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HAGUE FINDS CHINK IN HUSBAND’S ECOSSE ARMOUR. Ecosse XC Winter Series Round 3 – Race Report & Results
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HAGUE FINDS CHINK IN HUSBAND’S ECOSSE ARMOUR. Ecosse XC Winter Series Round 3 – Race Report & Results

by adminFebruary 2, 2018

Another great turn out for the third event in the Rock Oil Ecosse XC Winter Series, also sponsored by Drysdale Motorcycles and Wulfsport, saw just shy of 200 riders battle hard on the sandy Dunbar track on the south east coast of Scotland last Sunday, 28th January. Morning rain made for a challenging track with deep ruts developing as the day’s racing unfolded.

Report by Jenni Foulkes – Images courtesy of Peter Greenwood Off Road Photography

Newcastle’s Carlton Husband has been dominant throughout the series, winning all races to date. However, despite leading off the line in the closely fought opening moto, he didn’t have it all his own way and had to settle for the runners-up spot behind Jay Hague, who took the lead at the end of the first lap and never looked back. An on-fire Husband wasn’t about to settle for second again and went on to win the next two races from start to finish, with Hague doing the same in second place. Eventually finishing third overall, Ryan McLean, found himself down in 15th place on lap two of the second race. He put in a sterling performance to recover to fifth whilst, from the world of enduro, Fraser Flockhart let his talent shine through to take a fourth, third and fourth, securing fourth overall in the process.

In the B class, the overall winner was Paul Benham with a win, second and third finishes. Even though he won the next two races, a DNF in the opening moto put Andrew Williams on a backfoot – he finished 11th overall. Second overall with two thirds and a second was John Hartley, whereas Barry Hartley who rounded out the class podium, didn’t feature in the top three in any of the races – he posted a seventh, fourth and fifth.

The packed C class with 37 riders on the start line saw overall winner Chris Charlton making life difficult for himself. First off the line in race one, he then went on to yo-yo between the top three and 25th place, not once, but twice. The second race saw him starting in 15th to finish third and, in the final, he tussled with third-placed Jordan Gill before taking the win. John Ballensby finished second overall.

The combined Rookies and Vets saw a total of 38 riders set off with the super-fast Rookies having a 10-second start advantage over the Vets. Sam Hurst, fifth overall in the Rookies had an interesting couple of races, racing from the top to the back of the pack no less than four times in the middle moto, and pretty much repeating the routine in the third – he ended up an incredible fifth overall. Ryan Thomson won each race to take first overall, with Gregor Campbell second and Bradley Parkin third. In the Vets, Scott Murry was out front and, together with second-placed Alan Thain, the only one to catch up with the runaway Rookies. Gordon Morrison stood on the third step of the Vet podium.

There were some new ultra-fast lads leading the way in the BW 85 class with Sam Atkinon going three-one-three to take the overall, Jack Graysham behind him with a one-four-one, and Ayden Smith going three-two-three and third overall. A new name on the Ecosse SW 85 map was Bailey Johnstone who secured two class wins and a second, with a fast-charging Jay Cheel and Ollie Colmer behind him. These lads are used to racing against each other but, with a mammoth effort from a battling Cristina Palmer – recovering from two broken wrists – not far behind them in fifth overall, they’re going to have to keep their wits about them to keep her at bay.

In the youngest category, the 65cc group, Ryan Waggot put in some lightning starts to win the first two races and second in the final to take the overall. Graham Haddow in second overall had two seconds and a win, whilst Conner Smith in third had a fourth and two thirds.

