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Wootton Tops Trevor Evans Enduro!
Rhayader Motor Club hosted round 5 of their Steve Rowlands & Sons sponsored Rhayader Enduro Super Series (RESS), the Trevor Evans Memorial Enduro, at Abbeycwmhir this bank holiday weekend, and they were greeted with beautiful weather for riders and spectators to enjoy!
A star studded Championship class saw Dan Mundell, Joe Wootton, Fraser Flockhart, Charlie Evans and local legend Ed Jones to name but a few.
Wootton and Mundell exchanged the lead all day long and after 9 special tests there was just 0.002 of a second between them going into a back to back test on the grass at Abbey-cwm-hir. Both riders gave it their all but it was Wootton who took the top honours and the £300 jackpot! Mundell went home with a 2nd place trophy and £150 in his pocket while Scotsman Fraser Flockhart did his best to mix it with the two at the front, even pipping Wootton on one test, and took the third placed plaque away with him and some well deserved confidence and respect after a difficult season so far. He is certainly starting to find his form again now! Charlie Evans was 4th after battling with Ed Jones. Youngster Henry Yardley rode well all day and he was rewarded with a top 6 result. He's one to watch in the future.
In the Expert class the times were very tight indeed. Ben Murphy eventually took the win just 3 seconds from his team mate and Welsh 2 Day Expert class winner, Roger Holland. Both of those riders are sponsored by event and series sponsor, ET James. In third, just one second from 2nd and 4 seconds from the win was Jack Cadwallader. In 4th was young Sherco rider Alfie Webb on the 125. He rode well all day and held off the 'media man', Tristan Young who did very well to finish in the top 5!
In the Clubman class, Gareth Jones took top honours after fending off youngster Matthew Harries. He was 2nd and also won the U19 class! Kris Price from Crossgates was 3rd and also 2nd in the U19 Class! Morgan Lewis from Talgarth rode very well and finished 4th on his 125 and it was Ben Williams who took his beta to 5th and also third in the U19 class!
Simon Comer from Barnstaple rode a bike, let alone race, for the first time in a very long time this weekend but that didn't stop him from taking top honours in the ever competitive Over 40's Class aboard his sons 125! Jason Rees was 3 seconds behind him and took 2nd place. Anthony Griffiths was 3rd, Paul Davies was 4th and Andrew Reeves rounded out the top 5!
In the Over 50 category, Allan Price from Wrexham took the win by just over 10 seconds from Martin Paosila-Jones. Phil Jones was a few short seconds adrift from 2nd place while Dan Mundell's dad, Ian Mundell, took his Sherco to 4th, about 10 seconds from the podium. He, like Simon Comer, hasn't ridden or raced for a long while so both were very happy with their results! In 5th was David Johnson.
Phillip Rowley was the only finisher in the classic class but he did well and of course took the victory.
In Sportsman A, Dean Jones took top honours, while local Rhayader man Aaron Bates came home 2nd! Jamie Cochrane from Newtown came home on the final step of the podium!
Sportsman B was topped by Logan Bevington after a long, hard fought battle with Ryan Evans from Rhayader. Leigh Nicklin was third.
Onto the sidecars now and it was Jon Williams & Nelly James who took top honours in the premiere class. They had a long battle with Williams and Brown and won by just 1 second! In third was Lawry and Wilkinson, 20 seconds away from the top 2.
Lewis & Rees won the Expert category by a comfortable 30 seconds and in 2nd was Stokes and Townsend. Exactly 1 minute behind was family pairing, the Nevill's.
The Clubman Sidecar was the most important class and the best local Clubman sidecar would win the Trevor Evans Memorial trophy. The eventual winners and runners ups were both from Bristol. First place went to Burdge and Beeching. 2nd was Cuff and Scrivens. Third went to Davies & Williams but it was 4th placed pairing, the Masons from Llandrindod Wells, who eventually won the Trevor Evans Trophy! Congratulations to them and all the other winners.