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Ditchfield Domination. Rock Oil XC Championship Round 4 – Race Report and Results
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Ditchfield Domination. Rock Oil XC Championship Round 4 – Race Report and Results

by adminJuly 12, 2017

Fast Eddy Racing’s first visit to the Deuxhill venue in sleepy Shropshire, just south of Bridgnorth, was interesting to

Expert winner Max Ditchfield

say the least. The venue obviously has potential although due to farming commitments some of the land originally planned as part of the course was not available for use, which severely shortened the lap. What was available was mainly dusty field sections but the heart of the venue proved to be a wooded area with a stream section that provided great entertainment throughout all three races.

Report and images by Tim Tighe

Max Ditchfield posted a significant win in the afternoon race at the head of the Expert class that broke Ben Murphy’s stranglehold on the Championship. Ditchy started well and fought off challenges from Jordan Ridgway, Derek Bawn and Harry Edmondson early on as Murphy encountered problems in the stream section. Twice he crashed on consecutive laps and ended up facing the wrong way in the stream, losing his goggles in the process.

On a dusty track losing goggles was not a good thing, not just for following other riders but also around some of the longer sweeping curves riders were riding into their own dust as it slowly blew across the course.

The layout of the course was changed for the final race and it was a work of genius as riders went through the stream

James Palmer

section three times and had a steep climb or tricky gully to negotiate. It was so tricky that Fast Eddy himself jumped in and rode bikes out of the gulley when all seemed hopeless, and it was entertaining to see his little legs scrabbling for grip as he pushed riders and bikes up the steep exit slope.

With Ditchy in a solid spot at the head of the field it was all eyes on Harry Edmondson to see if he could close the gap and stay ahead of Murphy at the same time in the closing few laps of the race. Harry did it in style and took a very well-deserved second spot as Murphy pipped Bawn to the post for third place with a pass on the final lap.

James Palmer rode exceptionally well to take fifth overall but much more importantly, he won the Youth A class with ease as Cole Cookland and Charlie Chater finished second and third in class following a tremendous battle from the moment the flag dropped. All three Youth A riders were up in the rankings, beating the Clubman riders into submission.

Jacob James was on top form to win the Clubman class against stiff competition from Lee Hattersley and Ben Key,

Jacob James back to form with the Clubman Class win

all three riders posting 22 laps over the two-hour race with just over 40-seconds between them at the finish.

Kev Sandland’s move to a KTM seems to have paid off. His long-awaited win in the Vets finally came true as he beat Chris Wagstaff into second spot by just 10 seconds. Mike Windsor took third.

Earlier in the day the Vets B, Youth B, Sportsman and Novice riders had their shot at glory. Even by mid-morning it was really hot and although the woodland offered some shade it also had the stream to contend with.

Shaun James and Andrew Whieldon had a cracking race in the Vets B class but it was Youth B rider Dan Leadbetter who took the overall win with a terrific ride that saw him post 20 laps, matched only by fellow Youth B rider Will Farrow in second spot. Carwyn Rosser completed the Youth B line-up.

James and Whieldon were never more than a couple of bike lengths apart and that’s how they finished at the head of the Vets B class with Mark Glover grabbing the final podium spot just seconds ahead of Mark Plain.

Ben Martindale was head and shoulders clear in the Sportsman class wile Rob Latham took second and Andy Rich

Sion Evans Youth race Winner with Fast Eddy himself

third but there was not much between them by the finish flag.

Josh Lucy had an outstanding ride to win the Novice class by a clear lap over Ash Williams in second spot and Dan Laight in third.

The Youth race started the day and it was won by Sion Evans (85-150cc) once again as this talented youngster posted 12 solid laps. He was matched on laps by Cole Cookland who was just over 30 seconds adrift at the end of the race while Callum Millward took third in class. Jack Sandland put on a great show to take third overall and win the 65cc bracket ahead of Wilf Barnett. Young Alfie Dawson displayed true grit in the Auto class, managing seven laps to his credit.

Deuxhill had been in the pipeline for a while but timing was crucial. Some of the fields were out of bounds but it was an interesting little venue with some great features and plenty of potential for the future if more land can be incorporated into the track.

It was hot, dusty and fun throughout the weekend and hopefully the first of many visits to this cracking little venue.

Results

Youth Race

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 505 Sion Evans 1:01:08.916 0.000 12 4:52.920 1 –
2 99 Cory Cookland 1:01:47.628 38.712 12 4:59.209 2 –
3 120 Jack Sandland 1:01:32.650 1 lap 11 5:17.781 9 –
4 42 Callum Millward 59:07.248 2 laps 10 5:21.061 6 –
5 16 William Barnett 1:01:23.461 3 laps 9 6:04.701 3 –
6 666 Alfie Dawson 58:26.760 5 laps 7 6:39.134 7 –

Adult Race 1

Youth B

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 367 Dan Leadbetter 1:45:06.432 20 4:50.200 2 0 km/h
2 20 William Farrow 1:47:05.270 1:58.838 20 4:56.152 5 0 km/h
3 101 Carwyn Rosser 1:46:44.170 1 lap 19 5:05.500 14 0 km/h
DNF 111 Adam James 27:19.721 4 5:16.284 3 0 km/h

