The Parc Ferme in the paddock of the main Isle of Man TT grandstand which would be the start of the days enduro. woke to near perfect sunny conditions.
At 9:00 am the flag dropped and rider number 2 Steve Holcombe was first away on his Beta 300RR followed by the rest of the Championship class. The first special test was held at Caranagrie, a venue owned by the hosting SMCC club. The test carved through rolling moorland on peaty ground. The fast twisting test held some technical rocky sections, and a ‘bomb hole’ filled with water that had a difficult climb out up a steep rocky out crop. First rider through was Steve Holcombe who rode the bomb hole with relative ease, as did the rest of the championship class.
Just before the Check point was a large jump with the landing falling away, that held a second jump leading to a 90 degree left hander that steered the riders to the check point. The jump separated the Fast from the very fast riders, most of the championship riders took both jumps in one before braking hard to make the turn. Particularly impressive was newly crowned World Youth Champion Jack Edmondson on his little KTM 125 who rode this section to perfection on each lap getting some serious air time en route. David knight hit the ground still accelerating into the right hander much to the crowds delight.
The second test was held at Eary Stane plantation. As the name suggests the test was held within a dense tree plantation on tight single track over tree routes and deep routed peaty ground. The test caught a few riders out, and wasn’t helped when the clouds lowered at midday with a short downpour of rain that made the going slightly tougher.
Danny McCanney set the early pace through this test on his Husqvarna 250 on 6.16.798, followed by Steve Holcombe on 6.19.051 with the ever improving Jack Edmondson third a further 7 seconds behind. Again the times improved lap on lap, but still the test took casualties from anyone not giving 100% concentration.
First rider back to pit lane was Steve Holcombe followed by a gaggle of Championship riders frantically changing tyres in the 15 minute time allowance before returning their bikes to parc ferme for the night.
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