Results

65’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 55 Ryan WAGGOT 132 45 45 42
2 134 Graham HADDOW 129 42 42 45
3 7 Conner SMITH 118 38 40 40
4 37 Declan DAVISON 111 35 38 38
5 57 Daniel GOODMAN 109 40 34 35
6 25 Zac CHEEL 106 34 36 36
7 500 Ebony BROWN 105 36 35 34
8 18 Glen ROLLO 98 33 33 32
9 698 Jack BERRY 96 32 31 33
10 11 Lucas LEE 90 30 29 31
11 6 Lewis BENNETT 89 29 30 30
12 15 Zac NEWLANDS 63 31 32 –
13 9 Nathan BROWN 56 28 28 –

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 19 Bailey JOHNSTONE 132 45 45 42
2 70 Jay CHEEL 122 42 40 40
3 6 Ollie COLMER 121 34 42 45
4 199 Declan TAYLOR 114 40 38 36
5 131 Cristina PALMER 108 35 35 38
6 60 Ryan LOWES 107 38 36 33
7 10 Thomas CARRUTHERS 104 36 33 35
8 114 Thomas BRUCE 96 33 31 32
9 62 Jake COLLINS 95 32 32 31
10 75 Declan BUCHANAN 68 – 34 34

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 127 Sam ATKINON 129 42 45 42
2 1 Jack GRAYSHAM 128 45 38 45
3 666 Ayden SMITH 122 40 42 40
4 712 Callum FORSYTH 110 35 40 35
5 8 Logan FERGUSON 110 38 36 36
6 265 Jacob CARTWRIGHT 103 34 35 34
7 67 Ryan BURNS 100 33 34 33
8 42 Tom HUME 74 36 – 38

Rookies

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 181 Ryan THOMSON 135 45 45 45
2 771 Gregor CAMPBELL 120 36 42 42
3 4 Bradley PARKIN 120 40 40 40
4 318 Ewan KERMACK 113 42 35 36
5 33 Saul HURST 108 32 38 38
6 99 Josh BUCHANAN 105 35 36 34
7 247 Jay BRUCE 99 33 33 33
8 11 Aaron ROLLO 95 34 31 30
9 175 Mackenzie CROCKATT 92 28 32 32
10 191 Kady MOORE 92 31 30 31
11 109 Sarah Louise NELSON 87 30 29 28
12 94 Jason BELK 84 27 28 29
13 135 Cody TAYLOR 79 26 26 27
14 12 Mitchell RAINE 69 – 34 35
15 911 Gary COX 56 29 27 –
16 171 Andrew WILLIAMS 38 38 – –

Vets

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 28 Scott MURRAY 135 45 45 45
2 43 Alan THAIN 126 42 42 42
3 471 Gordon MORRISON 114 38 38 38
4 545 Peter O’NEIL 113 40 40 33
5 69 Ian WILSON 112 36 36 40
6 302 David WHEATLEY 104 34 34 36
7 135 Mark DEMPSEY 102 33 35 34
8 719 Mark MASON 92 31 26 35
9 251 Jamie McKENZIE 91 30 30 31
10 600 Barry SMITH 91 29 32 30
11 180 Stephen HOWES 89 28 29 32
12 90 Tom DICKIE 88 32 27 29
13 911 Oliver STYLES 76 25 23 28
14 23 Graham MILLER 75 23 25 27
15 33 Kevin ROSIE 70 20 24 26
16 64 Stephen GRAY 69 22 22 25
17 106 Gary TURNER 68 35 33 –
18 131 Nigel SMORFITT 57 26 31 –
19 121 Richard BRYCE 55 27 28 –
20 818 Lewis HART 24 24 – –
21 58 Iain CLARK 21 21 – –
22 890 David CARRUTHERS 19 19 – –

Adult A

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 6 Carlton HUSBAND 132 42 45 45
2 77 Jay HAGUE 129 45 42 42
3 293 Ryan McLEAN 116 40 36 40
4 8 Fraser FLOCKHART 116 38 40 38
5 10 Barry TURNBALL 110 36 38 36
6 11 Colin McLUCKIE 100 33 32 35
7 73 Sean WILLIAMSON 97 35 35 27
8 88 Ivan WILLIAMSON 94 29 33 32
9 153 Jack HENDRY 93 28 31 34
10 750 Brian ALEXANDER 93 30 30 33
11 115 Jason MARTIN 92 32 29 31
12 144 Jack MARSHALL 88 31 27 30
13 126 Jason MOORE 82 27 26 29
14 701 Lewis DAVIDSON 82 26 28 28
15 241 Nathan CLAUGAN 68 34 34 –
16 56 Michael OGDEN 25 25 – –

