Austin dominates at the Butts. Edge Offroad Enduro Championships Finale – Race Report & Results
Edge Offroad “The Finale” took place at a gloriously sunny Butts Quarry at the weekend. With the Edge touch, all riders were treated to another new track layout! Lots of hard work and planning had gone into this track, the Edge Crew didn’t want it to be bog standard, they wanted it to be awesome! By all accounts, every rider had a nice, big cheesy grin from ear to ear when they finished, good work Edge!
Report by Phoenix Media – Images courtesy of JW Forsyth
The Youth were away first at 9am, with a fight from the off for the holeshot between Abbie Piggott and Jaysi Austin! A battle for the first few laps between these two lasses, ended up seeing Abbie take a comfortable lead and overall win at the end. Jaysi took the Youth B win and second overall. Both girls rode awesome! Ailbe OConnell, totally new to Enduro, took to it like a
duck to water, taking the top spot of the podium in the Junior class, followed by the Overall Championship Winner Charlie Page, who had his best ride of the season! Again new to Enduro, Freddie Oakley took the final spot of the podium in third even though he rode most of the race with a loose seat! Harry Walker had it all on his young shoulders before the race, desperate for the Championship win, but binned it on his second lap and ended his season with a DNF, absolutely gutted. Archie Roberts rode awesome, and it was great to see him back out riding since his set back in the Summer. Well done kids, you all rode brilliantly.
Straight into the main adult event, riders were lined up ready to go at 11am. With only one Adult race on the agenda, it was the Experts off first. Only a handful turned up for this last championship race of the year, but the talent was there! Scott Austin made a return to Enduro in preparation for Skegness beach race, needless to say Austin Powers! Taking the overall win on 18 laps it was great to see Scott back out racing again. Scott Altass was last off the line! He fought his way
back through the pack, and battled all race with Edge rider Josh Bailey, but managed to pip him to the post on the last corner and take second to Josh’s third. The racing between these two was absolutely phenomenal to watch and to be involved with!
In the Expert Vets class, Rick Du Feu threw a spanner in the works between the Championship contenders. Though Butts Quarry is predominantly a MX track, Edge made sure there was equally as much technical there – of which Rick handled no problem by taking the win! Crowie Snr had an awesome race, probably the best of the season, and was over the moon to take second from Mark Raynor who rode brilliantly for the two hour duration and took third.
In the Clubman class, Kurt Weston re-appeared! This really did put the cat amongst the pigeons for the Finale! Kurt was chased all day by Neil Marshall who also rode his socks off all race. James Gamble and Ben Walker were fighting for second in the Overall
Championship, and Neil nicked some well earned points from the both of them! The battled between James and Ben was as good, if not better than the battle in the Expert class! Again James managed to pass Ben on the last lap in the quarry section; so ended up Kurt winning, Neil second (only by 25 seconds!!) and James third a lap down. We found out later Sunday evening, Ben had tumbled early doors and hurt his wrist – the injury turned out to be a broken wrist, and Ben had battled for a good hour and a half with that injury! Fair play Ben, heal soon buddy. All these boys are now ready for their transition into the Expert class – with the likes of Joe Deakin and Gary Daniels now in the Premier Class!
In the Clubman Vets class Rick Tropman took an good win from Kevin Cowie, who rode an old XR400! Kev wasn’t
afraid to ride the bike properly around the place, but not sure who will have been aching more on Monday morning! Steve Cranshaw made the trip down from Lancashire and rounded out the podium with a well deserved third.
In the Sportsman class Rhys White took a convincing win from Liam Ryde, who took second, both lads were a lap up on third place, which went to Nathan Smith on his Beta. Nathan managed to secure second spot in the Championship with his nice, steady ride and no mechanicals! Nic Boll moved up to the Sportsman Vets class for the last round of the season and took a strong win from Andrew Brook. Brooky is happily finding his feet in this class now, and certainly looks like it’s going to be a competitive class for 2018. Ed Battye made a return to riding and took a very happy third place,
though very frustrated….so near…but yet so far!
The Over 50 class battle was certainly as exciting as the top lads! Deany needed to have a mechanical or be abducted for him not to secure the Championship – unfortunately for Foxy and Mr Court, this didn’t happen! Needless to say Deany took an amazing win, five minutes in front of Foxy in second, followed by an old familiar face, Steve Johnson in third, only 16 seconds behind second!!
Chris Davis absolutely thrashed his opposition in the Novice class on 16 laps – fair to say, though Chris was new to Enduro at the start of this year, nobody had any idea how well he would do. He has happily surprised himself and Edge and will be moving up to the Clubman class next season. Steve Butterfield took second spot on 15 laps, and again, new to Enduro this year, has had a mega
year and will be moving up to Sportsman next year. Will Reid finished in third spot on 14 laps, absolutely chuffed to bits as it’s his second enduro.
