round of the Autumn / Winter Enduro scrambles series.
"The wet weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the riders at WOR Events last competitive outing of 2011. Running in one of the clubs awesome forestry complexes, over a long. Flowing and hard standing loop, the riders battled against the elements on Christmas Friday to round out the 5th and final round of the autumn / Winter Enduro Scrambles series in style.
Torrential Rain came and soaked the venue for 3 days before the event, but the nature of the terrain in the forest soaked up the drink and allowed a great event to unfold.
With the two race format being the order of the day it was the Sportsman level race that went first with the Veterans first away. Leading from Start to finish was Allan Price, Price revelling in the old school enduro conditions in some parts of the wood. Come the end of the 2 hrs it was Price in the gold position just over 40 secs ahead of the Veteran Winter champion, Duncan Humphries. Duncan making big inroads into Prices' lead. John Jones again showed true grit and strength to take 3rd place and secure himself the runners up spot overall in the Vets after 5 rounds. Phil Hutton Bates 3rd was the runner up overall with a very determined campaign under his belt. All 3 did 9 laps.
In Sportsman 2t it was that man Rob White again that took the top honours, securing himself the winter title and an upgrade to Clubman next year. Rob has been one of the most improved riders at WOR this year and is certainly going to have an impact on the sharp end of the clubman results in 2012. Runner up was Young Tim Thornton with Mark Lewis in 3rd place. Sean Berry took 2nd overall for the series with Tony Pederson securing that 3rd place overall he was dreaming of. Well done to those riders.
The Sportsman Thumpers was topped on the day by Ed Fray, followed by Tom Szymczykiewicz and the always smiling Stuart Atkins. These guys all did 9 laps. The overall champion for the series in the Sportsman 4t went to Lee Essex with a consistent 5 rds under his belt. Runner up was Stuart Atkins with Adrian Williams in 3rd place.
The Youth Class was dominated by Young Jon Hunt as he matched the adult top riders on 9 laps. Callum Imrie was runner up on 8 laps (Callum is another most improved rider through the WOR ranks this year) . Richard Newbrook was the Bronze medal finisher. This is how the overall winter series top 3 in the youth class was as well with the 3 young lads putting in some superb racing performances. A special mention must go to little Reece Pickersgill, Out on his little KX 65 and with the smallest legs of any rider there, the little man showed huge Enduro skills as he tackled the 6 mile course with passion and full effort. He fully deserved the praise heaped on him at the end from all the staff and spectators at lap scoring. What a guy! Well done young man.
Emily Davey was the top lady with Wendy Swales in the runner up position. Emily has sheer determination and has fully deserved her overall ladies title at WOR this year. Wendy too always delivers determination. Missing from action with a broken ankle and a sad face was Glesni Jones, watching as a frustrated spectator, Glesni always puts in 100% and watching must have really hurt, More than the injured ankle.
Delaying the second race was a must as the medical team had to deal with a nasty injury to poor Mick Hammond. Mick is a great friend of WOR Events and was enjoying his ride around in the Vets class. A very stylish rider that loves tough conditions, Mick was late to the start line and still picked his way through the pack to 4th place, However on the last lap disaster struck and an out of character crash left the likeable northerner on the floor with a badly broken leg. After a mission to get him safely off to hospital the second race started and hour late. (Best wishes to Mick for a speedy recovery!)
Race Director Steve Ireland made the decision to cut the 2nd race to two hours and with pouring rain coming down and darkness only 2 and a half hours away, this was a safety first call.
Leading the Experts home from Start to finish and looking like he was not even trying was Andrew Edwards. The 34 year old former British 125 Enduro Champion was simply a class above and was revelling in the conditions he is so well trained in. Riding a Steve Plain Prepared GAS GAS 250, Andrew simply floated to the win, seemingly not even touching some of the nasty ruts that were by the lap scoring area.
Runner up was Owain Humphries with another strong ride, this family have a few stars in their pack and he is one of them. The bronze went to Aled Bellis who in turn did enough to win his first overall Enduro Hare and Hounds series. Nice to see a good Moto X rider like Aled come over and ride the Enduros and take a series win.
Top Expert Vet was Chris Wagstaff. Waggy has had a superb year at WOR and is the undisputed top Veteran rider at the club. Always putting in solid top 5 overall results, the man and the Yam 250 2t take on any course and give it their best. Chris topped the Winter series overall with 3wins and a second. The train that is Ian Barnett finished runner up on the day and runner up in the series. Barnett will not be keen to allow that to happen next year. Jim Bucanan was 3rd on the day and after some much improved riding through out the winter this year secured 3rd overall in the series for Expert Veterans. Jim had a bad start on Friday but showed true grit to keep strong and pull a result off.
Clubman 2t was topped on the day by Mike Evans, Evans used to be a feature at the WOR races but after a lengthy lay off the stylish rider returned to pull off a fine class win. Runner up on the day but the overall champion was Lee Sealey. This young man can motor, still very young and learning, Lee is another superb rider that has come on in leaps and bounds this year. Keep an eye on number 101 in the WOR next year. Third place on the day went to Aled Evans. Runner up in the series for clubman 2t was consistent podium man and WOR stalwart Paul Engerlen. The bronze series place went to Michael Evans, Mike had to borrow a bike for this event and he just did not have luck on his side. Having had some superb battles with Lee Sealey over the winter , his super smooth riding style was let down by a bad start and some bike issues. Better luck next time Mike.
In the Clubman 4t class there was a proper battle going on. Jon Hill and Gwion Prys were battling like hell on the day with some great bar to bar racing, Going out onto the very last lap it was Prys ahead of Hill, but as the riders came to pass the chequered flag it was the hard charging Hill whom came through as the victor. Both riders shook hands at the end with Prys calling Hill an Expletive but in a very friendly way. Bronze on the day went to overall series Clubman 4t champ, Carl Critchlow. The top 3 ended up overall a mix of these 3 names. Critchlow the winner, Hill the runner up and Prys in third place.
This winter Enduro Scrambles has been a great series and with a messy
and sometimes unhappy 2011 now out of the way all at WOR Events are
looking forward to a much better 2012. 2012 club memberships are flying,
The awesome TOUGH ONE is less than two weeks away and the future is
EVENTS ENDURO SCRAMBLES
Carrog Isa is one of those venues that no matter what the weather the outcome is always the same, Riders enjoy it! That was exactly the feeling last Sunday as The Clubs Autumn / Winter Enduro Scramble series round 3 took place at the classic hare and hounds venue.
With a big lap of old school terrain and challenges, a good dose of rain on the Friday evening before the weekend's proceedings and some committed rides from the riders; the scene was set for some great racing.
Kicking off the days schedule at 9.30am and following a minutes silence for remembrance Sunday, The Always well supported Sportsman race blasted off up the mountainside. The lap was taking the faster riders around 12 minutes a lap and with some slippery conditions under foot every inch of the course offered a challenge. Taking the 2hr morning race by the scruff of the neck and making it his own was Rob White. Rob is getting better every week and his smooth riding style and good fitness are really helping him progress in the sport. Rob took the Sportsman 2t group by a seven minute margin. Runner up was Owen Jones and Mike Pye was in the bronze position. All 3 did 9 laps. Top Veteran was the hard charging Duncan Humphries, 250 4t mounted and on a mission to take full points in his group because of a crash and DNF in the last round had Humphries win the class and take a fine second overall behind Rob White. Behind Duncan in second place was Mick Hammond, Hammond just loves it when the going is tough and was the events early leader and never strayed from a trophy position. Airline Pilot Phil Hutton Bates 3rd was in 3rd place and added some very valuable points to his series total which was good reward for the effort Phil gave his cause. In the Sportsman 4t group it was Phil Ball that set the pace. Bad luck then struck and Phil had to face waiting at the finish line with bike problems. Ball still manage d3rd place though. Local greengrocer Wayne Siddall took the silver award in 2nd place with a great ride seeing as he has been out of the races for a while. Trev Parry took a well deserved win in the group with a near 3 minute advantage.
The ride of the morning though must go to young Joe Yeardsley. Over from the Isle of Man for the race, Yeardsley was in fine form and bossed his little Yamaha around like a seasoned Pro. Taking the Youth Class win from the ever improving Callum Imrie and the always smiling Richard Newbrook, Yeardsley also took 5TH overall in the 2hr race…if you take into consideration his small wheels, 3 minute disadvantage at the start (the youth were last to go!) then he would Have been 3rd overall. Impressive riding indeed. Emily Davey took on the conditions and won, once again finishing as top lady and riding as determined as ever for her points. Back Brake problems did not help her overall placing though. Glesni Jones was runner up and Wendy Swales took 3rd.
This was the wettest terrain the WOR riders have had to face this year so far and it was a shocker for most of them to try and adjust to what winter riding is usually all about.
After a slick results and trophy presentation for the morning racers the WOR team had made some track repairs and changes, done another minutes silence for the second wave of riders and watched the Experts and Clubman blast off up the mountain for their 2 and half hour race.
