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BEC gets off to a flying start
The 1st round of the 2017 British Enduro Championship got off to a flying start at Lossiemouth on the 15/16th April The “Highland Temporary Works” sponsored Lossiemouth Enduro proved to be an enjoyable but challenging event, with the club setting out a 35 mile lap weaving its way through two local sandy based forests with two very physical special tests per lap. With a mix of weather conditions throughout the weekend and with check times catching several riders out on day 1 in each class, the enduro proved to be another classic event organised by the hard working Elgin Endurance Club.
The weather was better than forecast. As expected the battle for top honours was always going to be difficult to predict with pre-event favourites World Enduro Championship regulars Danny McCanney (Huusqvarna} and Nathan Watson (KTM) both on fine form, plus the current GNCC XC Championship leader Jack Edmondson (Coastal Racing Husqvarna) , who flew back specially to the UK for this event. Also back from injury and hoping to get a top placing was current European Enduro Champion Brad Freeman (Beta - best E3) .
After completing 3 laps and 5 special tests of this truly unique event on the Saturday, it was Manxman Danny McCanney who came out on top, just 10 seconds split him from Brad Freeman who narrowly beat Nathan Watson to 2nd by only 1 second! Jack Edmondson showed no signs of jet lag finishing a further 33 seconds behind in 4th to take the best E1/2t. Jamie Lewis (ORE Yamaha) held off a strong challenge from former motocross star Alex Snow for 5th and 6th while ever improving Josh Gotts coming home in 7th just 3 seconds behind Snow, with Scotsman Fraser Flockhart in 8th.
Welshman Jay Thomas steam rollered the strongly competitive Expert class beating runner-up Bradley King by 42 seconds. Third place saw Andrew Bisset a further 47 seconds adrift, while Kevin Murray took a well deserved 4th place another 26 seconds behind. Brad Williams (7th) was the Best E3 and Jon Hunt (9th) best E1/4.
Fred Adams claimed top spot in the Clubman class by 17 seconds from young hotshot Lewis Ranger, while Jordan Wright was only a further 19 seconds behind in 3rd, closely followed by 4th placed Allyn Taylor, 15 seconds splitting these two.
In the Ladies class Glesni Jones was recording the quickest test times, but she was unable to match class winner Rosie Rowett (pictured left) on the going, dropping an extra minute on the tight check thus dropping Jones to the runner-up spot, with the ever determined Ellie Cooke taking third.
In the ultra competitive Over 40’s saw BEC long time servant Andrew Edwards storm to his 1st win, with class regulars Andrew Reeves and Russel Millward taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively, with hard charging Scotsman Richard Hay only 12 seconds down from Millward to take 4th.
Paul Davies was the only rider clean on time in the Over 50’s and took a comfortable win over Paul Armstrong who had dropped 2 minutes. Darren Osbourne held onto 3rd place just 10 seconds in front of 4th placed Paul Spurgeon.
With heavy overnight rain showers and with more check time allowance on Sunday riders were faced with a more relaxed days riding. However Danny McCanney was in no mood to take it easy. He won again by 1 minute 6 seconds from Brad Freeman. Brad only just returning from injury was feeling the effects of his long layoff, but still coming home 2nd in this quality field is still no mean task. Next up was Jack Edmondson who was up against it pushing his 125 to the limit trying to keep up with the bigger machines in the power sapping sandy tests. Eddy was just 17 seconds behind Freeman at the end of the days play, just pipping Nathan Watson in 4th by the small margin of 3 seconds. Stuart Edmonds another former motocross star was having a far better day finishing 5th, with Jamie Lewis in 6th a further 6 seconds off Edmonds. Not far behind though were Josh Gotts, just 4 seconds off Lewis and Lee Sealey bouncing back after bike problems on day 1 a further 1 second down.
In the Experts Jay Thomas was dominant again, taking maximum points to round off his brilliant weekend. Bradley King again was runner-up, 41 seconds down on Thomas with Kevin Murray completing the top 3 just 8 seconds off King. An improved performance saw Arron Gordon come home in 4th along with best E1/2 while Andrew Bisset slipped from his 3rd place on Saturday to 5th. Brad Williams was forced to retire with a broken reed before T1.
Closest action of the day saw ex professional rugby player Tom James take the Clubman win by half a second from Allyn Taylor, with Day 1 winner Fred Adams only another 3 seconds behind. Youngsters Duncan Norrie and Harry Hillier-Rees both having strong rides in 4th and 5th, while Lewis Ranger dropped a few places from day 1 but still a very creditable 6th place.
The very stylish Rosie Rowett headed the Ladies class again with a faultless display, with nearest rival Glesni Jones dropping 2 minutes on the going to finish 2nd. Little Ellie Cooke was unable to finish due to a heavy tumble and breaking her wrist.
Old master Andrew Edwards is looking to hot to handle in the Over 40’s taking the win again by well over a minute from Andrew Reeves, with Russell Millward collecting another 3rd place. Richard Hay had to settle with 4th.
Paul “Elvis” Davies (right) took maximum points again in the Over 50’s; pulling ahead of 2nd placed Darren Osbourne by just over a minute on the day. Third placed going to Paul Armstrong with Paul Spurgeon 4th.
All in all yet another superb event put on by the Elgin club; see you again in two years time!
2017 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship:
The next round of this series is organised by DirtBike Action & will be held at Helmsley, Yorkshire over the weekend of 13th/14th May. Entries are now available.
For further information on the event checkout the clubs website – http://www.dirtbike-action.co.uk