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WOR EVENTS UNLEASH THE GREED FOR SPEED! MICHELIN XCE 2018 ROUND 2 – Race Report & Results
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WOR EVENTS UNLEASH THE GREED FOR SPEED! MICHELIN XCE 2018 ROUND 2 – Race Report & Results

by adminMay 15, 2018

WOR Events unleashed their unique and quite amazing Ludlow venue last weekend on the lucky riders for their Saturday Enduro Playday Special and the Sundays MICHELIN XCE Rd 2 race day. Having unearthed this gem of a course last year and running the first event there last September, it was always going to a very highly anticipated return with everything about the venue from the fantastic camping friendly paddock through to the unreal 400 acres of rolling Shropshire countryside that is nothing short of a Golf course for dirt bikes!

Report by Keith Williams – Images courtesy of A.J Photography & Wayne Patton

6 miles per lap of intense, flat out action-packed twists and turns, massive 6th gear straights with a twisty technical felled woodland, and lots of changes in elevation gave the couple of hundred riders that attended simply huge smiles all around as they blasted the course with vigour and enthusiasm. This venue is living proof of how Steve Ireland is a master of, with his WOR Events team, finding and providing places to ride and race at that keep WOR at the sharp end of their game with endless, class and quality venues in their stable that are unmatched nationwide.

The adults race started at 12.30pm sharp and would run as a straight 2-hour sprint Cross Country Enduro race and Jack Cadwallader was making a very rare appearance in a WOR race and rode his socks of in the “grass special test” type terrain to take his KTM 2t to a well earned overall win in the Experts. Caddy looked very comfortable and his nice smooth and effortless style gained him many admirers from the watching spectators and it was nice to see him at the top of an adult WOR race after competing through the ranks as a youngster with the club along with his Dad and Uncle whom have been around WOR Races a long time indeed over the last 2 decades.

Caddy had a proper battle early on with Connor Bolsover but knackered reeds in the 300 2t Husky saw Bollsover’s lead and race not go to plan. Robbie Francom is improving every week he rides in the Experts and is now a force to be reckoned with at WOR. Bobby pushed his Husqvarna 300 to the Runners up placing with a very fast and smooth ride finishing 2 mins down on Caddy but importantly matching the class winning 13 laps. Rob Cooke is always there or thereabouts when he does a WOR and he can also ride any terrain, be it tough slow and gnarly or open, fast and rolling as this was… Cooke did 13 laps and was 1.30 minutes down on Francom after the 2hr Sprint of XC race.

WOR Stalwart and the most winningest man ever to compete at WOR Events over the years, Lincoln Brewster is back, and he topped the Expert Vets and was only 2 seconds short of Rob Cooke as he blasted his little 150 XC KTM to a cracking, fun filled ride across the rolling meadows. Runner Up Expert Vet was the hard charging Stephen Ethelston on his KTM a lap down on Brewster with Cefn Gamez (KTM) taking a well-earned bronze finish in the group.

Mark Mealham has just done two back to back weekends with WOR and he has visited the podium on both occasions making his long haul up from Kent with the whole family totally worthwhile. After doing well at the TOUGH ENOUGH he bettered himself on his Husqvarna in the Clubman class to take a top place finish and pull an impressive 2 minutes plus advantage over Runner Up Clubman, Archie Collier. Collier himself is a very young rider that is progressing weekly through the ranks and is on fire at the moment on his Husky 125 and he pulled just short of two minutes on 3rd placed Paul Engerlen. Engerlen did well to finish on his KTM as a knackered rear mousse nearly finished his day off. All the top 3 Clubman and indeed top 5 riders completing 12 laps each.

On a track where everyone was sort of level because of the fact of the fast and open going, it was simply a case of the biggest balls got the rewards and showing mighty bravery and speed in the Clubman Vets was winner, Bo Anderson but get this, only 3 seconds after 2 frantic hours separated him from 2nd placed, Steffan Butterworth. Butterworth from Cumbria had gone really well and his battle with Anderson on the last lap was epic, Truly great racing. 3rd place Club Vet went to Colwyn Bay KTM man, Ian Smart. Nice to see Smarty back at racing WOR and truly enjoying his riding. 12 laps was the winning amount at the sharp end of the Clubman Vets.

The Over 50’s is always super competitive and never more so now former Top Expert Vet, Chris Wagstaff has moved into the group. Waggy led from start to finish on his trusty Yamaha to take an eventual 1 minute and 31 seconds win from Silver placed, Colin Griffiths (KTM). Duncan Humphrey was stomping on too as his 350 Husky was flying around the rolling course to match the top two on 12 laps each in the 2-hour duration.

