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Roberts rocks Ratlinghope! Fast Eddy GBXC & Youth XC Round 4 – Race Report & Results
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Roberts rocks Ratlinghope! Fast Eddy GBXC & Youth XC Round 4 – Race Report & Results

by adminJune 12, 2018

The Ratlinghope venue is used just once a year by Fast Eddy Racing and it is easy to see why. It takes most competitors 12 months to recover from this huge, mountainous, boggy venue that, no matter what time of year, is a real old school enduro type place.

Report and Images by Tim Tighe

From the bottom of the valley and the numerous stream sections, to the tops of the huge hills, this place is tough going. Although the climbs and much of the open going on the hill tops is fast and off-cambered in many places, there are still numerous hidden ditches and bogs to cross before the steep descent back to the valley floor. Going off course is very much as your own risk.

Racing began on Sunday with the Rock Oil Youth XC enjoying a somewhat limited course compared to the adult races. The stream sections and fast fields, dotted with ditches, still gave the youngsters something to think about. Cory Cookland, in the 85-150cc class, was absolutely flying and lapped the whole field twice. His abilities should at least put him in the adult Sportsman class but his age keeps him firmly planted in the youth ranks. Cynan Jones held a solid second spot just ahead of Lewis Hurdsman, as the pair could only look on as Cookland lapped them again and again.

Cory Cookland

The SW 85cc Class saw Billy Austin dominate throughout and take the win ahead of Endaf Hughes, who was a lap adrift of the leader, with Callum Millward a further lap adrift in third spot. Archie Jordan nailed the 65cc Class win ahead of Rylee Francis and third place Josh Cole. The two auto riders deserve a big round of applause for even attempting the course, which was shortened even further just for the two of them. Winston Wright came out three laps ahead of Harry Jordan.

As the afternoon’s Fast Eddy XC combined with the GBXC got underway, the riders thundered off through the stream section and out into the hills, returning towards the end of the lap to once again tackle further stream sections which began muddier with each passing rider. A last minute entry by Mark Roberts was well worthwhile as he took the Expert win ahead of Ricky Wiggins and Jack Ditchfield. All three looked as though they had found several of the bogs high up in the hills. Cole Cookland normally takes the Clubman 2T win but not on this occasion. Harry Houghton took the win a lap up on second place Cookland, who was fighting off a serious challenge from Charlie Chater in third spot.

Ollie Harcombe

In the Clubman 4T class, it was Lee Hattersley who ground out yet another win and already seems destined to take this year’s Clubman 4T title. Ryan Phillips matched Hattersley on laps to take second spot with Ethan Pugh, a lap adrift, in third. Chris Wagstaff led the Vets A Class to the chequered flag with Kev Sandland someway behind in second spot as Cefyn Gamez secured third place in class.

In the Fast Eddy XC ranks, it was once again Over 50’s star Dave Cooper who took the win. Dave has really been on form this season and never seems to mind leading from the front. He was joined on the podium by Mark Plain with Jon Malone taking third spot in the class. Steve Cranshaw headed the Vets B class with Stephen Parry and Kieran Jordan trailing in his wake as Shaun James just missed out on a top three spot. Top Sportsman spot went to Ollie Harcombe who completed 12 laps with Dave Withington, also on 12 laps, a little way behind in second place. Paul Thomas completed the Sportsman top three.

Lee Hattersley

Billy Haigh had a cracking ride in the Youth B Class beating quite a few GBXC riders to the chequered flag. Adam James took second in Youth B as Doug Lote rounded off the top three. The Novice Class saw a lone entrant in the form of John Hirst. It could be that many other regular Novice riders realised just how tough Ratlinghope can be and decided to give it a miss. For all his efforts and ten solid laps, John took the Novice Class win.

Ratlinghope, once again, didn’t disappoint and kept its reputation as possibly the toughest course in the GBXC Series. If you can ride here, you can rider anywhere and it is one of the few places that still has traditional strength sapping bogs to test riders to the max.

The course was fast and flowing, apart from the bogs, and the Fast Eddy crew did a great job with the layout, giving multiple lines through all of the tough sections.  In the warm summer sunshine, it seemed a much better option to be a spectator rather than a rider on this particular day.

