Walker Warms Up Chilly Cowm. British Extreme Enduro Championship

Jonny Walker celebrated his return to the UK extreme scene with an emphatic victory at Cowm Quarry last weekend.  The Red Bull KTM factory rider produced an outstanding display and led the Pro field, virtually from the start. 

Cowm Quarry had undergone many changes in the build-up to this event.  Some of the sections looked easier but proved to be much harder while the addition of a significant amount of faster, open going where riders could “rest”, made the event very stop start in places.

Third gear straights suddenly terminated into a first gear, an inch-by-inch pick through extremely technical sections.  Add to this the biting wind cutting across the venue, icy patches strewn randomly around the flatter areas and steep climbs offering no grip then plenty of grip, all made for a very mixed challenge for all riders.

The course, as with Tong, ran in different directions for both the morning and afternoon races.  Although it would have been easy for the Fast Eddy crew to choose well-established paths and routes, they decided to tear up the map book and lay out something completely different.

The course, for the morning race at least, was more technical than usual, the afternoon course, although very different to the normal layout, presented few problems for the Pros and Experts. 

The star-studded Pro race began at 12.30 with a fairly subdued charge around the first set of hairpins and logs; no one wanted to make a mistake here!  It wasn’t until riders were clear of the start area, that the racing really began.  Initially, it was a three-way battle between Walker and rivals Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt from the Rock Star Husqvarna factory team. 

By the time the leaders reached the redesigned rock garden, close to lap-scoring, it was Walker who had just a few seconds lead over Bolt with Jarvis very close behind, all three circulating at roughly the same pace.

Walker turned up the gas and by the half-way point, there was roughly forty seconds between Walker and Bolt, with Jarvis a further forty seconds adrift with Eurotek’s Paul Bolton roughly thirty seconds behind Jarvis.

Beta mounted Jonno Richardson was hanging up there, just off the leading pack and slightly ahead of Sam Winterburn with championship riders Jordan Scott and Gethin Humphreys filling the top ten places. 

Disaster struck Graham Jarvis on lap ten, where he ran out of fuel.  Paul Bolton and company gladly received the gift of a jump up the leader board but no one was capable of matching Walker or Bolt, the only two riders to complete the lap in less than twelve minutes.  At one stage, Walker had eked out nearly a two-minute lead over Bolt, who was making small errors, each one nibbling a few seconds off his time.  Bolt recovered however and closed within six seconds of Walker to take the runner-up spot as Paul Bolton secured third.

A significant group of Expert riders followed the Championship class home.  Joe Deakin took the Expert win from Sam Ludgate and third placed Gav Houson but even more impressively, Gas Gas mounted Juan Knight, in the Elite Vets class, made it to ninth overall and another class win in this series. He had plenty of competition.  Wayne Braybrook was a minute and a half behind in second spot.  An excellent outing for someone who does not ride competitively these days.  Harold Crawford completed the Elite Vets top-three, a lap down on Knight and Braybrook.

It was interesting to note that the highest position achieved by a Clubman rider was 31st overall, quietening the claims of pot-hunters.  Stuart Mack and Dawson Marriott battled hard throughout the two-and-a-half-hour race but it was Mack who eventually emerged victorious.  Olly Lawer completed the Clubman podium line-up.

The morning racers definitely suffered the worst of the conditions. Although bright sunshine bathed the whole venue, the wind chill factor was down to artic proportions.  The course was ok, although in some of the shaded areas the grounds seemed to be in perma-frost.  The Veterans always provide great racing at Cowm, in particular Mick Boam and Mark Houson. Houson seems to have the edge at Tong but Boam definitely has the advantage at Cowm but not this year.

Youth and enthusiasm overcame age and experience as Will Stansbie clawed his way to the front of the pack and despite the efforts of Boam, Houson and fellow Youth rider Suff Sella, he maintained his lead to claim a glorious victory in the most challenging conditions ahead of Mick Boam, second overall but first in Vets and Sella, third overall and second in the Youth class.  Gas Gas mounted Tom Knight, took third in the Youth class down in a lowly 9th overall spot with a handful of talented Vets ahead of him, while Karl Greenhall nailed third in the Vet class.

