Awesome Ashcombe. South West Enduro Championship Round 6 – Race Report
Report by Dan Mundell – Images courtesy of Bob Ward Photographic
With technical climbs, thick forestry in places and stumps aplenty, the riders had plenty to think about during the race! At 11AM the flag dropped and the Championship Class were away. With a high quality pedigree of riders from ex Great Britain ISDE team member Jamie Paget, Extreme specialists Ross Hancock and Charlie Frost and local hotshot Richard Tucker, fresh off the back of racing at the British Sprint near Birmingham the day before.
Unfortunately for Mr Frost he incurred a 3 minute penalty right at the start of the race for riding too fast through the pits because he forgot his transponder at the start. I think his mind was occupied with thoughts about what will happen if his nipple tape falls off during the race as he and his friends had all got their nipples pierced during the week! At the end of the three hours it was Frost, despite his penalty, who came out on top, with Richard Tucker taking 2nd and Ross Hancock bringing the Thor Motorcycles Beta home in third. All three riders completed 13 laps! Bike number 5, Jamie Paget, incurred some issues and only managed 8 laps due to that.
Fred Adams rode a very good race to bring home the Expert victory with Josh Lineham in 2nd and Darren Kiff in 3rd. All three of these riders completed 12 very demanding laps! It was nice to see Jack Delve back racing after a year off, bringing home 12th place in the experts and rounding out 10 laps! Ross Blackmore took a 20 second victory over Jack Twentyman in the over 35 expert class, with 11 laps completed. Chris Dodge brought home 3rd on 10 laps respectively.
In the E1 Clubman class it was young lad Jordan Brigden who picked up maximum points, one lap ahead of 2nd place Simon Trevaskis. Phillip Joyce was third. In the E2/E3 Clubman class George Bowerman took victory from Phil Chapple and 15 seconds further back, Kye steel. All of these riders totalled 10 laps. Father to E1 Clubman class winner, Geoff Brigden made it 2 victories for the Brigden household by completing 10 laps to win the Super Vet class ahead of Simon Thomas and Tim Edwards! Simon was also on 10 laps, and Tim on 9.
Last but not least is the Sportsman / Beginner class which was topped by Guy Krumins on a very impressive 9 laps, 2 laps clear of nearest rival Matthew Hopkins and in third, Matt Woodgates. With Guy’s form at Ashcombe he could soon be moving up the ranks into the higher classes!
Well done to all those who raced and CORE hope to see you all at their next event which is a ‘Day in the Dirt’ Practise day at the awesome ‘Loopy Lurley’, with a great loop that is open from 10:00 – 16:00 and a separate timed special test if you fancy seeing who out of your riding group is the fastest! (No race license required)
For more information on Core Offroad visit www.coreoffroadevents.co.uk