Young Guns. DAVE ROPER MEMORIAL EVENT YOUTH HARE & HOUNDS – Race Report & Results
Part two of the Dave Roper Memorial Event was the Youth Hare & Hounds organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. This is the third one staged this year and was on the historic Tye Farm Great Cornard where World and British Champions have ridden and is always a test of rider’s skills on the tricky adverse cambers. The event was in doubt as the required minimum entries had not been received, three of the regular riders entered into the Adult Two Man Contest with Max Day riding with his Dad, they finished 21st while Joe Phillips and Archie Gunton teamed up together and finished 10th scoring Class points.
Report by Roger Chaplain – Feature image of Georgia Potter by Anthony Ridge
The ten riders lined up and when Chairman Gavin Hockey raised the start flag they all ran to their machines to start the one hour session. Jake Roper was first away closely followed by Georgia Potter and Louis Dutton then there was a gap before Will Belton and Jemma Sargeant got started. At the end of lap one it was Roper with a good lead followed by Dutton, Potter, Belton, Evan Herbert, Morgan Plaskett, Evan Brown, Lola Jane Miller, and Maisey Hockney. Roper was soon completing his second lap having passed Sargeant who had fallen on her first lap. These youngsters just do not give up they all battled through the hour session catching each other up exchanging positions fighting tooth and nail. Stamina was needed but towards the end tiredness set in where the riders made silly mistakes and let others pass them. However Roper was in top form seem to go even faster and at the end he was the winner on 38 laps. Belton moved up the field to secure second place on 34 laps, with Potter holding off Dutton for third place both on 33 laps. Herbert who turned 16 four days after the event was 5th on 32 laps, 6th Brown 31 laps, 7th Sargeant 31 laps, 8th Miller 27 laps, 9th Hockney 26 laps and 10th Plaskett 25 laps.