Carrog Isa Sunday 6th March.

Report : K.Williams.                       “A Ray of light!”

The Putoline Hare Scrambles season started for WOR Events last Sunday with a pre championship warm up event at the club’s long standing venue, Carrog Isa, Near Llangollen in North Wales. The weather played its part in making the race a very challenging event indeed with mud and running water, both a huge feature in the big mountainside track. Race Boss Steve Ireland informed all the riders that it would be a straight 2 hr race for all classes at the 12 noon sharp start and dropped the flag for the battle hardy riders to blast off.

WOR have signed up Top UK MX star Ray Rowson to take part in the Putoline Series this year and the 27 year old Geartec / CF Racing rider got his Hare Scrambles career off to a flying start with a superb ride, showcasing his awesome speed and general excellent ability on a dirtbike. Rowson pushed his 300 2t Husqvarna to the front of the pack from early in lap one and never looked back amazing some of the spectators and other riders as he was hopping and jumping over some of the gnarly sections of the course. This was Ray’s first ever enduro style event and with the very testing wet conditions Rowson showed on this performance that he certainly will be one to beat in this years series. Ray was the only rider to complete 13 laps.

Craig Reynolds is an old school WOR rider and is another expert MX rider coming back to compete in the WOR championships this year. Reynolds is campaigning the new Yamaha WR250 2t in both the Putoline and Michelin series that the club run and on Sundays showing he will be another rider that will be at the podium regularly as he showed great skill and ability to take the Runners Up spot with a smooth and assertive ride. Third spot in the Experts went to Ross Davies, his little 125 Husky going great guns and making light work of the nasty welsh terrain. Davies is another rider to keep an eye on this year as he improves with every ride and a step up to a 250 2t soon should even more pace from the Wrexham based youngster. Reynolds and Davies completed 12 laps each with a minute advantage going to Reynolds after 2 hrs and 13 minutes of hardcore Expert battling.

Chris Wagstaff was back at WOR for the first time since last October and he too was mounted on one of the new Yamaha WR 250’s. He was right at home on it and as expected he dominated the Expert Vets class with a brilliant ride, 4 minutes up from Runner Up, Dean Johnson with Local rider, Lyndun Jones in 3rd spot. 11 laps each was Wagstaff and Johnson’s score with Jones on 10 laps.

Paul Engerlen and Ryan Shacklady (both KTM) had a good ride in the Clubman class with close battle right to the end. Shacklady upped his pace near the end and almost caught Engerlen. Both riders on 11 laps with just 11 seconds between them. Third spot went to Beta mounted James Halliwell on 10 laps.

John Jones blasted his brand new 350 Husqvarna to a comfortable Clubman Vets win from Runner Up Guy Standring. In the Sportsman Vets it was a great ride from Emery’s Price to take the win from Runner Up Lee Sephton and Henry Markey in a strong 3rd place. Price doing 8 laps to Sephton and Markey’s 7 each.

In the Sportsman class it was a close affair too with two riders whom are ready now to go to the Clubman ranks for rd 1 at Baden Hall in a few weeks. Ryan Cahill and Eddy Emery are in great form in the Sportsman group and the time is now right go up a class as their results in the tricky conditions proved. Ryan just pushed Eddy into the Runners Up spot by 12 seconds after a goo d two hour race. Third spot went to Matt Verrin, another young rider that is improving with every race and one that loves the mud too.

Gareth Lloyd, The CF Racing boss has had the winter off a bike to concentrate on Shooting, Hunting, becoming a farmer and selling Husqvarnas’, You wouldn’t have guessed so though as he topped the Over 50’s class comfortably in his first outing since October. Mounted on a new 250f Husky Lloyd managed 10 laps to win the class. Runner Up was Colin Griffiths on 9. They were the only finishers in this group of 4 riders. Griffith is struggling with a shoulder injury and is due an operation soon to try and fix it.

Robert Francom was flying on his 125 Husky and fully deserved his strong 8 laps as he pulled a good advantage over his mate in class, Archie Collier. Collier doing brilliantly too on his little 85cc in his first 2 hr race.

Ben Martindale on the KTM was in great form in Novice class and took his first WOR win with a smashing 9 laps. Runner up was Ben Hurley on his KTM albeit a lap down on Martindale. Rounding out the Novice podium was Darren Williams with a fine ride and 7 laps to his credit.

Earlier in the day a small but super determined and committed line up of Juniors had taken to the very slippery start line on there 65’s and 85’s with few bigger bikes thrown in the mix too in the Over 85cc class. Riding the conditions like two seasoned mud riding Pro’s was Sion Hughes and Frank Skillin, Both mounted on 85cc Husqvarna’s, You can see the year ahead will have some superb racing from these two as the tackled the track with speed and strength. Hughes was the victor with some seriously impressive riding considering the conditions these kids were riding in. Jacob Wilson also did brilliant on his KTM 85 as he took third spot. Top 65 was Harrison Davies as he headed home Runner Up Kian Williams. Tom Ledger was top Over 85cc rider with Jack Williams in second place.

So the WOR team and all the hardy riders faced up to the horrible conditions of mud, rain, snow and sleet and won. It takes a bit more than sloppy conditions to keep this lot down. The event ran like clockwork, slick safe marshalling, instant correct results and most of all happy riders and racers over the whole weekend.

The PUTOLINE HARE SCRAMBLES 2016 series kicks off properly at Baden Hall in a couple of weeks with Round 1 and all entry details are at the clubs website and click the events page.