Adult B

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 155 Paul BENHAM 127 45 42 40
2 212 John BENNETT 122 40 40 42
3 15 Barry HARTLEY 108 34 38 36
4 121 Dean MACKENZIE 107 42 35 30
5 3 Ben STANLEY 107 38 34 35
6 10 Micheal JAMIESON 102 32 36 34
7 68 Robin BERTRAM 101 35 28 38
8 96 Carl HOWES 97 36 29 32
9 8 Callum JAMIESON 94 30 31 33
10 31 Steven McCORMACK 93 31 33 29
11 171 Andrew WILLIAMS 90 – 45 45
12 24 Kris MALE 79 19 32 28
13 416 Michael McLARTY 75 29 26 20
14 178 Duggy ALLAN 74 25 24 25
15 22 Brett CLOONAN 70 27 21 22
16 9 Chris STEVENSON 68 24 23 21
17 97 Rhys BRADFORD 67 14 27 26
18 373 Stuart WILSON 65 22 19 24
19 654 Lewis RAYNE 63 20 20 23
20 154 Dylan SHAW 58 28 30 –
21 100 Grant AITCHISON 56 21 18 17
22 317 Stefan ROBSON 54 18 22 14
23 275 Stuart HOGG 52 – 25 27
24 89 Liam MURDIE 51 23 12 16
25 272 David TAIT 46 12 15 19
26 726 Gerard DEWAAR 46 15 16 15
27 447 Ryan DALTON 46 33 13 –
28 88 Tony THEXTON 44 16 10 18
29 715 Alexander MARTIN 37 26 11 –
30 125 Euan ALLAN 34 17 17 –
31 874 Dean RUTHERFORD 31 – – 31
32 131 Louie SMORFITT 25 11 14 –
33 808 Michael TAWSE 13 13 – –

Adult C

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3
1 6 Chris CHARLTON 130 45 40 45
2 7 John BALLENSBY 122 38 42 42
3 121 Jordan GILL 120 35 45 40
4 2 Stephen COWN 113 42 36 35
5 60 Gavin LOWES 108 40 32 36
6 510 Gordon PETERSON 106 34 38 34
7 874 Dean RUTHERFORD 101 28 35 38
8 936 Jonathan YOUNG 96 36 33 27
9 110 Christopher WALKER 94 33 31 30
10 96 Iain HARRISON 93 32 28 33
11 21 Preston HAMILTON 91 31 29 31
12 373 Stuart WILSON 89 23 34 32
13 602 Darren FOSTER 88 30 30 28
14 25 Andrew BARNES 77 27 24 26
15 196 Alasdair GORRIE 77 25 27 25
16 8 Jack WINN 72 24 25 23
17 611 James FOOTE 65 22 23 20
18 59 Mark WATSON 63 19 22 22
19 114 Ian SAYER 63 26 18 19
20 318 Kevin MEARNS 60 18 21 21
21 198 Ewan CAMPBELL 55 – 26 29
22 13 Stephen MUDIE 52 15 13 24
23 58 Iain CLARK 47 14 15 18
24 216 John GLASS 47 16 14 17
25 152 Stuart SKELTON 45 17 17 11
26 505 Micheal BREWIS 40 20 20 –
27 78 Darren THOMSON 40 21 19 –
28 211 Stuart MacCLACKLAN 39 11 12 16
29 30 Mark BLENKINSOP 35 10 11 14
30 242 Joseph CARRIGAN 33 12 6 15
31 763 Scott FOOTE 29 29 – –
32 1 Paul GRAHAM 29 13 16 –
33 117 Ross CARBRY 19 – 7 12
34 212 Colin READ 19 9 10 –
35 19 Ashley FENWICK 18 – 5 13
36 51 John GRAY 17 8 9 –
37 9 Garry SMITH 8 – 8 –