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.

Mark Cockfield placed runner up with Jonathan Ellis just holding off Mark Vardy for third place on the day. Sportsman honours looks like a season long battle between Joe Moore and Saul Hirst, after a good start and building up a lead Hirst was hunted down by Joe Moore who took the win by just over one minute. Saul Hirst finished as runner up with Cole Cookland having had to graft all race to secure third place after a slow start. Enduro legend Dave Salked made a welcome return, Salky taking the over 50 class win ahead of Andy Daniels out for a rare race outing. Holeshot king Gary Morley rounded out the 50 Vets podium.

Hats off to Burt Crayston for taking the Novice class win, destined for a great future in enduro Burt’s strength and fitness at his age are something very special. Simon Tate kept his Novice class championship aspirations on track with a strong runner up place. Newcomer Ashley Swift was delighted to finish in third place in class. As the RAW track marshals added a couple of extra sections aimed at making the more experienced riders work a liitle harder, clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook briefed all riders on the rules for the day. When the Flag dropped Sam Ludgate took his SL Off Road Beta to a lighting fast start to lead the quality expert field around lap one.  
Sam Ludgate was followed by William Hoare with Gary Daniels chasing him down. Sam Winterburn had a slow start and was slowly picking up his pace despite feeling under the weather with a head cold. As the full 2.5 hour race played out Sam Winterburn hit the front and was kept honest by Colin Appleyard’s supported Zac Sherwin, keeping the Gap at around a minute Winterburn had time for Team D3 KTM to fuel him and still stay in the lead. After fuel stops and in the last 45 minutes getting race heads on, Gary Daniels just pipped Super Enduro regular William Hoare to the flag, with Sam Ludgate holding on in fifth place to stay on the same lap. John Bradford topped up his Championship points tally with a great win in the Expert Vets despite being hassled all race by local rider Mark Raynor who finished runner up. David Haith took his SJP Husqvarna to third in class. Lewis Ellis continues to dominate the Clubman class, Lee Stansfield placed runner up with Tommy Grimmer having improved massively in the off season to take home third place in a very competitive class. Lee Pallet was victor in the Clubman Vets beating Andy Harvey out on his new Sherco by one clear lap. James Cooke Thomas added to his Clubman Vets points tally taking home a well deserved third place in class.
Westwood added another challenge for riders, the short lap rode well, although limited in terms of ground available to use, it once again provided good competition. Ahead of the summer season events, RAW Enduro now have a full week of visiting new venues, scouting for some fresh new land to use our experience and skills to continue to provide great events is always our priority.
Next Event
June 3/4th weekend sees a Pay & Play on the Saturday, followed by Round 3 of the RAW4 Quad Series.
Sunday June 4th is when The RAW Challenge event Round 2 hits Ripon for the 5 Hour edition of the series, Solo Ironmen and 2 man relay teams will do battle on what is always a great track.
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Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R3. Round 3 Lee Dell Provides Real competitive Competition.

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. MX come enduro convert Isaac Archer worked hard all race to gain a very credible third place in class.

The course around Lee Dell can be quite boggy during the winter months; to say its still early spring the ground conditions meant even the soft valley bottoms held up well. High winds caught some riders out on the mountaintop before the plunge down onto the stone road, which leads to the grass field MX section of the course.

A surprise winner in the Sportsman Vets class was David Williams; his 16-lap tally was impressive to say the least. Phil Dodsworth continues to be very consistent in his class-taking runner up; Jeremy Ashby stretched his enduro race legs at his local event and was happy to finish in third place.

The Over50 class is shaping up nicely; Andrew Dean didn’t have it all his own way at Lee Dell as Ian Heyworth decided to have a weekend of enduro racing his local track. Heyworth kept Dean honest and only missed the win by around two minutes at the flag. D3 KTM racing boss Neil Crayston looked as smart as ever having supported Son Bert in the Youth race before donning his kit to race for his own pleasure, finishing third Neil was happy enough with his result.

Stephen Boyle took his first RAW Novice race win back to the North East, Conner Ellis grabbed a great second place in class, and Steve Butterfield finished on the final podium place.

After a short break for the morning events results and presentation, the RAW track marshals carried out track repairs before the faster more experienced Experts and Clubman started their 2.5-hour event. As the experts ripped around lap one it was Sam Winterburn who had a sizeable lead after an average start, he was followed by the likes of Brandon Sharples, Brad Lilburn, Phil Hancock and Matt Silvester all staying on a good pace. By lap two the lead had changed and Winterburn appeared through lap scoring shaken up after a fairly big get off. A firm word from Mr Braybrook had Winterburn back on his race pace despite suffering with a sore hand. Brad Lilburn was holding station and reeling off consistent laps until an unforced pit stop left him with work to do. Cool as ever Brandon Sharples used his MX skills to make light work of the terrain. At The flag Sam Winterburn took the win from Brandon Sharples who ran out of fuel 10 metres after the flag. Credit to Brad Lilburn for almost grabbing second place at the flag missing the place by just 10 seconds!
Old warhorse Jack Twentyman took the Expert Vets class win despite huge pressure from runner up Chris Green and third placed John Bradford. The clubman class continues to be the class where the top runners are almost inseparable, Championship leader Lewis Ellis had a tough day at the office and like Sam Winterburn had to overcome a crash in the mid stages of the race, Ellis had a great battle with local rider Lee Stansfield, Stansfield who eventually took the win with a comfortable margin. Lewis Ellis ground out a good points haul on what can be considered a difficult day. Raife McDonald charged hard all race on his FE250 to finish in a good third place on the day. MX fast starter Lee Pallet won the Clubman vets class despite running for over 45 minutes with a flat rear tyre, James Cooke Thomas was happy to take runner up after a lightning start, his riding buddy Trevor Harvey kept his championship points tally on the increase with his third place finish.
Get well soon to Steve Hewitt who sustained an injury after an awkward fall onto another bike during the event. The Rock Oil Championship is now taking shape as it heads for Westwood in South Yorkshire for Round 4 on May 14th. Westwood will provide another fresh challenge, much more of a technical track to ride, the venue makes the Championship one which will find the best overall riders in each class, across all different kinds of terrain, something which event director Wayne Braybrook always strives for in the events run over the coarse of a seasons racing.
Thanks to the RAW Marshals who did a great job keeping the track tapes up in the high winds. Pingu Sam and Tom you did a great job throughout the day helping Ross and the other Marshals making sure the event ran like clockwork.
Next Event
Rock Oil Championship Round 4 at Westwood near Tankersley in Sheffield on May 14thth.                                 Pay & Play on Saturday May 13thth. Keep up to speed with RAW Enduro on socials and via the RAW Website.
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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. Darrell Patrick and Ryan Patrick finished in runner up spot and look set to be title contenders as the series heads to the next round which is a 5 hour bash.

