Rhayader enduro two-day event

By Twm Owen in Motorsport

DAY 1: The day started at 9am with riders making the short distance to the motocross test at Morfodion. For the Championship class this was a ‘back to back’ with riders being timed on two separate laps. Taking the lead on the 1st timed lap was Brad Freeman, four seconds up on Danny McCanney and a further eight seconds ahead of current World Enduro GP class leader Steve Holcombe. On the second run, it was Holcombe who secured the quickest time and gaining six seconds on runaway leader freeman. From here riders headed up the rendezvous point at Glynhafren farm which was also the base for the Enduro test and refuelling area.

The enduro test was a five mile forest based test which proved to be fast flowing and challenging throughout the day. Steve Holcombe took another test win gaining another four seconds on Freeman bringing them level within a few hundredths of a second.

After completing the long enduro test, riders were treated to some typical old school type checks in the Hafren Forest that had been heavily soaked from the previous day’s rain. This proved to be hard going and taking its toll on several bikes including Danny McCanney who experienced a loss of power and losing two minutes. Three gruelling 30 mile laps were in store that also included four timed enduro tests before heading back to Llanidloes for their final back to back motocross test.

Every test during the day saw both Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman pushing each other to their limits, but it was Freeman who came away with maximum points on the Saturday with a narrow one second margin. Flying Welshman Jamie Lewis revelled in the tough conditions and came home in a well deserved third place, while fit again Jack Edmondson on a 250f for a change took fourth. Local rider Tom Sagar back after a six month absence and making an appearance before he heads over to France with team Wales was fifth, and newly promoted team GB Trophy rider Josh Gotts sixth.

In the hotly contested Expert class it was young Welshman Alex Walton taking his second Expert overall day win of the series putting his recent European Enduro Championship experience to good use. The experienced Bradley King took the runner-up spot, Jay Thomas third and another good performance from Andrew Bissett in fourth, with only eight seconds splitting all four riders.

Series leader Fred Adams took another fine win in the Clubman class, again fighting off challenges from youngster Harry Hillier-Rees, Allan Taylor and Tom James all finishing in that order. All three lady riders finished what was a super tough day for them; coming out on top was Rosie Rowett beating nearest rivals Ellie Cooke and Chloe Richards.

Ex British Enduro Champion Juan Knight made a rare appearance and saw off Andrew Edwards to take the Over 40’s class win. Grant Churchward & Russel Millward closely followed with a respectable third and fourth in this strongly supported class.

Runaway leader in the Over 50’s class this year saw Paul Davies take another win from a well improved ride from Colin Blunt, with Phil George holding off Darren Osbourne for third.

DAY 2: With heavy rain forecast for early afternoon and with the several routes badly deteriorated, Hafren club took the wise decision to cut a lap off most classes for the Sunday.

Brad Freeman and Steve Holcombe again commenced battle, but it was Freeman who took a well deserved victory beating off Holcombe by 10 seconds come the end of play. Experts class Jay Thomas took the class win with a 21 second margin over Alex Walton. It was Harry Hillier-Rees turn to take the win in the Clubman, Fred Adams had to settle for second while Allan Taylor pipped Max Ditchfield for third.

Rosie Rowett took the double win in the Ladies with only other finisher Ellie Cook taking second.Juan Knight showing no signs of slowing down took maximum points in the Over 40’s from series leader Andrew Edwards.Paul Davies finished off with another fine run in the Over 50’s ahead of Darren Osbourne who in turn headed off Paul Armstrong for the final place on the podium.

The overall view from riders and supporters was this was a very well organised and enjoyable event, another classic from Hafren Dirt Bike Club.