Grant Gillender led the Sportsman class home just sixteen seconds ahead of Ryan Crayston with Liam Robinson close behind in third.

The bitterly cold conditions seemed to have little effect on the quality of riders and fierceness of the competition, in fact the morning race seemed to have more urgency about it than the afternoon race (but it was cold so maybe they were just trying to get warm).

Walker’s return to the UK was welcomed by his many fans and it was great to see him battle with Bolt, Jarvis and Bolton at times even though he always seemed to have things firmly under control. Billy Bolt was close but for a few mistakes here and there, he may well have taken the win but still gaining in experience, he still put in a superb performance.  The demise of the master, Graham Jarvis, running out of fuel gives hope to the rest of mere mortals who have been known to do so on a regular basis. Paul Bolton, as ever, hung tough and was rewarded for his efforts. A smart rider who knows the game really well. 

A massive well-done to Fast Eddy and his dedicated but frozen crew, who spent the week at Cowm building a superb course, assisted hugely by John Whittle and his big machines.
 

RAW Chill Winter Series Ripon R3. Winter – Burn Stays Chilled at Ripon. Images CH-Images. Report Imprint Media

RAW Enduro opened their 2018 Enduro Hare & Hounds events schedule at Ellington Banks Ripon with a true winter event that tested everyone over the day’s competition.

A huge turn out of riders saw the new RAW Enduro Youth supporters arrive on mass. No less than 24 riders lined up for the stand-alone Youth event. Wayne Braybrook had prepared a perfect YOUTH ONLY short course designed to engage youth riders into enduro riding on a large scale.

The relatively dry and snow free woodland areas provided just enough of a challenge for the smaller bikes without being too difficult. A mistake by one rider taking a wrong turn on lap one saw a handful of youth riders turning onto the adult loop which clearly wasn’t intended, a swift sheep dog style operation by RAW Marshals soon rounded up the stray riders and chaperoned them back to the simplified loop where the fun could begin. Tommy Tate took the Youth A win from newcomer Alex Morris in second place.
Lewis Hutchinson had a superb event to finish third on a 9-lap tally. Youth B Honours went to NE-XC rider Sam Boyd, Sam was chased to the line by RAW team rider Bert Boam, both riders were separated by just over one minute at the flag. Bradley Robson credited himself with a fine third place on the day. Report & pics

Keith & Eddy's Xmas Bash at Ashby. Words Tim Tighe. Pics Tilde Tighe

In the timeless Neverland between Christmas and New Year scores of the bored and simply overindulged turned out for Keith and Eddy’s Xmas bash at Ashby, two hours of simple, freezing, ice-encrusted, muddy fun which masqueraded as the final round of the Fast Eddy Racing Winter Series.

Ashby isn’t used much these days for events, mainly for practice, but when an event does run there it is always memorable and this event was no different. Following one of the coldest nights of the year the mulch covered parts of the track slowly began to thaw in the weak winter sun.

The deep pools of standing water would take a little more convincing to begin to thaw but after a couple of laps over 50 bikes had smashed the ice to oblivion.

The going varied all around the course but just so riders didn’t think it was too easy the Fast Eddy track crew threw in some decent sized rocks on the central MX section of the course.

With a short section of new going off the start line it didn’t take long before all classes were away and into more familiar parts of the course, the separate classes mixing within a lap.

Jay Thomas and Adam Castledine were out in front alongside Jack Ditchfield and Sean Wainwright while a surprise late entry from Jack Staines saw a fearsome Honda 450 tearing up the track in the Expert ranks. It was a real grueller of a race and Jay Thomas just gritted his teeth and clung to the overall first spot as if his life depended on it. He’d had a lead over second placed Jack Ditchfield for quite some time but Ditchy also kept plugging away to take second place with Sean Wainwright eventually taking third.

James Palmer has a terrific ride to take fourth overall and win the Youth A class ahead of Charlie Chater and Archie Collier. Keith Staines maintained his Christmas tradition of a single muddy outing by winning the Clubman Vets by quite a margin over Julian Cook and Chris Wagstaff.

Jacob James had an outstanding performance on his way to Clubman class victory with 12 laps to his credit, just ahead of Rich Heslop and Glyn McGuire. Ben Martindale once again picked up the Sportsman win just ahead of Paul Clarkes and Luke Austick.