Biff Smith on his Sandiford Supported KTM 4t was the fastest man out there but he certainly did not have it all his own way. Moto X rider Aled Bellis was flying and led the race from the start right up till 2 laps to go. Aled had led Carrog Isa earlier in the year but a DNF for running out of fuel saw that day end painfully, This time too many visits to the pits to keep topping up cost the fast MXer big time as the super smooth and consistent Smith sneaked through and then powered ahead with a very controlled display of how to ride a hare and hounds enduro. This made for a very exciting finish to the day for the experts. Lee Kelly was a very well deserved Bronze third place albeit giving the bike a bashing along the way.
Top Clubman 2t and a very solid and impressive 5TH overall was Lee Sealey. Sealey is a young rider, again from the Isle of Man but now living in Nantwich that just oozes skill and panache on the bike. Trials skills have certainly helped this youngster and he is a certainty for the future. Plenty of quality has rolled off the WOR Events production line over the years with lots of young riders cutting their teeth in the no holds barred racing that WOR provide. Sealey is definitely one to watch. Runner up was smooth rider Mike Evans, although Lee had a seven minute advantage. Bronze medallist was podium man, Paul Engelen. Engelen did 12 laps to Lee and Mikes thirteen.
In the Clubman 4t a proper battle was unfolding with Young Jon Hill and Ash Jones having a right ding dong. Hill is fast and unruffled on his new Honda 2504t, whilst Jones is fast, entertaining, wild even on his Yam 250f. They swapped the lead once or twice and pushed hard for their goals. Jones running out of petrol did not help his cause. It finished with Hill a worthy winner, Jones deserving second place and Stuart Waterhouse taking the final podium place in 3rd place. Hill did 13 laps to Jones and Waterhouses' 12.
Expert Veterans always put on a fine display and the top Veteran at WOR Events is Chris Wagstaff. Waggy has dominated for a while now at WOR in the Expert Vets and Sunday was no different. A fantastic ride saw him take not only the class win but third overall as well. Waggy on his 250 2t YZ Yamaha is a potent combination. Never far away in the Expert Vets is Ian Barnett, 2 minutes adrift was Barnett's' score from Wagstaff come the end of 2.5hrs racing. Barnett did get hold of Wagstaff's shirt tails for a lap mid race and this really hotted up the final hour. Rob Morris took a well deserved 3rd place with some early problems hindering his overall result.
All in all it was a cracking weekends sport and another well done to all the riders and organising team at WOR EVENTS., Results
The next event in the WOR schedule is a return to their brilliant
little Enduro venue off the A5 near Hinckley, (Nuneaton) on the weekend of
26/27th November with a Play day on the Saturday and the 4th round of the
Enduro Scrambles series on the Sunday with the usual 2 race format on the
WOR Events used their superb little sand quarry nr Stoke last weekend for a moto duro blast. The riders all got two one hour races around the fully marked 5-6 minute loop. The track had riders saying how much they enjoyed the set out and sandy berms and climbs.
The first race kicked off at 10.30 and the second race at 12.30…all the riders were packed up and gone by 2pm showing what a quality setup the moto duro day format is. Each and every rider received a finishing medal as well as the top 3 taking nice awards away from the well supported podium area.
Rowland Morris on his SS Racing Husqvarna won both races overall from Ashley Fox on the CF racing Kawasaki. Morris looking very fit and fast as the mx style going suited his flowing style.
The top clubman was Charlie Nichols, on his YZ 125, young Nichols was flying and fully deserved his win from Runner up John Hill and Bronze medallist Richard Heslop. Hill was out on his new Honda 250 and had some teething troubles with the clutch.
In the Expert Vets Justin Carter was the man to beat as he took the class win from Kiaran Hankin and Mark Cheetham in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. All three of these were flying in their sessions.
The normal vets had Tim Sabine as the top man winning both races from Mark Bill and Geoff Potts. Bill led both races on his Suzuki but was hounded out on each occasion by the strong Sabine.
Paul Marsden (ktm 2t) was the man to beat in the Sportsman class as he
took a win and a second place secure top spot. Darren Moloney was back at
WOR after an injury lay off and was going great to take the runners up
In the youth class there was nothing in it with the battle of Callum
Imrie and John Hunt. Winning a race a piece the young lads had a great
time flying around the track and by virtue of a last race win young Imrie
took the win. Hunt took his dads 250f out in the second race and looked
very comfortable on the bigger bike.
The day went off superb with the usual clockwork organisation that the WOR events crew are noted for. Happy faces and home early, a good days sport by any means.
All WOR's November and December events are listed at the clubs website. www.worevents.com. Give it a look and take in some of the superb events that 2011 still has to offer.
Race Report from WOR EVENTS
RACING AT IT'S BEST….
"WOR Events unleashed another brand new hare and hounds enduro venue on Sunday nr Nuneaton at a superb little complex that had some super tight, yet flowing woodlands and an open grass field with a special test type course marked out on it.
The course offered a lot of fun for the riders and the racing was very close indeed. The passing places in the woods were there for the trained eye and the fast special test going saw the more experienced riders pulling very small gaps and advantages.
The morning race ran for 2 hours and catered for the Sportsman, Veterans, ladies and youth. Top man was Tim Sabine in the veterans, followed home by runner up Colin Griffiths. Griffiths had led the event from the start but with two laps to go the stealth Sabine snuck through. 3rd place veteran went to Michael Eaton. Mike enjoying the fact he did not have to travel far for this WOR event. A special mention must go to Duncan Humphries who was holding a very solid 2nd place and was looking like taking the lead in the latter stages but a daft crash on some unforgiving track surface saw the CF Racing rider cut his arm to ribbons. A proper gash that saw him in hospital for two nights!
Top Sportsman 2t rider was Sean Berry, topping the class from the super consistent and constantly improving Rob White. Berry has come over from MX and really seems to be enjoying the hare and hounds scene with WOR Events. Initially the results showed White down a lap but in the confusion of a rider crashing at lap scoring, the 322 machine of White had sneaked through unnoticed. Rounding out the podium was Mark Flanders albeit nearly 3 minutes down on Berry and White. All 3 did 15 laps.
Sportsman 4t was topped by the likeable Emyrs Price with his good friend and riding buddy Lee Essex under a minute behind him as the runner up. The bronze medal went to Guy Hemmings with another determined ride, Again 15 laps was the target these 3 riders achieved. Taking a class win and a superb 3rd overall for the entire race was young Jon Hunt. Hunt is Rm 85 mounted and boy can he make that little bike go. One to watch for the future once he gets on bigger bike! If Hunt had started on the front line he would have won the race….no mean feat on a little bike. Hunt took youth class gold from runner up Callum Imrie and Young Waggy, Adam Wagstaff took the bronze.
The ladies class at last had a decent enough turn out for the girls to have a race, and what a race it was. Emily Davey and Rhian George went at it hammer and tong for the duration. They were also running at a very good pace, beating a lot of the men into submission. Come the end of the race the unbelievably determined Davey had secured the win. George had hurt her knee out on the course and had to pull out. This allowed Helen Speirs in for the silver medal and a very happy Wendy Swales in for the final podium place. Great racing girls.
After a slick presentation for the first race the WOR track team had the tapes back up on the start line for the 2nd race of the day. The 2.5hr Expert and Clubman race. Well what unfolded was some of the best and closest racing this year by far. The nature of the course and the speed of the riders gelled together to make for a brilliant hare and hounds battle. After leading nearly for 2hrs and 15 minutes, Ben Wootton on his KX 450f was finally passed by The super smooth Ady Smith, at 47 years of age still oozing class and professionalism, on his little KTM 250 the former British Multi discipline champion took over the runner up position as both riders were left dazzled by the effortless way in which 16 Year old Joe Wootton on his 250f Kwacker took the lead and seemed to cruise into a last two laps mission to take the events Gold and premiere award. The maturity that Young Joe rides with is astonishing and you just cannot predict the levels this lad can achieve. Ady Smith was the filling in a CF racing sandwich.
Expert Veterans had loads going on too…..Jason Crossland was the early leader followed closely by Justin Carter and Jim Buchanan. These swapped around for a bit before Jim Buchanan, in what was his best ever ride took the lead. Jim kept the lead right up until the second lap from the end when the train that is Ian Barnett had smashed his way through the pack and was now on Jim's wheel. The two 350 Katooms were bar to bar as they raced through the special test area, great to watch but scary too should they have come together. As the chequered flag came out only one second separated the two with the whole second advantage going to Ian Barnett. Crossland took the bronze. Absolutely top drawer racing.
In the Clubman 4t it was Rich Heslop with a superb win just short of a minute ahead of runner up MX'er Mike Smith. The bronze medal in class went to Honda 450 mounted Carl Critchlow. All the top Clubman did 19 laps. Rounding out the results is the Clubman 2T riders, Paul Engelen back after a while out with injury, put himself where he usually finishes, on the podium. The Bronze medal was fully deserved as he battled to catch the hard charging Ryan Ireland. Ireland took the silver medal but the day belonged to the class winner, Lee Sealey. Sealey is a great little rider and is improving with every race. He has trials skills as well which certainly help him, a committed support team (dad!) and the desire to do well. Oh yeah and he is from the Isle of Man where the best riders in the world come from!
With the recession biting and rider numbers low all around the place it is nice to see that WOR is still getting good support and the riders are being rewarded with new venues, slick and safe events and most of all a commitment to the future to these hard times out.