Richie Hawes was the surprize of the day taking the sportsman solo class win, Chris Brown was delighted to place runner up after changing gloves in the pit stop proved a mistake when his hands took a beating in the last part of the race.

Lee Holland and Andy Holland topped the Sportsman team class by just over 3 minutes at the flag from runners up Sam Bryan and Thomas Morley. Old faces Richard Reeve and James Reeve had a rare enduro outing with RAW to take a fine third place on the day.

As the 4 hours ticked by, in the closing stages of the race was where some riders really dug deep to nip some extra places when other riders started to tire. Steve Johnsons Vets solo win was a great effort clocking up 32 laps. Local Builder Mark Vardy took second spot only missing the win by just over one minute. Martyn Thomas was the final podium placed rider clocking up 31 laps. 2016 Vets team winners Neil Myers and John Leith picked up where they left off last season by winning the opening round in fine style. Jon Paul and Paul Tonks took their 46 machines to a well deserved runner up place, as Steven Dean and Andy Kirby got their challenge attack off to a solid start in third.
As well as the riders making vital calls on when to change and pit, it seems wife’s, girlfriends, and pit crew are becoming stratergists when it comes to the RAW Challenge series. Novice team class winners Grant Harmon and Danny Philips had Danny’s fiancé making the call to great effect as they took the class win. Sarah Thomas and Josh Patrick were delighted to take runner up place back home for their efforts.

The Youth Support race was run despite a low field of riders, overlap of school holidays didn’t deter the RAW staff from running the event giving the Youths a full 2 hours on track.

Jamie Williams was best Youth A, as Bert Boam was the winner of the Youth B class from Hayden Stansfield and Tommy Tate in third place.

All in all a fantastic atmosphere surround Butts Quarry as round 1 played out. Round 2, the 5 Hour Challenge heads for Ripon in early June.

Before then the Rock Oil Championship resumes on April 29/30th as RAW have their first visit of 2017 to Lee Del.

The superb Hilltop open moorland venue boasts the hidden valley with old mills ruins should provide a great platform for the third round of the Rock Oil Championship to work from.

Thanks to everyone who assisted at Butts Quarry, and Barry Dring for the use of his land.

Next Event
April 29th Pay & Play Lee Dell Rochdale, followed by RAW4 Quad Series Round 2 Saturday afternoon. Sunday April 30th sees the usual 3 race format for Round 3 of the Rock Oil solo Championship.
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Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R2. Round 2 - Shots fired by contenders at Ellington Banks!
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Round two of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship rolled into the superb Ellington Banks near Ripon on Mothers day. After mid week heavy rain, Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook chose to run his fa

voured long loop course which provides some of the best enduro riding the north of England has to offer. Fast open fire roads, loamy forest fire breaks, and the tried and tested MOD sandy driver training areas proved a real hit with the massive turn out of riders on the day.

Richie Moorhouse was the man on a mission in the Youth A Class as he turned the tables on Round 1 winner Shay Page, Shay is committed to this season with RAW and is looking like taking the fight to pre season favourite Moorhouse.

Third place finisher Jamie Williams is another rider who will surely take race wins once he’s used to the faster pace of youth A. Cory Cookland had a race long battle to secure the Youth B class win, just edging out Sam Boyd by literally seconds at the flag, Bert Boam continues to ride well in his first proper championship taking third place back home with him.

With Blue skies in charge for the day and the Media Drones hovering, the packed AM start area was fired into life a few minutes behind schedule. The New Apico Holeshot system was in place for the first time this season, a running table of holeshots from each round will be kept and updated, at the end of the ten round series Apico goodies will be rolled out for the fastest starter in each class, social media bragging rights are high on the list for this category!!

Sportsman class honours went to Joe Moore who reeled off the laps in fine style to take the sportsman class win and now the lead of the sportsman championship after two rounds. RG Racing rider Ben Walker earned a great second spot after being pushed on by team manager Richard Gamble. Enduro newcomer Mark Hodges had a great finish to take third overall. Phil Dodsworth again topped the Sportsman Vets table with Jonathan Ellis taking runner up.

Big Shout to Martyn Thomas for waking up extra early taking the Apico Holeshot points in this class. In the old lads Over 50 class Gary Morley proved his sharpness as he Holeshot on his Beta and eventually brought it home in third place, runner up was D3 Racing boss Neil Crayston with North Easterner Andrew Dean taking top spot. Simon Tate was the winner of the Novice class on his RAW Replica Husqvarna FE250, since moving from an MX bike to a real enduro bike Simon has improved no end. Stephen Boyle took runner up place after a tight battle with Grant Cooper on his Crystal Paints supported Honda.


With the track berming up nicely, and the AM race presentations complete, a healthy line up of Top northern Experts and Clubman were ready to race. Eurotek Boss Mark Jackson had a ride out at his local race, showing the young pups who’s boss by taking the Apico Holeshot points back to Eurotek HQ. A great battle played out in the expert class as the 2.5 hour race ran, Sam Winterburn again dominated the class with a superb display of riding. Behind Sam places were changing, Zac Sherwin overcame a dead last away start to bring his Appleyard RAW supported FX350 home in runner up spot. Brad Lilburn out on his new TE250 Husqvarna had a race long battle with Mark Jackson, eventually Lilburn taking a well-earned third after Lee Sampson Retired his Sherco for the second time this year with a collapsed rear Mousse. Mark Jackson finished in forth place just ahead of his son James Jackson.