Kristian Ankritt topped the Novice runners with Joe Poole and Andrew Williams just a lap adrift of the leader. The Sportsman Vets was well attended and it was Nick Barrow who claimed the class win with Chris Edwards in second spot and Michael Eaton third. Toby Flack had a tough old ride around but still nailed the top spot in the Youth B class ahead of Will Farrow and Ben Cook.

This was a typical winter event. Muddy, cold but lots of fun once the racing was over and there was time to reflect on just how tough it had been and how mad everyone was to have ridden it.

Actually, it ran rather well. Once the first few laps were completed riders settled down and Ashby Moto Parc reminded everyone just how tough it could be. It was and experience to ride but also really entertaining to watch. The Fast Eddy crew did a great job in tough conditions to layout a course that suited virtually everyone and even throw in a few hard and easy options to boot.

RAW Chill Winter Series

January 21st Ellington Banks Ripon HG4 3JZ

RAW Enduro Kickstart 2018 on January 21st at Ellington Banks near Ripon in North Yorkshire. This event will be round 3 of the RAW Chill Winter Series using the popular RAW Enduro Play and Race format.

Ellington Banks Ripon has a feast of enduro options available to Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook. In 2017 this first RAW new year event was packed with eager riders wanting bike time after the festive period. RAW Enduro expect 2018 to be no different, Wayne has all the time he needs booked at Ripon to plan a great winter series track for all abilities. A large Hard Standing secure parking paddock means no problems getting on and off site. Fast Forest fire roads, large woodland drives, 4x4 MOD training areas, plus a host of trails will make up the awesome “fun to ride” lap around this awesome venue. Never overused by bikes, and having not been host to an enduro since July means the track will be in great shape. New to enduro competition riders will be made more than welcome and they will be helped through their first event by RAW Staff.

The days schedule is as follows. Sunday January 21st.
Youth Event Starts 08:30 and runs for 1 hour 15 minutes.
Adult Solo practice Starts 10am with Sighting Laps until 10:30am
Adult Solo Event starts 11am 2 Hour Event.

Day licence is available at a cost of £5. 

RAW Members and Non Members are made more than welcome by the friendly professional event Staff. Please book early, due to the popularity of this pre season venue, we may close entries before the day should the take up be the same as this year.
Keep up to speed on socials @RAWEnduro - this will have updates on all events as well as some pre event pictures to show what great shape the venue is in. 

Fastrack Online Entries: Saves queues on the day https://www.rawenduro.co.uk/events/
Pay On Day Entries simply text rider details to Wayne on 07802 572023.

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship Round 10 Final. Showdown fight to the flag for Sherwin. Report: Imprint Media Images: CH-Images

Another awesome line up of Northern Enduro Hare & Hounds enduro fans packed Driffield in East Yorkshire for the final Showdown to the 2017 RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship.

Many Classes were still to fight for the overall win, and boy was there some real competitive racing on the day.

Jamie Williams held his advantage over Richard Moorhouse in the Youth A Class running into the final round, after Moorhouse broke his wrist two months ago his limited bike time meant it was always going to be hard to beat the in form Jamie Williams.

On the day the pair were giving everything they had, separated at the flag by 29 seconds the pair shook hands and reflected on a great season with RAW. Williams takes the RAW Enduro Youth A title for 2017. Bert Crayston now focussed on his adult career had one last ride in the Youth class to take third spot. Cory Cookland rolled up his sleeves and revelled in the slippery morning conditions to take the Youth B class with a comfortable margin from Sam Boyd.

Report & pics

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R8/9 Double Points. Sampson Walker and Ellis Clean up at TONG.

Report: Imprint Media. Images: Matt Rudd Photography

Over 170 riders attended RAW Enduro’s latest weekend of enduro action at Tong last weekend. A Double Points championship round saw all RAW regulars flocking to Tong to try grab a haul of points on the day. Not surprisingly riders praised Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook for making Tong “Different” to the norm, Braybrook has 10 years experience of marking out quality Enduro courses, that coupled with 35 years as a rider means he knows his stuff.

