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Bicton Wrap up. GBXC Finale – Race Report and Results
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Bicton Wrap up. GBXC Finale – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 10, 2017

The final round of this seasons Fast Eddy GBXC certainly finished with a bang as two riders were glued together for

Sam Greensdale

most of the race, right up to the finish flag, it was the closest finish of the series in this championship.

Report and Images by Tim Tighe

Fresh over from New Zealand was Sam Greenslade who has considerable enduro history but throughout the final race on Sunday he was unknown. He soon came to onlookers attention as he tailed Expert championship leader Ben Murphy for 80 minutes out of the 120. Even once he had passed Murphy it was questionable if either rider could complete the race without a splash-n-dash in the final stages. It was the nailbiting finish the championship deserved.

A last-minute change to the popular Fast Eddy venue at Bicton proved to be successful, especially as the thunderstorms faded away on Saturday and left Sunday rain free. The course was extremely well prepared with extra loops that were added between the morning and afternoon races. The field sections were fast and flowing while the woods were tight and technical, something for everyone.

So, in the closing stages of the final race Greenslade and Murphy were toe-to-toe but that’s not the whole story as

James Palmer

Harry Edmondson, who eventually finished third, was in leader Murphy’s wheel tracks for the first hour of the race with Greenslade behind him. A crash in the big open field saw him lose lots of time and he was never able to recover to mount a challenge.

With less than Ben Keyten minutes to go Greenslade gained a 15-second lead over Murphy which help make his decision to pit for a splash of fuel. He just made the exit of the pits in time to cut across Murphy’s bow and maintain the lead. Murphy opted to try and finish without fuelling and his gamble paid off, he had enough in the tank to take second place but win the Expert champions title overall. Greenslade was a little in shock at his win. He is used to large courses in NZ so Bicton’s tightness got his heart rate going, juggling the changing terrain, an unfamiliar bike and unknown opposition. He rode well and took a terrific win following an epic battle with Murphy.

Ben Key and Jacob James also had a real fight in the Clubman class with Key eventually taking the class win by a

Chris Wagstaff

minute and a half over James as Jack Nixey took third, a lap down on the leading pair.

Chris Wagstaff and Jack Twentyman took turns in leading the vets A class while Kev Sandland dodged in between them for three laps before pulling out with a hand injury. Wagstaff eventually hit the front and stayed there as Twentyman took second spot.

The Youth A class went to James Palmer who dragged out an extra lap over a hard-charging George Yardley who was pushing his small wheeler to the limit throughout the race and finished in second place while Charlie Chater’s good showing early on counted for nothing after being hit by a rock and receiving a quick look from the medics before continuing on to take third.

The morning race saw equally fierce competition as age and experience took on youth and enthusiasm. At the front of the field it was Vet B rider Andy Harvey who fended off a strong challenge from Youth B’s Carwyn Rosser for the overall win.

Harvey had been pushed hard initially by Shaun James, who finished second in class ahead of Tony Gunn, but as the

Carwyn Rosser

youngsters came through the pack it was Sion Hughes who grabbed third overall and second in Youth B, followed by Dan Leadbetter while Ben Martindale headed the Sportsman class once again. Nick Dawson and Ben Hurley were not far behind in second and third.

Tony Chawner topped the Novice class and took the overall title as Novice Champion while Kristian Ankrit followed him to the finish line a minute later in second and Shaun Cornwall grabbed third in class.

Saturday held the Youth race and in very mixed conditions it was John Stanley who took the overall win and the 85-150 class with Doug Lote second and Billy Austin third. Jack Sandland rode hard for the 65cc class win ahead of Will Barnett and Max Gilby.

Sunday’s final race provided an excellent finish to the series, it could not have been any closer and many people stayed right to the end to witness the outcome. Great racing from Ben Murphy and Sam Greenslade.

Paul Edmondson completed yet another successful GBXC series with some great venues and cracking courses. Well

Ben Martindale

done Fast Eddy and his crew.

Results

Adult Race 1 

Vets B

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 200 Andy Harvey 1:44:38.905 19 4:59.930 19 0 km/h
2 22 Shaun James 1:48:56.118 4:17.213 19 5:18.748 16 0 km/h
3 48 Tony Gunn 1:46:34.050 1 lap 18 5:30.406 18 0 km/h
4 1 Peter Nixey 1:46:36.572 1 lap 18 5:19.606 16 0 km/h
5 69 Colin Bott 1:47:16.222 1 lap 18 5:20.541 16 0 km/h
6 201 Martin Harvey 1:47:59.859 1 lap 18 5:24.440 13 0 km/h
7 61 Rob Elston 1:48:35.493 1 lap 18 5:25.070 1 0 km/h
8 204 Mark Lowndes 1:46:43.084 3 laps 16 5:39.695 15 0 km/h

Ben Key

9 103 Dave Bowen 1:50:38.689 3 laps 16 6:03.328 7 0 km/h
10 747 Geoff Taylor 1:44:57.940 7 laps 12 5:35.822 3 0 km/h