Lewis Ellis was again the man on the pace in Clubman, Ellis now leads the Clubman Class Championship with the first two races suiting his MX background. Lee Stansfield was runner up in class, with RG Racing rider James Gamble pulling his finger out at his local event to take a great third place. John Bradford rolled over the finish line to take the Expert Vets class win stating this was the best track ever at Ellington. Paul McSorley enjoyed his day out on his WR Yamaha to place runner up. Mark Raynor took third place. A returning popular face Danny Clarke overcame a bout of midweek sickness to race in the Clubman Vets class, taking the win DC is now thinking of retirement whilst he’s a race winner! James Cooke Thomas was delighted finish runner up despite kicking himself after missing the win by a mere 7 seconds at the flag!
A change of format sees RAW Enduro running Round 1 of the RAW Challenge 2 man relay team series at Butts Quarry on April 9th before the Rock Oil Championship resumes for round 3 at Lee Dell Rochdale at the end of April. The RAW Challenge series sees three events getting progressively harder, Round 1 is a 4-hour, Round 2 is a 5-hour, and Round 3 is the monster 6 hour in July. All three events cater for 2 man teams and solo Ironmen.
Next Event
RAW Challenge Round 1 (4 Hour) 2 man relay teams and solo ironmen at Butts Quarry April 9th. Pay & Play on Saturday April 8th. Keep up to speed with RAW Enduro on socials and via the RAW Website.
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Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R1. Monster Turn out for Driffield.
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The eagerly awaited RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship fired back into life on the first weekend in March with an action packed Sunday Race Day.

A record number of riders paid their annual pilgrimage to the superb Driffield site. Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook really knows his stuff when it comes to setting the perfect track for all abilities.

Round 1 of the 2017 Championship was no exception to that, a wide fast flowing track saw real close competitive racing across all classes.
New Features included the new look Metzeler Sponsored MC360 Lap scoring area, and a specific Medic Centre on site, which thankfully did very little work on the day.

Youth Riders
Race 2 Off Road rider Shay Page set his intentions for a full season of enduro racing clear to all his rivals by taking a hard fought Youth A win. RAW Academy rider Richie Moorhouse took the holeshot and the pair couldn’t afford any mistakes setting a blistering pace around the Super long Driffield lap.

Shay Page eventually just nipping the win from Moorhouse. Youth A upgrade Jamie Williams was right on the pace until a puncture slowed him up in the closing stages. Small wheel Youth B riders saw a record entry at Driffield with no less than 16 riders taking to the line, non member Cory Cookland was the winner on the day from Sam Boyd who takes the full Championship points from Round 1.

Cristina Palmer made the long journey south to grab a very credible third place despite suffering during and after the race with sickness.

Morning Adult Race

A packed start area of Adult AM riders were flagged away just after 10:30am. RAW Academy rider Saul Hirst used his recent RAW Academy training sessions to good effect to take the win, Cole Cookland was runner up just over 2 minutes down.

Stuart Gordon had a rare outing on his Sherco and thoroughly enjoyed his race at Driffield, he took the Sportsman Vets class win although second place finisher Phil Dodsworth takes a full haul of championship points as a RAW Club member.

Darren Kendall continues to improve on his new Husky each week; his third place was a great start to his championship aspirations. A record number of Over50 riders attended Driffield; top of the tree was Andrew Dea

n with Hard Charging Andrew Maben taking second by less than a minute from D3 KTM Boss Neil Crayston in third.

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that RAW Enduro specialise in making their courses very rider friendly, many novice riders have limited ability having only been riding competitively for a short time.

Sunday’s event was no exception and the huge Novice attendance at RAW shows that Wayne Braybrook’s experience in setting up the perfect track for all abilities is second to none.

D3 rider Burt Crayston rode a great race to take the Novice class win, for round 2 Burt is looking already at a sportsman upgrade to challenge himself even more. James Wardingley had a rare outing on his Gas Gas to take runner up, and Bruce Hall had a superb ride to finish as the final podium place visitor.

Afternoon Adult race

A total of 64 riders took to the start line in the PM race which caters for the faster more experienced riders. After a stunning start to the day weather wise, at the start of the PM race the clouds were gathering, after around an hour of racing the rain became persistent which meant riders had to work harder and be smart. The event was billed as a 2.5 hour and that’s how it stayed as the Fast Boys skated around what had been a perfectly dry track for the morning events.

Riding on a high at the moment is D3 KTM rider Sam Winterburn, Sam’s technique had onlookers and fellow rivals watching him in ore, taking a convincing win in fine style the lad from Yorkshire blitzed the Driffield track. Man on a mission on Sunday was MRS Sherco Mounted Luke Lusher, Luke had a typical average start then settled into a great pace, his progress through the field was superb to watch, grabbing second place at round one was just the result Mr Lusher wanted.

After Scott Austin was running top three, a monster crash saw him retire from the event despite running with the top experts. This left Zac Sherwin on his Appleyard FX350 to take third in the expert class after an hour-long battle with local ace Danny Culkin who continues to improve on his Motoshack KTM.

MX Hotshot Lewis Ellis ripped up Driffield in fine style on his MJMX Ktm to take the clubman class win with Thomas Weston taking the runner up spot.

Fresh from his great start to the Extreme British Championship Dawson Marriott showed he hasn’t lost any speed taking a strong third in a very competitive class.

Lee Pallet was Clubman Vets winner form Paul Daley Smith who used his new shiny Autosmart Sherco to great effect in the greasy conditions. Trevor Harvey now has his head firmly fixed on a great season with RAW taking a credible third place on the day.

Expert Super Vet Alex Owen revelled in the conditions at Driffield on his Motorcycle Goodies of Doncaster KTM, taking the Expert Vets win from runner up John Bradford. Stu Mowbrey surprized the regulars with a great performance by only narrowly missing out on the lead lap of the first two in class.

RAW Enduro would like to say a massive thank you to all the RAW supporters and marshals who played their part in the start to this leading Championship in the North of England. Special thanks must go out to Rob Dawson and his track maintenance crew for their extra effort at this big venue.

Next Event
March 26th Rock Oil Round 2 at Ellington Banks Ripon, Fast Fire roads, Fresh woodland, and the sandy gravel Tank Testing area to keep the tech aspect of enduro Hare & Hounds in order. All activities are on Sunday Only at Round 2 due to other MOD users on site on the Saturday. Keep up to speed with RAW Enduro on socials and via the RAW Website.
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Winter Series R3 Play & Race Butts Quarry
Hornshaw Battles for Great Clubman Win.
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Images: CH-Images

The Final Winter Series Play and Race Format event was staged last Sunday at the Compact Butts Quarry Venue.

After a record number of entrants at Winter Series round 2, Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook took the decision to limit the number of competitors at Round 3 to ensure a good quality event played out for this the final combined adult classes Winter series event of the 2016/17 season.

