23 July 2017 by 079
WOR EVENTS SCE TIMECARD ENDURO JULY 2017 BALA FOREST.
Report: Keith Williams
“Gethin Times it right”
“Gethin Humphreys on his Sherco 250f was the top dog at WOR Events latest production, The SCE Timecard Enduro last Sunday in the Clubs Superb Forestry complex near Bala in North Wales. A nice line up of riders took to the 11 miles per lap circuit and with varying degrees of terrain mixed with the variation in rider ability, It saw a perfect mix in the organisation to deliver a top quality old school enduro event. Joe Wootton is a man on hot form at the sharp end of British Enduro at the moment and on his big 450 Husqvarna it was clear to see why as set some of the fastest times of the day with a style that looks almost effortless. If it were not for a test early in the event on where Wootton was caught amongst some novice riders it may well have been a different rider sitting at the top of the results as only 4 seconds separated the top two after 6 tests and 80 odd miles of riding. However, racing has its luck and ups and downs and Gethin with his sheer fire and determination proved that his all-round display on the day was the result to beat. 3rd place Expert was Connor Bolsover on his trusty 300 2t Husky, again showing his emergence at WOR as a top level rider.
Gas Gas UK Boss man, John Shirt Jnr was out on the new and very impressive 2018 Gas Gas 300 2t and was having a little warmup ride out after along time off Enduro bikes for his 2 day BEC next weekend at the Hafren. Shirt was his usual neat, smooth and fast self as he topped the Exp Vets with a comfortable margin from Runner Up Neil Croston and 3rd placed Darren Skillin.
Top Clubman was James Ford on his nice looking but unusually loud Yamaha 250f. Ford managing a 42 second advantage over Clubman Runner Up, Jamie Carroll. 3rd Clubman was Aeron Humphreys. Top Clubman Vet in a very competitive class was Stefan Butterworth from Cumbria on his 2t KTM. Sherco Mounted Andy Harvey took 2nd place and Ryan Fallows (KTM) took third spot in hotly contested battle.
Colin Griffiths did what he does week in week out in the WOR hare Scrambles and that is win. Transferring over to the traditional time card enduro format was no prob for the big KTM rider as he put nearly 2 minutes on Runner UP, CF Racing Boss, Gareth Lloyd. 3rd Over 50 went to Stephen Parry just 5 seconds adrift of Lloyd.
Liam Nicklin in his very first TCE topped the Sportsman class with a nice ride and a comfortable win over his good mate , Grant Thomas in 2nd place and Dylan Edwards in 3rd spot respectively. Top Sportsman Vet was shared between Chris Duckworth and Brian Dunn with the slight advantage going in Duckworth’s favour with the faster last test time. On paper, they could not be separated to the second. Top Novice spoils went to Ashely Holt with Adam Bates in 2nd place and Ron Prescott in 3rd. George Yardley, Sion Hughes and Hayden Rainford in that order took the glory in the Youth class and they did really well on their smaller wheeled bikes on the demanding and technical sections of the track.
The results were out very slickly after the event (for a tce) with all riders enjoying their plotted mileage and Special test allowances. Another great event from Steve Ireland and his WOR Team.
A massive thankyou goes out from WOR Events to all involved in running the event, from Land owners through to staff, caterers, medics, sponsors and most importantly the Riders for supporting the events.