Spencer rips at Ellington! Raw Enduro Rock Oil Championship Finale – Race Report and Results
With almost all the UK having being delivered horrendous weather during September, Wayne Braybrook at RAW Enduro was right on the ball, making sure he had two venues booked for the final round of the Rock Oil Championship. His Belt and braces approach meant that Round 8 ran without any issues at the awesome all weather Ellington Banks venue in wet drizzly conditions.
Report by Raw Media – Images courtesy of Becky’s Enduro Snaps
John Stanley came to Ripon as the Youth A 2019 Champion; his third place on the day was a close-fought battle with runner up Sam Boyd who finished just 40 seconds in front. Brandon Burns ran out winner by a further minute, having missed two races at the start of the season Burns had to settle for forth overall in 2019.
Hayden Stansfield was runner up at round 8, with his Youth B title secure, Hayden has now achieved his goal as he moves to Youth A for 2020. Cristina Palmer smashed the Youth B class win, now almost back to full fitness Cristina wins the trophy for the most miles covered travelling from Scotland to most race weekends. Jack Wall was the star of the day taking the Junior, (Short Course) win. James Lindsey placed runner up and Brooke Mudie finished third on the day.
With Autos and Juniors getting their own marshalled Short Course at RAW events, RAW are now focussing on the 2020 Youth scene once again, they will be growing with the partnership they have with the Northern Youth Enduro Championship. Thanks to all Parents and sponsors for getting behind this New Championship in its infancy. Roll on 2020 we’ll take it a few more steps up the ladder.
On to the adult race, and with lots of fair weather riders opting to stay on the couch at home, the decision was taken to run one combined race at this final championship race. Knowing a lap time was in the region of 12-14 minutes, Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook knew the venue could cope with more riders in one race.
Jack Spencer took his Sandiford supported Beta to a fine Expert class win in the greasy conditions, his smooth calculated riding style saw him win by just over three minutes from the 2019 newly crowned Expert Champion Lewis Ellis on his MJMX backed KTM. Robbie Wallace rolled the dice at Round 8 and pushed on for a fine third place that moved him up to third overall in the Expert class. Jamie Williams collected his bike on Saturday when it returned from Sea to Sky. It seems Extreme events are bike wreckers as Williams KTM called “no more” and refused to run on Sunday. So a stand-in Mikey from Appleyard’s lent Williams his bike to compete on. Jamie grabbed the Clubman win and runner up in the Championship. Richard Taylor pushed super hard all race to place runner up which netting him Third in the Championship by two slender points.
Stand out rider of the Adult race was James Clark who in his first real Championship year has been consistent, his third at Ripon saw him crowned Clubman Champion for 2019. Mark Raynor loves the wet conditions; his Elite Vets win was a great ride on 10 laps. Shaun Woffinden moved up from Sportsman Elite last year and has grabbed the Elite vets overall for his efforts this season.
The Sportsman Vets class was thrown wide open when Championship leader Kris Farrar didn’t arrive at the event. With nerves jangling Mick Robson took the win from Andy Williams who has improved massively in 2019. Behind the front two, a titanic battle was happening out on track with Andy Kirby and his mate Steven Dean. Dean held out and pushed on to take third place at his home race. Kirby’s 4th on the day was enough to take the 2019 Sportsman Vets Championship.
With Sportsman Champ Scott Hipwell moving up to Clubman, Lewis Donlan grabbed his chance to take the win in class. Anthony Turner took first place championship points to secure runner up overall in the Rock Oil Championship. In a last few laps push, Anthony Farrow was the winner of the day points wise stealing third overall in his first year of Enduro’s, from the absent Grant Cooper.
‘Stephen Boyle always seems to go well in testing conditions, his over 50 class win was dominant on the day. Mark Peckitt’s runner up gave him a four-point advantage in the championship again placing runner up. Mark Stoneley just missed staying on the lead lap after a battle with Simon Nutter and Colin Mills. Mills ended up the 2019 Over 50 Champ with his third place points from Ripon.
Nick Manger was assured the Sportsman Elite class win on lap one as Lewis Fletcher went out with mechanical issues. Ben Fenton placed runner up and Rikki Harris just two minutes adrift.
Finally the Novice class battle had three potential winners going into Ripon. Matt Wakefield stayed ahead of the pack Championship wise, his fourth place on the day saw him win the Novice Championship. Rees Leonard was just 2 seconds off staying on the lead lap, his fifth on the day meant he wins the tie break for runner up in the championship by virtue of the better final race result. Alan Waller perhaps the most improved rider of the year was delighted to take third place in the championship in 2019. Ben Beesley won the novice class at Ripon, followed by Zane Butler and Elliot Woodall in Third.
The 2019 Rock Oil Championship has been a battle right down to the final race of the year. This just goes to show that a solid 8 round Championship, with all rounds counting is without doubt the way to go for 2020.
RAW Enduro would like to thank all riders, families, pit crew, and supporters for making RAW what it is today. The North’s Leading Enduro Hare & Hounds Club.
The next big RAW Event is the Annual Presentation night, plus end of season Party on Saturday November 16th. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy what is always a fantastic night, recognising riders achievements throughout the year, as well as being a great fun party night.
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