Youth riders had a 15-minute open practice session followed by a one-hour race. RAW Enduro Academy rider Richie Moorhouse was in great form taking the Youth A win from Sam Hogg in second. Sam kept the pressure on Moorhouse right to the end.

Jamie Williams has shown he’s a serious contender for Youth A honours in 2017 after moving up from Youth B. Sam Boyd topped the Youth B class with a cool calculated ride, Bert Boam surprised lots of spectators by netting second spot with a very stylish ride.

Josh Knight earned himself a great third place in class finishing just 2 minutes behind Boam.

Once the track was cleared of Youth riders and track alterations done, the packed Adult group were released onto track for their 45-minute open practice session, as always a fast turn around saw the start of the adult event away by 11:45. Local Expert rider George Birchall was the holeshot and lap one leader, closely followed by the likes of Sam Winterburn, Luke Lusher, and Zac Sherwin to name a few.

After around one third distance D3 Racing rider Sam Winterburn hit the front and began to settle down and gain a small lead.

Zac Sherwin rode a solid race on his Appleyard RAW FX350 to take second place just a minute and a half down on winner Winterburn. George Birchall was third place finisher.

The Clubman class is already shaping up for 2017, with some new riders attending and other stepping up from Sportsman. Josh Hornshaw took the win after a great battle with newcomer Gregory Hough, Lee Stansfield narrowly edged out Tommy Grimmer for third in class.

Phil Dodsworth took his first Sportsman Vets win in the series, ahead by a clear 3 minutes from Mark Vardy who has decided to ride a few races this year with Son Marc resting an injury.

Jonathan Ellis took third in class with Martyn Thomas in fourth just beating his mate Steven Dean on the day. Looks like it is Mr Deans turn to buy the Beer.

Aiden Ferrell topped the Sportsman Class with blistering lap times which see him moving up to Clubman, Ben Walker earned a great runner up place ahead of newcomer Mark Turkington who was delighted with third place. Another rider who cemented an upgrade was Ben Martindale, Ben Blitzed the Novice class ahead of Simon Tate who now has a new lease of life after changing from an MX bike to a proper Enduro weapon for 2017.

Stephen Boyle finished third with Scott Hipwell another newcomer taking a classy 4th place back home on the day. Vets class winners were Justin Carter in the Expert Vets and Butts Quarry stalwart Andy Harvey in the Clubman Vets.

Over 50 Honours went to Enduro and trials spanner man Kev Hipwell, Kev who simply enjoys his weekend riding whether it be trials or enduro, Hipwell took the class win from the likeable D3 racing Boss Neil Crayston out this weekend on a KTM which actual made some noise. Local RAW member Steve Johnson rounded out the Over50 vets class.

As a final shakedown of new race features for 2017, RAW Enduro are now more than ready for their biggest event of the year, Round 1 of the Rock Oil Championship Attracted over 300 riders in 2016, this seasons opener once again at the Awesome Driffield MOD Testing base is set to break even more records as riders get ready for the start of the North’s Premier Enduro Championship.
Next Event


March 4th RAW4 Quad Enduro Series Round 1, followed on Sunday March 5th by Rock Oil Championship Round 1 with a three race format. Youth Riders are first on track followed by two separate Adult races to accommodate the masses.
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Rock Oil Championship Round 8 Finale!!William Hoare Takes the final win in a Talent packed Expert Class.
Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

The Finale to an awesome year of RAW Enduro competition was held at the superb Driffield Training area last Sunday. In its first year with Lubricants Giant Rock Oil as headline sponsor, the RAW Enduro Hare & Hounds Championship has seen riders battle through highs and lows, as well as providing some of the best races on the most thought out courses which RAW Enduro have to offer. Wayne Braybrook has provided a platform for events in the north of England to run from which are second to none.

In a fantastic line up of Youth riders, RAW Enduro team riders Saul Hirst and Richie Moorhouse had a winner takes all race ahead of them. Hirst had the better of Moorhouse at this event and his larger 125cc bike certainly gave him the advantage over the Driffield lap.

Taking the win and championship was a great end to his first competitive racing season. Richie Moorhouse was pleased to place runner up having given his all, Race 2 rider Archie Wakefield held onto a credible final podium place.

Jamie Williams a trials convert in his first year of enduro action dominated the Youth B and took the championship. Sam Boyd celebrated his runner up place on the day and is ready for a full championship attack in 2017. Speedway ace Jordan Palin turned to the bumps of Driffield for the weekend earning a fine third place.

A Packed AM race start saw just over 100 riders going head to head around the revised course for this final race of the season.

Holeshot ace Lee Pallet was the Sportsman Vets winner, a returning Andy Pulfrey was delighted with his runner up place, and Damian Lord held on to second in the championship taking a solid second in class on the day.

Graham Dickinson Secured the Sportsman Championship win by doing just enough taking forth on the day, MX ace Tim Gardham used the event for training riding both AM and PM races, Josh Hornshaw was runner up on the day after his disappointment of a flat tyre at round 7 which hampered his progress.

Super Vet Mark Houson was the boss in the Over 50’s class out on his MX bike, Andy Maben was runner up, and Ian Hayworth grabbed enough points from 7th on the day to take the overall Championship win back home to sunny Lancashire.

In another high capacity Novice class Nick Manger was the winner ahead of Steven Brown who was chuffed to bits with his second place finish to the season.

A short break for the morning events trophy presentation was followed by the start of the PM race which had no fewer than 15 top experts lined up ready to skip around the now testing Driffield lap.

Returning from Injury D3 KTM rider Sam Winterburn took on the challenge of Driffield in fine style grabbing the holeshot, fast MX men like Gav Houson and Tim Gardham were backed up by the regular enduro guard of Chris Hughes Brad Lilburn and Lee Sampson to mention but a few.

Setting a hot pace Winterburn dragged Houson and Gardham with him, William Hoare was tagged onto the back of the group looking strong. With a full 2.5 hours race, the course sorted the men from the boys, Winterburn took advice from his crew when blistered hands slowed his pace.

William Hoare hit the front and gritted his teeth the battle through blistered thumbs to take an awesome race win. His riding buddy Gav Houson using the event as Skegness beach race training finished third, Sam Winterburn placed runner up as he finds his fitness levels again after a two year break.

