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Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R4
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.
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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