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Barnstorming Bicton. Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship Finale – Race Report & Results
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Barnstorming Bicton. Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship Finale – Race Report & Results

by adminOctober 9, 2017

The 2017 Fast Eddy Rock Oil Championship drew to a close on Sunday with the final round taking place at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury, the Fast Eddy crew’s favourite venue.

Race Report by Tim Tighe – Images courtesy of Tilde Tighe

Although used many times throughout the season, Bicton never ceases to come up with something new and provide great racing, which is exactly what happened on Sunday. The small woodland area was utilised to the maximum with a handful of new routes thrown into the mix along with the stubble field sections and part of the old MX track.

The weather was perfect for racing, as was the ground, with berms in all the right places around the seven-minute lap for the adult racers.

The Youth riders started the day’s events and it was good to see this race so well supported. Alfie Rickwood and Josh

Jack Sandland

Williams were two new names on the entry sheet, their first ever XC race, a break from their usual MX outings. Keelan Hope was also back in the ranks putting his MX skills to the test.

In the 85-150cc class Rickwood nailed the holeshot and was untouchable from that point onwards, he was gaining 20 seconds a lap in the first part of the race but Hope got his head down and dug deep to get within two minutes of the leader and take second place with Fast Eddy regular Cory Cookland just eight seconds adrift in third.

It was a tough course for the 65/auto riders but the battle between Jack Sandland and Alfie Davies was impressive as they clocked up 11 laps apiece. Sandland took the class win by 17 seconds over Davies with Will Barnett in third spot.

For the adults race the course was in prime condition, the Youth race riders having taken the slippery top layer off. With everyone from Expert to Novice in the same race it was helpful that the course was one of the longest ever at Bicton.

Jacob James

In the Expert ranks it was time for the re-match between Ben Murphy and Sam Greenslade. The previous meeting at Bicton saw them wheel to wheel for much of the race with New Zealander Greenslade taking the win at his first race in the UK. It was clear from the start that Murphy was out for revenge.

Henry Yardley showed he was back in form and fully recovered by taking the holeshot ahead of a pack of quality experts as Max Ditchfield stuck to his rear wheel while Murphy and Greenslade trailed in his wake. Harry Edmondson bought up the rear of the pack on a Sherco 300, trying the machine for the first time in race conditions.

Murphy, Ditchfield and Greenslade slowly eased a gap on the rest and by the mid-point Ditchy had caught some traffic allowing Greenslade to overtake and pull a 20 second gap with Murphy around 15 seconds ahead. Harry Edmondson eased his way through the pack to join the leader but it was all eyes on the front two as the gap yo-yoed between them.

Greenslade put in the fastest lap of the race to close within 7 seconds of Murphy then ditched it near the finish line,

Ben Martindale

losing 20 seconds in the process. As the final laps approached neither rider had refulled until with 10 seconds remaining on the clock Murphy took a quick splash and left for his final lap. Greenslade had disappeared, out of fuel in the stubble field section he walked disconsolately back to the pits, his gamble had failed.

Max Ditchfield had stuck at it and was rewarded with second overall while a great ride from Harry Edmondson, fending of Henry Yardley for most of the race, saw him take third.

A testament to the quality of the Youth A riders was evident in the results as they took four of the top nine places amongst the Expert riders.

Cole Cookland clocked eight laps to win the Youth A class ahead of many Experts and all Clubman riders, another cracking ride from this youngster whose days in the Youth ranks must be numbered. Sam Davies and George Yardley both rode extremely well to take second and third in class and post 18 laps into the bargain. Will Farrow headed the Youth B ranks ahead of Carwyn Rosser and Adam James.

Alfie Rickwood

Jacob James was the only Clubman rider to clock 18 laps. He battled Lee hattersley for the holeshot and continued to work his way through the field, eventually taking ninth overall along with his class win. Hattersley eventually nailed the runner-up spot just less than 10 seconds ahead of Ben Key in third place.

Kev Sandland emulated his sons win in the Youth race by taking the Vets A top spot ahead of Chris Wagstaff and David Williams. In Vets B it was Mark Plain and Joe Webster vying for supremacy with Plain eventually taking the win ahead of Webster as Tony Gunn took third.

