WOR EVENTS PUTOLINE HARE SCRAMBLES RD 6 2016 ROBS MOUNTAIN 2 AUGUST
” Simply stunning scenery and a very fast and flowing, true to the sport, Hare Scrambles track was on offer at the latest WOR Events Putoline Hare Scrambles round 6. Staged amongst the stunning Snowdonia Mountains and taking place within a massive collection of daunting wind turbines, the 5 mile track had a demanding intensity to it that had many a rider having fuel issues as well as body fatigue with the fast pace taking its toll. Throw in possibly one of the strongest winds you could imagine and the scene was set for a very interesting 2.5hr race indeed. The start flag was dropped bang on 11am and the riders poured across the course like ants as the super spectator friendly venue allowed huge areas of the course to be seen by support crews, friends, family etc. First man back to the Lap Tracking Zone was Hard Enduro Star, Paul Bolton. “Bolts” was out on his new 2017 KTM and was getting to grips with it for the first time. Returning to WOR where his transition from trials to Enduro started back in 2001, it was nice to see the smooth and effortless style is still there from the likeable Chorley based rider and that being a World Renowned star has certainly not affected him in any way. Young CF Racing Husqvarna rider Rossi Davies was on top form too and he never let Bolton get too far away from him at any stage of the race, even taking the lead at one point after a fair crash from Bolton let the youngster through. Come the end of the 2.5hrs it was Bolton 1minute and 18 seconds ahead with both him and Davies on 16 laps each. Third spot went to Yamaha mounted Craig Reynolds whom after a very strong battle with 4th placed Ryan Heinz , was nearly 2 and half minutes adrift of Ross Davies.
Lincoln Brewster (KTM) was like a man possessed in the Expert Veteran class and after Chris Wagstaff (Yamaha) had led from start to finish with a very neat ride indeed it was just quick a sighting of the back of the Yamaha rider that Brewster needed to ride in his own words (took my brain out) to catch and pursue Waggy. Going into the final lap there was seconds in it with advantage Waggy, A last lap crash and puncture was unkind to Wagstaff and allowed the hard charging Brewster to nip through and take a hard earned win. David Haith was never far away too on his KTM and he secured the Bronze award with all the top 4 in class finishing on 16 laps.
The Clubman class had some epic battles going on too with Harry Houghton(KTM) showing his trials back ground has not stopped him learning to ride at a very fast pace as he battled fellow youth Trials Rider and WOR Clubman front runner, Ryan Shacklady (KTM) for the entire race. Both riders completing 15 laps with a 2 minute advantage being Houghton’s. Third spot went to Ieuan Brooks making it an all KTM podium with only 20 seconds separating 2nd and 3rd spot.
Chris Berry on his new KTM 4T was the winner in the Clubman Vets class. John Jones ( Husky) was the man well out in front right up till the last lap but he learned a valuable lesson on refuelling as his 350 usually does a race with out the need to top up, however on a track like this with the wind also, the go go juice was going to be drunk at a premium and not taking on some was a huge mistake and resulted in an unfortunate DNF for the championship clubman vet series leader. Runner Up to the never say die Berry was David Wright, an old school WOR rider making a welcome return to the racing. Wright was only 10 seconds off Berry at the end with both riders on 15 laps each. Stacey Greensall again showed super consistency and secured a podium finish and took some more valuable championship points to boot with his 3rd place.
The rest of the classes where in a 2hr duration race and the top man in that was again Over 50’s rider Colin Griffiths. Griffiths is a big man with a very neat and smooth riding style and he placed his KTM 300 at the top of his class with an extra lap to his credit, on paper at least, from Runner Up Duncan Humphreys. Humphreys out on his brand new 350 Husky was 2 minutes and 2o seconds ahead of Third placed Gareth Jones with both on 11 laps.
Local Rider Ed Fear (KTM) did a great job in the Sportsman class as he took the win by just over a minute from Sam Myatt (SHERCO) with Matt Connell (SHERCO) in a solid 3rd spot. All 3 riders completing 11 laps of the demanding hare scrambles course. Top Sportsman Vet went to Mr Consistent himself, Emrys Price as he edged a 24 second advantage over fellow KTM rider and Runner Up, Rob Parry. A further 2 minutes behind but on the same lap was Shane Marriott, making the 326 mile round trip worthwhile by going home with a well earned gong.
The Youth class had Rob Francom take the win from Archie Collier with Jack Griffith in a solid 3rd spot.
Novice riders where headed home by the hard Charging Steve Farthing with Ben Martindale in a solid second place and local rider nd WOR Events Buddy, Dava Moore taking a well earned 3rd place.
All in all it was a simply brilliant race, brilliant track and again a brilliant atmosphere like all of WOR’s Events. The strong wind and bright sunshine was strange but almost added to the event.
WOR as always wish to make a massive thank you to all involved in making the events happen and the biggest thank you again goes to the riders for supporting the events.
WOR return to this fantastic venue on the weekend of September 17/18th ..do not miss that.
Next Event is this coming weekend on 13/14th August at the awesome Tyn Twyll ..Home of the recent Tough 100…..
However this weekend expect a flowing and fun 7 mile loop that will have the hugely popular New PLAYDAY format and also the Quads Enduro series rd 6 on the Saturday followed by Sundays PUTOLINE Hare Scrambles rd 7.
Report : Keith Williams
Pictures by CWL :https://cwlphotographyuk.smugmug.com/WOR-Events
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