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Danny McCanney takes Challenger win on TiMe
The opening round of the 2019 ACU Michelin British Enduro Championship at Bovington Camp, Dorset this weekend was blessed with phenomenally warm weather for February. Clear blue skies and record breaking temperatures in the teens made shorts and tee shirts the order of the day.
The Challenger Enduro was organsed by Dorset Enduro MC and took it's name for the armoured leviathans that roam this peaceful part of Southern England and rest in the nearby tank museum. The Dorset club was formed in 2004 by a group of Policemen with an interest in offroading and they put together an impressive 28 mile lap with 2 checks and 2 special tests. There was also an impressive entry headed by the current BEC Champion Danny McCanney mounted on a TM 300. Alex Snow's success in switching to Enduro has also been rewarded with a Factory ride for GasGas, Jack Edmondson on the Sherco was ready for the sandy conditions after Winter training and Fast Eddy Racing team mate Tom Sagar on a Beta looked ahead to a possible 5th BEC crown.
The first 2 riders were flagged away at 8.30 for a leisurely 11 miles loop to shake the frost off the machinery before the first Special Test. The Tough Plant MX test was a short walk from the start area for the spectators and resembles the Natterjack Sand Pit studded with tank traps. Danny McCanney set the fastest time 2 seconds ahead of Alex Snow.
The course then traveled to the Hethfelton forest to the Cross Country test sponsored by Huskysport. Danny McCanney weaved through trees like a slippery snake on speed skipping over the logs and ditches 9 seconds ahead of Alex Snow. The pattern was set for the day with Danny winning all 10 tests and amassing a 1 minute 20 seconds lead to take the overall winner and the Best E3. Alex Snow was the runner up and Dan Mundell - Best E14T - was 3rd. Tom Sagar was 4th, Jack Edmondson - Best E2 - was 5th, Daryl Bolter 6th, Tom Ellwood 7th, James Dent 8th, Alex Walton 9th and Fraser Flockhart 10th. There was no E2.
Aaron Gordon on a Sherco was the Best Expert and E2. Henry Yardley E1/2 was runner up and Harry Edmondson was 3rd. Richard Tucker in 4th was the Best E3 and Harry Hillier Rees in 7th was the Best E1/4.
The Clubman class was won by James Palmer on a 125 and Joshua Kirby was runner up. Ross Kerr finished in 3rd.
Rosie Rowett was the first Clubman Lady rider home with a 12th overall.
Andrew Edwards got off to the best possible start to the season with a win in the Over 40 class. Vincent Harker was runner up and Andrew Reeves was 3rd.
Scotsman Richard Hay won the Over 50 class
Craig Redmond and the Dorset Enduro Club team did a great job organising
their first British Enduro Championship. Hopefully the first of many.