Saturday got underway with a RAW Talent training school for a select group of Youth and Adult riders on two different sessions. Riders improved massively under the Guidance of Advanced National Coach Wayne Braybrook with assistance from RAW Academy co-ordinator Rob Dawson.
A small Youth Entry saw Isle of Man resident William Cawte take the Youth B class win in fine style. Sam Boyd battled hard to place runner up despite being kept honest by Hayden Stansfield in third.

Smile of the day goes to Archie Roberts for finishing this “real Enduro” event. Those who helped this lad please take a bow, no more to be said apart from the show of proper friendship during race weekends in the Youth Ranks. Jamie Williams fresh from his “holiday” in Turkey narrowly held off Bert Crayston in the Youth A class to take the win and championship lead.
Report & pics

Rock Oil XC at Bicton

The 2017 Fast Eddy Rock Oil Championship drew to a close on Sunday with the final round taking place at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury, the Fast Eddy crew’s favourite venue.

Although used many times throughout the season, Bicton never ceases to come up with something new and provide great racing, which is exactly what happened on Sunday. The small woodland area was utilised to the maximum with a handful of new routes thrown into the mix along with the stubble field sections and part of the old MX track.

The weather was perfect for racing, as was the ground, with berms in all the right places around the seven-minute lap for the adult racers.

The Youth riders started the day’s events and it was good to see this race so well supported. Alfie Rickwood and Josh Williams were two new names on the entry sheet, their first ever XC race, a break from their usual MX outings. Keelan Hope was also back in the ranks putting his MX skills to the test.

Report & pics

Adults race gallery. Youth race gallery

Hawkstone Rocks Enduro GP World

The Hawkstone Park Enduro GP performed above and beyond expectations, as did the British riders, who really turned it on in front of their home crowd.

Wins for both Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman on the opening day put the brits in control for the GNCC style race on day 2.

Freeman won the Enduro Junior class and Holcombe lead for a while before stopping to make adjustments to his bike allowing Nathan Watson to take the control before Husqvarna's Christophe Charlier took the lead. Husqvarnas E2 rider Pascal Rauchenecker charged to the front following a crash by Charlier to take the overall win with Watson taking top Enduro GP spot.

Gav Houson was always in charge in the Fast Eddy National race on Sunday morning and with over 150 riders, there was plent of action all around the superb Hawkstone venue.

Full report and pics to follow.

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship Round 8 / 9. Tong near Bradford West Yorkshire to Host “Double Points” RAW Event.


October 8th sees RAW Enduro roll into Tong (BD4 0RR) to create another great event to grace the Rock Oil 2017 Championship.

After the disappointment of having to cancel Round 8 due to severe wet weather, Wayne Braybrook Knows that the Tong venue will do more than make up for the round 8 loss. So Tong is now double championship points to all riders who score in their race on the Sunday. This now makes Tong a super important event in the Championship title race.

Wayne will be spending time on site with William Hoare, to understand the latest ground conditions, and the options available to him to create three different routes for the three separate races. Youth Riders will get a course that is ride-able for all levels. Adult AM Sportsman, Vets, Novice and over50 riders will have a full loop minus the difficult sections. There will be some shorter hard routes laid on as options in this race. Then for the more experienced PM race riders were going crazy and adding some testing loops, which will not only attract the better riders but also test the RAW regulars.

Saturday will ONLY host a training day, which is strictly for pre booked riders only. Up to 10 Youths are on for a 3-hour structured training session Saturday morning, followed at 1pm by the Adult training school, which again runs for 3 hours. RAW Advanced Enduro techniques coach Wayne Braybrook will head the session; he will have assistance from Rob Dawson who is the Youth Academy co coordinator. Places are limited and selling out fast, so to get some top quality enduro training call Wayne direct on 07802 572023.

Entries for Sundays Double Points race are open online for payment via PayPal, or for those wishing to Pay on the Day please text rider info to 07802 572023.
Get on it everyone, its not that often Tong hosts races, certainly not the quality which RAW Enduro currently offer.

Fastrack Online pre paid event entries save on queues at signing on. https://www.rawenduro.co.uk/events/
Keep up to speed with RAW Enduro on socials and via the RAW Website. Track updates from Thursday.
Online entries, Membership applications, and Enduro Training are all on the easy to navigate RAW Enduro website.