So well done to everyone who rode – it was a fantastic day, the weather was great, the track was absolutely awesome – Edge certainly have made an impression this year! They have got a few more new venues already lined up for next season, with a few new events added into the calendar, so you all should have a great time!
A huge thanks to all the riders that have support the series so far this year, to all their crew and supporters, to all the Edge Marshals for all their continued hard work at every event, to the Photographers, to family and friends, to Dan Bewlay for all his hard work with the track builds, and to Ellie and Jack for all their help
and patience! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Next on the calendar are the three Winter Warmers, all before Christmas – so you can enter online or by calling/texting the event mobile on 07557 447084. All the venues have been set for these events, Practise Day before each one – so get booked in to make sure they can all go ahead.
Memberships are open now for 2018, and until 1st November are set at £45 (including a yearly licence) or £30 without a licence, an absolute bargain if you look at the savings you can make over the year! Well worth it – get yours done online as numbers are going fast! www.edgeoffroad.events
|25||Harry Walker||Juniors||00:08:01:548||DNF 1|
|1||9||Jaysi Austin||Youth B||01:19:35:720||10|
|1||246||Abbie Piggott||Youth A||01:17:39:743||10|
|115||Grove Rackham||Novice||01:39:15:803||DNF 9|
|27||Kris Munro||Novice||01:06:44:046||DNF 7|
|1||65||Andy Dean||Over 50’s||02:02:16:398||15|
|2||141||Nigel Fox||Over 50’s||02:07:23:049||15|
|3||10||Steve Johnson||Over 50’s||02:07:39:583||15|
|4||171||Gary Court||Over 50’s||02:07:41:425||15|
|5||180||Steve Howes||Over 50’s||02:03:07:421||14|
|90||Jon Wadsworth||Over 50’s||02:03:07:422||NS|
|1||92||Nic Boll||Sportsman Vets||02:06:23:363||14|
|2||333||Andrew Brook||Sportsman Vets||02:07:20:696||14|
|3||4||Ed Battye||Sportsman Vets||02:07:47:903||14|
|4||109||Micheal Greenhalgh||Sportsman Vets||02:01:25:545||13|
|5||167||Ste Thornton||Sportsman Vets||02:02:07:716||13|
|6||42||Bobby Dazler||Sportsman Vets||02:01:01:030||12|
|7||246||Wayne Pashley||Sportsman Vets||02:05:38:388||12|
|8||401||Danny Coucom||Sportsman Vets||02:08:12:150||12|
|9||108||Paul Jackson||Sportsman Vets||02:08:29:935||12|
|10||110||David Moss||Sportsman Vets||02:05:54:281||11|
|11||107||Raymon Craig||Sportsman Vets||02:07:46:713||10|
|12||390||Josh Tomlinson||Sportsman Vets||02:07:11:462||9|
|57||David Bell||Sportsman Vets||NS|
|263||Jason Atha||Sportsman Vets||NS|
|411||Sam Gregory||Sportsman||01:40:03:822||DNF 12|
|603||Liam James||Sportsman||00:50:48:022||DNF 6|
|327||Dale Harvey||Sportsman||00:52:50:478||DNF 6|
|281||Lee Crookes||Sportsman||00:25:43:118||DNF 3|
|31||Jonathan Galves||Sportsman||00:27:23:792||DNF 3|
|1||5||Ricky Tropman||Clubman Vets||02:06:24:485||16|
|2||44||Kevin Cowie||Clubman Vets||02:02:46:361||15|
|3||283||Steve Cranshaw||Clubman Vets||02:03:12:959||15|
|4||179||Andrew Sykes||Clubman Vets||02:04:21:508||15|
|5||16||David Bennett||Clubman Vets||02:08:24:537||14|
|6||98||Andy Granger||Clubman Vets||02:02:10:199||13|
|1||143||Rick Du Feu||Expert Vets||02:04:02:190||17|
|2||20||Anthony Crowe||Expert Vets||02:00:20:461||16|
|3||15||Mark Raynor||Expert Vets||02:02:20:884||16|
|4||971||John Steeples||Expert Vets||02:02:38:980||16|
|5||299||Dean Johnson||Expert Vets||02:06:08:051||16|
|1||Alex Owen||Expert Vets||NS|
|91||Ryan Patrick||Expert||01:44:20:130||DNF 13|
|160||Max Ditchfield||Expert||01:02:13:477||DNF 9|