The awful winter weather did its best to stop WOR Events last Sunday at the clubs Final round of the Wulfsport Winter Enduro Series. The venue at Carrog in North Wales is a proper old school Hare and Hounds Enduro venue and has never let the weather beat it before over the last few decades so it was never going to fail this time. WOR produced some great planning and thought to make the mud fest run as smoothly as could be hoped for as the hardy riders matched that with some fantastic displays of determination and commitment throughout the classes.
Top man and winner on the day and indeed the Overall winter champion was CF Racing Husqvarna mounted Ross Davies, Ross rounded out a fantastic week as he celebrated the win along with passing his driving test a couple of days before. Ross is maturing into a very smooth and neat off road rider as his simple, effortless style allows him to almost float over any terrain that is thrown at him. The relentless mud and gloop that Carrog threw at him was overcome with ease with the 250 2t hardly even being revved. Good Job Ross. Never too far behind Rossi and going very well indeed after a long absence from events was Matt Silvester. “Silv” aloso on a Husky 2t, matched Ross for laps and was 4 minutes adrift at the end to secure 2nd in the Experts and 2md overall. Both Riders completing 11 laps.
Top Clubman was Sion Jones again on a Husky as he blasted his little 125 screamer to within an inch of it’s life to take a very well deserved Class win, something he has been threatening to do for a while, and now with a bit of lady luck, it came to fruition. Showing the rest of the class a clean pair of heels for most of the 2hr duration, Jones did end up cutting it fine come the end of the race as Mr Consistent, Paul Engerlen (KTM) played catch up, finishing just 41 seconds behind Jones with both riders doing really well to match the experts 11 laps each. Third spot in Clubman went to Raife Mcdonald whom after a not too good start found his rhythm and upped the lap times pace.
Neil Croston turned up for a blast and tore the Over 40 A group up by blasting to the win by 2 clear laps, a show of dominance and skill in the very trick conditions. Runner Up was Justin Jones whom did enough to secure some very valuable championship points indeed. 3rd spot in the elite Vets class going to another old school WOR mud battler, Colin Mcnee on 8 laps.
Mark Heaton kept up the domination of Husqvarnas winning most of the classes as he topped the Over 40 B group with an almost clear lap advantage over runner up, Jamie Bonsor. Anthony Mcphelim was a solid 3rd place.
Andrew Maben on his 4t KTM was again the top contender in the Over 50 group and made his long Journey from the North East worthwhile again as he won the class and did probably enough to secure the Over 50 winter title that he has committed to this year. Gareth Jones at last got a bit of reward for his superb efforts in class taking a well earned Runner Up spot 3 minutes down on Maben but matching the 9 lap credit of the class winner. 3rd placed Mark Plain also matched the 9 laps and was a deserved award winner indeed with gritty display of jockeying the dirt bike.
Top Sportsman was Dewi Arwel Davies, Davies keeps improving all the time and has made the decision to step up to Clubman for the new National Hare Scrambles series that starts from WOR in March. Davies took the class win a lap up from runner Up, Neil Hawksey who was riding very well indeed on his KTM and 3rd placed Leon Dean again KTM mounted earning some great final round championship points.
The Novice group was topped almost embarrassingly by Dan Johnson as he waved goodbye to that class forever with a very good 8 laps…Runner Up was Richard Marr with 3rd spot going to Matty Rhodes.
All riders doing really well in the challenging conditions. WOR wrapped up the WULFSPORT winter series against the odds and the devastation that storm Doris left behind earlier in the week and with the provisions of a tractor laid on and smiling happy, helpful staff in the rain and wind, the event ran very successfully indeed and with a very busy WOR Enduro Playday taking place on the previous day on the Saturday, it was fantastic to see 200 riders plus have a great weekend despite the monsoon conditions.
Well Done WOR and all the riders. The new WOR NATIONAL HARE SCRAMBLES (NHS) partnered with PUTOLINE OIL & MICHELIN TYRES kicks off on the weekend of 18/19th March at the clubs super popular BADEN HALL in Staffordshire.
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