George is Back! Lincolnshire Enduro Club Championship Round 3- Race Report
Report by Martin Southwick – Images courtesy of Graham Taylor
In perfect conditions at Ashby Puerorum, Over 100 riders navigated their way round the 5 mile mixed terrain course at the weekend. The club had worked hard in the previous weeks to make sure the track was a little different to previous encounters, and it certainly seems to be one of the riders favourite tracks these days. Ten minutes into the race however, the club altered the track very slightly again as the wettest parts were starting to resemble a mini war zone with bikes and bodies going anywhere but forward!
However, some of the closest racing was witnessed within the clubs short history. “Pretty quick” is also a phrase that can be used to describe the guys at the front end of the Experts class. Two riders who haven’t been seen at the club for some time had a very close battle to the line after 3 hours of racing. That probably doesn’t tell the full story though. Eventual winner, and 2017 champion George Birchall nearly gave the race laurels away to Joe Chambers as he saw a venture into the pit area for an unplanned fuel stop in race one. George did fight back however and after the two legs, these super fast lads were separated by just a couple of minutes over the 180. Danny Kidd’s 3rd place on the day sees him move up in the class standings to 2nd whilst Lee Hattersley still leads the division.
A big shout out should go to a few other class winners on the day. Youngster Ethan Champion won the Sportsman 2T class by at least one lap over his nearest rival. At just 16, Ethan’s win saw him close the gap in the “league table” to just 2 points. This class is the closest of the lot at present. Daniel Wheat still leads the group courtesy of his 2Nd place at Ashby but with William Tarrant in 3Rd place, he awaits any slip ups from the protagonists above.
Whilst the club sees riders of all ages competing, it’s a joy to see not only Ethan representing the very youngest out there but winning their class too. Benjamin Clark equalled Ethan’s win, this time with another victory in the Clubman class. That result now sees Benjamin at the top of his division. Once again, he was a full lap in front of runner up Nick Whitehead. Harvey Gregory (sportsman) and Thomas Smith (Beginner) made up the quartet of the lads who are the youngest of the clubs riders, and the future of our sport and LEC as a whole.
As with all classes it’s very early days yet but three riders have cleaned up with a hat trick of wins in their respective groups so far this year. They are as follows; Jack Gabb in the Sportsman 4T class, Andy Jackson in the Over 50’s, and Kev Bartle Sr in the Trail/Over 60’s.
The next race is once again out of the county and into neighbouring Yorkshire. Taking place on June 9Th at Tong, (Bradford) entries for that are already open on the ACU website. (https://www.acu.org.uk/events/June-2019/Lincolnshire-Enduro-Club/Enduro/Parkwood-Off-Road-Centre-ACU56627.aspx)
Full details of that event and LEC are on the clubs Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LincolnshireEnduroClub/