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and Ellis Blast Ripon Apart!!
Fantastic Spring weather Graced North Yorkshire as RAW Enduro dropped into Ripon where the popular Ellington Banks played host to another full on RAW Championship Race. Overnight showers on Saturday were well recieved by Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook, he wanted to keep the dust down during all three races and the showers did just that all day.
First up the Youth Classes were again very well supported, John Stanley was in great form taking the Youth A class win on special KTM85 Big wheel. Tommy Tate is improving every race and his runner up place was totally justified on the day. 2018 Youth B champion Bert Boam has embraced the Youth A upgrade, his third place on his big wheel 85, was a great result after team boss Mr Braybrook made sure his effort during the race was full on. Hayden Stansfield was runaway leader in Youth B as he took the win from Ryan Stoneley in second, Ryan had third place finisher Tobias Stansfield for company but managed to hold him off at the flag.
With the adult morning race start area packed with riders, and the full lap marked in after the shorter Youth race lap, the track was well healed in and ready for action. Nick Manger was top dog in the Sportsman Elite class taking a well deserved win in class from Mick Alderson in runner up spot. Lewis Fletcher just edged out Liam Crowe to take the final podium place. The Sportsman class at RAW is getting seriously competitive, with the top 8 riders all completing 12 laps, only 4 minutes separated all of them. Lee Thornborough took the win from Ben Fenton by just 40 seconds at the flag. The course for round 2 was a mix of 4x4 MOD test areas, and some fast forest tracks, these were a favourite for all riders to blast around in the spring sunshine. The closest finish of the day went to the sportsman vets class. Mick Robson grabbed the win on 12 laps just 4 seconds in front of Kris Farrar, Kris was only a further 4 seconds in front of John Hedley who finished third! So the race is on for Vets honours this season. James Riley topped the Novice class by around a minute at the flag from Gas Gas mounted Rees Leonard. Dean Bromley had his best finish of the year so far with a solid third place. In the Over 50 class D3 KTM boss Neil Crayston was enjoying his day off blasting his KTM around the MOD site, never troubled Neil took maximum points from round 2. Mark Stoneley grabbed runner up place and was the only other vet to complete 12 laps. Just two Ladies entered this event, Simone Wallis was the winner with Olivia Knight gaining in confidence placing runner up on her nine lap tally.
With the morning adult race finished, RAW opted to get straight on with the PM race. Holeshot man Rob Francombe led the Expert class all race, his early laps pace was unmatched as he tried to break away. Always just trailing him Lewis Ellis held a strong second, then on the final lap Ellis pushed for the win, exiting the woodland section first Ellis timed his pass to perfection with only the short run to the finish flag to take the win. Both riders shook hands and agreed it was an awesome race. Ben Hamilton added a new name to RAW podiums and credited himself with third place championship points from Ripon. Possibly one of the stand out rides from Ripon came from Jamie Williams, his holeshot and domination of the Clubman class was only matched by James Clark who himself complete 14 laps like Williams. Richard Taylor continues to keep an eye on overall clubman honours as his consistency taking third place proves he's well on the pace. Vince Harker was the Elite Vets winner from Steve Pattinson who placed runner up. Local Vet John Bradford made the long ten minute journey to Ellington Banks worth while, he grabbed third on the day after a long day Saturday spinning the spanners.
Yet another fantastic event from RAW Enduro, with a course again planned by Wayne Braybrook that always delivers enjoyment for all ability levels. Thanks to all who played a part in the events success, in Particular Rob Dawson for stepping in as Chief marshal on what was a totally injury free day of racing.
Thank you to all the riders for embracing the NEW RAW Enduro Goggles ON rule!!!! RAW move to Butts Quarry this weekend for the first of 4 Challenge Races for solo and 2 man relay teams.
All Event Info: www.rawenduro.co.uk