Ben Martindale once again ruled the roost in the Sportsman class but was followed closely to the flag by Nick Whitehead with Nick Dawson a little way behind in third. The Novice class

Winner Ben Murphy

went to Josh Lucy who had been bar-to-bar on several occasions around the course, determined to take his class win in what turned out to be a great ride. Dave Withington secured second spot with Kristian Ankritt in third.

The race was a terrific finale to the series with a cracking course and red-hot competition between riders across all classes. Bicton has played its part well this season in several guises but last Sunday saw it at its best.

Results

Youth Race

85 – 150 cc

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed

Will Farrow

1 54 Alfie Rickwood 1:17:18.542 12 6:10.001 10 0 km/h
2 200 Keelan Hope 1:19:04.343 1:45.801 12 6:16.634 7 0 km/h
3 99 Cory Cookland 1:19:13.153 1:54.611 12 6:17.566 11 0 km/h
4 15 Joshua Williams 1:15:36.942 1 lap 11 6:36.012 9 0 km/h
5 30 Billy Austin 1:21:37.399 1 lap 11 6:55.904 10 0 km/h
6 20 Alex Leadbetter 1:21:45.967 1 lap 11 7:11.693 5 0 km/h
7 21 Endaf Hughes 1:19:58.731 2 laps 10 7:28.088 10 0 km/h
8 18 Brodie Salt 1:21:34.213 2 laps 10 6:55.374 9 0 km/h
9 42 Callum Millward 1:22:12.846 2 laps 10 7:22.086 9 0 km/h
10 12 Scott Gethin 1:19:17.472 6 laps 6 10:27.303 6 0 km/h

Auto/65 cc

Mark Plain

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 120 Jack Sandland 1:19:44.549 11 6:40.645 10 0 km/h
2 26 Alfie Davies 1:20:01.565 17.016 11 6:45.999 10 0 km/h
3 16 Will Barnett 1:20:04.785 3 laps 8 9:13.676 7 0 km/h
4 666 Alfie Dawson 1:15:33.171 4 laps 7 9:24.158 6 0 km/h

Adult Race

Expert

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 342 Ben Murphy 2:06:09.502 20 6:07.904 14 0 km/h
2 160 Max Ditchfield 2:02:12.830 1 lap 19 6:16.563 2 0 km/h
3 9 Harry Edmondson 2:05:33.261 1 lap 19 6:21.763 18 0 km/h

Kev Sandland

4 25 Henry Yardley 2:08:11.907 1 lap 19 6:22.690 17 0 km/h
5 110 Ted Bailey 2:05:49.881 2 laps 18 6:46.549 15 0 km/h
6 29 Liam Radcliffe 2:02:15.234 3 laps 17 6:53.158 11 0 km/h
7 922 Aaron Smith 2:05:30.428 3 laps 17 6:44.062 8 0 km/h
DNF 10 Sam Greenslade 1:53:48.435 18 6:06.455 14 0 km/h
DNF 313 Steven Hughes 17:42.834 2 7:29.781 2 0 km/h

Youth A

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 23 Cole Cookland 2:04:41.707 18 6:35.354 2 0 km/h
2 4 Sam Davies 2:06:04.437 1:22.730 18 6:45.385 8 0 km/h
3 62 George Yardley 2:06:33.125 1:51.418 18 6:47.999 9 0 km/h
4 27 Charlie Chater 2:00:12.656 1 lap 17 6:45.642 3 0 km/h
5 44 James Palmer 2:02:05.599 1 lap 17 6:50.827 5 0 km/h

Josh Lucy

6 40 Archie Collier 2:04:01.812 1 lap 17 6:54.190 5 0 km/h

Clubman

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 22 Jacob James 2:07:09.274 18 6:50.888 9 0 km/h
2 111 Lee Hattersley 2:02:48.313 1 lap 17 6:59.482 13 0 km/h
3 107 Ben Key 2:02:59.228 1 lap 17 7:02.517 12 0 km/h
4 47 Sean Taylor 2:04:33.951 1 lap 17 7:04.151 10 0 km/h
5 18 Michael Smith 2:00:09.477 6 laps 12 8:34.382 2 0 km/h
DNF 115 Ryan Armitage 1:47:01.390 14 7:20.002 8 0 km/h

Vets A

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 666 Kevin Sandland 2:02:47.094 17 7:00.873 10 0 km/h
2 81 Chris Wagstaff 2:03:53.526 1:06.432 17 7:02.680 6 0 km/h
3 204 David Williams 2:06:07.920 3:20.826 17 7:06.267 16 0 km/h
4 46 Shane Brown 2:06:57.362 2 laps 15 8:04.241 9 0 km/h