Sportsman Honours was Mitch Parkes who is a young man on a mission and fully deserved his class win and the only rider in class to complete 12 laps, Parkes was making the little 150 KTM sing that’s for sure, but the riders in 2nd and 3rd place respectively deserve a massive mention. The performance of 3rd placed Haydn Rainford on his little 85cc with its small wheels was nothing short of phenomenal as he was faster than many older riders out there and totally defied his young age completing 11 laps alongside Runner Up, Hayden Tyrer. These three are all so young and seeing them go so well in an adult class was fantastic to see and all of them deserved the huge pat on the back that Race Director and WOR Boss, Steve Ireland gave them at the end and indeed the plaudits at the presentation.

Sportsman Vets victory was a man in form and a lover of speed events, Anthony Foulkes. Foulkesy blasted his 250f Husqvarna to a convincing win and a margin of 4 minutes which on this course was no mean feat, the fact he pushed his luck and took a gamble on not refuelling for the entire race was his good choice and it so easily could have backfired on him as on completion of the race he had a thimble full of go go juice left and was a lucky man to do so, one more lap would have been a different story. Well done Anthony Foulkes. Runner Up was Paul Lightfoot on his 300 2t Beta as he deserved his 2nd place trophy and cheers at the podium matching Foulkes 12 laps. 3rd place was Guy Graham’s as a welcome return to WOR races saw the YAMAHA 4t rider make his regular podium visit and he had 11 laps to his credit.

Rounding out the adult classes was the Novice group and it was a fast and smooth ride by James Short that secured the win by 1 minute and 58 seconds from Runner Up, Matthew Blackburn whom in turn was 2 minutes and 27 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Phil Kewley. All the top 7 Novices completed 11 laps each.

KIDS RACE : 10:30AM -1.5hrs

Earlier in the day over 30 kids took to the start line for the 2nd round of the MICHELIN XCE series for the little ones, This is a proper race series and each race is 1.5hrs with separate classes and a full on track (3 miles a lap this one) that is not to be confused with the Tiny Warriors which ran first thing in the morning from 9am till 10am. The Tiny Warriors is for 4-8 year olds that go round a very mum and dad, spectator friendly track near the parking area that allows the tiny riders a taste of Enduro and a first step of the structured rung of the ladder at WOR Events for all riders. All Tiny Warriors get a medal and a group picture with the Chequered flag, its truly inspiring and something WOR have led the way with again as this is now the 3rd season of Tiny Warriors and its been received with glowing reports from the parents of the future of our sport.

Back to the Kids Racing though and what a performance some of these little folks put on, 85’s and 65’s and 50cc machines getting ridden to the max by some very talented youngsters indeed.

The Winner was Sam Hughes but only after a last corner push and a winning margin of just 2 seconds as he sneaked past the race leader Francis Davies, unreal close action right to the wire from the top two riders in the race. These guys where in the 12-13yrs class and the 3rd place on the Podium was taken by Cynan Jones all 3 blasting their KTM’s to 14 laps.

In the 10-11 yrs group it was Endaf Hughes from Llanidloes showing he certainly has his father genes as he took the win and was the only other rider in the race to complete 14 laps. His Dad is former Top Enduro rider and Freestyle Husqvarna shop Boss at Newtown, Wyn Hughes, its running in the family there as Endaf took a comfortable win over Runner Up, Alfie Barber from Ellistown on 13 laps and 3rd placed Gethin Thomas from Gwynedd on 12 laps.
Tomos Jones won the 8-9YRS group on 12laps with Dan Healey and Sonny Ireland taking 2nd and 3RD place on the podium in their first competitive 1.5 hr event.

The kids all did brilliantly and enjoyed the glorious weather and stunning track. The post event feedback from all the riders has been nothing short of fantastic from riders and parents.

Summing up is easy, The Weekend catered for all levels and all ages of riders and WOR welcomed all comers into the paddock with open arms, a superb atmosphere and professional riding and racing was on offer to all. The weather and venue added to the fact that this really was a special event to have been at.

WOR as always send out a massive thankyou to the land owners, staff, medics, Caterers, Sponsors, spectators etc but always save the biggest thankyou for the Riders that support the events and without them there simply would be no events of this quality.