Website www.rawenduro.co.uk

Husqvarna 1&2 at the ACU British Extreme Enduro Final

The ACU has a new champion! Billy Bolt’s second place at the H2O Xtreme Classic over the weekend was enough to secure the title for this talented and entertaining young rider.

The title was hard-earned, not just at H2O, which proved to be possibly the toughest course of the season, but at the four previous events which began in January at Tong in Yorkshire, then moved to Cowm Quarry near Rochdale. Third in the series was Ed’s of the Valley which ran in horrendous conditions near Abbey-Cwm-Hir in Wales while Extreme Ravines in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, occupied slot number four.

The H2O event had a lot to live up to but succeeded on all counts with a cracking entry list and a course that truly was extreme with a new woodland ‘off-camber’ section that simply isn’t justified by the term off-camber. It was horrendous to negotiate across possibly the steepest hill at H2O, there are bigger but not as loose or full of trees and roots and it soon became a focal point which saw the marshals working extremely hard from the first lap onwards.

A new stream section, more climbs and descents and a general fine tuning of the course from last year’s event saw a much harder challenge for the 120 riders who chose to test themselves at such an exceptional venue. Report

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R3. Round 3 Lee Dell Provides Real competitive Competition.
Report: Imprint Media. Images: Becky’s Enduro Snaps

The Lancashire hills were packed around Lee Dell on Sunday as the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship reached its third round and continued to see great attendance across all classes. Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook had laid on a nice open flowing track for round 3, lots of new grassland sections complimented the firm stone tracks and trails around the Lee Dell venue.

The Youth A class was one of the most exciting races of the day; Jacob Wilson took the lead on lap one and began to gap the other riders. Richie Moorhouse fluffed the Start and had lots of work to do. Jamie Williams was the rider on a mission hunting down leader Wilson. After a fast fuel stop Williams pushed hard to take the win by just under two minutes from Jacob Wilson. Richie Moorhouse grabbed third place looking tired at the flag after pushing hard.

Bert Boam continues to dominate the Youth B class, although Hayden Stansfield was the most improved rider on the day taking a fine second in class. Tommy Tate was delighted with his third place finish.
The morning adult race was flagged away after a 3-minute delay to the start. RAW Academy rider Saul Hirst took the holeshot in the sportsman class and went on to win his class and the event overall. Report & pics

Ditchy Dominates at Dusty Deuxhill

The new Deuxhill venue used for last weekends Rock Oil XC Championship certainly has potential for future Fast Eddy events if a little more land is made available.

For a first event it wasn't bad, the course was a little on the short side (due to farming requirements some of the promised land wasn't available), it certainly was dusty but with such a cracking technical section at the heart of the course, running through a terrific stream section the venue provided plenty of entertainment.

Max Ditchfield was the star of the show leading virtually from start to finish. Harry Edmondson stuck at it and was always in second spot one the opening laps had settled while series leader Ben Murphy had an off day and eventually took third overall in the afternoon race.

Dan Leadbetter nailed the morning race win ahead of Will Farrow and Shaun James as Sion Evans took the Youth race win from Cory Cookland and Jack Sandland.

Report & pics.

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ACU British Sprint Championship. Rds 3&4. July 15-16th at Bicton, Shrewsbury. SY3 8EU

Rounds 3&4 of the 2017 ACU British Sprint Championship are set to run at Bicton Farm on the outskirts of Shrewsbury in a couple of weeks time.

The weekend of July 15-16th sees two days of fast and furious racing at this terrific venue which is already being prepped in anticipation of the event.

The opening rounds in Dorset, at Rogers Hill Raceway, saw a cracking ride by enduro newcomer Alex Snow to take the win on both days of the event for his Buildbase Honda team.

Bicton will be a very different type of challenge to Dorset. This will be the first time that a Sprint event has been run at Bicton with a single Special Test around one of the longest laps ever built at the venue. It will include the two usual fields and the addition of the bottom field that runs alongside the River Severn.

Bicton is ideally suited to this type of event with excellent parking and paddock facilities centrally located to the course and great access from the A5 and M54.

To enter please call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560 or email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R6. Traditional Enduro Terrain at Carlton Grange. Strong Sampson. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images


Carlton Grange near the Market town of Helmsley was chosen as the venue for round 6 of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship.