Youth B

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 101 Carwyn Rosser 1:44:44.964 19 4:59.121 18 0 km/h
2 2 Sion Hughes 1:47:02.907 2:17.943 19 5:09.465 5 0 km/h
3 367 Dan Leadbetter 1:49:38.707 4:53.743 19 5:08.758 4 0 km/h
4 111 Adam James 1:45:48.985 1 lap 18 5:22.579 5 0 km/h
5 505 Bradley Price 1:48:14.936 3 laps 16 5:45.720 1 0 km/h
6 222 Jamie Williams 1:49:44.197 3 laps 16 5:06.884 5 0 km/h
7 994 Rowan Coyle 1:48:53.777 7 laps 12 6:39.548 1 0 km/h

Sportsman

Andrew Harvey

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 259 Ben Martindale 1:48:36.896 19 5:11.197 17 0 km/h
2 666 Nick Dawson 1:49:16.681 39.785 19 5:14.075 10 0 km/h
3 369 Ben Hurley 1:45:32.337 1 lap 18 5:20.515 12 0 km/h
4 793 Scott Harris 1:46:22.040 1 lap 18 5:13.040 13 0 km/h
5 3 Ash Swift 1:48:08.267 1 lap 18 5:21.861 12 0 km/h
6 32 Dan Charles 1:48:21.901 1 lap 18 5:26.323 17 0 km/h
7 38 Matt Hall 1:48:54.856 1 lap 18 5:25.602 18 0 km/h
8 178 Dean Hancox 1:49:23.331 1 lap 18 5:30.856 18 0 km/h
9 555 Dan Lawley 1:45:36.834 2 laps 17 5:31.653 17 0 km/h
10 89 Chester Norton 1:47:00.898 2 laps 17 5:37.373 9 0 km/h
11 68 Ben Dad 1:47:26.839 2 laps 17 5:38.099 10 0 km/h
12 64 Jonathan Hayes 1:47:51.029 2 laps 17 5:31.836 17 0 km/h
13 197 James Parslow 1:45:46.487 4 laps 15 6:01.196 11 0 km/h
14 216 Ryan Woods 1:46:28.903 4 laps 15 5:52.796 15 0 km/h
15 199 Josh Inchley 1:47:39.578 4 laps 15 5:46.275 7 0 km/h
16 28 Morgan James 1:50:17.664 4 laps 15 5:34.660 11 0 km/h
DNF 4 Paul Subbriani 1:20:25.922 11 6:22.243 10 0 km/h
DNF 591 Martin Stanser 1:00:09.123 9 5:48.520 6 0 km/h
DNF 65 James Harris 58:00.139 8 5:50.867 4 0 km/h
DNF 791 Alyn Roberts 34:49.208 2 5:51.906 1 0 km/h

Novice

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 35 Tony Chawner 1:45:26.851 17 5:36.148 14 0 km/h
2 21 Kristian Ankritt 1:46:30.037 1:03.186 17 5:39.608 17 0 km/h
3 11 Shaun Cornwall 1:48:18.054 2:51.203 17 5:42.201 16 0 km/h

Adult Race 2 

Expert

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 10 Sam Greenslade 2:01:34.366 24 4:45.073 3 0 km/h
2 342 Ben Murphy 2:01:37.249 2.883 24 4:46.012 17 0 km/h
3 9 Harry Edmondson 2:03:44.899 2:10.533 24 4:46.573 1 0 km/h
4 160 Max Ditchfield 2:04:01.017 2:26.651 24 4:51.262 3 0 km/h
5 25 Henry Yardley 2:01:56.164 1 lap 23 4:57.857 21 0 km/h
6 8 Derek Bawn 2:01:33.709 2 laps 22 4:57.048 16 0 km/h
7 21 Niles Reid 2:04:12.729 2 laps 22 5:15.910 9 0 km/h
8 363 Josh Bailey 2:00:34.181 3 laps 21 5:17.758 6 0 km/h
DNF 10* Jake Brittan 1:41:58.735 17 5:20.736 10 0 km/h
DNF 94 Joe Deakin 26:01.042 4 5:08.170 4 0 km/h

Clubman

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 107 Ben Key 2:03:25.482 22 5:06.989 20 0 km/h
2 4 Jacob James 2:05:07.873 1:42.391 22 5:14.627 19 0 km/h
3 17 Jack Nixey 2:01:32.578 1 lap 21 5:16.560 19 0 km/h
4 37 Paul Taylor 2:04:27.820 1 lap 21 5:25.584 19 0 km/h
5 36 Lewis Gigg 2:01:25.517 2 laps 20 5:27.940 11 0 km/h
DNF 1 Andrew Leonard 1:41:06.832 11 5:40.815 6 0 km/h
DNF 50 Harry Nicholls 53:37.164 4 6:30.721 3 0 km/h
DNF 115 Ryan Armitage 11:55.458 1 5:29.667 1 0 km/h

Youth A

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 44 James Palmer 2:03:59.648 22 5:09.504 3 0 km/h
2 62 George Yardley 2:04:40.993 1 lap 21 5:10.270 3 0 km/h
3 27 Charlie Chater 2:00:17.609 9 laps 13 5:17.240 1 0 km/h

Vets A

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 81 Chris Wagstaff 2:01:31.185 21 5:17.129 19 0 km/h
2 5 Jack Twentyman 2:01:54.093 22.908 21 5:18.324 10 0 km/h
DNF 666 Kevin Sandland 23:12.549 3 5:22.616 2 0 km/h