WOR wish to send out big thanks to the landowners, staff, support crew
and most of all the riders for continuing to support the events and riding
their bikes. WOR's next event is a play day and a Moto Duro at their
superb little Sand Quarry nr Stoke on the 22/23rd October.
"WOR Events tried something different again on the Bank Holiday weekend. A new event format was born with the introduction of The Dirty Weekend! A mini championship involving 3 separate races and all run over the same superb course and within two days….
Set at what can only be described as possibly the best Enduro Scramble track in the country, the course at Greenhall farm was amazing with every ingredient that the modern day hare and hounds/Xc rider could wish for. Rolling hills linked bermed up woods that in turn linked to rocky out crops that were hidden in small individual valleys that rolled across this huge privately owned landscape.
The Dirty weekend kicked off with a 2 hour Enduro Scramble on the Saturday tea time at 5pm, was then followed by a 1.5hr race in the dark from 8.30 till 10pm and was then rounded off after a well earned nights sleep with a 2.5hr Enduro Scramble at 11am on the Sunday morning. Riders scores were then combined from the 3 separate races and the overall winners were crowned….Another simple yet brilliant format from the pro active WOR Events team and their book of innovative events and classy venues. Although entries were very low on the build up to the event, other events on same day and the bank holiday/August period being the cause of this, it all turned out ok in the end with a very healthy flow of riders and spectators through the door making for a very entertaining weekend indeed.
SS Husqvarna Racing's Rowland Morris put on a great display of riding to dominate the 5pm 2hr race and leave all the other riders in his wake as he simply blitzed the opposition with speed and flair, Then again in the night race and with the help of some superb lighting he took full points again although the superb Jane Daniels gave him a run for his money with her bright lights shining. Come the next day's race and it was the turnoff young Joe Wootton to shine as he took his brothers 450 CF Racing Kawasaki to a dominant win from Runner up Morris. Young Joe really suiting the bike and the track as he floated around the course. Morris though had done enough though to secure the overall win for this inaugural new mini series. Jane Daniels took the Clubman class win with a very dominant performance in all 3 races.Chris Wagstaff took the veteran class with 2 great rides in the daylight and then a very canny ride in the night time. Wagg had just one very dim and sad light fitted to his helmet and could see only darkness, to combat this the wily fox stayed behind the riders with the best lights as often as he could, enabling himself to take enough points to secure the win.
Top Sportsman Rider was Tony Pederson who was absolutely delighted to take his first ever win on the podium. After 6hrs of riding and some strong performances' it was Wrexham's John Jones that took the Sportsman Vets spoils from the resurging performances of Rob Lambert. Jones had great lighting helping him along in the night time race and was determined after being the over night leader to get the job done on the Sunday. Young Callum Imrie on the 200 KTM had a great weekend battling with Tom Cadwallader in the youth class, These two really have come on in leaps and bounds as far as their riding is concerned and both riders deserves their silverware. Emily Davey was best lady again and as this determined girl does every race she managed another hole shot and seemed to really enjoy riding in the dark. Steve Tovey took the novice class with a committed, sensible ride in all three races.
To sum up this was a really good weekend and one that WOR will
certainly be running again in the near future…But the MAIN thing that
has come out of this is the NIGHT TIME racing is of big interest to the
riders and spectators, WOR were the original promoters of night time
scrambling/enduro riding with the Tough One Extreme going into the dark in
2006 and 2007 and series of great club level races called the Dark Ones;…Well
the TOUGH ONE 2012 WILL be going back into the dark that is for sure and a
Saturday night Dark One series is back on the winter calendar starting
with a Dark Race at round 1 of the new autumn/winter series that starts on
10th September (in 2 weeks)….Check out the club website for more details…
WOR Events wished to thank all riders for supporting The Dirty Weekend and as always the land owners, Staff, Medical cover and all event personnel that help make the events run safely, professionally and friendly.
PREMIERSHIP HARE AND HOUNDS RD 7…FINAL RD
WOR Events do not mess about when it comes to finding and providing new venues for dirt biking on, the latest one, just off the M6 near Cannock was superb with technical, flowing woodlands and some fine open tracks and fields, this course had everything. Tight and single file in the majority but with superb racing lines appearing as the races went on, the course became a veritable feast for the riders. You really had to have your wits about you and be in complete charge of your motorcycle if you were to do well at this event. Running as the 7th and final round of this years MOTUL HARE & HOUNDS PREMIERSHIP, the event was well supported with more riders than have been around lately.
The first race kicked off for the B level riders at bang on 10am and this ran for two hours on the sand and loam that Cannock Chase terrain offered. Leading the sportsman vets from start to finish was WOR first timer Barry Bousted. Barry taking a quality overall win too….Runner up was Lee Barnett and Wrexham's John Jones showed his consistency with another visit to the podium in 3rd place.
The Sportsman B group had Stuart Atkins in 3rd place with Neil Bolton as Runner up. Tomaz Szymczykiewicz was the man to beat as he took the gold medal with a 2 minute plus advantage.
The over 50's class had some drama in right from the start. Usual top 3 man, Colin Griffiths was looking in a mess as he started simply as the last man after a fouled plug on his KTM. However Colin does not give up and motored his way through the pack and eventually got to 2nd place….2 minutes behind deserved class winner, Paul Robson. The always immaculate Mark Bill took the bronze with a very determined ride.
Emily Davey dominated the ladies class with a large advantage from runner up Glesni Jones and 3rd placed Charlotte Snowden. The determined Davey seemed to really like the twisty technical going and once again as with all the lady riders, gave 100 %.
The Youth class is growing at WOR and with a huge variation in bikes and sizes it was YZ 125mounted Charlie Nichols that took and awesome class win, showing he is as much at home in the trees as he is on a full on MX circuit. Runner up was the hard charging Sam Richardson whom by just 3 seconds managed to stay ahead of Josh Elliott. Last but not least in the morning race was the Novice class…After a mix up and having him in the wrong class, It was Keaton Allen that topped the class with Shuan Cornwall in 2nd and Tez Palmer in 3rd.
After a very short break and track tidy up, The hard working and vastly experienced WOR team had the main race of the day underway. A 2.5hr duration for the Experts, Expert Vets and the Clubman. The Sportsman A boys and girls were in this race too… Clerk of the Course, Steve Ireland dropped the flag and it was all guns blazing into the first turn and a tiny crop of trees.
After riding for the first hour in the top 4, Ben Wootton used his super smooth style and his superb fitness levels to blitz through to the front of the pack and take a fine win from runner up Ashley Fox. Both Fox and Wootton really do like exciting the crowds on their big 450 MX Kawasaki's and they ride them to be fair very well indeed with low revs, great corner speed and panache… Fox had led for a fair while but the determined Wootton is always going to be there or thereabouts snapping at your heels. With the addition of Ben's Younger brother, Joe, CF Racing Kawasaki have 3 top drawer Hare and Hounds riders on their books that's for sure. Ex British 125 Enduro Champion and all round great rider, Andy Edwards took his KTM to a fine 3rd place, Not bad for a rider that does a lot less on the bike these days as he did. 13 laps was the fruits of the top Experts labour.
Making a very welcome return to the races after a break to "sort out some stuff!" was Lincoln Brewster, Coming back in the over 40 class and having been THE man to beat over the last 5 years it was nice to see Brewster relax and enjoy his riding as he took the class win with a 3 minute advantage over runner up Martin Jakeman.
The 2011 over 40 champ is Chris Wagstaff and Waggy rounded off the series with another visit to the podium and established himself as the one to beat in the veteran's class at WOR for the second year on the trot.
Clubman A had some very quick riders out there too with Airline Pilot David Dudley having a cracking race, class winner and 7th overall. Superb riding in the trees was the secret to Dudley's success. Runner up was Martin Kovh with Chris Pryce in 3rd place.
Clubman B had SS Racings Bryan Wilson on the podium in 3rd place with 11laps under his belt on the Husqvarna. Runner Up was Mick Belcher but way out in front was Noel Joyce whom managed to squeeze in that 12th lap.
The Sportsman A group had Gareth Daniel in 3rd place with a superb ride from Katie Walker in the silver position and a class win from Rob White. 2 minutes separated them all at the top and they did 11 laps each.
With a slick awards and results presentation, the huge crowd started slowly making their way home from this great addition to the WOR events venue folder.
A new 5 round series starts in September with details released very soon, a shake up of the classes, 2 race format forever and quality tracks that can handle the winter, check out www.worevents.com for more details.
NB..The Dirty Weekend on 27/28th August is one not to be missed either as WOR travel to what is quite possibly the best venue in the UK…Greenhall Farm…again check out the website for more info.
NB 2: Final Motul Standings will be out this week.
EVENTS MOTUL RD 6 @ Llwyn Ynn
Hall, Nr Ruthin.
On arriving at the venue, the idyllic setting and lovely garden area, coupled with the big grass special test type field maybe led the riders into a false sense of security for an easy ride, because lurking away and hidden in the big woodland was the heart of the track and it offered nothing but an intense feeling of concentration as the bikes exposed more and more tree roots and rocks......
This was an event were only the brave and very skilled could go fast.
The team at WOR had made the decision to go to back to splitting the adults races and this now will be a permanent fixture at all WOR Events with the races being split into a race for the B level riders in the morning and then the experts and Clubman etc going in the PM race.....WOR were the first club to do this and in doing so set the template for so many other clubs and organizations to follow.
Although numbers are not like they were years ago when two races were very justified, it still makes sense to keep riders of similar ability in races together and also will make any course more enjoyable as the track has less traffic on it.
This was the penultimate round of what has been a brilliant series for the MOTUL championship, Great venues and great racing have certainly been the order of the series so far and even the sunshine added its wonderful self to the Proceedings for the weekend.
Making a return to WOR after a long time away was the WOOTTON brothers on their CF Racing Kawasakis...Ben and Joe, riding a 450 and 250 respectfully showed they have lost none of their fitness or speed as they attacked the course with vigor.
Ben who was not really on what you would call an ideal bike for the nature of this terrain was running in 3rd place for the first hour whilst little brother Joe was out in the lead battling with Rowland Morris. By the end of the race Joe had crashed and limped home third, Morris was a strong second and Ben had romped home with a very strong and determined display of riding.Tim Forman (Steve Plain Gas Gas) was using his head and finished in very safe 4th place without pushing too hard over the gnarly terrain and riding with safety in mind instead.
Top clubman A rider was Jon Hill, once again proving a real one to beat
on his 2504t Yamaha, Finishing second was Mike Evans with Jon Jones in
Lyndun Jones from Llangollen made the over 40 class his as he beat Jon Lofthouse by nearly two and a half minutes over the duration. The bronze over 40 went to the ever green and ever smiling Huw Edwards.
Rounding out the "A" race was the sportsman A class, Morgan Lewis took a last lap victory from Liverpools Stephen Smith who was not keen at all to do the last lap...tiredness taking over!!! Both riders did 14 laps with Shane Marriott taking the bronze on 13 laps.
Previously in the day the B race had kicked off and had some brilliant racing in it....
With the over 50 class housing the pre event favorites, Colin Jones and Ray Whittall it was going to be a battle royale for these two. As it panned out Whittal stayed with Jones at the front for a good 50 minutes with not much separating them but then the aggressiveness of Jones in the woods paid off as he stormed clear to take his class win as well as the race overall.
Ray was second with Paul Robson in a well deserved bronze position.
The Sportsman Vets was dominated by the flying number 611, Dai Lewis. Taking a very well earned class victory from Jon Jones in the silver and Paul Hamilton in the Bronze medal placing.
Sportsman B had a proper battle going on at the front with little suzuki 85 mounted Jon Hunt taking a fine gold from Alan Jones and Tom Symczykiewiez in silver and Bronze respectfully albeit Tomaz a lap down.
In the ladies class it was again "Miss Determined" Emily Davey that took the gold on her little Yamaha. Emily taking the win ahead of Glesni Jones and Sophie Collins.
Top Youth rider was the flying Lee Sealey, This fella can go and on
Sunday he put in a faultless performance as he steadily grows in stature
and is becoming a very definite star in the making. Like so many others,
just look at the WOOTTON brothers, youngsters have come through the WOR
ranks and ended up top drawer riders after having had the best courses and
guidance over the years from the WOR team, Sealey is one of many
youngsters that are shining in these events.
Rounding out the B race was the novice class, Owain Davies took 1st
place with Keaton Allen in the runners up spot and Adam Jenkins in 3rd.
Top rider was number 19 Jack Cadwallader who stormed to the Gold medal,
Although a snapped chain for George Price made that feat easier for young
Jack as Price was the early leader and both riders were flying!
Top 85 small wheel was James Angel seeming to really enjoy a bit of Hare and Hounds enduro as compared to the MX he has been doing...A very strong ride indeed making light work of the tree roots and rocks. Daniel Gibbons was in Silver with the IOM's Stefan Kelly again in a strong podium position and probably doing enough to be the class champion for the year.
Ross Davies was again the man to beat and wrapped up the championship nicely with another win in the 65's, Dawson Marriott made sure dad and lad took a trophy home each with a fine second place and Sion Jones took the bronze.
A special mention to James Palmer for battling on and also little Masie
Dove on her tiny wheeled Honda....both great riders...
WOR'S next events and August schedule can be found at www.worevemts.com
13/14th August RED and MOTUL final rd 7 at the unbelievable new venue on Cannock Chase in the woods and open going...
More details very soon on the Dirty Weekend on the AUGUST bank holiday too............
OPEN 1 7 BEN WOOTTON 16 01:59:53
2 2 ROWLAND MORRIS 16 02:02:49
3 41 JOE WOOTTON 16 02:03:43
EVENTS MOTUL RD 5 @ MAESHAFN , MOLD.
Round 5 of the MOTUL Hare and Hound Enduro Premiership took place last Sunday at Maeshafn, which is one of WOR's long standing and well established venues. Lots of good honest racing has taken place here over the years and this last event was no different with a quality track, a quality entry and lots of race action. Running like clockwork throughout the day with a kids specific race followed by a 2hr and 3hr adult race the weather was superb and the atmosphere as always friendly and professional.
Driving into the paddock under the huge WOR Events arch always sets the seen for the event ahead as you just know that the club will have taken all the right steps to ensure a proper event takes place.
The kiddies set of at 9.30am for a 1.5hr race that although was on a much shorter course to the adults it still had all the usual best bits that Maeshafn offers.
George Price was the undoubted star of the race with a superb class win and event overall under his belt. On his little Kawasaki George took the gold medal in the 85 Big wheels and took a commanding 4 minute advantage over runner up Callum Kinrade. Kinrade had made the long trip from the Isle of Man (as do quite a few from the island, led by Dave Kelly and the family!) and was leading the event for the first 40 minutes on his gasser 125. Taking silver in the big wheels 85's was Jamie Sutton and Nathaniel Jenkins with his action style taking the Bronze.
Stefan Kelly took the 85's small wheel class Gold medal as he continues to take that class by the scruff of the neck with each round. Runner up was Sam Keeble and Robbie Kirk was 3rd …all 3 of these riders as with all the junior competitors, gave their all.
Top 65cc rider and always in the overall results was little Ross Davies. The stylish Wrexham based rider continuing to shine through no matter what the conditions. Bronze 65 award went to Sion Jones and the Silver to Jack Llewellyn Hughes. Great to watch those little KTM's buzzing around the circuit.
With the kids presentation done and dusted for 11.45 it was time for the WOR team to get the main track ready and see off the 100 + adults for the main event.
Riding with a very sore leg/knee from a midweek injury, Gas Gas mounted Tim Forman was looking like the favourite to take the class win in the experts until fate had a word with him! From the start and for nearly an Hour it was young Gethin Humphries that led the way, With a simply blistering pace for the first 3 laps it was Gethin on his KTM that was proving to be the man to beat. Forman kept pushing and pushing him until after a crash by Humphries it became Forman at the front, Tim then steadily thrashed out a bigger gap. However disaster was to strike as the gasser ran out of fuel early on lap 10 and Tim was forced to give up his near 4 minute lead and push back to the pits.
Never far away from the front was CF Racings Steve Hughes. Mounted on a 0'11 Kawasaki 250 4t the likeable Dolgellau rider was putting in some very impressive lap times after a slow start and after Humphries crash and Forman's fuel problem he found himself leading a WOR event overall for the first time. Riding very smooth and thoughtful as his riding improves every week, Hughes simply made no mistakes and plugged out a well deserved 2.5 minute advantage over the refuelled and hard charging Forman. In third place was another very good young rider that is knocking on all the right doors. Luke Williams on his KTM was literally bar to bar with Forman in the last 30 minutes of the race and the two pit crews that were cheering them on certainly enjoyed the close battle and exciting racing that was going on. Come the end of 3 long hours there was only 3 seconds separating Forman from Williams and it was nice to see the top 3 riders all shake hands at the end, with Hughes on top and rightly so!
Top Clubman A rider was David Dudley, The northern based KTM rider
was simply too good for the rest of the class as he stormed to a near 5
minute victory from John Jones in the silver position. Wigan's Paul
Engelen again got on the podium to take some more hard earned
Chris "Waggy" Wagstaff was again the man to beat in the over 40's as he finished a fine 4th overall and took a half a lap advantage from Ian Barnett in second place. The bronze medal in class went to Leicester based rider Justin Carter. Again all the top 3 completed 20 gruelling laps of this unforgiving Flintshire mountainside.
Rounding out the Hardy 3 hr competitors was the Sportsman A group. Mark Plain number 33 was a well deserved bronze medallist with Liverpool's Ste Smith in the Silver and top honours going to Gary Morley.
All the other classes did 2hrs of competition and it was over 50 rider Raymond Whittall that took the spoils here. Whittall is very fast and with an improved fitness level he now is starting to look more like a 30 year old on the bike, never mind over 50! Ray was out on his Honda Cr 250 2t and seemed very comfortable with the rough MX type going that Maeshafn throws at the rider. Taking the Gold class award from runner up Colin Jones, the two veterans were again less than a minute apart come the end. The bronze over 50 medal went to Championship regular and point's scorer Paul Robson.
The Sportsman B group was dominated again by Cole Elliot as the youngster took a near 3 minute advantage over runner up Tomasz Szymczykiewicz (yes that name again that causes panic from Steve Ireland at the podium!) and Liam Riley in 3rd place.
