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Fast Eddy Triple crown at Bicton. Fast Eddy XC & GBXC Round 1 – Race Report & Results
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Fast Eddy Triple crown at Bicton. Fast Eddy XC & GBXC Round 1 – Race Report & Results

by adminApril 17, 2018

The 2018 Fast Eddy XC and GBXC Championships finally got underway last Sunday at Bicton Farm in Shropshire. The poor weather in the weeks leading up to the event had seen delays but just a week later than originally scheduled the turnout was terrific for the start of these championship series.

Report and Images by Tim Tighe

It was clear that a considerable amount of work had been put in to get the track into shape and with sunshine on Saturday and Sunday remaining dry the ground was perfect for racing.

This year the youth race is run under the Rock Oil XC Youth banner while the morning adult race for Youth B, Sportsman, Novice, Vets B and Over 50’s will constitute the Fast Eddy XC Championship. The afternoon race containing the Experts, Clubman 2T and 4T and Vets A will run as the GBXC Championship.

Traditionally, the first round of the season is at Bicton Farm where a lap for Joe is ridden in tribute to Joe Edge who passed away four years ago. All riders take a slow lap around the course, lead by Paul Edmondson and Joe’s dad and it is an emotional moment for all who remember Joe. As always, the lap was very well attended.

The long-awaited unveiling of Paul Edmondson’s rebuilt 2005 ISDE Honda 250 caused quite a stir and left many people wondering why Honda had ever stopped 2T production as the bike flew around the course throughout the day.

Racing started early, 8.45am, with a good entry of Youth riders having first bash at the Bicton lap. It was a slightly shortened lap to the adult race, the woods section was not included, but proved to be very competitive and entertaining all the same.

Shane Buchan

The entry to the 85-150 class dominated the field and from this class Cory Cookland dominated the race virtually from start to finish. A cracking ride saw him keep second placed Francis Davies at bay by over a minute with Lewis Hurdsman taking third spot, a lap down on the leading pair. Will Barnett and Rees Jones battled in the 65cc class but Barnett eventually pulled clear for the win with Jones taking second spot ahead of Archie Jordan in third place. Alfie Dawson claimed the Auto class win ahead of James Gittings-Jones with Harry Jordan grabbing third.

Following the lap for Joe the first fast Eddy XC of the season kicked off. The course was extended and the woodland section opened up to provide some technical challenges to balance the field sections. Sion Evans showed his intentions right from the start. His total dominance of last season’s youth races saw him carry his excellent form on to this year. Riding in the Youth B class he lead the field for the whole race and appeared completely in control for the whole two hours. Over 50’s rider Dave Cooper, who won his class but took second overall, put in a great ride to try and keep in touch but couldn’t catch the youngster. Scott Harris, representing the Sportsman ranks took third overall and his class win ahead of Nick Whitehead and Ant Trawford. Adam James was runner-up in the Youth B classification, some way ahead of third placed Doug lote. Mark Plain took second in the Over 50’s with Tony Gunn grabbing third. The Vets B win went to Roger Withington who posted an extra lap on Joe Gittins-Jones and Saxon Nell in second and third spots.

Cole Crookland

Top Novice rider was Ben Leighton. He posted 13 laps and was over seven minutes clear of second placed Tony Adams as the chequered flag was waived. Andrew Bowley took third, a lap down on Leighton and Adams.

By the time the afternoon’s GBXC race got underway the course was extremely well bedded-in and the opening few laps were truly fast and furious with the lead changing hands constantly. In the Expert pack Derek Bawn took the holeshot with Max Ditchfield a wheel’s length behind but by the time the pack hit the woodlands it was anybody’s race.

Ditchy got to the head of the field and set a blistering pace but had no respite from the chasing group and although he led for quite a few laps his bike experienced mechanical issues and had to DNF. Any of a number of riders were in the hunt for the win but it was Shaun Buchan who narrowly took victory by just 40 seconds over a hard-charging Henry Yardley, both clocking up 20 laps. Third placed Ricky Wiggins narrowly missed out on an extra lap but took third anyway.

