The old Staffordshire bomb site had another massive explosion last Sunday and that was called Word Enduro legend, David Knight. The” Knighter” on his GGUK GASGAS 300 was like a bomb had gone off to his fellow competitors as he exploded from the drop of the union jack start flag to the waving of the Chequered flag at the end of the 2-hour Hare Scramble. The most decorated British Enduro rider of all time was simply unstoppable as he lapped the entire field and made light work of the treacherous conditions, almost seeming to revel in them, being the only rider to complete 10 laps and win by over 15 minutes from his next challenger. The aggressive Knight looked fit and lean, and fast and smooth and this really was a top performance from a man approaching his 40th Birthday and returning to a speed and form that is customary to him.
The Humphreys brothers, Owain and Gethin where once again at the head of the pack, if you exclude the Phenomena that is David Knight, and the North Wales based brothers once again where not far apart come the end of the race. Owain on his CF Racing Husqvarna FX 350 4t was running in second place for most of the race with his younger Brother Gethin on the MRS Sherco 300 2t solid in 3rd place. This is how it finished at the end but not without a bit of drama as Owain derailed a chain, not once, but twice, allowing Gethin Through to second spot with a lap to go, but a determined Owian reeled him back in and managed to take a 15 second advantage over his younger sibling, Both on 9 laps. Tim Forman and Jon Hunt both Beta mounted made the top 5 and the only other riders to do 9 laps. For the first time in a long, long time, there was not a single orange KTM in sight of the top 7 riders at a WOR event.
Paul Engerlen showed his class in the Clubman group as he used all his years of experience and determination to complete 8 laps and take a 6-minute winning advantage over Runner Up Nathan Rogers. Rogers was going well on his return to WOR racing too as he just shaded the silver award from 3rd placed Paul Clarke by 23 seconds, they too where on 8 laps each. Former TT racer Steve Mercer deserves a special mention too, riding on his 36th Birthday and again travelling all the way up from Kent for a WOR event, Mercer took the lead and stayed in front of the clubman class comfortably, until he ran out of fuel… a valuable lesson learned there indeed and one not to be repeated in the forthcoming season that’s for sure.
Gary Mccoy (KTM) is a battle hardened, veteran rider from Devon and has done many a WOR Tough One in the past, always putting in a solid shift, this event was no different, Overnight travel in Snow from Devon? No problem! take on the Top-Level Veteran group in a two-hour mud fest? No problem!!, A start to finish lead had the likeable 50 plus year old as the winner, but he was pushed hard all race by the Runner up, Anthony Griffith, whom in turn was only 39 seconds down as both riders where the only ones in class to complete 8 laps each. Really good riding there from the sharp end of the VETS A’s. Third place on the podium belonged to Rick De Fue as he used all his top-level MX style, pace and experience to take the bronze award aboard his Gas Gas 300 albeit on 7 laps.
Steffan Butterworth was the top rider in the Vets B group, completing 7 laps and holding off Runner Up, Andy Harvey by 1 minute and 1 second. Dylan Edwards kept things tight at the top in the Vets B as well by matching the top two’s 7 laps and only being 43 seconds adrift of Harvey come the end of nearly 2 and half hours of riding.
Chris Wagstaff has done a fair bit of winning at WOR in the Expert Vets over the years but now time has moved him into the Over 50’s group and making his debut in there saw a very familiar result, a class win for the Shrewsbury based builder as he was the only rider in class to complete 8 laps. Waggy was chased down hard though by Duncan McCormick, whom had made another long trip down from Scotland and battled his big 500 KTM around the tough course to secure 2nd place I the group with a 7-and-a-half-minute advantage over Triple D Motorsports Boss, Neil Crayston who took a lovely looking and sounding new Honda 250f to the final spot on the podium.
Jake Shepard was the man to beat in the Sportsman group as he upped and left the rest of the field from the off. Jake was the only rider in class to complete 7 laps and fully deserved his win after moving up from last years Novice group. Adam Bates was another rider promoted up from last years Novice group and he too rode well to take the Runners Up spot with a 2-and-a-half-minute advantage over 3rd placed Phil Foster in 3rd. Bates and Foster completing 6 laps each. T
op Novice was Richard Marr from Rob Moreton and Chris Cannon in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with Marr completing 6 laps and Moreton and Cannon on 5 apiece. Frank Skillin and Haydn Rainford completed 4 laps each with the advantage going to Skillin, both riders doing brilliantly in the mud on their little wheels.
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