All content Bob MuIIins

JACK THE LAD !

The weekend saw another excursion out of the county and into neighbouring Leicestershire for Lincolnshire Enduro Club. ("Free Movement" before Mr Brexit puts up all county boundaries. Ps; The B word will not be mentioned again in this report !)

Event 6 of the 2019 LEC/Gear4 race series saw the riders heading down the M1 to race at the well known Ashby Moto Park. Given that the club has just had its summer recess, most guys will have been highly charged up in order to get their bikes back on a start line once more. With the warmest summer temperatures now behind us perhaps, the riders were presented with somewhat cooler conditions than of late but truth be told, conditions were once again, perfect for racing. With a drying wind, and a bit of early Autumn sun, the 3 mile track dried out in the two or three days before race day. (If the midweek rain had continued mind, the terrain would have been oh so different)

The club took full advantage of the Moto x track at the venue as well as local woodland areas. To spice things up somewhat, thrown into the mix also was the man made "Extreme" section that Ashby is famous for. (Infamous !) Made up of various size tyres, rocks, and some very big pipes to negotiate, these areas looked like child's play to one or two of the ex trials riders in the club, and the "experts" perhaps. They did though present much more of a challenge to the less experienced riders. However, the fact that most people had a go at the hurdles proved that the riding standard within LEC gets better as each year passes. (A tumble from the hardest section wouldn't have been too graceful mind !)

Someone who didn't have a problem in that area was the winner on the day, Jack Staines in the Experts group. After a long period out of the sport, and a nasty bee sting in race two, the 23 year old grabbed the laurels by some margin. Both Jack and runner up Danny Catlin had accumulated 24 laps at the end of 3 hours but the margin Jack had built up after race one, doubled by the time the chequered flag had dropped after 180 minutes; just under three minutes in fact. Another club regular lee Hattersley was third in class. In the Clubman class, the first 5 riders all did 22 laps in the allotted race time. Whilst nine minutes covered those guys, Darren Thorpe won by a full two minutes over second place lad, Dominic Blood. Richard Summerbell was third on the podium. 20 laps were covered by the all of the top three lads in the Sportsman 2T division. Ryan Overton was third, Josh Wilson second, with top spot going to Daniel Wheat. Other class winners were as follows... Sportsman 4T...Jack Gabb/Over 40's...Darren Bedford/Over 50's... Neil Tapper.

Other noteworthy rides were as follows. In a sport dominated by men and boys, female rider Tara Johnson finished high up the field, beating many of her male co- competitors in the process. Shaun Avison at last broke Kev Bartle Sr's stranglehold in the Trail / Classic / Over 60's group with his victory. John Cotterill came home in 2nd spot in the same class.

The clubs next race is The Big One. Taking place at Tattershall on October 6th, entries are on the ACU website already.

Meanwhile, (and leading up to Tattershall), the club has a practice day on September the 22nd. Taking place at Ropsley in South Lincs (NG334BQ), a full days riding can be had for just 35. (10AM-4PM) Details from Louise Burford on 07498866290.

Any other information about the club, race or practice days can be found here ... Details

Photos, all by Graeme Taylor are no 115, Jack Staines flying to victory. John Cotterill, taking 3rd in his class (No 281) and Chris Belford in the Clubman group. (No 396)

Report by Martin Southwick