Dave Cooper

It looks as if the Clubman 2T class will be a year-long battle between two riders; Cole Cookland and James Palmer. The each took a victory at the ACU Sprint the week before and were locked together for most of the race on Sunday with just 23 seconds separating the two as Cookland took the win and Palmer second. George Yardley was also on form and completed the 2T top three.

Lee Hattersley got his season of to a great start with the Clubman 4T win under his belt, edging out Ryan Phillips to second spot with a minute between them as Ben Key took third. Chris Wagstaff also started well with a win in the Vets A group ahead of Darryl Mead and Kev Sandland.

The extra week’s wait was worth it. The day saw cracking racing across the board and the weather played ball for once as the course dried to perfection. The Joe Edge tribute was moving and all involved appreciated the efforts put in by Fast Eddy and his crew.

Scott Harris

Results

GBXC 

Expert
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 14 Shaun Buchan 2:00:37.456 20 5:52.675 3 0 km/h
2 25 Henry Yardley 2:01:20.359 42.903 20 5:53.158 4 0 km/h
3 35 Ricky Wiggins 1:57:24.676 1 lap 19 5:56.066 2 0 km/h
4 9 Harry Edmondson 1:59:35.894 1 lap 19 6:00.796 4 0 km/h
5 5 Derek Bawn 1:59:56.336 1 lap 19 6:10.271 15 0 km/h
6 220 Sam Sault 2:01:04.216 2 laps 18 6:25.741 2 0 km/h
7 29 Laim Radcliffe 2:02:59.254 2 laps 18 6:32.069 3 0 km/h
8 22 Danny Thomas 1:58:38.030 3 laps 17 6:31.325 2 0 km/h
9 190 Jack Ditchfield 1:56:46.524 4 laps 16 5:59.851 3 0 km/h
DNF 160 Max Ditchfield 1:10:22.271 11 5:53.655 2 0 km/h

Clubman 2T
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 23 Cole Cookland 2:01:27.397 19 6:17.265 3 0 km/h
2 44 James Palmer 2:01:50.489 23.092 19 6:10.433 3 0 km/h
3 62 George Yardley 2:01:56.258 28.861 19 6:16.624 3 0 km/h
4 27 Charlie Chater 2:01:28.558 1 lap 18 6:19.384 17 0 km/h
5 40 Archie Collier 2:02:06.642 1 lap 18 6:27.627 2 0 km/h
6 4 Jacob James 1:59:16.714 2 laps 17 6:49.442 17 0 km/h
7 101 Carwyn Rosser 2:01:52.849 2 laps 17 6:43.854 2 0 km/h
8 38 Michael David Evans 2:02:40.765 2 laps 17 6:53.042 2 0 km/h
9 60 Adam Keil 2:03:21.650 3 laps 16 7:10.589 2 0 km/h
10 47 John Williams 1:57:11.744 4 laps 15 7:22.951 2 0 km/h
DNF 277 Joe Conway 53:04.364 7 6:47.218 3 0 km/h
DNF 11 Mathew Harries 34:55.153 5 6:37.844 5 0 km/h
DNF 110 Tim Hammond 28:38.995 1 0.000 – 0 km/h

Clubman 4T
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 111 Lee Hattersley 2:00:55.221 18 6:19.580 16 0 km/h
2 63 Ryan Phillips 2:01:25.693 30.472 18 6:34.387 14 0 km/h
3 107 Ben Key 1:56:34.099 1 lap 17 6:34.322 16 0 km/h
4 86 Ethan Pugh 1:58:54.721 1 lap 17 6:44.007 13 0 km/h
5 259 Ben Martindale 2:00:29.583 1 lap 17 6:49.024 13 0 km/h
6 12 Raife McDonald 2:02:45.459 1 lap 17 6:45.763 4 0 km/h
7 95 Sean Taylor 1:57:07.585 2 laps 16 6:50.515 3 0 km/h
8 98 George Wolfe 2:00:10.881 2 laps 16 7:04.966 16 0 km/h
9 99 James Palmer 1:56:51.235 3 laps 15 7:37.577 12 0 km/h
10 757 Mark Hurlston 1:57:39.890 5 laps 13 8:25.984 7 0 km/h
DNF 50 Josh Kirby 36:02.701 5 7:00.385 4 0 km/h
DNF 701 Bobby Friel 15:59.446 2 8:08.285 2 0 km/h