WOR ‘s next event is this coming weekend 19/20th May at MANOR PARK, WELSHPOOL. Another brilliant venue that this weekend will host a top value £30 per rider no frills playday on Saturday followed by Sundays brilliant new Practice and SPRINT Enduro format event. The previous one in the forest a few weeks ago went down a storm with the riders loving it. An open 1.5hr practice, play and set up ride around the track that is the 3 or 4 mile track for the Timed test..followed by 6 individual Timed test enduro specials for the riders… A superb, big value for money format that went down a treat and is one not to be missed. Please get your entries in now at www.worevents.com/entries so

WOR can plan accordingly on the numbers ..Remember its cheaper and easier online and helps WOR out by knowing how many are coming …

All things WOR EVENTS .. www.worevents.com

Results

Position  Number  Name  # Laps  Penalty
EXPERT
1 36  JACK CADWALLADER 13  02:03:56
2 908  ROBERT FRANCOM 13  02:06:35
3 900  ROB COOKE 13  02:08:05
4 9  CONNOR BOLSOVER 9  02:00:33
5 2  RYAN SHACKLADY 1  00:09:48
EXPERT VETS
1 4  LINCOLN BREWSTER 13  02:08:07
2 196  STEPHEN ETHELSTON 12  02:02:51
3 804  CEFYN GAMES 12  02:03:53
4 177  KEV FREEMAN 12  02:06:03
5 488  NEIL PARRY 11  02:02:21
805  ALEX BRONKCAERTS 0  DNF
CLUBMAN
1 812  MARK MEALHAM 12  02:00:25
2 40  ARCH COLLIER 12  02:03:16
3 61  PAUL ENGELEN 12  02:05:06
4 608  GRAY HILL 12  02:05:54
5 545  STEVE URWIN 12  02:09:42
6 316  STEVE FARTHING 11  01:53:20
7 610  KIP BATES 11  01:59:27
8 116  CURTIS TANSLEY 11  02:05:46
9 711  LIAM BELFIELD 6  01:02:50
10 10  RICHARD WOZENCROFT 5  01:05:33
11 819  RAIFE MACDONALD 4  00:41:23
807  DAVID WATHEN 0  DNF
CLUBMAN VETS
1 505  BO ANDERSON 12  02:03:39
2 801  STEFFAN BUTTERWORTH 12  02:03:42
3 45  IAN SMART 12  02:04:06
4 95  MARTIN WALKER 12  02:07:43
5 968  LYNDUN CONNOR 11  02:06:06
6 431  PAUL THOMAS 11  02:08:26
817  PAUL THOMAS 0  DNF
SPORTSMAN
1 868  MITCH PARKES 12  02:11:10
2 720  HAYDN TYRER 11  02:01:03
3 34  HAYDEN RAINFORD 11  02:01:17
4 111  WAYNE BRENNAN 11  02:04:40
5 80  BART KOCZEN 11  02:05:48
6 103  KRISTIAN ANKRITT 11  02:06:00
7 232  ADAM WICKS 11  02:06:12
8 476  DAVE GLACKIN 10  02:10:53
9 609  LOLA STACEY 9  02:00:43
19  ADAM BATES 0  DNF
333  WILL BATES 0  DNF
SPORTSMAN VETS
1 3  ANTHONY FOULKES 12  02:04:17
2 7  PAUL LIGHTFOOT 12  02:08:00
3 825  GUY GRAHAM 11  02:00:03
4 69  NIGEL LYNN 11  02:03:59
5 28  DES COWLEY 11  02:04:34
6 122  CHRIS JONES 11  02:09:34
7 811  MARK DAVIES 10  02:07:30
8 842  STUART JONES 10  02:07:40
9 399  KEITH JONES 5  00:58:41
12  TONY RAINFORD 0  DNF
OVER 50s
1 281  CHRIS WAGSTAFF 12  02:03:06
2 151  COLIN GRIFFITHS 12  02:04:37
3 15  DUNCAN HUMPHREYS 12  02:06:14
4 461  GARETH LLOYD 12  02:08:55
5 175  GARETH JONES 11  02:00:47
6 292  LEE SEPHTON 11  02:02:53
7 714  JOHN CITRINE 11  02:08:02
