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Thomas is Topman
Report by Martin Southwick
Over 100 riders descended on North Willingham village at the weekend for round 5 of the LEC/Gear 4 Hare and Hounds 2019 championship. Also incorporating the 2nd round of the ACU East Midlands Centre battle, the riders experienced one of the longer tracks in the clubs repertoire, and certainly the longest ever witnessed at this particular venue. The weather forecast had been for dry and warm day but a few spots of rain fell over the race duration to make conditions a little slippery over the 7.5 mile course. It didn't seem to slow Expert Thomas Braddock down though. Whilst the top three racers in the class all accumulated 9 laps each, Tom had a two minute lead over 2nd place rider Danny Catlin by the end of race day. That moves Danny up into 5th place in the LEC championship whilst Jay Brooker's third spot sees him lying in 7th. Class leader is still Lee Hattersley.
Regarding the ACU title, these lads aren't in the top three at present, but with just one round left later on in the year, they are now snapping at the heels of those who are.
The closest race of the day involved two other club regulars. Living up to his name once more, teenager Ethan Champion beat Daniel Wheat into second place in the Sportsman 2T class. However, Ethan's victory can hardly be described as a whitewash. Racing for over 200 minutes, the narrowest of margins (just 8 seconds) saw Ethan take the chequered flag from a fast finishing Daniel. Both are neck and neck for both the ACU champs and the LEC title. Still 3 LEC rounds to go though lads ! Ryan Overton took 3rd place a few minutes behind the duo.
In the Clubman class, Mark Lonsdale's victory over Rob Millar sees him now head both the ACU and LEC tables. As normal though, it's too early to predict an outcome for either title. Darren Cox was in Bronze medal place on the day, all three riders being on 8 laps.
Other results were as follows...Sportsman 4T.1st, Jonathan Lister/2nd, Don Green/3rd, Michael Greaves....Over 40's.1st,Darren Bedford/ 2nd,Jules Croft/ 3rd,Andrew Sykes...Over 50's.1st, Neil Tapper/2nd,Andy Jackson/3rd,Nigel Ross... Trail/Classic/Over 60's.1st, Kev Bartle Sr/2nd,Shaun Alison/3rd,Ian Stewart. Hats off to the only Beginner on the day for his perseverance, Brendan Brown. Another shout out should be given to one or two other people also. As well as the usual suspects in the Trail and Classics class, it was also good to see some guys turn up on some older "Iron" for a change. A mixture of BSA, Royal Enfield, Montesa Cappra, & a Yamaha IT were coaxed round the course and whilst these bikes may not be so fast, it does make a change to seeing all the "Whizzers" on the start line !
As this race sees the year past its halfway mark, the club would like to salute all the folks involved so far in 2019. All marshalls, volunteers, first aiders, track layers, Ticktock Timing Results and Catering . Without these guys, there would be no club
The clubs next race is at Ashby Moto park on September 8th. Meanwhile the club is holding a practice day on 28th July. Taking place at Ashby Puerorum, full details of that and everything else LEC are on the clubs Facebook page.
Photo's, all courtesy of Graeme Taylor are as follows; No 185 Thomas Braddock on his way to victory with some style. Rick Owen and Andres Cook having a "dust up" in one of the field sections (No's 351 and 58 res) and No 121, Stephen Hodges thunders his way out of one of the wooded sections.