Hough’s that! Protect My Income Raw Challenge Enduro 6 Hour – Race Report and Results
Wayne Braybrook took a 6:30am track inspection at Driffield last Sunday for the Protect My Income RAW Challenge 6-Hour Enduro, along with his vast knowledge of this venue, to shorten the scheduled 6-hour race down to 4. Although some said they wanted six hours, the damp conditions saw people admit during and after they couldn’t have coped with more than four on that given day.
Report by Raw Media – Images courtesy of CH-Images
In the week leading up the race the course was prepared to run in any weather, nice and wide with some fast flowing grassland sections Driffield produced an average 14 minute lap which was just perfect. With hardly any DNF’s this just proves that experience is key to successful events.
Greg Hough is a self-confessed lover of the longer Ironman races, his expert win at round three was enough to seal the championship for 2019. Matt Parkinson stepped up from Clubman to Expert and has faired well all season, runner up, on the same laps as the winner, was a great result. Craig Keyworth used this event as yet another test for his upcoming Dakar assault, running dry on fuel Keyworth showed the upmost regard for the rules by pushing his bike to the finish line, this took over 45 minutes, respect to Craig for the long push and obeying the RAW Rules.
Marc Vardy and Wayne Braybrook had already won the Expert Team class before the race started, so a no pressure ride saw both riders enjoying a rip round to finish their 2019 partnership in style. RAW Team rider Lewis Moore took his Husky 450 out at Driffield and revelled in the greasy fast open conditions, his 18 lap solo tally grabbed him the Clubman solo win from local lad George England.
Finlay Horsley was top sportsman on 17 laps, Finn passed the timing clock with just 9 seconds left on it meaning he had another full lap to complete before he finished the tough four hour race. Brandon Burns and Billy Rippon were on top form taking the Sportsman Team win, Ashley Carroll and Nick manger placed runner up and in doing so take runner up in the overall standings on a tiebreak.
Steve Butterfield and Matt Wakefield finished their Dream team season on a high, with third place at the final race to take the overall Sportsman Team win by just 7 points.
In the Novice solo class, another great field of riders raced hard for four hours, Ben Francis was delighted to take the win and beat his mate Chris Sanderson who placed runner up. Bert Boam was stand out rider of the day, finishing third place on his 85cc KTM, the RAW Team rider never gave up during the 4 hour race.
Lee Stoyles and Dean Bromley had a great weekend chasing the Novice Class win, a victory at the final round wasn’t quite enough, as Sarah Thomas and her stand in partner Hayden Stansfield placed runner up to get just enough points to seal the overall championship. Thomas’s regular team Mate Abbie Piggott was on holiday, but will be back to collect the Novice Team winner’s trophy at the presentation night on November 16th.
Weather conditions during the race were very constant, light rain and drizzle did nothing to change the Driffield course. The 5 woodland sections stayed pretty much dry all day; the greasy grassland where water from puddles had dragged through kept riders honest but in no way did it hamper anyones progress. Mark Vardy had his two Weetabix for breakfast and went on to smash the vets solo win in fine style, his nearest challenger Andy Williams placed runner up, with “Dakar Mechanic to be” Derek Carr grabbing third place after a steady hassle free ride.
Head and Shoulders above the rest all Season Andy Harvey and Rob Gregory won the Vets Team class with 3 straight wins to take the championship. Martin Harvey and Mark Lowndes finished runner up, whilst the likeable duo of Steven Dean and Andy Kirby grabbed third on the day to finish runners up overall in the championship.
So that’s a wrap on the Protect My Income sponsored RAW Challenge Series for 2019. For 2020 the Championship will see a new format 3 race schedule which are all 4 Hours duration, this is to keep the On track action that little bit more competitive, whilst still giving the Iron men a great workout.
Thanks to all the riders who rode in this years Championship, next years will see some new venues and with a new timing system in place, pit crews will be able to track competitors from the Pit area via new timing screens.
The Next RAW Event is Rock Oil Round 8 the Final race of the Championship at the stunning Hapton Venue just outside Burnley in Lancashire on October 12/13th. For more event info hit the link below to visit the recently updated RAW Enduro Website.
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