Duncan Humphries and Julian Rylance rode round together on one another's back mudguards for the duration of the 2 hrs, then Humphries spurted ahead to take the class win in the Sportsman Vets from Rylance with Wrexham's John Jones in a well deserved 3rd place.
Emily Davey, still covered in bruises from her round 4 crash was top lady. This girl knows not how to give up and keeps going and going no matter what gets in the way. Davey took a well earned win from runner up Glesni Jones with Leah Jones propping up the podium in 3rd place. The girls did well holding their own on the challenging yet enjoyable 5 mile loop.
Top youth was Sam Richardson who finished 8 minutes clear of runner up, Dan Thomas. Thomas is the son of the land owner and is growing fast, looking very comfortable on his new KTM 4t. Bronze youth place was taken by Josh Elliott.
Rounding out the classes was the Novice group, Led home by Keaton Allen on 12 laps from James Cawdell and David Wardale in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
With the year flying by and only 2 rds of the MOTUL series to go it is refreshing to see that so many riders are really enjoying their riding with the WOR organisation. Big thank you to the land owners, the riders, the helpers, the medics and the event Staff.
WOR Events next event is something different on 25/26th June at Baden
Hall In Staffs.
EVENTS MOTUL RD 4 @ BRONGEST, WEST WALES
"WOR Events took the MOTUL Hare and Hound Premiership series over to the West Of Wales for the fourth round of the championship last weekend in the beautiful setting of Brongest nr Newcastle Emlyn. A brand new venue that albeit, was a little off the beaten trail for the WOR regulars and indeed saw some of the riders having travelled 6 hrs to take part, offered fresh terrain and a new challenge along with the added bonus of making a family time of it with the awesome beaches not too far away.
You always associate quality with a WOR organised race weekend and this weekend was no different the new venue offered everything, Open fields, technical woodlands, stream crossings, farm tracks, an amazing paddock and camping area and a dose of the finest weather this country can offer.
The racing kicked off with a 1 and a half hour race for the kids
section of this MOTUL series, the small wheeled wonders setting off on
the flag at 9.30am…Running on smaller course than the adults the
youngsters still had plenty to challenge them.
Topping the 85cc Big wheel class was Jack Cadwallder , Jack had a very comfortable margin ahead of runner up Adam Wagstaff who fully deserved his first trophy on a motorbike . Third place went Jake Thomas.
Stefan Kelly from the Isle of Man took another 1st place award back with him as he dominated the 85 cc small wheel class on his lovely little KTM XC85. 2nd place went to Robbie Kirk who had looked very neat and stylish on his little Kawasaki during the race and fully deserved his trophy. Bronze medal went to Sam Keeble with a 30 second deficit.
Dominating the 65 cc group was that boy again, Ross Davies. Ross was on fine form again as he took 12 laps of the course to take the top honours. Runner up was the determined Jack Llewellyn Hughes with William Criq in 3rd place. Judging from the smiles on the kid's faces (and the parents) a good time had been had by all.
A short break then saw the adults on the line for the 4th round of this Hare N Hounds series. Cole Elliot topped the event from the Sportsman B class and showed his enthusiasm at the end with a triumphant fist of victory. Runner up to Cole was Tomaz Szymczykiewicz who gave organiser Steve Ireland Kittens when it came to presenting the trophies; it was quite funny though watching Steve trying to say that surname! Tomaz was just under a minute down on Elliot and was Dave Stirrup in 3rd place was on Tomaz. Close racing!
In the Sportsman A group it was big Ste Smith who made the long journey down from Liverpool a worthy one by taking the Gold Medal in this competitive group. Iwan Rees took the silver and Gareth Jones the Bronze, all three having fully enjoyed the varied and fun circuit.
Dai Lewis had a 12 month break from the sport and returned for the first time on Sunday in the Sportsman Vets. Dai rode through arm pump and exhaustion for the 2 hr duration and was simply on another planet come the end of the race, but the exhaustion was worth while as he sneaked a 4 second lead over runner up Duncan Humphries, Try cutting it a bit thinner next time Dai! John Jones from Wrexham was 2 minutes and 25 secs down on Humphries in the bronze position.
In the Youth group it was Sam Richardson in 3rd place behind Callum Imrie as runner up with less than a minute separating the two but out in front and taking the class win with an extra lap to his credit was Lee Sealey. Emily Davey topped the small duel of her and Glesni Jones but had to leave early due to a nasty knock picked up on the last lap. Well done to both Emily and Glesni. In the Novices it was Kelvin Hughes as the winner from Keaton Allen and James Cawdell in 2nd and 3rd place respectively
In delivering a safe and worthy of the entry fee race, Event Boss Steve Ireland had made the decision to split the adult races in two…Not because the entry list was bursting or over crowded but because of the dust in some areas and also the single file going in some of the wooded bits meaning that the course would become slightly frustrating if all abilities had been in the same mix. So a separate 2hr race ran for the higher level riders and kicked off on time at a quarter to two...
Some very impressive and quick riding took place in this race with Tim Forman on his Steve Plain GAS GAS 300 looking as neat as ever and simply taking the event honours from start to finish. A very polished ride indeed. Runner up silver medal went to Steve Hughes and deservedly so. CF Racing Kawasaki rider Hughes was on a fast pace all race and even with a few errors he still managed to track down Rowland Morris and pull ahead by a huge 50 seconds in the last quarter of the race. Morris Rounded out the Open class podium.
Top veteran on the day was Colin Jones, having had a run of off form and bad bike set ups the Chester based Roofer put himself on top of not just the over 50 class but ahead of all the Clubman and over 40 riders and indeed taking 7th overall. Runner up in the over 50's went to Ray Whittall, again putting in a fast and powerful ride showing a lot of the younger riders the way to go. Colin Griffiths kept up his consistent run in the MOTUL series with 15 more valuable points in third place.
The over 40 class was topped by Ian Barnett on his new KTM 350 as he managed to amass nearly a 4 minute lead over silver medallist Chris Wagstffe. Waggy having a very unusual off day. Huw Edwards took 3rd place and some more of them valuable series points.
Top Clubman was John Jones from Machynlleth a top 14 laps to his credit along with a 4 minute cushion over runner up, Wigan's Paul Engeln. Paul Taking just under a minute out of Dan Edwards who joined his dad Huw in taking a trophy home in 3rd place.
The clubman B class once again had Ryan Ireland from Cumbria flying to victory, his little KTM buzzing to 14laps and the winning margin of 1.5 minutes from second placed Tom Edwards. Tom having young Harrison Bell in 3rd place behind him.
A superb new venue, a well organised weekend's action and a lot of pleased riders was a great way to have seen this first event that WOR have ran so far out to this coastline. A massive thank you to the landowner, Mr and Mrs Fordham and of course to all the event staff and Marshals that make the WOR Events road show happen.
WOR's next event in a busy June is on 18/19th at Maeshafn, Nr Chester. With rd 5 of the MOTUL H & H premiership taking place.
More details at www.worevents.com
"ASH FOX AND BEN WOOTTON GO BAR TO BAR"
"Last Sunday at Carrog Isaf nr Corwen was definatly the race of the season so far in the 2011 MOTUL Hare and Hound Premiership.
With 3 gruelling hours to face over the very fast yet bumpy and demanding mountainside track, the riders faced not only big winds, blinding sunshine, some rain and hail along with dust!! Coupled with a course that had lots of fast open stretches mixed with tight woodlands and some fern strewn off camber slow bits, it was always going to be tough.
Team CF Racing riders, Ash Fox and Ben Wootton, Both Kawasaki KX450 mounted; where certainly the main players in the race and wow did they put on a hell of a show for the spectators and indeed the other riders.
Ash Fox, the young Solihull based rider was first man back to lap scoring after lap 1 and looked in fine form. Ben Wootton was running second and not far behind, Ben also looking in great shape and ready to exploit the huge power of the big Kawasaki machines.
Ben took the lead after lap 2 and led for a fair while as Fox kept up the pressure behind. By the 1hr 45 mark Ash was back in front and looked to be pulling away from Ben…Lincoln Brewster was having "issues" out on the course with not only a bent brake rotor but a shoulder and thumb problem. Brewster's 250 2t KTM not quite a match for the big 450 4ts on the faster mountain climbs. Lincoln stayed in 3rd place for the whole race and was pleased with that come the end.
At the front Fox and Wootton had CF Racing owner Gareth Lloyd (a frustrated spectator because of injury!) having kittens as the sheer speed of the Kawasaki's was awesome and making it even more exciting was that the two boys were now locking bars with each other all around the 5 mile circuit. Fox in the lead, then Wootton, Fox back in the lead, then Wootton back in the lead, you see a pattern here! For the last 50 minutes this is how the race went with only the thickness of their riding kit keeping them apart!
With the crowd waiting for who would appear at the end of the final lap in first place it was Fox that arrived in the final field section first with Wotton, you guessed it on his back wheel…..As the two raced towards the lap scoring section it was Fox holding out and unbelievably Wootton cart wheeled the bike in the final 70 yds to finally run out of fire to catch a delighted Ash Fox who took the flag and a huge confidence boosting win.
Ben shook himself down and re mounted to come over the line in 2nd place. Nice to see both lads embrace each other at the end of the most dramatic race.