William Hoare’s win was very impressive, watch how this lad gets on in the Super enduro indoor championship which is his next challenge.

The Expert Vets class was another winner takes all battle, Anthony Ayrton and John Bradford were bashing bars for a large part of the race, in the end it was a tie break which decided the championship as both riders finished the season on 115 points.

Anthony Ayrton takes the win by virtue of his better final race result. Anthony Tempest kept them all honest by taking a fine third on the day and in the championship for his season long efforts. Kris Weston has had a great end to his season on a new 150 KTM, taking the clubman win from the Hard charging Oliver Allbones who placed runner up just missing out on the extra lap as the flag went out.

Simon Howden saved his best until last by taking the clubman vets win on his KORC sponsored KTM 150, championship winner Andy Harvey placed runner up with Julian Holmes taking a well earned third place back home to North Yorkshire.

To sum up the season, the RAW Enduro events organistation in its second year of promoting events has provided some of the best races for its supporters, always a club to mix up the tracks to give fresh new challenges, as well as offering a variety of terrain so each rider has chance to shine on their favoured terrain.

Well done to each and every rider who has competed this season, 2017 is set to have yet another fresh challenge as the Rock Oil Championship sees new venues introduced as well as the old favourites getting a winter make over to ensure they’re in perfect condition for next season.

Special Thanks from Wayne Braybrook to all RAW Marshals and helpers, you really are the backbone of the club, efficient as ever, its now time for a well earned rest as the plan for 17 is etched is stone.

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Rock Oil Championship Round 7 Ripon. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

Ellington Banks training area at Ripon hosted round 7 of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Hare & Hounds championship, the north Yorkshire venue was in perfect condition for race day, and once again clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook paid attention to detail when planning a completely fresh new course to test all riders.

A fantastic line up of youth riders saw Jamie Williams take a strong win in youth B, Christina Palmer make the long journey from Scotland and open everyone’s eyes placing runner up on her Rock Oil supported KTM65, and Sam Boyd was third on 10 laps. RAW team rider Saul Hirst got the job done in youth A despite pressure in the closing stages from Richard Moorhouse, Archie Wakefield was on great form on his Race 2 Off Road KTM taking a fine third place trophy home.

With lots of day entries due to the almost summer weather conditions, the efficient RAW sign on staff had all day entries in the system ready to go 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. Neil Myers took a great start in the sportsman vets, he was unchallenged all race despite riding the last 3 laps with a flat tyre. Darren Kendal was the man in form taking a surprise runner up place in class with Andy Kirby taking third place just ahead of Mark Vardy who was having a rare ride out for fun.

The super quick sportsman class now sees some fast riders ready for clubman upgrades for 2017, Graham Dickinson is no exception, he took the win in class and has his sights set on winning the championship at the last round. Harry Conner overcame a difficult week at home by netting runner up place, this could not have gone to a nicer family, well done H.

Liam Ryde looked smooth all day, his pace is seeing more urgency as he took the final podium place. A really well supported Novice class saw lots of new riders competing; Nick Manger took the win with Ben Walker being the only other rider to stay on 15 laps. Carl Welford used his RAW Skills training session to great effect; now riding with more fluency Carl has upped his enduro racing game to finishing at the sharp end of the class.

The over 50 class was a battle of 4 riders, in the end Brett Haley was victor ahead of Andrew Dean, Ian Heyworth placed third just edging out fellow Lancastrian Pete Fletcher by 10 seconds at the flag.
A short break for morning event results and trophy presentation was the order of the day at 1pm; this was followed by the start of the more experienced PM riders. Chris Hughes was the holeshot man despite riding injured. After a

poor start Lee Sampson got his TM Sherco to the front of the expert field, he then battled with RAW Team rider Brad Lilburn who was back on club duty after BEC commitments.

Sampson held on to take the win by around 3 minutes, Brad Lilburn grabbed second, and Chris Hughes rode through the pain to get the championship points he needed to keep his expert title aspirations on track.

Expert Vets saw the closest battle for a long time, John Bradford was the pace setter all race, running on expert lap times Bradford skipped his Eurotek KTM round ripon effortlessly, however in the closing stages Anthony Ayrton just managed to pass him when Bradford “Looked behind him”, something he maybe wont do again.

Local ace Anthony Tempest had a great race to take the final vets trophy back to Sprayzone HQ.

Without a doubt Kris Weston was the man on form in the clubman class, Kris out on his girlfriends KTM150 stuck to task despite some unscheduled goggle stops, he took the win in class. Carl Hollis has rattled the RAW regulars by leaping straight into the action placing runner up, and Mansfield based builder Marc Vardy cemented his place at the top of the clubman championship by simply being consistent. Marc thought his championship was over after a DNF at Round 5, in a bizarre turn the only other challengers for the clubman championship Dan Culkin and Doltan Shannon both retired at Ripon with injuries.

Get well soon guys. Finally the Clubman Vets class saw Mark Cockfield and Andy Harvey having a great tussle, Cockfield was determined to not let Harvey out of his sights, lap after lap the pair were only seconds apart, in the end the clock beat Cockfield as he just missed the extra lap, so Andy Harvey took the win from Mark Cockfield in second with Andy Williams taking third place.
To sum up Ellington Banks provided the perfect base for this critical race in the championship, some riders can relax a little going into the final round, where others need to stay focussed to keep their title dreams on track

Thanks to all RAW crew and staff for a great job running another well organised popular event. Special thanks to our new RAW Quad marshals for policing the whole course, and thanks to Anton Craig for signing up as the new chief marshals apprentice.
Online event entries now open for the final Round 8, this event will run at the popular east coast venue Driffield and looks set to fill up fast.
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Rock Oil Championship Round 6 Lee Dell Rochdale. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

As the Indian summer weather continued to grace Lancashire with its presence, despite the heavy thunderstorms that the UK experienced during the week, the hill top venue of Lee Dell was in great shape after a nice six month rest since the last event there.

Wayne Braybrook crammed in extra hours to ensure his job as clerk of the course provided the very best track for this a vitally important Rock Oil Championship enduro. The super long lap around the reservoir headland meant that he could make the course really wide fast and flowing, viewing for spectators is awesome at Lee Dell, meters from the start the hillside gives a safe birds eye view of over half the course.