Chosen specifically for its old school enduro terrain, Event director Wayne Braybrook firmly believes that a championship should be won over varied terrain, Carlton Grange certainly served up a test for all participants.

A brand new flat grass paddock and camping area for this event saw lots of riders making a weekend of it, camping in the summer sun simply enjoying a great weekend away with friends.
RAW Academy rider Richie Moorhouse was on great form from the drop of the flag in the youth A Class, with his nearest championship rival Jamie Williams, the pair thrashed around the woodland course.

Just after the half way stage Williams crashed and never seemed to get back in the groove leaving Moorhouse to take a good strong win. Burt Crayston was the final youth A rider on the podium. Cory Cookland was the small wheel youth B class winner, he finished with a comfortable lead over second placed Sam Boyd. Bert Boam continues to get the best out of his KTM 65 taking a credible third place trophy home.

Report & pics

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R4. Norwood provides a great event in Prime conditions.
Report: Imprint Media. Images: Becky’s Enduro Snaps

Norwood Teversal is a well known old scrambles venue from the 70’s. RAW Enduro had their annual once per year visit last Sunday which saw some of the best competition of the 2017 season so far.

The on track action was superb to watch with the competitors who did take part. Wayne Braybrook had excelled with his course design at Norwood, even grading up the old MX circuit the week before, this blended perfectly with the woodland trails and made this a race which many riders said was the best Norwood ever!

Youth A Rider Jamie Williams continued to be the man in form taking an easy win from second place Richie Moorhouse. Kieran Austin had a weekend off from MX racing to take a well deserved third place against the enduro regulars.

Isle of Man resident William Cawte once again made the trip across to take a fine Youth B win, Cory Cookland was runner up by less than one minute with Youth B Championship leader Burt Boam taking third.

Full report & pics

Hawkstone Park/Enduro GP on 23rd & 24th September 2017

Fast Eddy Racing, organisers of this year’s Enduro GP at Hawkstone Park are pleased to announce that “The Original Fast Eddy Race” will take place on Sunday morning, the 24th September.
Mixing in with the Enduro GP weekend that will see a Sprint Enduro on Saturday followed by the main Cross Country Race on Sunday. This is great news to the regular riders knowing that they will still get to race at this fantastic venue and be a part of such a special event.
Entries officially open today for the “Original” Fast Eddy (not the EWC) and forms can be downloaded here, or by emailing fasteddyracing@hotmail.com. We will also take entries over the phone by calling 07889 924560 or 01543 370070.
Entries are limited to 150.

Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship. Round 3. At H2O near Oswestry. Report: Tim Tighe  Pics: Jacob Tighe

Ben Murphy blitzed the third round of the Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship last Sunday as H2O baked under the sun and riders found relief in the tough woodland sections of the course, for once, welcoming the shade. Murphy ignored the tremendous heat to put in an excellent performance that saw him a lap clear of his closest competitor by the finish.

It was a hot and dusty day at this outstanding Oswestry venue, new sections were added to the course as the MX track lay unused. The valley and woodland were the primary focus of attention and they provided more than enough for riders to go at on the hottest day of the year.

In the relative cool of the morning the youth race ran around a slightly shortened course and it was Sion Evans who grabbed the glory. The course might have been shortened but it still held some impressive hill-climbs that the youngsters were not fazed by at all, many opting for the Expert route to the top and making it lap after lap.

Evans took the overall win and topped the 85-150’s ahead of Francis Davies and Lucas Holdcroft as Jack Sandland put in a great performance to take the runner-up spot and win the 65 class from Alfie Davies and Rhys Jones.

Report & pics. Galleries later

GBXC returns to Ratlinghope

When you watch a race for two and a half hours, see at least six different riders out in front and with 15-minutes to go still have no idea who will win, that is the mark of a great course and a bunch of talented racers.

That is just what happened at the Fast Eddy Racing Great British Cross Country series which clicked into top gear on Sunday at a venue that proved to be more than worthy of the series presence there. Ratlinghope is big and bold with real old school challenges; large hills, bogs, stream crossings and fast open terrain. The three stream crossings became harder as each rider passed through them, dragging water out onto the dry ground and helping to start ruts to form while the boggy areas became softer and more treacherous with every lap. The mud battles at the bottom of the valley were matched by the steep climbs where dust was thrown up and many riders got filled in. It was hard to believe it was the same course on the same day. Mid-point in the afternoon race the heavens opened for a short time and everything became so much harder.

