All content © Bob MuIIins
Cal-Culated Hughes Demolishes the Dell ...
After a full year without bikes, the Lancashire hilltop venue of Lee Dell was well rested and prepared perfectly by Wayne Braybrook, WB created a true Cross Country Enduro Event for the Rock Oil Round 4 Weekend.
With a little bit of everything in the lap, including a monster Optional Extreme loop, that lots of riders said was one of the best in the UK, the Saturday Play day saw many expert riders testing themselves on one of the 3 main routes to the top of the huge Extreme hill.
Gentle drizzle did little to change the course on Saturday, however torrential rain through the night Saturday left the Youth class riders with very testing conditions for the first race of the day. Dexter Hind was apprehensive having not ridden at Lee Dell before, the gritty KTM65 rider fired into life Sunday morning and took the Youth B win in fine style, showing his wet condition capabilities. Charlie Schofield placed runner up just two minutes down, with Annabelle Bolt grafting like the big Bolt to take an impressive third place. In the Big Youth class Jasper Fox used his trials skills to take an impressive 9 lap tally. There was a 3 way battle for the next podium places, Evan Sharpe had his best result to date taking runner up place from the Hard Charging Tobias Stansfield who grabbed third place.
With the mist and drizzle starting to lift, it was the turn of the adults after a short delay starting at 11:10.
RAW Enduro Team Rider Callum Hughes set his intentions from the drop of the flag with a cool holeshot, staying clean and making the best of a clear track, Hughes reeled off the laps. Opting to take the shorter extreme route every lap, most experts were keen to reach the top of the loose climb in one run. As the race went on Hughes stayed cool and Calculated to manage the lead from the hard Charging Appleyard rider Jordan Jones, who placed runner up. Team Steer Expert Declan Helliwell grabbed a good haul of points for a strong third place finish.
Another RAW Team rider Josh Knight is more or less back to normal after a limited 2021 season. Josh held onto his Clubman class lead just edging out Toby Shaw into runner up place, Mitch Parkes enjoyed his RAW race taking a strong third in clubman. Harry Lampkin now back in love with Enduro riding, enjoyed his run out talking the Clubman Vets class win just ahead of Andy Cooke. Simon Tate fired a truck load of Championship points onto his 2022 title assault with a strong third on the day. Runaway Championship leader in the Sportsman Vets Class Rob Miller took another sportsman Vets win from Wayne Gurnhill. Mark Raynor topped the Over 50 class to extend his championship lead, despite stiff competition from local rider Ashley Jones.
The Third RAW Team win of the day went to Hayden Stansfield in the Sportsman class, Hayden improves every weekend, confirming his place on the RAW team has been a great move forward.
A fantastic weekend at Lee Dell ran like clockwork, Very well supported considering how many people are away on holiday, thanks to all those who assisted in the running of the event, and a huge thanks to the RAW Riders who rolled in to tackle the challenges Lee Dell always offers on any given race weekend.
August 13th Enduro Pay & Play at Hapton.
August 14th Metzeler 4Hr Series R2 for Solo Ironmen and Two Man Relay Teams on a new revised course around Hapton.
September 3rd 4th The Final two rounds of the Metzeler Super Sprint Series at Grange Moor near Wakefield for a grand finale where the
Final Rounds 5 and 6 will run over the weekend.
Entries now Live on the RAW Enduro APP Available on Andriod and Apple.
More info on the RAW Enduro APP available on Android and Apple plus Socials @RAWEnduro