A small but talent packed Youth event ran over a slightly shortened course, Saul Hirst was once again the man in form as he begins to get to grips with his Appleyard Husqvarna 125, his training partner Richie Moorhouse, a self confessed lover of Lee Dell couldn’t match Hirst’s pace on the day, riding a big wheel 85 now shows a slight disadvantage for the lad from North Yorkshire.

Jack Winn took his Race 2 off road KTM to a solid third in class. Jamie Williams overcame a damaged throttle to take the Youth B class win.

A packed start area for the first adult race of the day were flagged away once the course alterations had been done, this included the long loop for the rest of the days action.

A change of guard at the top of the Sportsman vets class saw Stuart Mowbrey take the win from David Williams in second. Holeshot man Lee Pallet rounded out the top three. The sportsman championship is now nail bitingly close, in form Tommy Grimmer took his second win of the season just edging out local ace Graham Dickinson, Reece Pickersgill still has his eyes on the overall as the championship heads towards the last two rounds of the season.

Nick Manger Ben Martindale and Ben Walker were the top three in the novice class as local man Ian Heyworth won the over 50 battle. Andrew Dean narrowly held off the hard charging local fireman Pete Fletcher in the last two laps. Not gone unnoticed was Fletchers generosity, stopping to help a stranded rider did disadvantage him in the race, true sportsmanship.

With track conditions dried out to now perfect for competition, and with the super efficient lap scoring team having provided results so the AM events presentation could  be done, it was the time of the faster more experienced riders to hit the Lancashire Turf. Ex top MX and British Sprint Enduro rider Carl Brogden took the holeshot, in a bizzare turn of bad luck his mousse collapsed towards the end of lap one meaning he had to pit for a wheel change. This meant Chris Hughes, Brandon Sharples and Nathan Ball were all fighting for the lead. At the flag Nathan Ball showed true class by catching and passing Hughes, although towards the very end it got close again the positions stayed the same. Brandon Sharples out on the KTM fuelled for life machine, never stopped in the 2.5 hour race,  he took a well earned third expert placing. Anthony Ayrton and Anthony Tempest were the top two Expert Vets both completing 17 laps, David Haith Pushed his SPJ Husqvarna to the limit but just missed the extra lap by a mere 10 seconds.

Andy Harvey edged out a nice lead in the Clubman Vets championship by taking the win. Simon Howden placed runner up with Mark Cockfield happy with his third place finish. Oliver Allbones continues to improve on his Moto4 Husqvarna 300, taking a well earned win in the highly competitive clubman class was a great performance.

Neil Marshal enjoyed his race taking a second place trophy home, and Marc Vardy held a solid third place in class on his new 150 KTMXC.

Championship standings are now really close in all but one class, the decision by RAW Enduro to make all rounds count this season has, and will continue to provide, the best Hare & Hounds competition in the North of England. Massive thanks to all who attended, now the Championship heads across the Pennines to Ripon in North Yorkshire which is a hot bed for enduro action.
Thanks to all RAW crew and staff for a great job running another well organised popular event.
Online event entries now open
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RAW Challenge Iron Man Series R3 Driffield. East Coast Survival…. RAW Style! Report: Imprint Media – Images: CH-Images

The Final round of the RAW Challenge Series was held at the superb Driffield MOD training area in east Yorkshire, a return to the long lap saw average lap times around 15 minutes which was perfect for the 6 hour gruelling event, this was the final test for competitors wanting to scratch their name on the first running of this popular combination of events.

The brainchild of Wayne Braybrook an ex Hard Enduro winner, who wanted to create something which, until now hasn’t been done, was to have a series of events which got gradually harder in race distance, 4,5 and 6 hours in the saddle to see who had the character to survive.

At precisely 10.30am the packed start line was unleashed onto one of Driffield’s Gravel roads once used for MOD truck testing, this filtered riders into the first large woodland.

Ben Hamilton got his Husqvarna TX300 off the line first to lead the Expert pack away with series leader Brad Lilburn, Alex Owen and Husqvarna Factory Technician Damo Butler jostling for positions.

Clubman holeshot bragging rights went to Ian Shannon partnering his son Doltan on their Colin Appleyard Husqvarna’s, Wayne Braybrook forgot to tell Shannon senior the bike he was using for the event had MX engine settings in, the words “I’ve never started so fast in all my life” were ringing around the pits at the first team handover!

So the objective of the event is solos simply tough it out for six hours straight, 2 man teams are run relay style, so one rider clocks up the laps and they can change in a team change area as many times as they like, some riders opt for an hour each, others do a set number of laps, strategy is everything as riders try match other teams decisions F1 style!

Brad Lilburn rode a superb race, pushing hard to lead around lap one, the RAW Enduro rider worked hard to maintain his lead over the six hours, Alex Owen on his Ken Urwin Motorcycles supported Husky was always there and as ever grinding away ready to pounce if Lilburn had any problems.

With Damo Butler taking an early bath due to an injury sustained the day before the race, this left Phil Hancock to take third overall at the flag on a borrowed RMZ 250F. Lilburn definitely earned his stripes in this series taking 3 wins from 3.

Alex Owen stepped up to take second place overall despite being a veteran rider.

Finding his enduro feet more every time he races Ben Hamilton will feature much more in 2017 in Enduro, him and his MX team mate David Rushton completed 28 laps in the six hours to take the expert team class win.

John Bradford and Anthony tempest were delighted to take the overall Expert Team class series win, despite them thinking they had no chance at R1.

In the fiercely contested Clubman Solo class it was a last round showdown between Kris Weston and Marc Vardy for the win going into this final race, Weston was on fire from the get go, with Vardy still nursing a knee injury it was always going to be a tough 6 hours solo. Weston took the win with Vardy placing second; a tie on points sees Kris Weston take the series win by virtue of the final race result being the tiebreaker. Close racing is always great to see, credit to both riders. Paul Daley Smith is a self confessed lover of hard enduro events, Paul took his Autosmart Sherco to a great third place on the day and in doing so claims third overall in the series the year before he becomes a vet rider.