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Results

Youth Race

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Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 17 Winston Wright 1:15:04.288 39 1:42.083 20 0 km/h
2 1 Harry Jordan 1:15:00.018 3 laps 36 1:45.323 20 0 km/h

BW 85 – 150 cc
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 99 Cory Cookland 1:16:30.499 22 3:18.575 2 0 km/h
2 29 Cynan Jones 1:16:37.428 2 laps 20 3:30.787 3 0 km/h
3 501 Lewis Hurdsman 1:17:58.796 2 laps 20 3:41.264 17 0 km/h
4 41 Cameron Gamez 1:15:22.471 3 laps 19 3:41.261 15 0 km/h
5 14 Ben Houghton 1:17:52.586 12 laps 10 5:01.351 9 0 km/h
DNF 8 Francis Davies 9:25.379 2 3:20.341 2 0 km/h

SW 85 cc
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 30 Billy Austin 1:17:07.440 19 3:52.399 3 0 km/h
2 21 Endaf Hughes 1:18:25.843 1 lap 18 4:02.979 7 0 km/h
3 42 Callum Millward 1:17:53.656 2 laps 17 3:54.661 3 0 km/h
4 43 Antonio Taylor 1:16:29.910 3 laps 16 3:58.146 3 0 km/h
5 100 Ryan Griffiths 1:16:40.425 3 laps 16 4:22.679 11 0 km/h
6 38 Rhydian Rees 1:17:31.369 5 laps 14 4:44.066 5 0 km/h
7 27 Scott Gethin 1:21:04.646 8 laps 11 5:29.261 3 0 km/h

65 cc
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 74 Archie Jordan 1:19:32.208 15 4:44.123 12 0 km/h
2 3 Rylee Francis 1:20:39.546 1 lap 14 5:03.253 9 0 km/h
3 8 Josh Cole 1:16:36.580 2 laps 13 5:02.860 3 0 km/h

Adult Race

Expert
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 109 Mark Roberts 2:13:48.889 15 8:27.571 2 0 km/h
2 35 Ricky Wiggins 2:14:39.606 50.717 15 8:35.381 2 0 km/h
3 190 Jack Ditchfield 2:16:25.508 2:36.619 15 8:38.324 2 0 km/h
4 7 Ben Coleman 2:19:27.439 5:38.550 15 8:47.054 2 0 km/h
5 25 Henry Yardley 2:21:46.803 7:57.914 15 9:06.893 6 0 km/h
6 363 Josh Bailey 2:19:05.866 1 lap 14 9:28.811 2 0 km/h

Clubman 2T
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 70 Harry Houghton 2:22:39.657 15 9:06.326 2 0 km/h
2 23 Cole Cookland 2:13:51.714 1 lap 14 8:56.190 2 0 km/h
3 27 Charlie Chater 2:15:37.003 1 lap 14 9:16.930 2 0 km/h
4 40 Archie Collier 2:20:39.960 1 lap 14 9:26.033 3 0 km/h
5 62 George Yardley 2:22:12.734 1 lap 14 9:16.970 2 0 km/h
6 101 Carwyn Rosser 2:23:47.668 1 lap 14 9:38.461 9 0 km/h
7 4 Jacob James 2:14:45.244 2 laps 13 10:01.583 10 0 km/h
8 60 Jason Hirst 2:15:17.347 2 laps 13 10:00.885 4 0 km/h
9 88 Jake Poole 2:26:41.986 3 laps 12 11:18.144 6 0 km/h
10 463 Andrew Lennard 2:16:04.583 9 laps 6 10:57.722 6 0 km/h
DNF 51 Marcus Morgan 1:13:34.088 6 11:16.830 4 0 km/h
DNF 53 William Mady 30:49.382 2 19:02.800 2 0 km/h

Clubman 4T
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 111 Lee Hattersley 2:22:23.013 14 9:46.132 12 0 km/h
2 63 Ryan Phillips 2:25:57.321 3:34.308 14 10:01.323 2 0 km/h
3 86 Ethan Pugh 2:15:05.093 1 lap 13 10:03.165 3 0 km/h
4 1 Richard Wozencroft 2:15:14.800 1 lap 13 10:01.501 10 0 km/h
5 84 Josh Kirby 2:15:52.075 1 lap 13 9:50.776 7 0 km/h
6 852 Paul Clarke 2:17:21.324 1 lap 13 9:46.265 2 0 km/h
7 95 Sean Taylor 2:18:09.764 1 lap 13 10:19.679 2 0 km/h
8 259 Ben Martindale 2:23:54.496 1 lap 13 10:11.747 7 0 km/h
9 45 Roy Broomfield 2:20:07.253 2 laps 12 10:18.193 2 0 km/h
10 9 Lee Ramsey 2:21:25.355 3 laps 11 12:23.095 7 0 km/h
DNF 107 Ben Key 37:49.041 3 11:42.688 2 0 km/h

