If Carlsberg did Hard Enduro events! Lincolnshire Enduro Club Championships Round 7 – Race Report and Results
Two or three days after LEC/Gear 4’s latest event, it’s now been recognised by all riders, marshals and everyone else connected with club that the race had been the hardest one ever put on by the club.
Report by Martin Southwick – Feature image courtesy of DC Photography
The penultimate event of the year took place over a 3 mile lap at Westwood in South Yorkshire, and whilst weather conditions on the day may have been perfect, the terrain was anything but. Torrential rain in the two days leading up to race day meant underfoot conditions would have have been seen as pretty wretched in some areas for a lot of the entrants. Certainly, the marshall’s were kept busy on the day. It’s not every race that those guys have to incorporate tow-ropes to help riders and their bikes up some of the almost impossible slopes. Indeed, almost half the riders on the day never made it to the full 3 hours distance as one by one, riders succumbed to either fatigue or mechanical breakdowns ! However, as the club does not dish out DNF’s, most riders will have scored at least a point or two for their valiant efforts on a very testing day. (On a personal note, I should have put my race numbers on the wrong way up; I seem to spend quite a bit of time upside down !!)
Nevertheless, for some of the guys at the front of the race, (and as normal) the tough going look relatively easy. As per the norm, it was some of the usual suspects that made up the top three in the Experts group. All these riders were on the same amount of laps at the end of the 180 minutes (14) but Matthew Thompson had his nose in front after a long battle by quite a way in the end. Matthew beat Danny Catlin into second spot by a little over four minutes with third place man, and another club regular, Lee Hattersley taking the third podium place a further few minutes behind that. Its Matthews second win of the year having taken the chequered flag at Butts Quarry some months ago.
It’s no coincidence that these three lads fill the top three places for the 2019 championship and with just 7 points separating them, the last round at Tattershall should be somewhat entertaining.
In the Clubman class, Mark Lonsdale’s win sees him stretch his lead for the year with maximum points, with 13 laps on the day. Marks ride was a full circuit more than second-placed rival Jason Wittering. However, Jason only just had his bike in front of 3rd place man over the line, Rob Miller. Just 20 seconds covered Jason and Rob in the end. It’s probable that Mark now looks favourite for the 2019 title.
The sportsman 2T class had a clear winner on the day. Daniel Wheat and Ethan Champion have tussled all year round in their class. Apart from one single round, these two have swapped first and second places in each and every race. Daniel got the better of Ethan this time though, with 12 laps compared to Ethans 10. Also with 10 laps was third place man Levi Kirk. It looks like it’s between Daniel and Ethan for the series as a whole.
Jack Gabb closed down the gap to Dan Green in the Sportsman 4T 2019 battle with his second win in a row. Dan still leads the chase for the title, however, with his runner up spot at Westwood. Robert Harmston hall was third on the day and stays in 3rd spot for the year.
Another pair who seemed to have been swapping paint all year-round are Jules Croft and Darren Bedford in the Over 40’s class. Even though Darren grabbed victory on the day, it looks like Jules, with his runner up spot at the weekend is title favourite with one race to go. Andy Sykes came home 3rd on the day.
Club stalwart Neil Tapper continued his good form and now has a hat trick of wins on the bounce in the over 50’s class. A name not often seen at the club, Tim Reynolds lap total was equal to Neils but a further three minutes further back. Shaun Woffinden was a lap behind that. Once again, this class winner will be decided in the very last race of the year.
In the Trail/Classic/Over 60’s class, Kev Bartle Sr bounced back from his unusual form of not winning the last race, to take another 18 points this time round. John Cotterill was runner up with Sean Avison third. Kev is now a nailed-on cert for the 2019 title.
Hats off to two Beginners on the day, Andrew Ward and David Robinson. Whilst the class is a non scoring group, that would have been a baptism of fire for a first race. Well done guys.
The next and last race of the season takes place at everybody’s favourite track, Tattershall on November 17th. Entries are already open on the ACU website. Details can be had about that race, and everything else to do with the club here… https://www.facebook.com/groups/LincolnshireEnduroClub/
Club members are also reminded that the club presentation takes place a week after that, on the 22nd of November in Tattershall. Details from the above, or by contacting Louise Burford on 01507 524040