Vets A
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 81 Chris Wagstaff 1:58:56.776 17 6:43.939 14 0 km/h
2 15 Darryl Mead 1:59:22.027 1 lap 16 7:10.401 3 0 km/h
3 666 Kevin Sandland 2:00:08.815 1 lap 16 7:00.926 3 0 km/h
4 74 Cefyn Gamez 2:01:02.248 1 lap 16 7:17.955 2 0 km/h
5 3 Martin P Jones 2:02:17.679 1 lap 16 7:16.413 7 0 km/h
6 49 Shane Brown 2:00:50.455 2 laps 15 7:42.160 4 0 km/h
7 17 Stuart James 2:00:59.885 5 laps 12 7:39.432 2 0 km/h

Fast Eddy XC

Youth B
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 505 Sion Evans 1:55:49.520 16 6:48.242 2 0 km/h
2 111 Adam James 1:57:52.489 2:02.969 16 6:50.958 2 0 km/h
3 14 Doug Lote 1:57:55.765 3 laps 13 7:14.198 13 0 km/h

Over 50’s
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 501 Dave Cooper 1:57:03.800 16 7:03.890 16 0 km/h
2 33 Mark Plain 1:58:41.860 1 lap 15 7:42.087 8 0 km/h
3 6 Tony Gunn 1:53:09.670 2 laps 14 7:45.317 2 0 km/h
4 84 Chris Edwards 1:53:30.063 2 laps 14 7:40.904 5 0 km/h
5 79 Rob Elston 1:58:17.661 2 laps 14 7:41.724 5 0 km/h
6 34 Steve Taylor 1:58:20.102 2 laps 14 8:13.406 9 0 km/h
7 565 Jon Malone 1:59:10.144 2 laps 14 8:11.919 11 0 km/h

Sportsman
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 199 Scott Harris 1:57:04.979 16 6:53.432 12 0 km/h
2 94 Nick Whitehead 1:58:25.475 1:20.496 16 7:06.896 3 0 km/h
3 10 Ant Trawford 1:58:48.834 1:43.855 16 7:00.640 3 0 km/h
4 666 Nick Dawson 2:00:27.765 3:22.786 16 7:10.226 6 0 km/h
5 423 Dean Skerratt 1:53:36.712 1 lap 15 7:01.314 8 0 km/h
6 711 Liam Belfield 1:54:08.523 1 lap 15 7:10.445 12 0 km/h
7 13 Tim Miller 1:54:33.125 1 lap 15 7:23.592 7 0 km/h
8 47 Ollie Harcombe 1:55:40.493 1 lap 15 7:19.497 2 0 km/h
9 28 Morgan James 1:55:58.976 1 lap 15 7:17.370 10 0 km/h
10 692 Jake Sadler 1:56:05.205 1 lap 15 7:12.091 11 0 km/h
11 116 Dave Withington 1:56:17.748 1 lap 15 7:14.694 8 0 km/h
12 36 Scott Booth 1:56:19.266 1 lap 15 7:25.239 15 0 km/h
13 129 Trystan Hopkins 1:57:37.119 1 lap 15 7:29.161 9 0 km/h
14 144 Daniel Johnson 1:57:42.784 1 lap 15 7:27.953 6 0 km/h
15 178 Dean Hancox 1:59:50.046 1 lap 15 7:38.687 2 0 km/h
16 194 Joel Poole 1:54:52.741 2 laps 14 7:45.678 11 0 km/h
17 21 Kristian Ankritt 1:56:51.662 2 laps 14 8:07.655 8 0 km/h
18 19 Scott Griffiths 1:58:15.961 2 laps 14 7:56.594 9 0 km/h
19 89 Chester Norton 1:52:24.017 3 laps 13 8:11.435 6 0 km/h
20 78 Gavin Barnett 1:55:57.901 3 laps 13 7:42.126 3 0 km/h
21 48 Jay Norman 1:58:53.227 3 laps 13 8:04.706 5 0 km/h
22 518 George Crump 1:58:39.789 6 laps 10 7:46.657 4 0 km/h
23 42 Bradley Sheasby 1:54:10.837 7 laps 9 8:19.480 2 0 km/h
24 88 Callum Griffiths 1:58:14.811 7 laps 9 8:55.137 3 0 km/h
DNF 369 Ben Hurley 55:22.643 7 7:33.391 2 0 km/h

Vets B
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 372 Roger Withington 1:59:19.171 16 7:10.423 5 0 km/h
2 189 Joe Gittins-Jones 1:52:41.814 1 lap 15 7:19.219 7 0 km/h
3 311 Saxon Nel 1:53:18.276 1 lap 15 7:15.405 4 0 km/h
4 40 Kieran Jordan 1:55:34.740 1 lap 15 7:13.843 2 0 km/h
5 22 Shaun James 1:56:03.611 1 lap 15 7:13.934 2 0 km/h
6 102 Andy Whieldon 1:57:19.791 1 lap 15 7:21.167 12 0 km/h
7 1 Mark Saunders 1:59:01.253 1 lap 15 7:41.592 15 0 km/h
8 75 Simon Howden 1:55:07.081 2 laps 14 7:39.348 2 0 km/h
9 968 Lyndon Connor 1:59:51.490 2 laps 14 8:04.399 11 0 km/h
10 58 Dave Brookes 2:01:25.475 4 laps 12 9:17.283 3 0 km/h
11 69 Colin Bott 1:57:54.313 5 laps 11 8:06.805 6 0 km/h

Novice
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 55 Ben Leighton 1:52:06.666 13 8:10.702 13 0 km/h
2 155 Tony Adams 1:59:08.104 7:01.438 13 8:35.782 2 0 km/h
3 32 Andrew Bowley 1:57:30.142 1 lap 12 8:42.024 3 0 km/h
4 618 Adam Hazeldine 1:58:51.261 1 lap 12 7:54.031 10 0 km/h
5 59 Harry Bywater 1:52:10.667 4 laps 9 10:03.286 8 0 km/h

Rock Oil Youth XC

85 – 150 cc
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 99 Cory Cookland 1:14:45.506 13 5:27.528 2 0 km/h
2 8 Francis Davies 1:15:47.850 1:02.344 13 5:34.446 4 0 km/h
3 501 Lewis Hurdsman 1:16:04.216 1 lap 12 6:00.429 10 0 km/h
4 21 Endaf Hughes 1:16:49.014 1 lap 12 5:55.456 3 0 km/h
5 295 Jonas Brown 1:18:06.581 1 lap 12 5:55.977 3 0 km/h
6 30 Billy Austin 1:20:46.781 1 lap 12 6:24.577 6 0 km/h
7 41 Cameron Gamez 1:16:49.013 2 laps 11 0.000 – 0 km/h
8 101 Dewi Little 1:17:24.384 2 laps 11 6:37.430 2 0 km/h
9 43 Antonio Taylor 1:17:25.459 2 laps 11 6:32.823 2 0 km/h
10 27 Scott Gethin 1:23:24.447 3 laps 10 7:36.308 5 0 km/h
11 38 Rhydian Rees 1:15:02.089 4 laps 9 7:19.830 3 0 km/h
12 821 Daniel Withington 1:18:01.997 4 laps 9 7:24.356 3 0 km/h
13 114 Ben Houghton 1:22:06.163 6 laps 7 10:06.330 4 0 km/h
DNF 18 Jake Willis 37:09.852 5 0.000 – 0 km/h
DNF 100 Ryan Griffiths 15:01.874 2 7:35.374 2 0 km/h
DNF 83 Tom James 26:14.373 2 13:14.751 2 0 km/h

65 cc
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 24 Will Barnett 1:22:08.253 11 6:47.665 2 0 km/h
2 2 Rees Jones 1:15:35.987 1 lap 10 7:14.298 10 0 km/h
3 74 Archie Jordan 1:15:09.888 3 laps 8 7:58.661 2 0 km/h

Auto
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 666 Alfie Dawson 1:18:26.676 8 8:09.428 6 0 km/h
2 45 James Gittins-Jones 1:22:21.838 3:55.162 8 9:19.974 6 0 km/h
3 1 Harry Jordan 1:24:07.543 1 lap 7 9:41.214 2 0 km/h