“ROSS IS BOSS OF CARROG”
“The WOR Events Putoline Hare Scrambles final rd of 2016 took place last weekend at the clubs long standing Carrog Isa venue in North Wales. The track in its make up is a demanding, challenging 5 mile loop of pure classic off road Hare and Hounds tracks and trails that certainly does make the riders work hard for their finishes. The track has everything in it with big climbs, bigger downs, technical wooded areas, stony trails etc, and the fittest and fastest riders are definitely the ones that stand out on this course.
Husqvarna mounted Expert rider, Ross Davies certainly was the one that stood out last weekend as he very smoothly and very quickly stamped his authority on the event and romped home to a brilliant victory. Ryan Heinz on his KTM was the early leader but once Ross had made the pass he ended up with a lap lead of Runner Up Heinz after the 2.5hr race. 3rd Spot in the Experts went to Adam Evans.
Ross is now proudly the 2016 Putoline Hare Scrambles Champion.
Chris Wagstaff on his Yamaha again put in an impeccable performance and shows no sign of loosing his speed nor commitment in the Expert Vets. Waggy, after an almost race long battle with David Haith of bar to bar, tyre to tyre racing, managed to just up his speed enough to beat the clock and get the magic 19th lap in. David Haith (KTM) was a well deserved 2nd with a special mention going to Kev Freeman (KTM) whom showed brilliant determination and strength to keep pushing to the death and force his way onto the podium for the coveted 3rd spot.
Rider of the day went to young Ryan Shacklady as he continues on his year of massive improvement that has seen him now become almost untouchable in the Clubman class and proudly promoted to the Experts. