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Wiggins revels in the Wet! 2018 Dorset Enduro Winter Warmer Series Round 2 – Race Report and Results
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Wiggins revels in the Wet! 2018 Dorset Enduro Winter Warmer Series Round 2 – Race Report and Results

by adminOctober 17, 2018

It rained so hard at Bovington for the start of round 2 that wetsuits, jet skis and speedo’s would have been more suited, this has to be one of the wettest events ever.

Race Report by Graham Rowe – Images courtesy of Nigel Gidney

The open tracks were awash with water yet the wooded sections drained quickly with their gravel base and the riders found near perfect ground conditions in places! For those not familiar with Bovington, it’s where the army teach soldiers to drive Challenger tanks on huge undulating gravel tracks. However the gaps between the rolling tracks filled with water and it became a game of Russian roulette with every crest hiding a puddle or a lake! Enduro is meant to be a challenge for rider and machine and today’s contrasting conditions tested both.

With over 150 riders entered they faced a flowing 5 mile course which mixed the open tracks with six wooded sections. The organiser Dorset Enduro run a slick operation and despite the weather the race started bang on time. Some riders couldn’t wait to get drenched and decided to soak themselves in the first puddle they reached (Jon TARR). With all the classes safely away the long wait started to see who would return first, after 15 minutes the sound of a singing Sherco four-stroke filled the air as Ricky WIGGINS lead the field back, not only was Ricky in the lead he actually looked to be enjoying himself. He couldn’t relax though as hot on his heals were Alan MORRISON and Brad KING and not far behind was Josh PLAYER. As the race developed Ricky WIGGINS revelled in the conditions, he was in perfect harmony with his Sherco and nobody could match his incredible tempo. Ricky was the only rider to complete 12 laps today. Josh PLAYER rode a strong and mature race and finished a deserved runner up with Alan Morrison bringing it home in third both on 11 laps.

When the Expert class appeared it was led by Roger HOLLAND who can clearly run at Championship pace, however like a few others that started well Roger didn’t get to the finish line. Lewis GIGG started steady and took the lead after a couple of laps, he then maintained a fantastic pace and actually got quicker as the race progressed. Never far behind was Paddy TWENTYMEN who rode a great race to claim second spot with Harry LAWRENCE claiming third.

Now everyone knows there’s one class you show respect too, the Expert Veterans, however before they got to the first corner there was trouble, Jon TARR took an early bath, a very cold one. Jon quickly remounted and set off after his class, he pushed hard and caught and passed all but one of his class by the time they completed their first lap. Leading though was Jack TWENTYMAN, he kept Jon and Gary MCCOY behind him for half the race. However everything changed on lap five when Gary and Jon managed to pass Jack with Gary MCCOY going on to build a comfortable lead to take the class win with Jon holding on to finish second. Jack rounded off a good day for the TWENTYMAN clan by taking third.

In the Clubman A class Harry NEAL left everybody in his wake, he took off from the start not to be seen by class for the rest of the day. Ian FORTUNE and Matthew JOYCE were having a Titanic battle for second, Ian gradually built a gap but on lap 7 after a slow pit stop his gap was down to 2 seconds.  Ian worked hard again and just built a small lead to finish 17 seconds ahead of Matthew at the end for second place.  Things were just as close for 4th with Paul FELTHAM beating Morgan DEAKIN by only26 seconds.

The biggest class were the Clubman VETERANS were ever young Si THOMAS surfed away from the start with only Steve TAYLOR giving chase, nobody troubled this pair and they both finished on ten laps. George LEYLAND came home in third on nine laps with DAVE SAWTELL behind heading a flotilla of veterans of EKE, YERBURY, SCOTT and HUBBARD.

Clubman B class  was headed by a number of riders who will be ready to move up to Clubman A class next year, George OLOF certainly excelled in the wet conditions and won the class by a lap.  Ross MORRISON in second was unlucky to miss out on an extra lap but he had quite a margin over Daryl BILES in third.

Again the Sportsman class attracted some very competitive riders with Simon ELLETT sailing away from everyone to a comfortable class win with James MOLLER and Paul JONES behind him. These guys would cope well in a higher class.

A great days sport in appalling conditions where Bovington proved itself a true winter venue, especially with its concrete car park!

It was noted that many of the riders appeared to be smiling after the event?

