10 July 2017 by 079


Report: Keith Williams

“The Fast & Furious”

“The National Hare Scrambles solo series blasted into round 5 of the 2017 series last weekend with a fast and furious 5 mile plus lap of 100% natural cross country terrain. The venue, Robs Mount 2, in North Wales is a stunner and each year delivers a unique racing experience for the WOR Events riders and racers. Riding amongst the huge wind turbines onsite, and utilising acres and acres of rolling hilly farm land, this track is so different (like all WOR’s tracks) to the rest with natural crests and jumps that send the riders orbiting into the air and challenges them with tricky grass off cambers and big hill climbs out of the valleys. Riders enjoy themselves so much at this venue that they forget to refuel their bikes and the Race director, Steve Ireland emphasised on the start line that riders must take on more fuel to ensure no unwanted DNF’s.

Connor Bolsover, the recently signed supported CF racing Husqvarna rider took his 3rd straight event win as he blasted the 300 2t to an inch of its fuel capacity…Taking the chequered flag by just 12 seconds from Runner Up, CF Racing mechanic, Steve Hughes (Husky 250 fc 4t) , Bolsover showed a thimble full of go go juice remaining in his tank, another lap would not have been possible that’s for sure. Bolsover and Hughes kept each other real for the entire race with 2.5hrs of bar banging and race lead swaps. 15 laps each was their score and well-earned it was too. Luke Fisher finished in 3rd place and again secured some valuable points as he stays at the top of the championship standings with consistency being the key.

Kev Freeman was in unstoppable form in the Expert Vets and rode a borrowed bike as he unfortunately had 2 dirt bikes stolen last week, Racing was obviously just what the doctor ordered and Freeman was riding with a pace that matched the top two Expert riders and gave him the class win and a superb 3rd overall. Runner Up to Freeman was the Honda 450 mounted Roy Prescott. Roy always goes well and seems to ride in stealth mode, always going faster than he looks with his smooth style on the big red machine. Darren Skillin was on a mission too, again on a borrowed bike as he awaits the arrival of his new 2018 Husky, Darren blasted his mates KTM to 3rd place after putting in some very quick lap times indeed.

Paul Engerlen is a super Clubman, always there or there about and consistent as any rider out there, Paul placed his trusty KTM at the top of the Clubman class with less than a minute to his winning margin from Runner Up, Alex Chesworth. Chesworth going very well to complete 14 laps and managing to hold off 3rd placed Gwion Prys by just 6 seconds after 2.5hrs of hard racing. Really close stuff.

The Clubman Vets class had another top-drawer battle going on to as Stacey Greensall and Martin Walker where at it bar to bar for ages. Eventually Husky mounted Greensall pulled away to take an eventual 2-minute winning margin of the KTM of Walker. 3rd spot in class went to Steve Cranshaw, a further 2 minutes down on Walker. All 3 on 14 laps.

The Over 50 group this year is dominated by one man, Colin Griffiths. Colin seems to be getting faster and faster as he gets older and that’s a brilliant thing as the big man again did enough to be the fastest man overall in the 2hour category of racers. Colin took the win from Colin jones on the same laps but with a 3 minute advantage come the end of proceedings. 3rd placed Over 50 was the big airtime Husky of Duncan Humphreys, Duncan was quite possibly the biggest jumper of the day and showed no fear of heights as he rounded out the podium.

Liam Belfield is another rider dominating his class week in week out. Going really well on his Yamaha 2t the young man is making the Sportsman class his own after moving up from Novice and he will soon be a very welcome addition to the Clubman front runners that is for sure. Liam always has a strong challenge from Steve Farthing though and it was no different at this race with Steve matching the laps and only 30 seconds behind Liam at the end of their 2-hour battle. Young road racing Starlet, Storm Stacey took a very well-earned podium place in 3rd and entertained the crowd with some nice hell clicking jump moves on his Honda 250 mxer.

The Sportsman Vets sharp end boss was the Husaberg mounted Anthony Foulkes. Foulkes was on a mission to hold off runner up, James Cooke Thomas, and did so by a minute and 20 seconds. 3rd place Sports Vet was Nigel Lynn out on his new Beta and finally finding a speed event as much fun and as enjoyable as the slower extreme stuff he usually prefers. All 3 did 11 laps.

Sion Hughes was flying on his Husky 85cc in the Youth class and deserved his win as the only rider in the group to do 11 laps. Jamie Williams took a solid second spot with Hayden Rainford only half a minute down on him. All Youth riders going well on the big track with their little wheels.

Top Novice and a rider heading for the Sportsman class on merit was Dan Griffiths as he placed ahead of Adam Bates and Paul Lightfoot with all 3 riders completing 11 laps.

The event ran like clockwork with superb, solid and super safe marshalling along with neat and quick results and presentation awards making a perfect end to this event and another well run round of this superb off road series,

The National Hare Scrambles. WOR Events would like to as always thank all the staff, land owners, caterers, medics, sponsors, supporters and most importantly the riders for supporting the events. The next NHS solo action is the all-important WILDCARD round of the series that runs back to back from this weekend’s event just gone. The WILDCARD is at WOR’s always popular MAESHAFN circuit near Chester this Sunday the 16th July.”

RESULTS :http://www.worevents.com/images/uploads/general/WOR_NHS_RD_5_SOLO_RESULTS_.xlsx

STATS / LAPTIMES:http://www.kr3w.co.uk/WOR_RaceStats/results.php?TargetEvent=131