Report: K .Williams
” Sunny and very hot conditions greeted the riders at last weekends WOR double header hare scramble. The event scored for both the Club’s Putoline and Michelin championships as well as being a stand alone open meeting for anyone that fancied it. Starting in the hot 1pm sunshine, The always popular Baden Hall circuit in Staffordshire was all set with a 5 mile lap and lots of technical and demanding woods sections to go with the faster, flowing and open nature of this old military bomb making site. Geartech / CF Racing Husqvarna rider Ray Rowson was in great form on his 300 TE 2t as he and fellow CF Racing Husqvarna pilot, Ross Davies (250 2t) were the ones to beat from the start to the finish of the race. Davies, Fresh from his superb win a few weeks ago at WOR’s event in Ruthin was on it from the start and he blasted through the lap scoring zone with a 35 second lead over Rowson on lap one and again by bthe end of lap two it was Davies in the lead but Rowson had reduced the gap to about 10 seconds. Ray then pulled ahead in lap 3 and stayed there for the duration of the 2hr race as he put all his top level MX skills into the mix to tackle the demanding Baden terrain. At the end a 29 second advantage overall was Rowson’s as the top two finished a good 5 minutes ahead of anyone else. Davies strengthening his lead overall in the series as he continues to develop. 3rd spot in the Experts went to Henry Yardley with a brilliant 11 laps to his credit and a really neat and smooth ride on his 125 KTM. The likeable youngster earning himself the “Rider Of The Day” award from the organisers for his effort and enthusiasm throughout the race.
WOR Stalwart , legend and top racer, Lincoln Brewster(KTM) was back in the action too as he topped the Expert Vets class by nearly 7 minutes from Runner Up, Daz Skillin. Brewster did enough to be 3rd overall on the day too showing at nearly 46 he has lost none of his pace nor commitment for the job. Skillin is in a run of good form too and his 250f Husky was again given a firm reminding of who is Boss as Skillin did his best to catch down Brewster. Kev Freeman matched the Top 2 riders on 11 laps to take the podium Bronze award, showing his never say die attitude earned him some spoils. Usual Front runner and Top Vet Chris Wagstaff had a big off whilst holeshoting and leading the first lap that slowed his race down for the rest of the day and also a mention to David Haith whom up until a penultimate lap crash was battling bar to bar with Skillin in what was probably the duel of the meeting.
Raife Mcdonald finally has some good luck and a very neat and determined ride put him out in front of the Clubman class from Start to finish with an eventual 1 minute advantage over Runner Up, Adam Barratt. Barratt battled well to take a last lap pass on Paul Engerlen to secure the silver place. Engerlen, Always a Clubman front runner was secure in 3rd spot though with another strong ride and some valuable championship points gained.
Gary Morely was the victor in the Clubman Vets as he secured a steady victory over Runner Up, John Jones by 5 minutes with some steady lap times. 3rd spot in class went to Stacey Greensall with all 3 riders completing 10 laps each. Bryan Wilson in 4th spot also matching the 10 laps and losing the podium place by a last lap pass by Greensall.
Rob Myatt topped the Sportsman class with a very strong ride and almost a start to finish lead as he pulled a 45 second lead from Runner Up, Matt Verrin. These two are battling it out of late and on this occasion Verrin put himself in-between the Myatt Brothers as at last Rob’s brother Sam made it onto the same podium as his Younger brother to the delight of their family and pit crews.
Top Sportsman Vets honours went to Emyrs Price with a solid performance and a near one and a half minute victory over Guy Graham in the Runners Up spot. 3rd pace going to Pete Whiteside a couple of minutes adrift but matching the 9 laps each.
In the Over 50’s it was that man Colin Griffiths again that is most certainly the man to beat in class. Leading from start to finish the big man battled the 300 KTM to an exact 4 minute advantage over second placed Colin Jones. Jones in turn taking a 41 second lead over third placed Stephen Parry with all 3 riders completing 10 laps each.
Rob Francom was the only rider in the Youth class to complete 10 laps and was in great form on his Husqvarna. Runner Up was George Yardley on his little KTM , fully deserving of taking a trophy home like his elder brother did in the Experts.3rd Youth spot went to Archie Collier, again going well in the challenging conditions.
Finally in the Novice class it was that man Steve Farthing that again is improving and improving as he is ready to step up a couple of groups with a fine 10 lap display to top the group from Ben Martindale by a 5 minute cushion. Martindale also completed 10 laps as he secured the Runners up spot. Number 125, Max Eilledge deserved his 3rd spot with a well earned 9 laps.
The event ended with superb presentation in glorious sunshine with a fine crowd staying on to cheer the winners, It was the WOR’s last visit to this brilliant venue until early 2017 and this event really was a cracker that will leave riders wanting more Baden Hall action as soon as it opens it doors again early next year.
As always the organising team at WOR wish to send out a huge thanks to all the Staff, Medics, Caterers, Sponsors and land owners but most importantly the riders for supporting the events and making them happen.
WOR now move on to next weekend and a brilliant RED Saturday playday on a massive track in Mid Wales near Newtown followed by Sundays’s Timecard Enduro special.
LAPTIMES / STATS / RESULTS :http://www.kr3w.co.uk/WOR_RaceStats/results.php?TargetEvent=100