The rest of the racing was also top drawer, with battles going on all through the classes and some very impressive results were grafted out. In the other 3 hr classes it was Clubman A and B, The over 40's and Sportsman A riders.
Topping the Over 40's was again that man Chris Wagstaff, Waggy making the YZ250 2T do all the work as he took a well deserved gold first place leading from Start to finish and showing great pace on the fast but as mentioned bumpy track.
Never far behind was the WOR warrior Ian Barnett, always there or near the top of the podium, again Barnett kept the pressure on and took the silver runners up place with a 45 second deficit on Wagstaff.
Both Wagstaff and Barnett finishing 5th and 6th in the overall classification.
Bronze over 40 went to Colin Blunt who was delighted with that and had some cracking blisters to add to his days prizes.
In Clubman A it was Young Jon Hill in the bronze position with 16 laps under his belt, 1 minute behind runner up John Jones. The top class honours though went to airline pilot Dave Dudley, Dave out on his new KTM 2t was in superb form as after starting last he blitzed his way through the riders to take the win and indeed do a lap more than anyone else in the Clubman.
Clubman B was topped by Ryan Ireland with Andy Jervis in 2nd place and Harry Eccles in a solid third.
Ireland, Jervis and Eccles all putting in really composed and smooth riding skills to take their awards.
The Sportsman A group victory went to Kevin Byrne who held off runner up Stephen Smith and Bronze medallist Gareth Daniel. All these riders completed 15 well earned circuits of the course.
All the other classes in the event were competing over 2hrs and again
the racing there was superb with some great individual performances.
The Sportsman Veterans had two outstanding performers, Winner Duncan Humphries and runner up Julian Rylance did well to be the only other two riders to complete 11 laps matching Whittall's total. Bronze Sportsman Veteran went to the comeback kid, Ian Jones..A few years away from the sport and he is back with a trophy, good work Ian.
Things were very tight at the top of the Sportsman B class and Eddie Fray was the top man taking the win from the brothers Anthony and Alec Trawford. The Trawford boys taking second and third respectively with Anthony just 25 seconds ahead of Alec.
Top Novice was James Cawdell with runner up Paul Thomas and third place Gethin Sharp all on 8 laps.
Emily Davey won the ladies with Glesni Jones in second and rounding
off the main race was the youth class with some fine racing and
impressive showings from these "stars of the future". All the
top 3 youth riders completed a fantastic 10 laps and placed very high
overall in the "scratch" standings.
Earlier in the day the little ones had had their moment on a smaller
but still challenging track that made up rd 3 of the Motul Junior
85cc small wheel victors all did 22 laps with Rosie Owen taking the bronze, Daniel Gibbons taking the silver and again making his trip from the Isle of Man worthwhile with a superb class win.
The bigger wheeled 85's had Harry Nichols in 3rd place on 23 laps, Jamie Sutton in the runner up spot on 26 laps and way out front on 29 laps was Jack Cadwallader with an ever improving and smooth riding style.
Overall victory for the Junior race though went to the hard charging Callum Imrie, He was the victor in the 150's class too….well done Callum. Charlotte Snowden took the final trophy in the 150 section.
All in all this was another fine weekend put on by the WOR Events
team with a superb party 2010 awards night the previous evening and of
course the high standard of safe and professional racing through out the
weekend. WOR 's next event is a Brand New Venue in West Wales on the
4/5th June…This is round 4 of the Motul Series but is also being run
as a stand alone event with all comers always welcome.
With perfect weather conditions, a full entry and an awesome long and technical circuit the whole setting could not have been better for the WOR Events MOTUL Hare and Hound Premiership rd 2 last Sunday at Robins Mountain, Nr Abergele on the North Wales Coast.
The WOR team had done a tremendous job with the track, using over 12 separate pieces of Woodlands linked together with farm tracks, open moor land and some quarry sections. The quickest riders were taking 14 minutes with the average lap times being around the 18 minute mark…A good old fashioned long and demanding hare and hound course that was well appreciated by the riders and spectators.
As well as being the 2nd round of the 2011 MOTUL WOR series the event was also the 3rd running of the ALED EVANS Memorial Shield. Time has flown by and it is hard to think that 3 years have gone since the sad passing of one of WOR's great friends and riders. Lincoln Brewster won the first year of the shield with Ashley Fox winning the 2nd, Lincoln was determined to get it back this year and boy did he do it in style. When Mrs Evans (Aled's mum) presented Lincoln with the shield, it was a very touching and moving moment again as you could see it really meant something to everyone. Another point to mention was the minutes silence in Aled's honour that was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. Respect at its finest.
Looking back to his best ever form, the likeable Bolton based rider seemed to effortlessly float his KTM 250 2t around this demanding and tiring course to take a very comfortable 7 and a half minute advantage of the nearest man to him. Leading from the second lap onwards, Brewster just put more and more time between himself and the rest of the field and fully deserved his gold position and re take of the AE shield. 13 laps was the bench mark set by the top 8 riders overall although simply finishing this event in the heat and dust was cause for a celebration for most riders. Runner up in the big expert class was Rheinallt Davies with a fine display of speed and riding ability, the bronze medal place going to the, always there or there abouts, Tim Forman. Davies' KTM being just short of two and a half minutes clear of Forman's' Gas Gas.
In the Clubman class things are the wrong way around at the moment with the "b" class riders out performing the "a" class riders…Maybe going back to one Clubman class would sort this out but for the time being it was John Hill whom took the win overall and in his sub class. The young midlands based Yamaha rider improves by the week and has a very smooth and intelligent riding style to help him along. Runner up in the B's was Harry Eccles and the third place went to Harrison Bell, both Eccles and Bell going very well throughout. Stuart Waterhouse took the win in the Clubman A class with a strong ride ousting Sam Alderman and John Jones into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. All the top clubman riders completed 12 laps a piece.
In the very competitive Over 40's championship class it was a new name topping the rostrum with Martin Atherton taking a very comprehensive victory over usual over 40's top man, Chris Wagstaff. Atherton took a massive 3.5 minutes off Waggy who in turn took 3 minutes off bronze placed Justin Carter. Karl Klaybrook had been an early front runner but ran into problems along the way. Atherton was simply brilliant as he led all of the vets from start to finish.
Rounding out the 3 hr races is the Sportsman A group, Stephen Brooks took another trophy home with him as he gets better each week, topping the class by a massive 14 minutes from runner up Ian Williams and Mark Plain. 10 laps was the top Sportsman Score.
Combined in the one race is a 2hr catergory that caters for the riders that prefer that duration of competition. Top rider in this section was in the over 50's with Ray Whittall taking another class win. Ray was just under a minute ahead of WOR veterans most winningest rider, Colin Jones. Jones back on a trusty Yamaha 2t was pleased to be back competitive after not getting on with his 4t earlier in the year. Expect to see more battles between Jones and Whittall as the series unfolds. Whittall was going very well early on with some super lap times. The bronze over 50 place went to the very consistent Colin Griffiths. All riders finishing on 8 laps.
In the sportsman's B group it was Eddie Fray in 3rd place, Phil Ball
in the silver with Cole Elliot taking the Gold, all riders on 7 laps.
The ladies had about 6 or 7 riders in the group which was nice to see and it was the always smooth and competitive Rhian George that dominated the class, taking just over a minute out of runner up Helen Spiers. Emily Davey was 3rd albeit a lap down on the top two.
Charlie Nichols was the top youth rider with a comprehensive victory from runner up Sam Richardson and 3rd placed Ryan Phillips. All the youth riders doing really well.
Rounding out the classes was the novice group with a fine performance from Gethin Sharp being enough to push Mike White and Matthew Newell into the other podium places.
Starting the day's action was a 1.5hr kids Hare and Hounds Enduro that kicked off at 9.30am and offered the smaller riders a shortened yet still challenging course. Ben Murray was 3rd in the 65's with Jack Llewellyn Hughes in the runners up spot. Taking a quality win was young Ross Davies, fully deserving his award with some very stylish and quick riding.
85 small wheels had Hannah Murray take the win from Steffan Kelly and Ross Johns. All these riders putting in quality, determined performances.
Big Wheel 85's had Harry Nichols in 3rd place, George Price in 2nd
place and overall winner of the Kids race, Jon Hunt as the victor.
All of the kids did well and the standard of junior riding here at WOR just gets better.
With slick organisation, One of the best tracks around, a great atmosphere and loads of people staying on to camp another night and enjoy the Easter sunshine, it can only be described as another quality event and superb weekend. Steve and the WOR team doing Aled Proud.. Well done.
The next round of this class leading series is on May 22nd , see www.worevents.co.uk for more details.
WOR's next event is at one of their best tracks, Penybontfawr, in Powys is the setting for the weekend of 7/8th May with a RED play day on the Saturday followed by rd 1 of the 2 man and Iron man series on the Sunday. 2hr race categories are also included. There are two man classes for all abilities and also Iron Man classes for all. This is one track not to miss and comes with a brilliant camping and paddock area. Entries are open online and by calling 07528 008 658 …non members most welcome.
WOR EVENTS kicked off their 2011 MOTUL HARE & HOUNDS ENDURO PREMIERSHIP at Maeshafn, nr Chester last weekend and over 350 riders supported what was a superb weekend's action.
