McCanney does the Hafren double! British Enduro Championships Rounds 5 and 6 – Race Report
This weekend saw the Hafren Dirt Bike Club host their bi-annual Hafren 2 Day Enduro which was also rounds 5 and 6 of the British Enduro Championships, and for a change the welsh weather was fairly kind!
Report and Image by Tristan Young
A lineup full of international racing stars meant that spectators were in for a treat this weekend! Danny McCanney, TM Factory rider and current British Championship leader, his brother, Jamie McCanney, Factory Sherco duo Jack Edmondson and Dan Mundell and Joe Wootton headed the lineup alongside your usual British Championship contenders!
Jamie was off to a great start winning the opening tests before brother Danny put the hammer down on the Enduro tests. In the 2nd Enduro test Jamie hit the deck quite hard and tweaked his hand which lost him his lead. Danny and Joe Wootton were then setting the pace with Dan Mundell following them home in a bit of a battle with Jamie McCanney. At the end of the day it was Danny who came out on top, Joe in 2nd and Jamie 3rd. Dan Mundell was 4th and Jack Edmondson came home in 5th place.
On day 2 Jamie retired early from the race at the end of the first Enduro test after struggling to find a good feeling on the bike with his hand injury playing up. Daryl Bolter was on the pace early on down at the grass test, but he eventually slipped back throughout the day to finish 6th. Mundell had a terrible first Enduro test with a crash and was 20 seconds off of McCanney, setting himself on the back foot. However, the times were tight on the next lap with Danny McCanney, Joe Wootton and Dan Mundell all on the same second in the second Enduro test. Jack Edmondson didn’t have the fastest of starts either but he was consistent all day to finish 4th, and also set some fast times on the grass. The overall win went right down to the wire but McCanney pipped Wootton by less than a second to the victory! Mundell was third, Edmondson 4th and Bolter 5th.
In the Expert class, MRS Sherco pilot Aaron Gordon took top honours on day one and 2nd on day 2, and collected some great points for his championship assault along the way! Max Ditchfield matched Gordon’s results and also scored great points. He has been on fantastic form recently. Harry Edmondson was third on both days, and considering he was carrying a thumb injury from the week before, he did a sterling job to keep his championship hopes alive.
In the highly competitive Clubman category, James Palmer asserted his dominance on this class by winning both days and edging closer to his first BEC title. On day 1 Josh Kirby took his 250F to a great P2, and his sub-class win. Jordan Young rode brilliantly to take his first overall top 3! On day 2 young gun Matthew Harries took the runner up position and Josh Kirby was 3rd.
The Over 40’s Class, Andrew Edwards was, as ever, on fire and took the win on both days! John Shirt aka Gas Gas UK was 2nd on day 2 before leaving to support his trials riders at the British Round on the Sunday. Andrew Reeves had a great weekend with a 3-2 scorecard. Vincent Harker filled the final podium spot with a consistent weekend. He was 4th on day 1 and 3rd on day 2!
Richard Hay was the man to beat on both days here in the Over 50’s category. The flying Scotsman took top honours ahead of the real GMC (Gary McCoy) on both days, while Manxman Russel Millward rounded out the top three both times around. All we needed was a Welshman and an Irishman to round out the top 5 and we could have had the full set!