Vets B

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 22 Shaun James 1:44:12.293 19 5:05.937 13 0 km/h
2 10 Andy Whieldon 1:44:31.333 19.040 19 5:06.520 10 0 km/h
3 123 Mark Glover 1:47:02.548 2:50.255 19 5:10.652 3 0 km/h
4 33 Mark Plain 1:43:37.751 1 lap 18 5:12.959 18 0 km/h
5 711 Michael Eaton 1:47:27.370 1 lap 18 5:23.428 17 0 km/h
6 571 Steve Davies 1:44:03.150 2 laps 17 5:30.895 5 0 km/h
DNF 63 Richard Holmes 12:18.359 1 5:56.485 1 0 km/h

Sportsman

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 259 Ben Martindale 1:44:41.140 19 5:06.986 3 0 km/h
2 333 Rob Latham 1:46:06.879 1:25.739 19 5:04.211 12 0 km/h
3 161 Andy Rich 1:44:10.476 1 lap 18 5:14.180 18 0 km/h
4 178 Dean Hancox 1:44:59.546 1 lap 18 5:16.722 11 0 km/h
5 111 Jay Norman 1:46:30.034 1 lap 18 5:19.884 13 0 km/h
6 11 Anthony Trawford 1:43:41.042 2 laps 17 5:10.218 17 0 km/h
7 173 Gemma Holtham 1:44:08.997 2 laps 17 5:25.784 4 0 km/h
8 19 Richard Sheppard 1:47:53.538 3 laps 16 5:35.776 2 0 km/h
9 30 Russ Boyles 1:46:41.043 5 laps 14 5:21.657 13 0 km/h

Novice

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 147 Josh Lucy 1:45:32.092 19 4:56.892 14 0 km/h
2 172 Ashley Williams 1:46:49.971 1 lap 18 5:12.117 17 0 km/h
3 64 Daniel Laight 1:47:04.095 1 lap 18 5:22.257 12 0 km/h
4 21 Kristian Ankritt 1:43:34.836 2 laps 17 5:25.795 9 0 km/h
5 483 Louis Andrew 1:44:58.127 3 laps 16 5:49.973 10 0 km/h
6 50 Marc Pritchard 1:44:36.974 4 laps 15 6:07.281 4 0 km/h
7 111 Simon Boyles 1:43:15.369 5 laps 14 5:59.191 9 0 km/h

Adult Race 2

Expert

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 160 Max Ditchfield 1:58:07.520 24 4:36.509 23 0 km/h
2 9 Harry Edmondson 1:58:45.390 37.870 24 4:36.185 21 0 km/h
3 342 Ben Murphy 1:59:33.770 1:26.250 24 4:34.262 13 0 km/h
4 3 Derek Bawn 2:00:18.111 2:10.591 24 4:35.469 13 0 km/h
5 8 Jordan Ridgway 2:01:22.186 1 lap 23 4:42.112 4 0 km/h
6 29 Laim Radcliffe 1:58:22.242 3 laps 21 4:59.882 20 0 km/h

Youth A

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 44 James Palmer 2:00:54.891 23 4:51.399 13 0 km/h
2 23 Cole Cookland 2:01:33.483 38.592 23 4:43.220 20 0 km/h
3 27 Charlie Chater 2:01:59.107 1:04.216 23 4:51.655 8 0 km/h
4 127 Callum Sedgwick 2:00:14.704 2 laps 21 5:03.831 13 0 km/h

Clubman

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 4 Jacob James 1:59:24.384 22 5:01.371 9 0 km/h
2 111 Lee Hattersley 2:00:31.883 1:07.499 22 5:00.932 19 0 km/h
3 107 Ben Key 2:00:56.330 1:31.946 22 4:58.891 12 0 km/h
4 47 Sean Taylor 1:58:19.838 2 laps 20 5:12.926 6 0 km/h
5 221 Michael Dutton 1:59:15.447 2 laps 20 4:58.890 14 0 km/h
6 181 Nelson Buckland 2:02:01.537 3 laps 19 5:33.071 2 0 km/h
7 112 Ashley Sheppard 2:03:42.617 3 laps 19 5:01.513 11 0 km/h
8 124 George Rees 2:02:08.187 7 laps 15 5:53.048 13 0 km/h
9 57 Jamie Wilson 2:01:06.680 10 laps 12 5:33.830 9 0 km/h
10 608 Ryan Phillips 1:58:26.229 21 laps 1 1:51:30.537 1 0 km/h

Vets A

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 666 Kevin Sandland 2:02:00.109 22 5:03.962 15 0 km/h
2 81 Chris Wagstaff 2:02:09.851 9.742 22 4:56.710 22 0 km/h
3 97 Michael Windsor 2:00:43.429 2 laps 20 5:02.953 15 0 km/h
4 46 Shane Brown 1:59:02.451 4 laps 18 5:45.577 17 0 km/h