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is on a high at Low North
RAW Enduro continued their run of busy events, with an east coast gem for round 6 of the popular Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship last weekend. Only used once per year for an enduro, Low North Camp is a place Wayne Braybrook knows very well, his knowledge around the Camp means he can create the perfect arena for awesome enduro competition.
Brandon Burns was in good form on Sunday, taking the Youth A win from John Stanley who placed runner up just 19 seconds behind at the flag. The next three places were a hard fought battle with Bert Boam taking third after being chased hard for the last three laps by 4th place Sam Boyd. Cameron Baker Haste was also in the mix until a small crash meant he lost the tow on the pair in front. Hayden Stansfield was again in a class of his own in Youth B, his two lap margin shows he's more than ready for Youth A. Ryan Stoneley grabbed second with Rielly Boyd super happy to be home in third place. Jacob Bragg smashed the Junior Auto Class on his CRF50; Owen Nicholson was runner up with young Jake Hannon getting his first RAW trophy on his Osset.
Once the RAW Marshals had opened up the full adult course another packed start area were flagged away in classes one row at a time. A huge 13 rider strong Sportsman Elite class saw Robert Taylor as outright winner from Ricky Pearson who placed runner up. Andy Kirby was on fire in the Sportsman Vets class taking his first win this season; John Leith kept him honest by only missing the RAW win by 45 seconds! Jonathan Ward was more than happy with his third place trophy. The lap around Harwood Dale was a modest average of 11 minutes per lap, Woodland trails, some old MX track loops and a couple of almost dry stream crossings. Scott Hipwell was again top dog in the Sportsman Class grabbing the extra lap on runner up Richie Banks. Steve Butterfield finished third despite his sump guard hanging off for the last two laps of the race. Kev Hipwell kept the family wins coming by topping the Over50 class, Neil Crayston narrowly missed staying on the lead lap but was more than happy with P2 on his 2020 KTM 2 stroke. In a packed Novice class Jonathan Clark ran out winner on 11 laps, Oliver Baker Haste was runner up, with Rowan Borrett just hanging on to third after being chased to the flag by Alan Waller.
For the PM race, and more experienced riders, Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook had his track marshals primed to add two extra more challenging sections. The first was the inclusion of a run down Middle Gulley just off the start, and another was a testing root bank followed by a small stepped stream section at the far end of the venue.
Parkwood Off road's William Hoare was the first Expert rider back to Lap Scoring despite not getting a perfect start. William went on to stay cool and take the Expert win with RAW Regular Jack Spencer placing runner up, taking first place Championship points for his efforts. Ryan Crowder continues to impress, his MX background speed is now harnessed with a calm enduro rhythm, which sees him being a serious contender at future races. BEC regular Ben Thomson chased hard to keep with Crowder, both riders pushed Hard, but on this occasion Crowder felt he "had it covered" as he crossed the line. Young Guns were again topping the Clubman Class. Kieran Child who works as a tech at Colin Appleyard's rode his third Enduro ever at Low North. Leading the race for 45 minutes Child put too much effort in too early and suffered in the closing stages. This allowed Jamie Williams, now an experienced enduro rider, to take a very impressive win after a first lap mess up in the hard route section. James Clark added third place to his Championship points to ensure the last two races of the season are tight for the overall win in Clubman. Fresh from a nasty shoulder injury sustained whilst racing MX, Martin Sandiford enjoyed his annual Enduro Blast at Low North Camp to take an impressive Elite Vets win. Vince Harker missed staying on the lead lap with Sandiford by just 14 seconds, Anthony Crowe fought hard for his final third place finish just holding off Paul Westgarth who was in forth.
Once again the weather played a great part of this event providing possibly the best racing of the year. As the Rock Oil Championship grows, and stays super tight in all classes, the pre season decision to make all 2019 rounds count, has as planned made it really exciting to see how it all pans out over the final two races of the season.
Special Thanks goes to SDMC, and the committee for once again putting their trust in RAW Enduro to do exactly what we do best. Thanks to all the Marshals and helpers at RAW, and special thanks to the RIDERS, you kept the paddock super tidy after the request in the briefing.
Enjoy the summer break everyone!! We'll see you all at Rock Oil Round 6 on
September 14/15th. Before then the next event is the PMI RAW Challenge (5Hour)
at Hapton near Burnley on August 17th.