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IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR

Finally, the stranglehold that Jack Rowland has had on the 2024 Lincolnshire Enduro Club Championship may have been somewhat compromised. In the clubs latest race, and heading for his 4th straight win of the year, Jack had built a lead up of a minute over his nearest rival Dan Johnson. However, heading towards the 11th lap of the 3 hour race, Jacks bike suffered a 'mechanical' when the GasGas spat its wheel bearings out. This DNF for Jack allowed Dan to move into the race lead to take his first victory of the year..This win now sees what was a 5 point deficit at the top of the years standings turn into a 10 point lead for the Judd Racing/JBEC Construction GasGas rider. Second home at this, the ever popular North Willingham track was Lucas Travers. Lucas now moves into 2nd overall, with 50 points. Jack Rowland slips slightly down the table to 3rd spot. Whilst both Dan and Lucas were on the same amount of laps at the end, Dan's winning margin was some 8 minutes when the finish flag descended. A further lap back was Wesley Bell. This keeps him in 4th place for the year.

The 5 mile route in the Lincolnshire Wolds, utilised some of the local wooded areas, which were surprisingly damp even after the recent warm and dry spells that the area has witnessed. That dry weather meant that the fast field sections were hampered by filter clogging dust in one or two places however !

The club has had several cases of father and son racing in the same event over the years but never has it had father, son and grandson !. The aforementioned Dan Johnson had not only his son racing on Sunday, but his father too. At the age of 73 (and riding under the same number) Dan's father Barry was not only the oldest member of the club out there on the day, but finished the event well placed in the Over 60's class. Very much proof that there are no barriers to the competitive spirit. At the other end of the age spectrum, 16 year old Ted Johnson in the Sportsman 2T group finished well, and hopes to follow in his family's tyre treads ! Staying with the Sportsman class's, Jodie Lambley increased his slender lead of just 2 points at the top of the 2024 standings with his 2nd victory of the 2T campaign. His win was a little under a minute from his rival Jake Wilson, and ekes out another couple of points advantage. Whilst Jake doesn't feature right at the top for the year, Christian Humphries in 3rd spot on the day keeps up the pressure for a title bid, finishing just over a minute adrift of the top two. Staying with the Sportsman class's, there was a clear win for Charlie Edwards in the 4T's. In the runner up spot was Paige Felipes, but some 6 minutes behind. The time difference between Paige and third placed rider Simon Owen couldn't have been much closer though, just 2 seconds divided them. This is probably one of the tightest groups for the year with just a small hand full of points separating the top 6 or 7 riders. As yet, nobody can be considered as the odds on victor. One rider who may have a few fingers on the 2024 trophy in his class is Nicholas King. 

In the Clubman group, a win on Sunday was his third of year and stretches his title bid out to 15 points. Darren Wells came home in the runner up place, some 40 seconds behind but the gap between himself and third placed jockey Thomas Hodgkinson was a lot larger; some 8 minutes. Obviously its only half way through the season yet, but on current form its Nicholas's rivals who will be scrapping for the runner up spots. As per the norm, the Over 50's produced the biggest class of the event with 24 entrants. The group was another to produce a hat trick of wins this year, this time with Gareth lodge adding victory to his top places in rounds 1 and 2. Gareth leads the charge for the title but is followed closely by Ian Shepherd who took 3rd on the day, albeit a lap down from the winner and 2nd placed rider Alan Vissian. In the Over 60's it could not be closer, for either the years spoils or the actual race on Sunday. Mark Peckitt also took his 3rd win of the year but must have been formation riding with Kev Bartle Sr who came home just 2 seconds behind. Mark is heading the 2024 table by just 2 points. Third home on the day and holding the same position for the year was Paul Oates. Whilst there may be favourites in one or two classes, one group that does not see anyone taking charge is in the Over 40's. To add to his win back in round 1, Lee Hattersley took another victory, this time by a full lap over his nearest rival Andy Myers. Both Lee and Andy have had 2 wins each this year. Andy was 2nd this time out and its these two who head the table, with Lee now just one point in front for the year. Richard Cookland came home in 3rd place. The Trail/Classic bike section saw just 2 riders this time out with Sean Price taking the win from Andrew Malkinson. The Slam series continues with ever more interest. Neil Tapper had to bow down to Harry Hinkley this time out, after a win in every round so far this year. Harry was a full lap in front when the flag fell, with 3rd placed lad Kyle Ardito some 7 minutes in arrears. The beginners class had 11 entrant's this time out and whilst no points are awarded in the group, Rob Carter was the 'winner'.

Riders are reminded that the rules & regs are out for the next event already. This event is on the 14th of July at Ashby Puerorum.

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Report by Martin Southwick. Photos by David Chapman and A.N.other are of the "3 Johnson Generations" (L to R..Ted, Dan and Barry), No 106 (Gareth Lodge) on his way to a win in the Over 50's and No 581 Jodie Lambley, the Sportsman 2T winner.