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Report : Keith Williams 

“The new National Hare Scrambles series 2017 for quads kicked off last Saturday at Baden Hall in Staffs with the promoters, WOR Events, pulling out all the stops to provide a fantastic start to what looks like being a great year ahead. A very healthy line up of 4 wheeled Enduro warriors took the muddy start line for the 2.5hr race. The weather had been very unkind on the Friday evening and left things very slippery and challenging under foot for the competitors. A 5 mile full on Hare Scrambles loop was planned to perfection to run in the gnarly conditions and the riders put in a fantastic effort.

Jason Wildman was on fire as he proved the man to beat. Leading from start to finish on his big Polaris Scrambler, Wildman was smooth as silk setting very consistent lap times and tackling the terrain superbly, eventually finishing the battle in the 4x4 Experts with a 2 minutes and 20 second advantage over Runner Up, Rowland Morris. Rowland was out on his Can- Am 570 for the first time competitively since formerly being a 2 wheeled WOR Enduro star a few years back. Martin Benbow (Suzuki) kept Rowland honest all race and was never far behind as the 28 second deficit to Morris proved at the end of the race. All the top 3 riders completed 13 laps each.

Rhyds Owen was flying too in the 2wd Experts on the 450 Yamaha. Rhyds was very impressive too by riding the bike sat side saddle for the last hour as he had snapped a nerf bar off forcing him into performing miracles on one side of the machine. Ben Dean earned some valuable championship points as he secured the Runners Up spot in class.

Can Am mounted Graham Guy was on a flyer in the 4x4 Clubman Class as his consistent lap times and trouble free ride allowed him to shake off the challenge of Runner Up, Laura Linton (Can Am) and Neil Martin (Yamaha) that were always in contention. 12 laps was target achieved by the top 4 riders in class.

The biggest class was the 2wd Clubman and they were topped by a brilliant ride from young Luke Billington. The number 21 machine leading from the off and completing a full circuit advantage over Runner Up, Alex Trowler whom was another rider to really put in some hard graft for his podium result. 3rd spot went to Chris England with a good solid ride and strong performance in the tricky conditions.

A nice atmosphere and a slick trophy presentation at the end rounded out a great start to the 2017 championship and the riders will all now mark their collective diaries for the second round that will run on Saturday 22nd April at WOR’s Maeshafn Venue in Flintshire.

WOR EVENTS would like to thank all the staff, helpers, medics , land owner, Sponsors and of course the riders for making the event a success.”

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