Hancock’s Four Hour! Edge Offroad Motul Long Edge Enduro Series Round 3 – Race Report and Results
Report by Phoenix Media – Images courtesy of JW Forsyth Photography
The first action of the day was for the Youth riders who were in for a two hour long battle. With a good entry for the 2 Hour event, it was going to be a challenge for the Juniors and Youths alike. Jak Heaney got the holeshot in the Solo Youth class, but it wasn’t long before the likes of Carcredit 365 rider Brandon Burns and Jak’s team mate Alex Leadbetter got the better of him. Great racing for these lads for the whole duration but eventually Brandon taking the win, Alex lost out by 26 seconds in second place and Cameron Baker Haste rounding out the podium in third.
In the Solo Juniors, Jacob Bragg was in his element, loving the dry conditions and open track, taking a very impressive win on 6 laps and 14 minutes up on his nearest rival Riley Freeman who was happy to take the second place trophy home with him, and local lad Sam Thompson rounding out the Solo Junior class podium in third place.
In the Team Youth class Evie Reynolds and Alfie Marsden took the win by 5 minutes from Harley Allen and Ryan Liddle in second place – both teams completing eight laps. They all rode their socks off and deserve a big pat on the back!
With a short break and quite a few track alterations, the main 5 mile event was due to get underway. With a brand new track lay out, lots of new parts in to jazz the lap up, sure enough the Edge crew managed to put on another great lap to keep everyone on their toes! Lots of easy, enjoyable riding with some good technical going to keep it interesting, made it something to look forward to. Having the live timing certainly created a massive buzz for all riders and their pit crews alike. With this being the penultimate round, things were set to really heat up!
Edge Clerk of the Course Dan Bewlay teamed up with Scott Altass, Josh Bailey decided to fly Solo, team riders Dan Leadbetter and Harrison Utley were ready for the challenge, plus RG Racing riders Liam Radcliffe and Jimmy Gamble were set to put some pressure on in the Expert classes. Josh managed to grab the holeshot with a victorious fist pump for his fans as he entered the first woodland, but by the end of the first lap Scott Altass was first through lap scoring, with Dan Leadbetter, Josh, Jamie Dilworth and Liam on his back. By the end of the 4 hours in the Expert Team class Bewlay/Altass took the win and fastest lap of the day, with Leadbetter/Utley grabbing second from Radcliffe Gamble in third.
Jamie Dilworth put his mark on the Solo Expert class with Josh settling for second and D3 Baydale KTM rider Burts Crayston missing second by 14 seconds. Sam Hogg and Ben Mitchell had a fantastic ride, taking the win in the Team Clubman class with only a 43 second gap on second place Danny Calkin and Dan King, with father and son, Anthony and Liam Crowe, having to settle for third.
The Solo Clubman win went to Liam Crisp, beating second place Dan Harrison by 14 seconds, and Stewart Robinson finishing in third.
Team Vets saw Kris Farrar and Mick Alderson taking a great 9 minute gap win from second place Tim Reynolds and Simon Nutter, with Mark Hawley and Grant Gillender securing third.
Rob Miller took his second trophy in two weeks by taking the win this time in the Solo Vets class, a lap up on second place MJMX sponsored rider Simon Tate and Andy Dean rounding out the podium.
Paul Westgarth had an outstanding ride in the Solo Master class taking the win, beating Alex Owen by 42 seconds and Martin Allen having to settle for third place this week.
In the Team Sportsman class, Kev Hipwell and MJMX sponsored rider Tommy Tate took the win by 40 seconds from brothers, Ian and Phil Taylor, who finished second, and youngsters Scott Hipwell and Abbie Piggott grabbed third place by 19 seconds!
Solo Sportsman saw Ash Hancock again taking a fantastic win, a lap up on second lap Andrew Howe and Louis Donlan over the moon to take third place home.
Team Novice finally saw Stephen Mudie and Craig Hancock nearly have a faultless day, but still finished and took the win a lap up on second place, Sarah Thomas and Alan Waller, who were over the moon with their result, and Tom Slater and Billy Matthews rounded out the podium even they they ended up with one bike giving up the ghost!
The Solo Novice class saw Damo Fletcher taking the win a lap up on second place Tony Harvey, who wasn’t expecting such a good result, and Ian Campbell finishing his first ever race, taking third! A massive well done to everyone and thank you for support this event. This series will now take a break until October when the Finale will be held at Tong over the weekend of October 19th & 20th.
The next event weekend is 15th & 16th June at the fantastic Laverton venue near Ripon for a Play Day and Protect My Income Round 5. If you can’t make this, the following weekend sees action with the Eurotek Sprint Championship again, Rounds 5 & 6, hosted by the versatile Westwood venue near Barnsley – entries are now open for both weekends – enter via the Event Mobile 07557 447084 or by booking in online which is very simple to use www.edgeoffroad.events/events – see you all soon!
>>Click here for the Adult Results Long Edge Round 3 Adult Results
>>Click here for the Youth Results Long Edge Round 3 Junior AM Results