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Edge Offroad hosted rounds five and six of the Eurotek Sprint Championship Westwood over the weekend. Again the crew used their initiative to mark a new course out that was able to run in both directions. Though the entries were low for both days due to riders feeling you can't have a Sprint in a woodland venue, Sonya and her team proved this wasn't the case! The weather was once again very kind to them all weekend which instantly puts smiles on everyone's faces! It was great to see all the riders enjoying the social side of the Sprints yet again.
Saturday proved to be the popular day for the Premier riders again, Edge being graced with the presence of some of the British Championship contenders - Jack Teale and Ted Bailey! The order of the day for the first lap on Saturday saw Jack Teale leading the pack away, putting in some fantastic times, grabbing the fastest lap on the day and taking the overall win, with Ted Bailey in second and Josh Bailey taking third place. In the Expert class, Ryan Burton put in some mega times throughout. Dan Leadbetter had a fantastic day, taking seconds out of his own times every lap! And Dawson Marriott finding his rhythm at a faster pace than he's used - these guys finishing in this order. In the Clubman class Richie Moorhouse was leading by a mile until his 6th lap, when he took a tumble which unfortunately ended his winning streak; which gave way to Lee Bradie taking the win from Henry Harman and Lee Crookes securing third. Tim Reynolds was the only competitor in the Masters class obviously taking the win! In the Sportsman class Isaac Archer, who absolutely loves the Sprint format, took his first win once he settled into a groove. Jake Sheppard was happily taking seconds out of all his laps which paid off and he was happy to take second spot with Matthew Mossop this time having to settle for third. Kate Smith knows exactly how the Sprint format works so was pleased to take the win from Sarah Thomas - who still put in some great test times each lap but had to settle for second. In the Vets class Kev Hipwell was pretty high up overall in the standings throughout the whole day - Kev took the top spot, with Mick Alderson taking second spot from Simon Nutter in third. In the Novice class, Tom Slater had his first race out on his new KTM, he was unsure how his weekend was going to go but didn't disappoint on the Saturday! Taking the Winner's trophy from Oliver Baker-Haste in second and Harvey Harman having to settle for third again - these lads did awesome! Last out on the day were the Youth riders Cory Cookland lap times were a bit up and down, but he still took a great win nearly two minutes in front of young Alex Leadbetter who also had an outstanding ride, and Cameron Baker Haste rounded out the podium on the first day.
Sunday wasn't quite as hot as Saturday, with the course running in the opposite direction, the crew had done some alterations to make sure the day ran as smoothly as Saturday.
In the Premier class there was a smaller entry but Josh Bailey had some great test times throughout the day and taking the win in his class by over a minute. Luke Owen was happy to take second place in the end but just couldn't find his rhythm throughout. In the Expert class Fergus Lamb made the trip down from Fort William and had an outstanding ride, winning overall, with Billy Haigh, who upped his game, taking second and Dawson Marriott securing a very impressive third place! In the Clubman class Henry Harman won by over a minute from Josh Atkinson and Oliver Fortune taking third. In the Masters class, John Steeples put in some impressive test times to secure him the win, with Ricky Tropman having to settle for second. Mike Taylor pipped George Howard to the top of the podium by just under half a minute in the Sportsman class, with Joe Smith taking an impressive third. Rob Gregory won the Vets class, with Danny Clarke having to settle for second place and Andy Williams finishing in third place! In the Novice class, Tom Slater continued his efforts with some great test times and managed to grab the win from Oliver Baker Haste again - who did brilliantly all weekend, but had to settle for second, with Mick Smith over the moon to take the third place trophy. And finally in the Youth class, Will Cawte was backing to his winning ways. Having an off day on Saturday, he got his head together and went out and smashed it! Great riding! Alex Leadbetter had to settle for second again with some great test times and Jak Heaney secured third place.
A massive well done to all that took part over the whole weekend, and a big thank you to every single Edge Marshal that helped out either day or both days, you all did a sterling job! We hope you all enjoyed the variation on the track, a lot of effort was put in so it wasn't just a boring loop!
A big get well soon goes out from the whole of the Edge Family to Richie "Smiler" Moorhouse; we all hope you're up and riding soon!
The next event weekend on the calendar for the Edge Family is July 6th & 7th at Laverton for the return of the Protect My Income Championship along with a Play Day on the Saturday. You can book into either or both of these days online www.edgeoffroad.events or by contacting the Event Mobile on 07557 447084 - see you then!