19 February 2018 by 278
WULFSPORT WINTER SERIES RD 3 / LLANDRILLO FOREST FEB 18
Report: Keith Williams.
“It’s Owain’s World”
“WOR Events hosted the 3rd and the penultimate round of the Wulfsport Winter Hare Scrambles Enduro series last weekend at the club’s winter and weather proof Llandrillo forest in North Wales. A very healthy turn out of riders took to the start line for the 10am start, 2-hour race, that was on an 6 miles per lap course that had quite simply a little bit of everything in it for the riders. A very well-designed track that was ram packed full of trails, fire roads, technical sections and lots of ups and downs with big downhills and long gnarly climbs offering the riders lots of changes in elevation. The weather stayed kind too with good temperatures, no rain and no winds, the week of previous rain though had left the underfoot conditions slippery and wet in places, all just adding to this “proper” welsh forest Enduro circuit.
The Humphreys Brothers, Owain and Gethin once again headlined the results and where head and shoulders above the rest with a display of start to finish dominance. Gethin on his MRS Sherco 2t was flying early on and was sitting at the front of the pack until a problem with his rear Mousse in the back wheel caused him problems allowing the always hard charging, and in places, blisteringly quick, older brother, Owain to come through and take the win. Owain was on the CF Racing Husqvarna 350 4t and eventually finished 4 minutes up on his sibling and the Brothers where the only two riders to complete 9 laps in the event. 3rd placed Expert was Rob Francom taking some valuable Championship points on 7 laps.
Anthony Crowe is an old friend of WOR and returned to show his class to come away with the Expert Vets win on 8 laps and made his long 3hr drive from Cumbria worthwhile as pushed Martin Wells into the Runners Up spot on 7 laps and Rick De Fue was in 3rd after spending the race fettling and fiddling to set up his brand new GG300 on its maiden ride.
Top Clubman was Paul Engerlen on his Trusty KTM as he showed a superb return to form after a long time off the bike. Paul just pipping TT Star, Steve Mercer to the win by 50 odd seconds after an epic battle. Mercer does a 550-mile round trip to do the WOR events and won’t go anywhere else, some commitment that and his riding improves with every race he does, getting smoother and quicker all the time, let’s hope he doesn’t get to speed over 150 mph off road!!! Carl Thomas made it a Clubman podium, 1, 2 ,3 for KTM albeit 4 minutes adrift of the top 2 riders with all 3 completing 8 laps each.
Ryan Fallows was another Cumbrian making the Long trip over worthwhile as he topped the Clubman Vets from Lee Parry and Bryan Wilson on 7 laps each.
Lots of riders made big Journeys to ride this event no more so than Over 50’s winner, Andrew Maben. Andrew just upped his game on the last few laps to set slightly quicker times than Duncan Humphreys to snatch the lead on the final lap. Humphreys had led from the start, but he eventually took the silver and pushed his local Rival and a WOR Event Venue Boss, Gar “RHUG” Jones in to 3rd spot, Albeit Jones on 7 laps and Maben and Humphreys on 8 laps.
Young Charlie Goddard was out on his new Husky 250 2t and had a storming ride in the Sportsman class to be the only rider to complete 8 laps and win the group comfortably, Charlie was doing his First Non Extreme Hare Scramble and was unsure what class to ride in ..He was a fantastic 3Rd Overall in the entire race and showed his credentials to go straight to the Clubman class for his next event and won’t be shy of the Experts either., Well done that young man. Runner Up was Rich Zealand with a strong 7 laps and 3rd place went to Adam Bates a further 2 minutes down from Zealand. Special mention to Bates though as he rode the tricky course for the best part of an hour with No clutch, no mean feat in the demanding Llandrillo forest.
Sportsman Vet victory went to Jason Clarke with a convincing score line. Jason will move to Clubman Vets after this winter series and will certainly be one to watch in the upcoming Putoline and Michelin championships in 2018 in that group. Runner Up was Rob Parry with Nigel Lynn in 3rd spot, both riders putting in a superb display of guts to deserve their glory.
Top Youth Rider was Hayden Rainford from Izzy Skillin with both doing fantastic on the small wheeled machines to battle the uncompromising forest terrain.
Novice Honours went to James Shalliker, Danny Griffiths and Wayne Brennan respectively in that order, with all 3 on a well-earned 7 laps score.
To cap off, this was another quality WOR Event with the winter conditions proving not a problem for Steve Ireland and his Trusted team to deliver a slick and well-oiled event. Steve has recently increased the numbers of helpers, staff and marshals on the WOR squad and it stood out a mile as all pulled together to give the riders that knowledge they where in good hands to enjoy their days sport.
The 4th and final round of this WULFSPORT WINTER series, a double pointer, takes place in 2 weeks’ time on 3/4th MARCH at another one of the clubs unmatched venues, Carrog Isa near Llangollen, where a fantastic 6-mile lap of pure old school Hare and Hounds farm, mountain terrain will await the riders and racers for a weekends action.
WOR always ask for massive thank you to go out to the staff, land owners, helpers, medics, caterers and more importantly than ever, the riders for supporting the events.
LAPTIMES / STATS: http://www.kr3w.co.uk/WOR_RaceStats/results.php?TargetEvent=151