Clubman team class riders were at it hammer and tongs for the whole six hours, Danny Kidd and Luke Knight just held on to take the win from the young guns RG racing Dom Richardson and James Gamble, Dom and jimmy gave everything on the day to try win, second on the day and third in the series was a good end. Doltan and Ian Shannon have loved the father son banter, a solid third on the day graces them with second overall in a competitive class.
Vets Solo honours went to Andy Cooke who was kept on his toes by Martyn Thomas earning his best finish of the year to date. Shane Marriott showed grit and determination to take third place on the day and a well deserved second overall in the series on his Mansfield Motorcycles KTM. In the vets team class the winner takes all final race saw Neil Myers and John Leith kick the ball out of reach taking the overall series with second on the day. Steven Dean and Andy Kirby threw everything at the last race to try take the series, but it just wasn’t to be this year. Huge Respect to the novice solo riders, Jack Webster Owen used his youth and dexterity to take the final race win and the series overall, Runner up in the series went to Garry Peacock after a monumental effort at the final race, this sees him take second overall for his efforts. Queensbury Kitchens Director Daren Girvan and his teammate Josh Dunn won the Novice team class overall, and Nick Whitehead and Tony Adams bagged the Sportsman team series win.
Track conditions on the day considering it was six hours continua’s riding stayed pretty good, yes the course did get rough in places which tested riders ability to find smooth lines, all in all Driffield provided the perfect venue to stage this final series race. If any riders were missed out of this race report, don’t despair, as soon as the final series standings are published RAW enduro will get a full round up of the series online to acknowledge all the series winners.
A big shout out to all the marshals and helpers on the day, and also to the family and friends who came to cheer on and support their riders, what a great day of RAW Enduro Action.
Once again the focus for RAW Enduro turns to the Rock Oil Championship as the team prepare for the second visit of 2016 top the Lee Dell Complex high on the Lancashire hills above Rochdale. On September 17th and 18th the Pay and Play and Rock Oil race weekend will see the long lap for this round 6 of the Championship where standings are as close as ever across all classes
All Event info including dates and the online fastrack entry system can be found at:

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Rock Oil Championship Round 4 Norwood Teversal. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Matt Rudd Photography

The Iconic Norwood Teversal played host to round 4 of the Raw Enduro Rock Oil backed championship on Sunday July 3rd.
Norwood has a reputation for creating a love hate relationship with riders, if the ground is saturated then conditions are always tough which some riders love, equally as the ground dries out its one of the best Hare & Hounds tracks in the north of England. Sunday was no exception as heavy rain for two hours on Saturday afternoon made conditions tough for the youth race and the first half of the first adult event. By the time the PM race kick started into life conditions were perfect which is always luck of the draw at Norwood.
RAW Enduro Rider Saul Hirst was on fire in the Youth A Class taking the win from Cole Cookland who really did keep the pressure on Hirst. Jack Winn made the long journey from the north east worthwhile taking his Race 2 Off Road supported KTM to a great 3rd in class. Cory Cookland was the victor in the Youth B class, Cory just managed to grab the extra lap on his rivals. Jamie Williams took runner up place with local lass Jaysi Austin showing how much her MX skills are improving her riding in third place.
A newer faster signing on procedure for day entries now means race start delays are a thing of the past at RAW Enduro, at 10:30 prompt Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook delivered the safety briefing and best advice for a competitive race to the packed start line.

Lee Pallet took the Sportsman Vets Holeshot, after leading the first few laps he was hunted down by Neil Myers who eventually went on to take the vets win by just over 3 minutes. Sportsman class honours is now a battle of the young guns, Joe Townsend was the man on a mission working hard to take the win on his DCR Sherco.

Reece Pickersgill continues to improve his RAW Enduro results taking a superb runner up place. Sam Johnson rounded out the sportsman podium. Almost last away in class Ian Heyworth had to work harder than expected in the over 50 class, the old warhorse ground on through to take the win from runner up fellow Lancastrian Pete Fletcher. RAW Regular Steve Johnson helped his championship point tally by taking a close fought third in class.

Interestingly the Novice class riders coped really well in the tricky early race conditions, Jamie Lock overcame as big crash towards the end of the lap mid race, to then take the win and extend his championship lead, Ben Walker was the only other novice to complete 9 laps.

After a short break for extra loops to be added to the PM race, and results to be posted at event control, a great line up of PM more experienced riders were ready for the off at 1:15.

Holeshot man in the Experts was Chris Hughes, at the end of the first lap Lee Sampson had taken the lead and continued to build up a healthy gap on the chasing pack. Just after refuelling Sampson made a small but costly error, a slip off saw his electric start button on his Sherco smashed off, and with no kickstart his day was then over.

This left local lad Josh Bailey in the lead, now this is not a place where Josh would normally be leading an expert race, but all credit to him he held off the hard Charging Elliot Bradshaw for most of the race, eventually Bradshaw took the win on his 125 KTM.

Phil Hancock was delighted with his third place in the expert class. As ever the clubman class honours were super tight at the top. Andy Myers rode a consistent race to take the win by a mere 12 seconds from Marc Vardy who suffered with cramp in the closing stages. Hard Charging Danny Culkin overcame an average start to get his act together towards the end of the race just missing out on runner up spot by three seconds at the flag. Andy Harvey was the Clubman Vets winner and mark Raynor took the Expert Vets win.

So that’s Norwood action over for another season, already we have the venue booked for the first weekend in July 2017, lets hope again for the fine weather Norwood deserves for great racing.

New Personalised trophy plates will be sent direct to the top three in each class adding a touch of extra RAW passion to what is already a rapidly growing club. The 5th round of the championship will take place on July 17th, the venue is to be confirmed very soon, Raw Enduro have had to consider track conditions at a number of venues after what has been one of the wettest months on record.
Thanks to all RAW crew and staff for a great job running another well organised popular event.
Online event entries now open, fastrack signing on for pre paid entries avoids queues at event control on race day.
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Rock Oil Championship. Rd.1. Driffield. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Lynne Luxon Jones

Butts Quarry was a hive of activity on April 10th where RAW Enduro launched the Brand New RAW Enduro Challenge series round 1. The new series which has never before been seen will get gradually more difficult as the series move on. Round 2 is a five hour and round 3 is a monster 6 hour challenge.

Always eager to look after our Youth riders, a small 15 strong field of mini iron kids were treated to a fantastic lap around the Butts Quarry track, conditions were to begin with slightly greasy until the warm weather began to dry the track.

Henry and George Yardley who are new to RAW Enduro events were on fire from the first turn. Henry led the race from start to finish giving a faultless performance to take the youth A win. Richie Moorhouse took runner up spot with Cole Cookland and New RAW team rider Saul Hirst battling it out for the final podium spot. George Yardley matched his brother’s win by taking the Youth B win ahead of Cory Cookland with Jack Bednarek taking third.