The ever popular RED on the Saturday set the standard for the rest of the year as the course, quality of going and track design coupled with the best possible staff and event personnel made for a great days sport with kids, ladies and experienced riders having a fun and friendly day in the world of off road dirt enduros.
The smiles and handshakes at the end of both days was a testament to the thrill levels that were achieved.
Maeshafn is one of those venues that simply has everything and Hare and Hounds Supremo, Steve Ireland, once again pulled out all the stops to ensure not a bit of this superb mountainside was wasted. There are endless tracks and trails on this course with whoops, bumps, jumps, rock sections, big up hills , big down hills, woods and a fantastic viewing and parking area, the whole place just sets the standard for the entire sport and with decent weather it cannot be topped, it can be equalled though as this club, WOR Events, has over 25 top quality venues at it's disposal, all of them exclusive use only, which is an added bonus for the 1000+ members that the club have amassed so far this season.
Kicking off in the mist clouds on Sunday morning was the kids race, a one and a half hour event that catered for the up to 65's and 85's and also up to 150cc. A modest entry line up did not detract from a brilliant race.
In the 65's Reece Pickersill was 3rd with Sion Jones taking the runners up place both on 13 laps. The winner, little Jack Llewellyn Hughes was flying and put in a superb 16 laps to take the class honours.
In the small wheel 85's it was Steffan Kelly that was 5 minutes clear at the head of the group, Travelling from the Isle of man was worth it again for this smooth little rider. Runner up was Sam Keeble and Connor Makin took the bronze.
The big Wheelers was dominated by George Price, price winning the event overall with 20 laps to his credit, James Sutton rode well to take the silver with a lap deficit on Price. The podium was rounded out by another Isle of Man traveller, young Callum Purves.
Rounding out the race was Thomas Cadwallader and Charlotte Snowden
taking the two top places in the up to 150cc group.
After a quick stop for the presentation and some track changes for the adult loop, 200 riders were lined up and good to go for 2 and 3hrs depending on their chosen class.
The union jack flag was dropped by Steve Ireland at 11.45am and away went the roar of the open class riders, The open class (experts) is not a championship class this year at WOR, this is an effort to concentrate on the Clubman and Sportsman riders that are the life blood of the sport and deserve a series aimed at them.
However a strong line up of Pro's still supported the event and will
continue to do so as they simply enjoy the "quality" that WOR
provide at their events.
In the Clubman A it was Aled Evans in 3rd place with Tom Potter as the Runner up. Simon Jones took the win but overall Clubman glory went to the ever improving Ryan Ireland. The Cumbrian youngster now looking at a move to Clubman A as his Clubman B win was a comprehensive victory, leaving Andy Jervis and Thomas Rowley to battle out for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The over 40 championship class was bustling with quality and the win went with the leader from start to finish, Chris "Waggy" Wagstaff eventually holding off CF racing boss Gareth Lloyd by nearly 2 minutes. Lloyd is 50 next month and is deciding if to move to the over 50's or stay with the youngsters in the over 40's for the rest of the year. We watch this space!
Third place went to Jim Buchanan, a new recruit to the Over 40's and going very well on the lovely looking little SS Racing Husqvarna 310.
The last of the 3 hr racers was the Sportsman A and the really did battle hard to complete the duration of this very demanding old school style hare and hounds course.
3rd place went to Stephen Brooks on 15 laps with runner up Dan Robson taking 3 minutes off him to secure the runners up spot and a well earned 16 laps saw Stephen Smith blast his KTM 4t to a well deserved class win. Well done Stephen.
The rest of the groups were all competing in the 2hr section of the race.
This 2 hr race was topped by the ever young Raymond Whittall, Ray
took the over 50's class easily and was the overall 2hr victor to boot!
The Sportsman level veterans was topped by another very smooth and
unruffled rider, Julian Rylance, Rylance heading Mark Barrow and Duncan
Humphries into 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Sportsman B had Cole Elliott in 3rd place behind the hard charging Emrys Price, Price not quite keeping on the pace of Stuart Atkins who stormed to victory with 12 laps.
Emily Davey once again travelled the distance to support WOR an d was rewarded with a well earned ladies class win over runner up Leah Jones and 3rd placed Glesni Jones. All the girls looking tidy and very competent riders indeed.
The Youth class had Some proper fast boys at the helm, Racing to the bronze 3rd place was Dan Boam, having no brakes for the race did hamper him but he has the skill to cope, Runner up was Sam Richardson, having been away from WOR for a while Sam blasted back to the podium with his usual fast and attacking style.
Class winner though was Charlie Nicholls, maturing by the hour the slight Mancunian waltzed his Manchester Extreme yz 125 to a convincing 6 minute victory.
Rounding out the classes was the guys in the novice group. Steve Downe delighted and shocked to get a trophy did well for third place as Deiniol Williams took the runner up spot only 40 seconds ahead of Downe. David Wardale made the trip from Blackburn worthwhile in his first WOR ride by topping the class and taking a nice shiny trophy home with him that his son would not let go of!! Well done the Wardales.
The event went with out a hitch as far as organisation and logistics go but this WOR Events team is so experienced now and Race Co ordinater Martin Edwards was like a military machine with his efforts in producing the weekend's fun with Steve Ireland. Results
The club now move onto the World famous Hawkstone Park in 2 weeks for the HAWKSTONE FOR HEROES special…..Get your selves entered …that is one not to be missed.
The nest round of the MOTUL HARE + HOUNDS ENDURO PREMIERSHIP is on the weekend of April 23/24 at the awesome Robins Mountain venue off the A55 at Abergele.
With horrendous weather conditions pouring rain all over the UK last weekend, the decision by WOR Events to stage an event in their new sand quarry in the Midlands was an ace played as a great two days sport took place. Parking was simply not a problem as the deep red sand base soaked up the drink and everyone drove in and out with no fuss, and at this time of year that is a huge plus for any event. It would be hard to imagine another venue being so weather proof.
The Saturday was a play day with unrestricted practice and a really
friendly atmosphere around the paddock. The Sunshine was out for most of
Saturday and the track conditions were just about perfect.
Moto Duro mixes moto x type going with a slightly longer lap than MX, longer race duration than MX and some enduro type bits of terrain mixed into the course. This is a very popular format and one that really does bring both types of racing together.
A full entry all turned up on Sunday morning with a very strong Expert Line up set to do battle with each other and this gem of a venue. Harry Hillas on his KTM took the spoils in the first moto, in his new Wulfsport International Livery the young Halifax based rider was on a mission and picked his way through the pack and took the lead from early leader, Lincoln Brewster and the super smooth Gas Gas mounted Tim Forman.
With over 6 action packed races the racing stayed true and fair throughout the day and with 2 wins and a second place, Tim Forman took his second overall WOR victory in as many weeks, This chap will certainly be the guy to beat this year at WOR. Hillas had his rear silencer break up on him whilst in the lead of race 2 which forced race director Steve Ireland's hand to remove the loud bike from the circuit. Ashley Fox on the CF Racing Kawasaki 450i was in great form in race two and pushed the leader all the way for a strong second place, just the result and performance young Fox needed after his disappointment at the BSEC the day before. Lincoln Brewster is slowly coming back to fitness and with two thirds and a second he secured 2nd overall for the day. MX rider Joe Chambers took a well earned 3rd overall with some consistent scores.
As the day went on each race had slightly less riders in it as the sand was simply eating riders brake pads in a very quick and aggressive manner, some riders even went through a set per race!! Jane Daniels was unstoppable in the Clubman class with 3 straight 20 points wins. Showing the guys exactly how it should be done this young lady simply walked it and with the ability and growth this girl is showing she will most certainly be in the Experts some time in 2011. The opinion is this girl can go on and achieve big things in the World of off road riding. Runner up in the clubman (Clubperson!) class was Young Harrison Bell, again another rider that is flourishing with every ride. At 14 he has lots to learn but has some brilliant ability at his disposal. In third place is another young starlet, Jon Hill took consistent results to the bronze overall position in class.
Ian Barnett was in top form in the Veteran A class, 2 wins and a second saw him take the advantage from Chris Wagstaffe and third placed Huw Edwards. Gareth Lloyd from CF Racing Kawasaki was going well but an unplanned swim in the first race took the challenge out of Lloyd for the day and he did not make the last Race. Colin Jones was also going very well on his new KTM 350XCF and after running it in the day before he took a solid runner place to Barnett in the first moto only for a lack of fitness to rule him out for the rest of the days action. TM 125 mounted Gavin Beech is a proper Enduro rider, Gavin rode to the event on the bike, won all 3 motos of his races and rode home…A star performance. Runner up in Sportsman after the 3 moto races was the always improving and smiling Rob White, Jamie Price took a well deserved third place overall with some consistent results although the fact he used two sets of brake pads upset him!
In the Veteran B class it was Glyn Jones with two seconds and a win that enjoyed top spot from David Williams, These two had a proper ding dong in each race and seemed to really enjoy their day to the maximum. Bronze overall in class went to Darran Pegg with 3 very consistent rides.
