Rock & Roll at Green Hall Farm. Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championships Round 5 – Race Report
Report and Images by Tim Tighe
With rain predicted for early afternoon the racing got underway early and the Youth riders gave it full gas as they left the start line.
Sion Evans dominated as usual but young Cory Cookland gave him a good battle and matched Evans on laps to take second place in the 85-150 class with Endas Hughes finishing third. Alfie Davies riding in the Auto/65 class took third overall with a great ride to top his class as Jack Sandland followed him in second spot and Rees Jones in third.
The single main race of the day saw 60 riders set out for two hours over a very large course that included plenty of steep off cambers. These caught out a few riders who limped back to the pits with rear tyres adrift from the wheel.
Ben Murphy got off to a flying start, leading the Expert class by quite a margin for the first two laps until Freestyles Joe Wootton recovered from a bad start and a mistake on the first lap to take the lead all the way to the finish. Murphy powered onwards for second in the Experts with Jack Ditchfield in a solid third, a lap adrift of the two leaders.
Cole Cookland was in amongst the Experts even though he was riding in the Youth A class. Seventh overall and his class win was a good days work. Charlie Chater had a terrific start in Youth A and lead the field for a while but eventually slipped to second with Sam Davies in third. In the Youth B ranks it was Dan Leadbetter who was in control,a lap up on Adfam Jmaes who in turn was two laps up on third placed Carwyn Rosser.
Lewis Ellis nailed the Clubman class win ahead of Ryan Phillips and Jacob James, who had a terrific ride. Nick Whitehead once again topped the Sportsman class and a move to Clubman looks on the cards for next season. He was followed to the flag by Ben Martindale and Anthony Martin.
Chris Wagstaff was on form as he took the Vets A win ahead of Kev Sandland and Mike Windsor while in Vets B it was Mick Belcher who took first spot with Jamie Price and Nick Barrow just behind him.
Josh Lucy put in an amazing 14 laps to take the Novice class win from Shaun Cornwall and Lewis Glaves around a tough course that got even tougher for the final 30 minutes as rain fell and made the grass areas very tricky indeed.
It was a quality event at a quality venue and the riders really went for it across a fast-flowing course that benefited the quicker riders with not too much technical stuff, apart from the exit out of the woods that rutted up badly and caught out plenty of unwary riders.