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“WES is YES again for Gethin!”
“GasGas UK rider Gethin Humphreys made it 3 wins on the trot in the new W-E-S 2019 event (6 in all competitions) last weekend at one of WOR’s fantastic new venues on the Rhug Estate in Corwen. Steve Ireland secured a simply fantastic venue for the weekend with a 6-mile lap of prime Hare and Hounds Enduro terrain. The course had everything, from rolling meadows, loamy woodlands, forest fire roads, sandy , dusty berms the size of a small house and some big natural jump sections for the spectators to gather around and all this was hosted in one of the most scenic and picturesque settings you could imagine.
The W-E-S 2019 is really gaining momentum and a very busy weekend indeed had hundreds of riders taking part from the Tiny Warriors through to the hardened Experts, the grid was full and if these first 3 rounds are anything to go by the remaining 7 rounds of the series are going to be “must -do” weekends.
The Main Race:
The big race kicked off at 12.30pm for 2.5hrs, a Hare and Hound, XC, multy lap race and with blue sky’s and very dry conditions, dust and demanding terrain it was going to challenge the riders for sure. Gethin Humphreys on the immaculate #2 machine made his intentions clear from the start as he blasted away from the chasing group, the 300 2t GasGas sounding amazing as he pushed with all his might in every corner and on every straight. This race meant a lot to Gethin, it was the 11th year of the Aled Evans Memorial Shield and Gethin wanted his name on the Shield for the 3rd time, becoming the only person to do so, He did it with a 4-minute winning advantage over Runner Up, Jack Cadwallader. Gethin had no back-brake pads left for the last 3 laps, a testament to his hard riding. Chasing Jack Cadwallader home in 3rd spot and just short of 2 minutes behind was the hard Charging Rob Francom whom along with Caddy is improving and gaining speed with every event he does. The top 3 riders and indeed the top 5 Experts all finished on 15 laps each.
The Expert B class was owned by Ben Haycock with a 1 minute and 39 second advantage over Liam Belfield whom in turn had 46 seconds leeway over 3rd placed Sion Jones with all 3 riders on 14 laps.
Lincoln Brewster at much nearer 50 than 40 was on top form, simply flying and loving the fast and flowing conditions, Lincoln completed 15 laps, was 4th overall and stormed the Expert Vets class with ease. Runner Up was former British Enduro 125 champ Andy Edwards. Edwards is still the man to beat at the BEC but now in the Over 40’s and he pushed the Beta 2t to a near 2-minute advantage over 3rd placed Anthony Foulkes, this was a great result for Foulkes , his best yet and this will give him the confidence to push harder in with the fast boys as he has moved up from sportsman vets of last year.
Ieuan Brooks in the Clubman is flying and he is now ready to be an Expert B rider at least as he put a near 4 minute advantage in his favour at the top of the clubman class, taking into account the delay between classes at the start, it would have been a result good enough to win the Expert B group for Brooks. Brooks is a true sporting man and will enjoy the fact that he is progressing nicely in his speed. Runner Up Clubman was Sion Hughes, another very young and ever improving rider that defies his young years. Pat Cesari made the long trip down from Scotland worthwhile with a podium placing and smooth, strong ride on 14 laps.
Birmingham based rider Jason Clarke is now back with a bang from his shoulder injury and his riding on Sunday won him the Overall in the Over 40 class as he was the only rider in the group to complete 14 laps. Runner Up was Titus Blackwell and 3rd place was local rider and old school WOR member, Euros Jones. Jones has been off a bike over 18 months and it was nice to see him back in the thick of it.
Chris Wagstaff is flying on his Yamaha in the Over 50 class and again was the only man in the group to complete 14 laps. Colin Griffiths was a steady 2nd place and had a near 2-minute advantage over 3rd placed Duncan Humphreys.
Max Eilledge showed true battling and determination by keeping pushing to end and securing the win in the Sportsman Group. Only 13 seconds was his winning margin over Runner Up, Cai Moore and Aron Lloyd Williams took 3rd. All 3 completed 13 laps. A special mention must go to 12-year-old Hayden Rainford though as he was leading the Sportsman class easily and was looking a certain for the win until his 125 Husky broke down with a mechanical gremlin and cost him the coveted 1st spot. Big things will come from this young man that’s for sure.
Glesni Jones the former British ladies Enduro Champion was effortlessly in front of the rest of the girls as she completed 13 laps and took the class win. Brooklyn Johnson took a well-earned Runner Up spot with Annabelle Brewster only 11 seconds behind at the end of 2hrs and 40 minutes of hard racing with both girls on 12 laps.
James Short topped the big Novice group with a solid 2 minutes plus advantage from Matthew Blackburn and Richard Harris Jones.
Sam Hughes was out on his new 125 KTM and looked to be really enjoying the move up from the 85cc… Hughes won the Youth class by over 7 minutes from Frank Skillin (BETA 125) with both on 13 laps. 3rd spot was Cameron Games on 12 laps and going really well over the weekend.
The Auto Race: The little riders on their Auto’s kicked off the days racing with an 8.30am start and an Hour-long race over a nice flowing 2-mile lap that had a little bit of everything in it from the big open, sand like fields to neat forestry woodland sections. Ceri Williams made it 3 wins out of 3 in the W-E-S as he blasted all before him to an 11-lap score, cleanly lapping the rest of the field. Runner Up was Jack Maudsley and only 4 seconds off Jack was Curtis Mealham with both riders on 10 laps. All of the little kids did brilliantly and all of the riders that started the race finished the race. A very enjoyable hour of action for all concerned.
The Junior W-E-S rd 3 ..
10AM had a field of nearly 50 kids take to the start line for the 1.5hr race. A 3.5-mile track was on offer that all the kids seemed to really enjoy. Lewis Hurdsman in the 11-12yr group was onfire and dominated the race. Winning his class and Overall, it looks like Hurdsman is going to be the main to catch in this series. Runner Up in the group was Jayden Westcott with Alfie Barber in a solid 3rd spot.
Ryan Maudsley won the 13-14’s and was 2nd Overall with 12 laps to his credit. Billy Austin and Ollie Harley where 2nd and 3rd respectively with 12 laps and just 13 seconds in Austin’s favour. Jayden Jones blasted to the win in the 9/10’s from Will Barnett with both riders on 11 laps. 3rd place went to Edward Short on 9 laps.
Jack Brooks was flying in the 7/8’s as he came from dead last on the start line to win by over 2 minutes from Runner Up Daniel Rosborough and George Sheldon in 3rd place.
To sum up, it was another superb weekend of racing action from the WOR team and the track, atmosphere, slick organisation and general good vibe around the series was all the highest quality. Over 20 hi vis marshals where out and about making the track secure for the riders, a massive camping and paddock area made for a superb base and the super-fast results and trophy presentations made for a memorable weekend for all involved.
WOR Events as always send out a massive thankyou to the land owners, medics, Caterers, sponsors and families that support the events, the biggest thankyou though as ever goes out to the Riders that once again came out in their hundreds to support the WOR weekend. The next WOR action is the playday and W-E-S rd 4 in less than two weeks at the brilliant Manor Park venue near Welshpool.
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