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Ludlow WES Final
The last round of the WOR Enduro Series 2019 took place last weekend at the unique and amazing Ludow venue that Steve Ireland and the WOR team have in their track catalogue. Its like a massive big rolling golf course that meanders its way through field after field and twists through felled woodlands and includes lots of natural jumps and whoops and tricky ditch sections. A 6-mile lap of hare and hounds enduro terrain that's certainly from the top drawer in the quality stakes.
As normal on the WES 2019 race day there where 3 races, one for the Auto's then the big Kids race followed by the Adults battle starting at 12.30pm.
Curtis Mealham was out in front in the Autos and took a well-earned class win from by over half a minute from Runner Up, Ceri Williams. 3rd spot went to William Purcell. Ceri Williams was the WES Auto champion though and over the 10 rounds has shown some great riding skills, as have all of the kids, to take the top spot in that group on his little KTM.
Later on, the bigger kids took to the track, a bigger lap than the Auto's had just done, and they enjoyed some drier conditions as the early morning dew the Auto's had faced had all but disappeared leaving a very fast and flowing lap for the racers.
It was Ryan Maudsley who stormed the class and overall win with a brilliant ride to secure not only the day win but the series win as he continued his unquestioned improvement as a top little rider and has grown in pace and stature over the 10 rd series to fully deserve his win and championship status. On the day the Runner up was Colby Moorcroft, again another rider improving ride by ride and looking like one to keep an eye on in the future. Lewis Taylor took 3rd spot on the day and in doing so secured the coveted last spot on the overall series standings just behind Billy Austin as Runner Up.
Top 11/12 rider on the day with a great ride was Lewis Hurdsman, wrapping up the title too. Hurdsman was ahead of Runner Up, Dan Hargreaves and 3rd placed Alfie Barber whom both matched Hurdsman on 8 laps. Again, Hurdsman has shown some fantastic skills in this series and deserves his plaudits and congratulations as he moves up the ranks at WOR events.
Jayden Jones has won the 9/10 group and was not present for the last round of the series, so this opened the door for someone else to come in and take a win in this group for the first time this season. Dylan Tinker stormed to the class win from Will Barnett in second place and George Bromley in 3rd as all the top riders score d7 laps each in the 1.5hr hare and hounds enduro race.
The 7/8 group was won on the day by the flying George Sheldon, George taking his first class win of the year as he was followed home by Runner Up, Jack Brooks with Dan Rosborough in 3rd spot. The class win though did go overall to young Jack Brooks whom gave it his all the entire 10 rounds to take the title with some very spirited performances indeed.
The kids WES series at WOR this year has been simply superb with some great racing and memories, the scene has been one of encouraging the kids to improve and WOR have certainly tested them with some proper tracks and challenges. All of the kids have done well and showed real determination and endeavour to complete the enduro events that lay ahead of them. The new Kids Winter series kicks off on November 10th 2019 so it would be nice to see these kids go to compete in that and further hone their skills ready for the WOR series 2020 that will start next March.
The adults 2.5hr race was on time at 12.30pm and the riders all looked ready for it under the superb sunshine that blessed the days racing. Owain Humphreys was the man to beat and indeed by winning the event he won the series for the second year in succession as he blasted the 4t, 350 Husky to within an inch of its pistons blowing out the head to smash the fast Ludlow course and claim a 2 minute victory over Younger Brother Gethin on his GASGAS 300. 3rd spot went to Rob Francom as he continues to improve and is now a fully-fledged Expert rider and riding like one too as he celebrated his 18th Birthday on the podium, Well done Robbie!!
Paul Lightfoot squeezed home as Expert Vet winner after some engine problems from Beta of the super rapid Tim Forman caused him to lose the lead and hand the victory to Lightfoot. Lightfoot though has ridden well all year and certainly held his own in the Expert Vets class.
Paul Engerlen pipped his rival, Liam Belfield in the Expert B group with a only a 9 second advantage as those two have been so close all year with the final standings going in Engerlens favour as the group series winner.
Young Sion Hughes took the win in the Clubman class with a last gasp racing
move at the scoring zone to take a few seconds advantage over Runner Up on the
day, Lee Hargreaves. Ieuan Brooks was 3rd after having come together with a
tree earlier on in the race. Young Hughes did enough to secure the overall
Clubman win by 4 points from Brooks, a real true battle over the 10 rounds
that can be said.
Chris Wagstaff has dominated the Over 50 group with some fantastic rides this season and he once again took the top spot last Sunday from Colin Griffiths with both riders on 13 laps. Peter Trotman took a well deserved 3rd spot. Wagstaff won the group series title with the over 60's veteran and Griffiths getting a special mention for taking the Runners Up spot in the championship.
A real battle ensued in the Sportsman class all year as Hayden Rainford and Max Eilledge have gone bar to bar for the 10 rounds. Sam Hughes won the Youth group earlier in the season with some faultless riding and moved up to Sportsman for some fun, he won at Ludlow. 13-year-old Rainford was Runner up on the day at Ludlow and in doing so blasted his way to the Sportsman title by just 3 points from Eilledge. Great racing throughout the series it must be said. 3rd place on the day went to Eilledge as he secured the series Runner Up spot.
The top lady rider at the final Round was Gemma Holtham as she held off the challenge of Kahlen Tyrer. Glesni Jones topped the ladies series with Kahlen runner Up.
The Youth class on the day was Jayden Giles on 12 laps ahead of Oli Harley and like stated earlier Sam Hughes had already won the Championship with some fine riding.
Harry Trotman won the Novice group on the day from Runner Up, Adam Wagstaff with Darren Barber in a solid 3rd place. Barber doing enough to win the Novice group for the championship and making sure he gets a trophy on the night of champions in January at the presentation along with his son Alfie from the kids' series.
The WES 2019 has been a wonderful series with fantastic venues, first class organisation from steve and the WOR team and above all a real sense of achievement and recognition for the rider's efforts at racing. Some real stand out racing and riding has taken place and lots of riders have improved and jumped up a level throughout the championship with its 100 percent variety in tracks, terrains and challenges. All in all a super series and one that will kick off again next march in whichever guise Steve Ireland brings it back, but you can rest assured it will be another bug series that caters for all levels of riders of all ages.
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