8 800  STEVE DENT 10  02:00:14
9 912  MARK BAILEY 10  02:08:48
10 742  MARTIN GRAVE 10  02:10:51
11 816  PAUL FISHER 9  02:04:31
12 60  BRIAN LLOYD 7  02:00:39
NOVICE
1 916  JAMES SHORT 11  02:00:58
2 84  MATTHEW BLACKBURN 11  02:02:56
3 94  PHILLIP KEWLEY 11  02:05:23
4 192  JORDAN SMITH 11  02:08:41
5 133  LEE ANDERTON 11  02:09:26
6 822  SEB HAMER 11  02:09:36
7 809  JOHN BUCKLEY 11  02:09:40
8 513  SIMON JONES 10  02:01:06
9 37  GRAHAM HOWARD 10  02:01:38
10 272  MICHAEL HALL 10  02:01:42
11 821  RYAN HOUSDEN 10  02:09:31
12 29  SIMON HARRISON 10  02:09:58
13 818  PETER MELLOR 10  02:10:56
14 838  DARREN STEPHENSON 10  02:11:36
15 97  CONNOR  RYAN 9  02:05:50
16 350  CHRIS BROWN 9  02:07:33
17 851  NEIL STRONG 8  02:01:15
18 368  DAN FARTHING 5  01:17:12
19 238  ALAN BRIDGE 3  00:41:58
20 814  RYAN DALTERY 3  00:45:31
123  MARK BROWN 0  DNF
802  ANTHONY DRAPER 0  DNF
808  GARY ROBERTS 0  DNF
810  LEE ANDERTON 0  DNF
820  RYAN DALTREY 0  DNF
Position  Number  Class  # Laps  Penalty
1 36  EXPERT 13  02:03:56
2 908  EXPERT 13  02:06:35
3 900  EXPERT 13  02:08:05
4 4  EXPERT VETS 13  02:08:07
5 812  CLUBMAN 12  02:00:25
6 196  EXPERT VETS 12  02:02:51
7 281  OVER 50s 12  02:03:06
8 40  CLUBMAN 12  02:03:16
9 505  CLUBMAN VETS 12  02:03:39
10 801  CLUBMAN VETS 12  02:03:42
11 804  EXPERT VETS 12  02:03:53
12 45  CLUBMAN VETS 12  02:04:06
13 3  SPORTSMAN VETS 12  02:04:17
14 151  OVER 50s 12  02:04:37
15 61  CLUBMAN 12  02:05:06
16 608  CLUBMAN 12  02:05:54
17 177  EXPERT VETS 12  02:06:03
18 15  OVER 50s 12  02:06:14
19 95  CLUBMAN VETS 12  02:07:43
20 7  SPORTSMAN VETS 12  02:08:00
21 461  OVER 50s 12  02:08:55
22 545  CLUBMAN 12  02:09:42
23 868  SPORTSMAN 12  02:11:10
24 316  CLUBMAN 11  01:53:20
25 610  CLUBMAN 11  01:59:27
26 825  SPORTSMAN VETS 11  02:00:03
27 175  OVER 50s 11  02:00:47
28 916  NOVICE 11  02:00:58
29 720  SPORTSMAN 11  02:01:03
30 34  SPORTSMAN 11  02:01:17
31 488  EXPERT VETS 11  02:02:21
32 292  OVER 50s 11  02:02:53
33 84  NOVICE 11  02:02:56
34 69  SPORTSMAN VETS 11  02:03:59
35 28  SPORTSMAN VETS 11  02:04:34
36 111  SPORTSMAN 11  02:04:40
37 94  NOVICE 11  02:05:23
38 116  CLUBMAN 11  02:05:46
39 80  SPORTSMAN 11  02:05:48
40 103  SPORTSMAN 11  02:06:00
41 968  CLUBMAN VETS 11  02:06:06
42 232  SPORTSMAN 11  02:06:12
43 714  OVER 50s 11  02:08:02
44 431  CLUBMAN VETS 11  02:08:26
45 192  NOVICE 11  02:08:41
46 133  NOVICE 11  02:09:26
47 122  SPORTSMAN VETS 11  02:09:34
48 822  NOVICE 11  02:09:36
49 809  NOVICE 11  02:09:40
50 800  OVER 50s 10  02:00:14
51 513  NOVICE 10  02:01:06
52 37  NOVICE 10  02:01:38
53 272  NOVICE 10  02:01:42
54 811  SPORTSMAN VETS 10  02:07:30
55 842  SPORTSMAN VETS 10  02:07:40
56 912  OVER 50s 10  02:08:48
57 821  NOVICE 10  02:09:31
58 29  NOVICE 10  02:09:58
59 742  OVER 50s 10  02:10:51
60 476  SPORTSMAN 10  02:10:53
