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Report Graham Taubman
Southern MCCs final Enduro event of the year was held at Castletown in perfect conditions. The start area kindly supplied by S100 allowed access to Paul Costains a land at Red Gap.
Four good size flat fields last use by smcc in 2010 when one of wettest winters on record help create an event with more uncommon with trench warfare than Enduro riding. Red Gap 2018 was a much more civilized and speedier event. With the hosepipe ban only just over the ground was in perfect condition. Committee members Jack Collins and Alan Heath laid on a fantastic flowing grass test including 2 snails, ever tightening corners that eventually lead to a flip flop chicane and an ever increasing radius corner that leads riders past their pursuers in the opposite direction. Mind boggling stuff !
Test 2 was completely new land for the club as far as Enduro competition goes. Billown Glen a familiar trials location kindly loaned to the club by Eric Taggart and set out by extreme Enduro specialist Chris Madigan. With easy routes, hard routes and extra hard routes the whole feild was able to navigate the course but not without some gritting of teeth on the steep descents and undulating terrain.
Format of the event was slightly different than usual with no going between the tests the format was a hybrid of timecard and runaround all classes starting with Sportsman rode Red Gap for a sighting lap followed by 1 timed lap. Then made their way to Billown Glen on the S100 circuit for 2 laps of the test and returning to Red Gap via the rest of the S100 course this was repeated 3 times with a final test at Red Gap to make up for the untimed sighting lap.
A total of 12 tests which is equivalent of 3 enduros for the Sportsman class some of who had total test times in the 90min region, despite the large test count the day was all done by 1pm.
Third place was Beta mounted Ollie Megson returning to SMCC Enduro after a long absence. 3 secs behing Megson was Grant Thompson who mirrored Ollies times to within 4 seconds every test often posting identical times.
Never far from controversy Craig Norrey managed to crash his GasGas on the approach to the finish of the first timed Red Gap test causing Bob Clague to abandon his timekeeping post and rush to Norrey's aid. This meant times were inaccurately recorded for the next approaching riders so Test 1 times were dropped for the Expert class. Norrey remounted, attended the Hogg rescue ambulance and finished the day in 5th he truly is SMCC's own Guy Martin.
Thanks go to Eric Taggart for Billown Glen access, Paul Costain for Red Gap, Southern 100 for the paddock area, Hogg Motorsport Medical all helpers and course markers.
Special thanks to the club members for bringing in Red Gap course in a
matter of minutes that made a huge difference to us all.