Results

Position NAME CLASS LAPS

1 RICKY WIGGINS 01 Champio 12
2 JOSH PLAYER 01 Champio 11
3 ALAN MORRISON 01 Champio 11
4 LEWIS GIGG 02 Expert 11
5 PADDY TWENTYMAN 02 Expert 11
6 HARRY LAWRENCE 02 Expert 11
7 GARY MCCOY 03 O40 Exp 11
8 BRETT ROWLAND 02 Expert 11
9 JON TARR 03 O40 Exp 11
10 JACK TWENTYMAN 03 O40 Exp 11
11 JORDAN KING 02 Expert 11
12 HARRY NEAL 04 Club A 11
13 GEORGE BOWERMAN 02 Expert 11
14 DAVE COLES 03 O40 Exp 11
15 RICHARD GOOD 02 Expert 10
16 ADAM BURT 03 O40 Exp 10
17 FREDDIE BROADWAY 02 Expert 10
18 IAN FORTUNE 04 Club A 10
19 GEOFF BRIGDEN 03 O40 Exp 10
20 MATTHEW JOYCE 04 Club A 10
21 SIMON THOMAS 06 O40 Clu 10
22 PAUL FELTHAM 04 Club A 10
23 MORGAN DEAKIN 04 Club A 10
24 CHRIS MARSH 03 O40 Exp 10
25 PAUL ARMSTRONG 03 O40 Exp 10
26 JUSTIN RIXON 03 O40 Exp 10
27 DAN GROOM 03 O40 Exp 10
28 MARTIN HALLETT 04 Club A 10
29 CRAIG OSMENT 04 Club A 10
30 GEORGE OLOF 05 Club B 10
31 STEVE TAYLOR 06 O40 Clu 10
32 JAMES RICHARDS 04 Club A 10
33 JORDAN BRIGDEN 02 Expert 9
34 LEE SKINNER 04 Club A 9
35 BILLY TAYLOR 04 Club A 9
36 ROSS MORRISON 05 Club B 9
37 MICHAEL BURGESS 04 Club A 9
38 TYSON MAYTOM-JONES 01 Champio 9
39 GEORGE LEYLAND 06 O40 Clu 9
40 STUART MAUNDER 04 Club A 9
41 DARYL BILES 05 Club B 9
42 DAVE SAWTELL 06 O40 Clu 9
43 GRAHAM EKE 06 O40 Clu 9
44 MARK YERBURY 06 O40 Clu 9
45 STEPHEN SCOTT 06 O40 Clu 9
46 MATT HUBBARD 06 O40 Clu 9
47 LEON PORTER 05 Club B 9
48 NICHOLAS POTTOW 06 O40 Clu 9
49 JASON MORGAN 05 Club B 9
50 SIMON ELLETT 07 Sportsm 9
51 JAMES MOLLER 04 Club A 9
52 PAUL JONES 05 Club B 9
53 MARCUS FELTHAM 04 Club A 9
54 STEVE MORTON 05 Club B 9
55 JOHN FOLEY 05 Club B 9
56 NICK GIFFORD 05 Club B 9
57 TOM BAKER 05 Club B 9
58 SAM HOOPER 05 Club B 9
59 ASHLEY STADDON 06 O40 Clu 9
60 CALLUM LEWIS 07 Sportsm 9
61 CONNOR ANGUS 04 Club A 9
62 RICHARD CROSS 05 Club B 9
63 RICHARD WEBBER 07 Sportsm 9
64 LAWRENCE CATT 03 O40 Exp 9
65 BRAD PERRETT 04 Club A 8
66 SHANE SKINNER 05 Club B 8
67 LANCE MACKLIN 06 O40 Clu 8
68 RICKY GASTON 05 Club B 8
69 ALEX MCGRATH 05 Club B 8
70 STEVE ELSEY 06 O40 Clu 8
71 SOPHIE THOMAS 04 Club A 8
72 MARK PAUL 07 Sportsm 8
73 CHRIS WHELAN 07 Sportsm 8
74 PHIL RICHARDS 06 O40 Clu 8
75 LEWIS SMITH 07 Sportsm 8
76 DAMIAN WHYTE 06 O40 Clu 8
77 CONNOR RIXON 05 Club B 8
78 SIMON GATES 06 O40 Clu 8
79 BEN ASHCROFT 05 Club B 8
80 ADRIAN WILKINS 06 O40 Clu 8
81 MARK DAVIS 03 O40 Exp 8
82 STEVEN CURTIS 06 O40 Clu 8
83 BEN GREEN 06 O40 Clu 8
84 GERALD HOLDWAY 06 O40 Clu 8
85 JACOB HAIGH 07 Sportsm 8
86 JOHN HILL 07 Sportsm 8
87 IAN SANDERCOCK 06 O40 Clu 8
88 MARK ANTHONY LEE 05 Club B 8
89 TRAVIS JOHNSON 05 Club B 8
90 DARREN MCKENNA 05 Club B 8
91 CARL POORE 05 Club B 8
92 DOMINIC CHENNERY 07 Sportsm 8
93 JAMIE WATTS 04 Club A 8
94 RICHARD SWAFFIELD 06 O40 Clu 7
95 JUSTIN SHORT 05 Club B 7
96 RICHARD HOLLAND 06 O40 Clu 7
97 EDWARD PONTING 05 Club B 7
98 CHRISTOPHER STANDEN 07 Sportsm 7
99 JEFF WHITE 07 Sportsm 7
100 RICK FALL 06 O40 Clu 7
101 SHAUN BRAKE 05 Club B 7
102 ANDREW GODBOLD 06 O40 Clu 7
103 TIM TUBB 06 O40 Clu 7
104 RORY TUCKER 07 Sportsm 7
105 ALAN OBRIEN 07 Sportsm 7
106 RHYS TROTTER 05 Club B 7
107 TERRY MARSH 07 Sportsm 7
108 ROBERT TAYLOR 07 Sportsm 6
109 GARY MITCHISON 07 Sportsm 6
110 GARRY METTAM 07 Sportsm 6
111 COLIN PADDY 06 O40 Clu 6
112 BENJAMIN COWDREY 07 Sportsm 6
113 KIERAN WOOD 07 Sportsm 5
114 ANTHONY JOYCE 05 Club B 5
115 PAUL KINGSNORTH 07 Sportsm 5
116 DARREN GIGGS 05 Club B 5
117 LEWIS HAWKINS 07 Sportsm 5
118 ROSS BURCH 07 Sportsm 5
119 JASON ASHMAN 07 Sportsm 5