61 818  NOVICE 10  02:10:56
62 838  NOVICE 10  02:11:36
63 9  EXPERT 9  02:00:33
64 609  SPORTSMAN 9  02:00:43
65 816  OVER 50s 9  02:04:31
66 97  NOVICE 9  02:05:50
67 350  NOVICE 9  02:07:33
68 851  NOVICE 8  02:01:15
69 60  OVER 50s 7  02:00:39
70 711  CLUBMAN 6  01:02:50
71 399  SPORTSMAN VETS 5  00:58:41
72 10  CLUBMAN 5  01:05:33
73 368  NOVICE 5  01:17:12
74 819  CLUBMAN 4  00:41:23
75 238  NOVICE 3  00:41:58
76 814  NOVICE 3  00:45:31
77 2  EXPERT 1  00:09:48
12  SPORTSMAN VETS 0  DNF
19  SPORTSMAN 0  DNF
123  NOVICE 0  DNF
333  SPORTSMAN 0  DNF
802  NOVICE 0  DNF
805  EXPERT VETS 0  DNF
807  CLUBMAN 0  DNF
808  NOVICE 0  DNF
810  NOVICE 0  DNF
817  CLUBMAN VETS 0  DNF
820  NOVICE 0  DNF
KIDS 1.5HR RACE .
8-9 YRS
1 141  TOMOS JONES 12  01:30:46
2 18  DANIEL HEALEY 11  01:30:59
3 2  SONNY IRELAND 10  01:29:29
4 9  JACK MAUDSLEY 10  01:33:13
5 3  LUKE IRELAND 10  01:34:36
6 1  BAILEY HOLMES 9  01:30:28
7 10  EVAN JONES 9  01:31:40
8 21  EDWARD SHORT 8  01:17:19
9 19  LEWIS EVANS 7  01:33:29
10 72  JAYDEN JONES 7  01:33:44
11 46  CURTIS MCALOON 5  01:34:45
4  AUSTIN SANDFORD 0  DNF
91  HARRY WALTON 0  DNF
10-11YRS
1 121  ENDAF HUGHES 14  01:30:52
2 955  ALFIE BARBER 13  01:27:42
3 305  GETHIN THOMAS 12  01:26:15
4 25  HAYDEN PIMLEY 12  01:28:35
5 20  ARCHIE SHORT 11  01:31:02
6 6  ALED OWEN WILLIAMS 10  01:25:54
7 357  THOMAS DAVIES 10  01:33:21
8 83  TOM JAMES 10  01:34:02
9 41  BELLA PARKES 9  01:28:21
10 50  ANTHONY STRONG 7  01:30:05
11 71  POPPY PRITCHARD 6  01:26:17
7  TOMOS DAVIES 0  DNF
14  HAYDEN PIMLEY 0  DNF
12-13YRS
1 226  SAM HUGHES 14  01:25:20
2 81  FRANCIS DAVIES 14  01:25:22
3 129  CYNAN JONES 14  01:27:30
4 878  RYAN MAUDSLEY 14  01:29:49
5 84  CAMERON GAMES 13  01:26:53
6 31  LEWIS TAYLOR 12  01:27:37
7 719  KAHLEN TYRER 12  01:29:25
8 99  HARRY WALTON 4  00:34:50
8  CAMERON GAMES 0  DNF
14S
1 919  LEWIS FOULKES 13  01:26:16
KIDS OVERALL
1 226  12-13YRS 14  01:25:20
2 81  12-13YRS 14  01:25:22
3 129  12-13YRS 14  01:27:30
4 878  12-13YRS 14  01:29:49
5 121  10-11YRS 14  01:30:52
6 919  14S 13  01:26:16
7 84  12-13YRS 13  01:26:53
8 955  10-11YRS 13  01:27:42
9 305  10-11YRS 12  01:26:15
10 31  12-13YRS 12  01:27:37
11 25  10-11YRS 12  01:28:35
12 719  12-13YRS 12  01:29:25
13 141  8-9 YRS 12  01:30:46
14 18  8-9 YRS 11  01:30:59
15 20  10-11YRS 11  01:31:02
16 6  10-11YRS 10  01:25:54
17 2  8-9 YRS 10  01:29:29
18 9  8-9 YRS 10  01:33:13
19 357  10-11YRS 10  01:33:21
20 83  10-11YRS 10  01:34:02
21 3  8-9 YRS 10  01:34:36
22 41  10-11YRS 9  01:28:21
23 1  8-9 YRS 9  01:30:28
24 10  8-9 YRS 9  01:31:40
25 21  8-9 YRS 8  01:17:19
26 50  10-11YRS 7  01:30:05
27 19  8-9 YRS 7  01:33:29
28 72  8-9 YRS 7  01:33:44
29 71  10-11YRS 6  01:26:17
30 46  8-9 YRS 5  01:34:45
31 99  12-13YRS 4  00:34:50
4  8-9 YRS 0  DNF
7  10-11YRS 0  DNF
8  12-13YRS 0  DNF
14  10-11YRS 0  DNF
91  8-9 YRS 0  DNF