Cole Cookland

Youth B

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 20 William Farrow 2:04:15.458 17 6:59.082 4 0 km/h
2 101 Carwyn Rosser 2:04:52.393 36.935 17 7:04.617 4 0 km/h
3 111* Adam James 2:01:29.945 1 lap 16 7:19.306 5 0 km/h

Sportsman

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 259 Ben Martindale 2:06:00.712 17 7:02.859 14 0 km/h
2 94 Nick Whitehead 2:06:53.022 52.310 17 7:10.959 15 0 km/h
3 666* Nick Dawson 2:02:00.860 1 lap 16 7:22.141 11 0 km/h
4 29 Sean Flannigan 2:03:49.757 1 lap 16 7:26.109 4 0 km/h
5 61 Paul Englen 2:05:40.432 1 lap 16 7:17.240 7 0 km/h
6 348 Luke Crumpler 2:06:58.827 1 lap 16 7:38.412 9 0 km/h
7 3 Dan Edwards 2:07:24.391 1 lap 16 7:29.470 10 0 km/h
8 178 Dean Hancox 2:07:50.066 1 lap 16 7:40.328 10 0 km/h
9 2 Connor Martin 2:01:47.578 2 laps 15 7:26.939 14 0 km/h
10 10 Anthony Trawford 2:02:35.049 2 laps 15 7:30.515 2 0 km/h
11 178 Gavin Barnett 2:03:34.022 2 laps 15 7:47.618 13 0 km/h
12 555 Dan Lawley 2:05:01.676 2 laps 15 7:50.360 15 0 km/h
13 32 Dan Charles 2:05:14.252 2 laps 15 7:49.338 8 0 km/h
14 89 Chester Norton 2:06:02.666 2 laps 15 8:01.848 8 0 km/h
15 36 Thurlowe Bone 2:00:06.221 3 laps 14 7:42.515 11 0 km/h
16 41 Martin Stanser 2:05:00.322 3 laps 14 7:51.673 14 0 km/h
17 19 James Flannigan 2:05:47.151 3 laps 14 7:06.219 10 0 km/h
18 111** Jay Norman 2:06:11.050 3 laps 14 8:09.436 2 0 km/h
19 855 Thomas Bates 2:08:39.604 5 laps 12 9:10.767 5 0 km/h
20 404 Mark Roberts 2:06:19.844 6 laps 11 8:15.681 5 0 km/h
DNF 791 Alyn Roberts 44:09.373 5 8:21.409 3 0 km/h

Novice

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 147 Josh Lucy 2:00:04.289 16 7:01.459 12 0 km/h
2 116 Dave Withington 2:03:32.135 3:27.846 16 7:19.235 12 0 km/h
3 21 Kristian Ankritt 2:05:24.497 1 lap 15 7:56.357 8 0 km/h
4 127 John Spencer 2:06:34.482 2 laps 14 7:56.913 2 0 km/h
5 17 Mitchell Baker 2:04:13.123 4 laps 12 8:55.888 6 0 km/h
6 16 Connor Ryan 2:10:19.048 9 laps 7 10:43.486 4 0 km/h
DNF 826 Kris Farrar 1:01:46.877 7 8:04.733 6 0 km/h
DNF 842 Lee Spencer 1:00:17.626 6 9:18.079 5 0 km/h

Vets B

Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Time Best Lap Best Speed
1 33 Mark Plain 2:02:21.409 16 7:23.670 9 0 km/h
2 12 Joe Webster 2:02:58.512 37.103 16 7:13.094 5 0 km/h
3 6 Tony Gunn 2:08:10.714 5:49.305 16 7:46.228 11 0 km/h
4 817 Guy Graham 2:00:07.605 1 lap 15 7:45.036 7 0 km/h
5 372 Roger Withington 2:02:26.545 1 lap 15 7:24.653 2 0 km/h
6 69 Colin Bott 2:04:14.739 1 lap 15 7:59.048 11 0 km/h
7 5 Paul Holmes 2:02:37.440 3 laps 13 8:54.870 10 0 km/h
DNF 97 Billy Parkinson 29:38.271 3 8:56.670 2 0 km/h
DNF 333 Andy Harvey 32:36.192 3 7:28.156 2 0 km/h