Top lady was Emily Davey who is one determined lady who won't let any course be the better of her. Emily shows true grit every time she rides and fully earned her award at the presentation. Top Novice was Nick Bennet; this young man is in a fine run of form at present and is now moving up to the Sportsman Class as a reward for his efforts. Runner up to Bennett after 125` minutes of action was Mark Plain with Thomas Walker rounding out the podium. Jack Ditchfield was flying in the youth class and with 2 wins and a runners up he fully deserved his class win with some great overall results throughout. Charlie Nicholls on his Yam 125 was also going really well and seemed to love the sandy conditions, albeit wet and like grinding paste towards the end., Nicholls had two seconds and a win to earn his silver podium place. The very likeable Matt Boam rounded out the top 3 with some steady rides but left early and missed his trophy on the podium.
So after a full days action the venue emptied as quick as it had filled up in the morning and riders drove away beeping their horns and waving with thumbs up at the hard working WOR team that yet again delivered a superb days sport for it's growing band of riders. Well done to all and a big thank you goes out to the landowners and the people behind the scenes that make WOR Events what it is. Results
Foreman takes Baden Hall victory….
It is always a good turn out and event at WOR’s very popular Midlands’s venue, Baden Hall. Situated near to Stone in Staffs the venue is an old military bomb testing site and is unique in it’s make up. With over 8 separate woodlands linked together by banks and bomb holes, the course crosses and uses a maze of concrete roads and single trails and also has plenty of fast MX type going in the mix. The quality of this course was evident last Sunday as all the riders that crossed the finish line past race director Steve Ireland’s Chequered flag, had a smile or a handshake for the effort put in by the WOR team in running such a well planned event and weekends’ activities.
The racing started at a bang on 12.30pm on Sunday afternoon, the race had a 2hr and 2and a half hour race combined into one. Although cold the sun was out and the sky blue not bad for a high risk event in January.
As the Experts blasted off the line it was Old stalwart Lincoln Brewster, back from a 3 month lay off that led the way and headed the riders back past lap control at the end of lap one. Brewster had q good lead and looked certain to take a win with the pace he was running at, However 12 weeks missing from action and the lack of a drinks pack saw the 39 year old start to tire at the hour mark and the chasing pack of fit young riders bore him down.
Young Ashley Fox on his CF Kawasaki 450 was holding onto Lincoln for the best part of 40 minutes until the vastly experienced and very smooth and tidy Tim Foreman came past him and then hauled in Brewster on his Steve Plain Gas GAS. Foreman never looked back then and took a very well deserved victory in his first WOR Event for a while. Tim will be contesting the entire WOR series this year and will certainly be one of the men to beat come the season close. Tim was not quite aware of the battle going on behind him as the Hard Charging and on form Ben Wotton was blasting his Honda 450 into second place with a scrap of huge proportions going on with Ash Fox. These two were going bar to bar and right up until the last lap it was an unfortunate over the bars crash for Fox that ended his chance of taking the runner up spot. Fox and Wootton (below) set the fastest laps of the day on their last two laps, awesome stuff. The top riders all completed 15 laps.
In the Expert B class, newly promoted Thomas Bell was the victor. This young rider is simply climbing through the WOR ranks on a weekly basis and is just getting better and better; a strong physical chap with seemingly no fear in the tight stuff also marks him out as one to watch in from now and into this new race year at WOR. Dave Carthy took a well deserved runner up Expert B on his little 125 KTM although a lap down on Bell. Rounding out the Exp B podium was Luke Williams, Luke had some clutch problems but still took home some silverware which he was delighted with and did not expect.
The Clubman front runners in the “A” class had Dan Critchlow lead for an hour before Neil Roberts got through and took the class win leaving Critchlow in second place and the big man Lee Green in a well deserved podium position. Roberts completed 14 laps with Critchlow and Green on 13 a piece.
Thomas Bell’s little brother, Young Harrison, is also another young
rider that is flying at the moment. Harrison was riding for the first
time in the clubman class since moving up from youth, He took a very
fine class win with 13 laps and a 3 minute advantage over runner up,
Luke Thomas. Thomas is another just moved up from Sportsman and proving
his worth in the better classes.
Ian Barnett returned after a long WOR lay off and went straight back
to the top of the Vets A class with his customary aggressive, meaningful
and attacking style. Barnett loves the gloop and in some of the wetter
sections of the course he was simply flying.
Rounding out the 2.5hr riders classes is the Sportsman A group. These were headed on 11laps by Shane Marriott although some bad look for Runner up Dan Robson saw him just give the lead away on the last lap. The final podium position went to Pete Thacker with a solid display of riding.
The Vets B riders do 2hrs and not the full race, still in these conditions that only started getting tacky and better at the 1 and a half hour mark, they all rode superb with some great racing at the front of the pack. Andy Myers had third place, Rhodri Jones made the trip from North Wales well worth while with trophy (at last!) in the runners up spot but the spoils went to David Williams who took a lap victory on 10 laps to top the class.
Also doing 2 hrs was the Sportsman B class, Alex Green took a brilliant win and shows determination pays off as he held off challenges from silver places Mike Bartholomew and bronze finisher Stephen Brookes ended the day with a limp and a huge grin.
The top Novice riders were Shaun Spencer, Nick Bennett and Ben Redfearn in that order respectively. Bennet taking his second podium finish in arrow as he makes the transition from MX to the WOR way of racing.
Top Youth Rider was the ever improving 14 year old Lee Sealey who is really making a name for himself at the moment with strong rides everywhere. He took a convincing win from runner up Charlie Nichols on his new Yam 125 who in turn took a 4 minute cushion from the always smiling Matt Boam in third place.
Last but certainly not least is the growing ladies class, The Spoils went to Rhian George, a tough cookie by any one’s standards and a rider that loves to mix it up with the male riders out there, even in pain from a crash, she stayed strong to the end to take the class win with a near lap cushion from the super determined Emily Davey who finished second by only 3 seconds from third placed Helen Speirs. That is close racing girls!
The whole WOR weekend went brilliant and the racing on Sunday was well received by all, with the best organisation in the game the WOR team did well to produce another cracking event off the production line and look forward to running there next event in2 weeks time in the Midlands at yet another New Venue.
A big thank you to all helpers, media guys, land owner and of course the hundreds of riders that supported the event.
Images.. Kev in focus & Linden Adams Photography.
NANTMAWR IS A TOUGH ONE!
Being the old home of the iconic TOUGH ONE extreme enduro it came as no surprise to the WOR Events team and all the riders, that with the constant barrage of rain that the venue took from Thursday till Sunday, the 2hr Scramble race was going to be very tough indeed.
No other venue on the map could handle the wet stuff like this old quarry, Parking not a problem and the course offering some hard standing bits and also a very slippery and wet mountain top section, all in all keeping the hardy competitors on their toes.
From the off Young KTM 150 mounted Gethin Humphries was flying. The young Welshman getting faster and smoother with every ride, and really looking like he has gelled with his small bore 2t machine.
With over a 1 minute gap on the chasing pack within the first lap, Gethin looked like he was going to walk away with it.
However in that chasing pack is another young and super fit rider called Ben Wootton, Battling a big MX Honda 450 around the technical and demanding track, The unassuming Wootton was plugging away and reeling in Humphries.
A little mess up by Humphries near the lap control area saw the teenager take an unplanned dip in the small pond by scoring, As the spectators helped Humphries out from the drink, the stealth Wootton nipped through and took a lead that he never lost, even loosing his back brake an hour in, Wootton managed to keep consistent and fast and earned another win with his new lucky number 7!
Young Gethin did start putting in some very quick lap times towards the end after his dad had goaded him from the sidelines. Infact the lap times were un matched by any one in the event and the young Welshman stepped up the pace as he tried to catch Wootton, all the time through the race Gethin thought he was in the lead and had did not know Wootton had snuck through.!!
Lee Taylor was hard charging all day and took a very well earned 3rd spot on the Expert podium ahead of an under Parr Rowland Morris in 4th.
Paul Engelen is a stalwart of WOR races and his form in the clubman class is great to see. A very steady and polished rider, Engelen does not make many mistakes and is always calm and cool , stormed to the class victory with a 1 minute plus advantage over Alec Everitt. Both these riders where on 10 laps with 3rd place Clubman, Jim Buchcanan rounding out the trophy places with 9 laps.
In the Veterans Allan Price led for a fair while before Oaklands team rider Craig Parkes burst through and took a commanding lead and won the class. Price rode on to take the runner up position with the always smiling and ever green Mick Hammond in 3rd place. Parkes and Price both did very well to finish on 11 laps each, placing them in the top 6 overall.
In the sportsman Nathan Rogers was dominant with a ride and result
that will put him in Sportsman A without a doubt.
Rob White made a very welcome appearance on the trophy wall in 3rd place with a very determined and hardy ride.
Top Novice was Green Grocer Wayne Siddall From Llangollen, picking up
his award, he said "at last!" with a bug grin to accompany it.
Emily Davey Battled an alien bike around the tough conditions and finished as top lady of the day.
In the youth class Charlie Nichols was flying on his new Yamaha 125 taking the win from local youth rider Ryan Phillips and his younger brother "Dangerous Harry" Nichols in 3rd place.
All in all the event ran without a hitch in these very adverse conditions and once again the professional WOR team had delivered a quality, safe and professional race.
The club would like to thank the landowners and all the people who help make these events happen.
Here's to a fun and exciting 2011 at WOR EVENTS