laps and Anthony Strong in 3rd place on 9.
WOR Events delivered a brilliant start to the Wulfsport Winter series with 3 superb races and clockwork organisation that had riders giving fantastic feedback from all the classes come the end of their races, driving away from the venue satisfied and happy with a quality days enduro riding.
Round 2 of the series is on December 9th with full details at the www.worevents.com
website and the WOR Facebook pages. WOR's next event However is the 24/25th
November in a fresh forest in the Bala Woodlands with and Enduro playday / fun
day on the Saturday and the brilliant TEAM EXTREME enduro on the Sunday,
Again, all details at the WOR Website.