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Lee Hattersley win @ LEC

Report Martin Southwick
Photos Graeme Taylor

We Britons are well known for being weather obsessive. We also seem to complain bitterly when the weatherman get it wrong. (ie, It rains when the sun should have had its hat on for example!) However, just occasionally, when the forecasters get it wrong, it can go the other way and work in our favour. Sunday was such an example. The small handful of riders who stayed away because of the predicted rain will have been kicking themselves as conditions were nigh on perfect for LEC/Gear 4's latest race. Certainly a lot of moisture fell during the track set-up in the days before the event but post race, riders were saying its one of the best enduro's the club has ever promoted. It was dry all day on race day and with a strong westerly wind, the track dried out perfectly to give conditions that got better and faster throughout the 3 hours. Taking place at the Kork off road centre near Kirton in Lindsey, the 6 mile track was made up once again of some long fast straights, wooded sections, a few gnarly climbs, rocks, the Moto X area and some deep water crossings. Oh, and some gloop too !

Lee Hattersley was the outright winner on the day. In the Experts class, he has now moved into 2nd place, just five points behind Sam Followell who was 5th on the day. 2nd and 3rd on the day were Mathew Thompson and Danny Kidd respectively. This class is very close and with just two rounds to go, only a small amount of points separates the top four riders.The Clubman class is not quite as close, as class leader Daniel key took another victory to stretch away from Michael Harris who pushed Daniel hard on the day itself. These two lads look favourite to battle it out for the title. Steven Baldock came in 3rd place. Other class favourites are Simon Howden (over 40's) and Niall Bowker (4T Sportsman). Both these guys took another win at Kirton to enhance their favourable position in their respective classes. As the saying goes though, it's not over until the fat lady sings (although for these lads, it looks like she may be waiting in the Green room gargling with TCP at present !!)

Stuart Cryer and Adrian Rickwood seem to be permanently swapping places not only in the races, but with their points tally too. Adrian's win in the over 50's class sees him get his nose in front of 2nd place Stuart, now by just a couple of points. In the Sportsman (4T) class, Sean Thompson was the victor but the runner up (Rikki Harris), has now closed the gap on class leader Carl Gordon to just 4 points.
The only dead cert for a title win is Kev Bartle Senior who cannot be caught, in the Trail and Classic class.

The next race, round 7 is on the 7th October. Taking place at Tattershall, it's generally seen as the clubs biggest and best event and the one race that everyone aims for. Indeed it still holds the record for the most amount of riders seen for an East midland centre enduro. Here's hoping the club can break that record next month. Details of that and all things LEC can be found on the clubs Facebook page or by ring Louise Burford on 01507 524040

Photos are off Over 40's class winner Simon Howden (No 75), Paul Redford (No 32), and Joe Tapper (No 5)/Niall Bowker (No 507) battling it out for the lead in the sportsman (4T) class.

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