Such was the mix that there were three or four different leaders just on the first lap of the 2.5hr afternoon race containing the Experts, Clubman, Veterans A and Youth A riders.

Report & pics. Galleries

ACU British Sprint Championship: Snow Hot in Dorset

Buildbase Honda Racing pilot Alex Snow announced his arrival at the 2017 ACU British Sprint Championship by taking the win on both days as the series kicked off in Dorset last weekend. Calm and consistent, he emerged victorious as his two closest rivals both retired with injuries by the end of Saturday.

Rogers Hill Raceway provided a cracking course with a single eight-minute Special Test that was very dry and dusty in some places and certainly benefitted from the showers throughout Saturday. The test was mainly on the MX course but dipped into a woodland area before hitting field sections scattered with tricky obstacles and log sections. Sunshine and showers made for mixed conditions on Saturday but Sunday was bright throughout the day, causuing a few dust spots on the MX track.

A full entry was encouraging for organiser Paul Edmondson with a terrific spread of talent across all classes. Many riders were trying the Sprint format for the first time and feedback suggested that it was very well received.

At the sharp end of the entry the Championship class had a terrific mix of talent with Husqvarna rider Jack Edmondson briefly back from the USA, Husqvarna Extreme rider Billy Bolt far from an extreme event and enduro convert Alex Snow looking forward to the MX part of the test with his Honda.

Report & pics

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R4. Burt, Sam, and Joe Fire Shots at Westwood. Report: Imprint Media Images: Becky’s Enduro Snaps

Westwood is a well known venue close to Sheffield which gets a fair amount of enduro riding action. In the week leading up to the event RAW Enduro graded lots of tracks and cut in some nice new loops for round 4 of the Rock Oil Championship, these changes were well received as the short but technical lap kept riders skill levels on high alert during all three races on the day.

Jamie Williams continued his run of good form in the Youth A class despite a slow start, Williams is full of confidence at the moment and he’s shaken up the Youth A standings with a bang in recent weeks. His nearest challenger on the Day was RAW Academy rider Richie Moorhouse who once again struggled to keep on Williams outright pace.

Local lad Cory Cookland was the man on form in Youth B, narrowly edging out William Cawte who made the long trip from the Isle of Man to compete in a proper enduro hare & hounds event. Sam Boyd was the final podium place rider in class staying on the same lap as the leaders after riding two laps on a flat rear tyre.

The first adult event of the day was fired into life as Phil Dodsworth took a great start from the Sportsman Vets first row. He held that lead to the end and was the only vet to complete 17 laps.

Report & pics

Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship at Brakehill Farm.

The Rock Oil XC Championship roared back to life on Sunday at a dusty Brakehill Farm near Kettering.

The second round of this seasons championship had been delayed slightly but as usual there was a great uptake of places as the series got back on track.

Three races saw some terrific battles throughout the day but each race can only have one winner and it was Ben Murphy who took the afternoon race while Dan Leadbetter nailed the first adults race of the day which followed a great win by Sion Evans in the kids race.

The course had been revamped and much vegetation removed, hence the dust, but the racing was absolutely spot on. Luckily a decent breeze cleared the dust around the MX area and the woodland and field sections were not too bad at all.

Full report & pics

Galleries on www.foto-x.co.uk

RAW Enduro Rock Oil 3 at Lee Dell. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Becky’s Enduro Snaps

The Lancashire hills were packed around Lee Dell on Sunday as the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship reached its third round and continued to see great attendance across all classes. Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook had laid on a nice open flowing track for round 3, lots of new grassland sections complimented the firm stone tracks and trails around the Lee Dell venue.
The Youth A class was one of the most exciting races of the day; Jacob Wilson took the lead on lap one and began to gap the other riders. Richie Moorhouse fluffed the Start and had lots of work to do. Jamie Williams was the rider on a mission hunting down leader Wilson. After a fast fuel stop Williams pushed hard to take the win by just under two minutes from Jacob Wilson. Richie Moorhouse grabbed third place looking tired at the flag after pushing hard. Bert Boam continues to dominate the Youth B class, although Hayden Stansfield was the most improved rider on the day taking a fine second in class. Tommy Tate was delighted with his third place finish.

