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MATTHEW KICKS BUTT.

With round two of LEC/Gear4's 2019 Hare and Hound series taking place at the weekend, Matthew Thompson took top honours in somewhat greasy conditions at Butts quarry. The top 4 lads in the Experts group all managed 26 laps in the class but Matthew had his nose in front by the time the chequered flag descended at the 3 hour mark. Chasing home hard and In second place was Jay Brooker and then making up the podium places, Lee Hattersley in 3rd spot. As its round three next, we should start to see some clues as to how it may pan out over the next few months. Watch this space as the saying goes. Whilst Jack Gabb was the clear winner in the sportsman 4T category with 22 laps, the closest battle of the day in any group surely must go to the 2nd and 3rd place riders in the same class. Dan Green and Joe Tapper also finished on 22 laps each but were only separated by a handful of second's after 180 minutes of racing. In the Clubman class, Benjamin Clarke won by some 3 minutes over Ricky Ford. Both guys were on 25 laps, followed over the line by Lee Bradie a lap behind. Other class winners were as follows. Sportsman 2T class ... Daniel Wheat; Over 40's...Jules Croft; Over 50's... Andy Jackson; Trail/Beginners/Over 60's class... Kev Bartle Senior.

Butts quarry is well known within the UK enduro scene but it's the first time the club has used the race track which lies just South of
Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Nearly 120 riders entered the event and typically, whilst it had been dry for at least a week leading up to race day, the Met Office decided to introduce Storm Hannah into the mix in the 12 hours preceding the days events. Dust certainly wasn't a problem come race time !

Race one may have suffered from the overnight rain to some degree but race two definitely saw the conditions getting drier and better as the sun came out. Average laps times certainly looked like they tumbled in the second ninety minute spell. The club took full advantage of the quarry and its surroundings and with a 3 mile lap, they made use of the Moto x track, a few tyres and logs to hurdle and some gnarly little climbs /descents in the wooden sections. As always, easier routes were available for the unadventurous !

The next round of the series is at one of the riders favourite places, Ashby Pueroreum on 12th of May. Entries are already open on the ACU website for that event. Be quick though guys, there's only a week to go and don't forget, no entries on the day !! Can all riders read the rules and regs re start times etc etc. Details of that and all things LEC related are on the clubs FB site ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/LincolnshireEnduroClub/ ).

Photos are courtesy of David Chapman and are off Matthew Thompson on his was to victory (No 373); James Grey (Sportsman 2T. No 217) enjoying some slurry and No's 54 /831 (Richard Summerbell and Andrew Rushton) battle it out in mid air. --

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