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EVENTS TIMECARD ENDURO|
Rd 1 2017 series
BALA WOODLANDS – 9th APRIL
Report : K.Williams
“Paul Herbert on his KTM 300 took the overall victory at WOR Events superb Timecard Enduro last weekend at the clubs fantastic Bala Woodlands venue in North Wales. Herbert was 9 seconds clear of Runner Up, Rob Reese (Beta) after 5 tests and 8 hard charged laps over nearly 90 miles. The tracks that WOR lay out for these SCE events (short course enduro) are anything from 9 miles to 15 miles a lap, This particular event was Round 1 of the 3 round series and was 11.6 miles per lap and offered the riders a little bit of everything that a forest can offer. The rider feedback was so positive throughout the classes with the times and challenges set perfectly with riders cleaning the check, some by seconds, to prove the organisers had got it bang on. The weather was also perfect with the sunshine and super blue sky just adding to the cracking atmosphere at the event.
The enduro ran for almost 5 hrs and was as mentioned topped by Oswestry based rider Paul Herbert. Herbie in the Experts, was revelling in the sunny forest conditions and even with a few mistakes on his part at the start of two of his 5 tests, he still proved the man no one could beat. Wrexham rider Rob Reese was pushing hard and matched one of Herbies best of the day special test times with a 4 minutes and 1 second score. 3RD Place Expert, Dion Lewis is a young man to keep an eye on as he, even with some crashes, put in a solid ride for the top 3 position.
Julian Rylance (KTM) was top Expert Vet followed home by Runner Up, Roy Prescott (Honda ). Prescott was 26 seconds behind Rylance on the tests and both riders just got in the last tight check by 20 seconds, the WOR SCE challenging these two guys to the end.
Clubman victory belonged to Elgan Williams with a massive 35 second advantage over his next rival, Lee Thomas. Thomas in turn bagged an 11 second advantage over 3rd placed , Darren Cooper.
Chris Berry had a 40 second advantage after 5 tests and nearly 80 miles over runner up Clubman Vet, Steve Bryan and Kevin Wallace in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Phillip George was unstoppable in the Over 50 class and on certain sections of the test he looked quicker than some of the Experts. George forced WOR regular and all-round nice guy, Colin Griffiths into the Runners Up spot with another WOR regular, Stephen Parry securing the 3rd place.
The winning Sportsman was Gareth Jones but he was challenged regularly throughout the event by Dylan Edwards and Matthew Mills whom all did a sterling job at the sharp end of the results.
Paul Thomas won the Sportsman Vets ahead of Paul Humphreys with 1 minute 23 seconds in his favour as Dylan Williams secured 3rd spot.
The Novice class had some real battlers in it with the eventual top spot going to Dan Griffiths with Ron Prescott and John Carter taking the other two top spots in that order.
The best Youth on the day was Jac George , following again in dads
footsteps to top the podium. Runner Up Youth was Rhys Evans..
WOR would like to thank all of the staff, sponsors, medics, caterers, land owners but once again the biggest thanks going to the riders that supported the event. “
“One downside that must get a mention is again the number of riders that booked in and then did not show up or pulled out with less than 24hrs notice. This simply cannot go on and again now, for all Timecard Enduros the WOR will have to bring in the £20 Deposit system for every rider (non-returnable -without doctors note) to secure the running of these events. The event was listed as full but over 40 riders failed to show up…Lots were turned away that could have ridden…making a TCE possible to enter by just a text maybe easy for the rider but it is very detrimental to the event so deposit system comes back into play. Rd 2 is on MAY 14th and the entries will open online for this very shortly at www.worevents.com …The deposit system usually scares folk off from entering early ..but as in past events, the TCE needs rider support to happen so riders are urged to book in ASAP for it to ensure it happens.”