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Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R1
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.
It hasnít 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. Sundayís event was no exception and the huge Novice attendance at RAW shows that Wayne Braybrookís 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
Riding on a high at the moment is D3 KTM rider Sam Winterburn, Samís 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 hasnít 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.
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