“WOR events took the 2017 NHS (National Hare Scrambles) series on the road to Maeshafn in North Wales last weekend for the 2nd round of the championship at one of their most established and proven venues over the last two decades. The event was held in stunning weather with a very demanding and testing 5-mile lap, laid out very professionally for the big turnout of riders with a little bit of everything thrown into the mix of terrain that a true multy lap Enduro track should have.
The flag was dropped by the Race Director at just past 11 o clock after a nice tribute to Aled Evans in this 9th running of his Memorial shield event. Aleds family where there in big numbers to enjoy the race and its superb atmosphere, and what a race the first 1 hour and 25 minutes was! Jon Hunt was back home at WOR for the first time in ages and was looking in fine form on the 250f Sherco , Gethin Humphreys, whom had won the last 2 Aled Evans Shields’ was out on a borrowed Yamaha 250 and he too was in literally warp speed form. Hunt and Humphreys banged bars, swapped places at the front, diced, chopped, floated and blasted their way around the always demanding and tiring Mold mountainside. The crowd of spectators really did lock onto the battle that was unfolding in front of them as both riders gave more than 100% to keep up with each other. Humphreys took a blow when the back wheel / chain tensioner gave up and caused a drop back in the results but you cannot take away from Hunt the sheer speed and consistency he continued to put out to stay at the front and go on to win the 2.5hr race with a comfortable 3 minute plus win margin over eventual Runner Up, Owain Humphries, with both riders on 16 laps. Maeshafn always demands massive rider respect when competing as the stony, bumpy track takes no prisoners so a massive well done must go as well to young Ted Bailey, whom rode smooth and quick with some very consistent lap times to take the final spot on the Expert Podium with 15 circuits to his credit. Hunt was delighted to win the race and even more so to be able to collect the shield of Aled’s mother and add his name to list of riders that have claimed it over the years.
Steve Pattison was unstoppable in the Expert Vets and pulled away from the rest of the class from the off. He pushed his KTM round the course so smoothly, he looked like he was not on full attack but his times and speed proved otherwise as he managed to put over 3 minutes’ advantage between himself and Runner Up, Chris Wagstaff. Wagstaff matched the 15 laps of Pattison With Kev Freeman taking 3rd spot on 14 laps in the class.
Top Clubman was another returning WOR old school rider, Harry Eccles. Eccles (Husqvarna)was neat and tidy and showed great fitness to take the class win by a near 4 minute margin over Runner Up and the leader for an hour, Paul Engerlen(KTM). Third place went to Wayne Williams matching the 14 laps winning score but a good 2.5minutes down on Engerlen.
Chris Berry(KTM) kept quick and consistent to eventually grab the lead at the front of the Clubman Vets and broke away from the chasing pack of Lee Chance(KTM) and Euros Jones (Husqvarna) to leave the standings exactly like that with 13 laps to each rider’s credit.
In the Over 50’s, The Big man Colin Griffiths was again the top dog as he went on to win his class and in fact top the entire 2-hour race category. Always smooth on the 350 4t KTM, Griffiths finished 4.30 minutes ahead of Runner Up, Colin Jones (Husqvarna) and a further 2 minutes ahead of first lap leader, Stephen Parry. 11 laps was the credited number each rider completed.
Liam Belfield on his Yamaha was in great form in the Sportsman and he must be thinking of following his racing rivals and moving up into Clubman as he easily topped the group. Runner Up was Steve Farthing who is now finding his feet in the class after moving up from Novice. 3rd placed Sportsman went to Rhys Evans who again is an old school WOR rider making his way back to riding more and he was only 2 little seconds behind Farthing. Again, all on 11 laps.
The Sportsman Vets group was topped by James Cooke Thomas who managed to hold off the consistent challenge of Mick Mills, Mills pushing hard in the dusty conditions towards the end.The Bronze award in class going to Lee Sephton on his trusty Sherco.
Sion Hughes was flying on his little wheels in the Youth class as where all of them. The smaller bikes really do have a tough time of it at the bumpy and gnarly circuits and they all deserve a big pat on the back. Runner Up was Frank Skillin and the ever-improving Haydn Rainford took 3rd spot making it a top 3 for Husqvarna in that group.
The Novice Group was topped by Dan Griffiths with Ashley Holt and Arwel Thomas in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with all 3 riders on a very creditable 10 laps a piece. The day rounded out with a superb presentation of the day’s trophies and of course the Aled Evans Shield, the feedback and general consensus was again that WOR Events had just delivered a class leading event in all aspects and shows why after all these years they are still out there as one the leaders in promoting this side of the sport. Some huge thanks as always goes to the sponsors, staff, medics, caterers, land owners and most importantly the massive turn out of riders, solos, quads, sidecars that turned up over the two days to support the event.
Report: Keith Williams
WOR have a very busy May coming up and some more very tasty venues and races….MAKE SURE YOU ENTER EARLY!!!
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