The main adult 4 hour event saw the quarry basin start area packed to capacity. As an added twist Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook decided to set riders off in reverse order meaning the faster riders left the start last. This was in an effort to string the field out around the small but exciting track, the theory worked and after a frantic first hour riders settled into a good rhythm.

Standout performances of the day go to Brad Lilburn riding strong to take the Expert solo class win from Alex Owen in second place, local ironman George Birchall earned a fine third in class. Expert team winners Josh Law and Ex British Sprint Champion Jordan Rose had to work hard for their win, the 212 team of Ex British Enduro Champion Ady Smith and his partner Dan Boam had a massive charge for the win in the closing stages keeping Rose under maximum pressure. Third place was a battle of the Lancastrians, Chris Hughes and Matt Solan narrowly held off Factory Husqvarna Mechanic Damo Butler and his team mate Chris Windle for third place.
As the event reached the two hour half way stage track conditions were simply perfect. Andy Myers enjoyed his day taking the clubman solo win from the hard charging Kris Weston. Doltan Shannon and Danny Culkin worked hard for the entire event to take the clubman team class win.
In the novice class Jack Webster Owen was delighted to take the Novice solo win on 22 laps completed. Nick Bull and Robert Adams won the Novice team class, Joshua Flora and Cameron Holmes made the journey south worthwhile taking second place, with Sarah Thomas and Jo Townsend delighted to get their championship off to a flying start with a solid third place.

In the VETS team class Andy Kirby and Steven Dean have set the pace by taking the win at round 1, no pressure for round two then... Andy Cooke rode a good race to take the VETS solo class from a returning to full fitness Simon Howden with Steve Johnson in third.

It’s always difficult to mention all classes and riders in the race report s, especially at these unique team events where an awesome atmosphere is generally the theme. Riders have friendly banter in the team change over area, whilst recognising the effort and refusal to be beaten attitude of the solo ironmen.

This event was a great success, the next round of this series heads for Ripon in north Yorkshire on June 12th where a large lap awaits competitors for the next level up, five hours, are you brave enough?
Well done to all riders who attended, big thanks to our hosts Butts Quarry for providing the venue in tip top shape as always. Marshals and helpers you know who you are, great job once again.
For now the focus turns back to the Rock Oil Championship on Sunday April 17th where the hilltop venue of Lee Dell near Rochdale will be the battleground for all RAW contenders.
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Rock Oil Championship. Rd.1. Driffield. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Chris Hudson

Driffield MOD driver training area is a truly iconic venue in east Yorkshire; the 650 Acre site boasts some of the best terrain available for the ultimate Enduro test. Add in the experience and of Wayne Braybrook who has the ability to create the best possible track for all ability levels, and the ingredients are all in place for an awesome event.

Sunday March 13th was no exception, early morning fog cleared to make what can only be described as the perfect racing conditions.

A massive 29 rider line up of Youths were treated to the full adult course, Saul Hirst has grown up in North Yorkshire with a love for racing motorcycles, his dreams came true on Sunday when he smashed the youth A class by taking the win over his mate and training partner Richie Moorhouse. Local lad Toby Flack rode with lots of aggression to be the only other youth A

to complete 7 laps. Youth B honours went to new RAW club member Finn Pearce, Jack Badnarek was a very close second place with another local lad James Rial earning a fine 3rd in class.


The largest turn out of adult AM riders RAW have ever seen were eager to get racing as the sun finally started to heat up proceedings. The 2016 Rock oil championship is set to be a real mix up, lots of riders have moved up a class, which means new names are now at the sharp end of proceedings.

Sportsman Vets were the first class away after the event safety briefing.

Shane Marriott was the rider who looked to be having the most fun on his 350 EXC, Shane was ready to retire in October 2015, let’s just say he’s got the bug for racing again after his superb 3rd place in the vets class.

Lee Pallet ripped around Driffield to take a fine second place, and Damian Lord held on for his first win of the new season. In the Massive sportsman class Phil Dodsworth finished in 3rd place out of 73 starters, Young Josh Haith has sent out the warning  marking his intentions for the new season with a strong runner up placing, the winner on the day was Robert Taylor who had a trouble free ride to take the win.

The Novice class was over-subscribed before race day, with 71 riders on the start line all riders had to work hard for a good result. Ricky Pearson took the win finishing on 9 laps; Steven Brown took his KXF to a fine runner up placing getting his championship fight off to a great start.

With the track now in perfect condition, the soft soil berms had appeared, as the track whooped out in many places the afternoon race riders had the experience to not only choose smooth lines but also they carried more speed to make track conditions easier to ride.

No fewer than Twenty Seven expert riders lined up at Driffield, this, for a club championship event has broken all records. Scott Austin got his taste for winning again on his Middleton MX Honda after a good battle with Hard Enduro top runner Andy Noakley. Noakley placed runner up on his Rocket Centre KTM as he used the event for speed training in preparation for Erzberg in May.

Ex Trials top man Jonathan Richardson overcame a nightmare start when his Eurotek KTM refused to fire up, being dead last away to fight back to take the final podium place was a great effort. The clubman class is set to be a battle of the young guns for this season, local lad Danny Culkin now seems to have come of age as he took a fantastic win on his 300 KTM,  Eurotek’s  James Jackson grabbed the holeshot and finished the day in a fine runner up place. Marc Vardy took his MAV builders KTM to an excellent 3rd place.

The top three clubman were less than one minute apart at the flag. Clubman Vets was won by MTB legend Steve Pete who clearly loves his Enduro action, Paul Westgarth was runner up with Ashley Jones rounding out the top three.

The Expert vets class has been heralded a great class choice for those who have previously been experts but don’t want to hang it out there with the fast boys. Anthony Ayrton managed to get the extra lap in to take a great win. Alex Owen took his number 1 Husky to a great runner up place, with John Bradford getting his championship off to a strong start with good points on the board.

Over 300 riders attended the start of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship, slick organisation and a creative course design will always be the key to its success, as well as providing what all Enduro enthusiasts love the most... an awesome day out on the bikes with friends and rivals.
Round 2 heads for Lee Dell Rochdale on April 17th where plans are already underway to provide a larger paddock to accommodate the RAW fans.
Next Event is the RAW Enduro Challenge 4 hour team event Round 1 at Butts Quarry on April 10th.
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