Vets A
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 81 Chris Wagstaff 2:22:37.693 14 9:38.574 2 0 km/h
2 666 Kevin Sandland 2:18:37.178 1 lap 13 10:12.055 5 0 km/h
3 74 Cefyn Gamez 2:22:21.332 1 lap 13 10:13.317 2 0 km/h
4 3 Martin P Jones 2:22:49.765 1 lap 13 10:12.414 2 0 km/h
5 15 Darryl Mead 2:15:02.947 2 laps 12 10:51.506 2 0 km/h
6 49 Shane Brown 2:16:52.773 3 laps 11 11:49.052 11 0 km/h
7 5 Stephan Parry 2:16:59.825 3 laps 11 11:44.303 4 0 km/h
8 488 Neil Parry 2:20:11.464 4 laps 10 11:59.976 4 0 km/h
9 85 Andrew Price 2:19:02.578 5 laps 9 13:23.653 2 0 km/h

Over 50’s
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 501 Dave Cooper 2:20:26.072 13 10:13.114 5 0 km/h
2 33 Mark Plain 2:24:54.986 4:28.914 13 10:41.746 3 0 km/h
3 122 Jon Malone 2:26:44.619 2 laps 11 12:30.356 4 0 km/h

Youth B
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 252 Billy Haigh 2:20:49.609 13 9:48.168 8 0 km/h
2 111 Adam James 2:23:39.872 2:50.263 13 10:32.437 2 0 km/h
3 14 Doug Lote 2:23:01.739 1 lap 12 11:20.805 12 0 km/h

Vets B
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 283 Steve Cranshaw 2:16:42.769 12 10:56.936 9 0 km/h
2 2 Stephan Parry 2:17:17.392 34.623 12 10:52.012 3 0 km/h
3 40 Kieran Jordan 2:20:53.802 4:11.033 12 11:11.344 8 0 km/h
4 22 Shaun James 2:21:05.307 4:22.538 12 11:13.586 2 0 km/h
5 189 Andy Davies 2:16:36.100 1 lap 11 11:56.530 11 0 km/h
6 6 Tim Ware 2:20:48.579 1 lap 11 11:31.939 2 0 km/h
7 711 Michael Eaton 2:22:28.464 1 lap 11 12:23.194 7 0 km/h
8 263 Jason Atha 2:23:28.360 1 lap 11 11:28.859 2 0 km/h
9 968 Lyndon Connor 2:25:05.788 1 lap 11 12:25.390 11 0 km/h
10 571 Steve Davies 2:06:16.645 2 laps 10 11:53.508 7 0 km/h
11 55 Ade King 2:13:55.690 2 laps 10 12:34.104 7 0 km/h
12 11 Dave Bixter 2:20:06.362 2 laps 10 12:38.387 3 0 km/h
13 87 Alexis Pugh 2:27:59.153 2 laps 10 13:52.027 8 0 km/h
14 105 Paul Benniman 2:17:01.664 3 laps 9 11:21.057 7 0 km/h
15 555 Darren Bailey 2:20:10.172 4 laps 8 14:56.762 2 0 km/h
DNF 157 David Roberts 51:21.677 4 11:41.159 3 0 km/h

Sportsman
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 47 Ollie Harcombe 2:16:45.096 12 10:26.412 9 0 km/h
2 116 Dave Withington 2:20:45.352 4:00.256 12 10:45.323 4 0 km/h
3 26 Paul Thomas 2:19:51.447 1 lap 11 11:28.275 6 0 km/h
4 17 Aidan Wright 2:22:17.760 1 lap 11 11:36.319 5 0 km/h
5 916 Seth Grazier 2:22:59.263 1 lap 11 11:34.894 2 0 km/h
6 791 Alyn Roberts 2:26:29.959 1 lap 11 12:10.433 4 0 km/h
7 194 Joel Poole 2:18:45.684 2 laps 10 11:58.274 2 0 km/h
8 71 Liam Belfield 2:30:24.258 2 laps 10 10:24.911 4 0 km/h
9 82 Jabez Grazier 2:24:02.005 3 laps 9 11:51.675 2 0 km/h
10 52 Michael Blewitt 2:15:14.009 7 laps 5 11:31.889 2 0 km/h
DNF 173 Gemma Holtham 1:25:51.812 6 12:14.135 3 0 km/h
DNF 10 Ant Trawford 1:18:39.060 5 13:50.665 2 0 km/h
DNF 48 Jay Norman 1:02:26.760 4 13:40.463 2 0 km/h
DNF 103 Kris Ankritt 40:22.101 3 11:32.878 2 0 km/h

Novice
Pos Competitor Total Time Diff Laps Best Lap Best Lap No. Best Speed
1 511 John Hirst 2:28:54.100 10 13:10.341 5 0 km/h