The morning adult race was flagged away after a 3-minute delay to the start. RAW Academy rider Saul Hirst took the holeshot in the sportsman class and went on to win his class and the event overall. His nearest championship rival Joe Moore overcame a poor start to finish runner up.

Report & pics.

Cotswold Enduro Club. Slow Pete Series Opener at Shuckburgh Hall.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Easter Sunday race at Shuckburgh Hall, Northants, could not have enjoyed better weather or a more impressive course. Everything was perfect.

Shuckburgh Hall really is something special, a country estate with deer park and hundreds of acres of flowing Northamptonshire countryside makes it one of the most beautiful setting imaginable and riders are very lucky to have a landowner who is so sympathetic to off-road competition.

A large lap, five miles in length, snaked around the beautiful Shuckburgh Estate taking in three massive woodland sections with plenty of lines everywhere and smooth flowing corners with just a few boggy bits to catch the unwary.

With rain forecast to start at the midpoint of the two-hour race all eyes were on the sky but the wet stuff never materialised and riders took full advantage as lap times fell and battles developed.

A packed field without an Expert in sight saw some great racing from the more senior members of both the Veterans 40+ and 50+ groups who were first off the line at the start of the race.

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Rock Oil Championship R3 Lee Dell Rochdale OL11 5UN

RAW Enduro are heading for the Lancashire Hills for round three of the Rock Oil Championship over the weekend of April 29th and 30th.
Lee Dell will be the venue for a true Cross Country enduro with some old favourite routes, plus some fresh new loops. Having not had a bike on it for over six months, and with the RAW ground care team planning some new features, this event should be a cracker.
Saturday sees an enduro Pay & Play session running form 9am to 1 pm for £30 per rider, no need to pre book simply turn up pay and play on a fully marked enduro track. Saturday Afternoon will be the turn of the four wheel fans as RAW4 series round 2 runs from 1.30 to 4pm.
Sunday will be the usual 3 event format with Youth riders taking to the hills at 8.30am for their 90 minute race. After that the adult Sportsman, Sportsman vets, Over 50 and Novice riders will be on track for two hours. A short break for morning race results and track alterations will then be followed by the PM race for the more experienced Expert, Expert Vets, Clubman and Clubman Vets who will be on track for a full 2.5 hour event.
Online Entries (FASTRACK Sign On) http://www.rawenduro.co.uk/events/
Or To get entered and pay on the day riders can send a text to 07802 572023. Information needed is NAME; CLASS, RACE NUMBER, AND LICENCE NUMBER or Day licence is available at a cost of £5.
2017 RAW club membership subscriptions can be taken on the day by event staff. Remember registered Club members get £10 off every race entry. http://www.rawenduro.co.uk/events/
For more info see the Raw Enduro Face book page or visit rawenduro.co.uk

RAW Challenge Series Round 1 Butts Quarry. Top Experts Entertain Crowds, relay team racing closer than ever. Images: CH-Images Report: Imprint Media

Butts Quarry played host to RAW Enduro’s opening RAW Challenge race of the 2017 season. The 4 hour race saw a great turn out in all classes both Solo Ironmen and 2 man relay teams.

A Le Mans Style start saw riders having a 5 metre dash to their bikes, Ex world and European Enduro rider Jack Rowland was the holeshot man from the expert class, paired up with MPS Racings Luke Flack for the day, the pair gave a demonstration to a packed Butts Quarry in just how to ride fast with the minimum amount of fuss.

Taking the overall win both riders had a great day out at a club enduro. Lee Sampson and Tom Weston grabbed runner up spot in class. Clubman solo honours went to Gregory Hough, Gregs 34 lap tally was impressive in the searing heat. Graham Dickinson placed second with RAW Regular Andy Williams taking third in class.

With track conditions drier than ever, the surface was very unforgiving as the hard Butts Quarry base started to tear up, most teams opted for either 30 or 40 minute stints before tagging their team mate to the take a well earned rest. Lee Pallet and Lee Stansfield were the outright winners in the Clubman class with a fine performance.

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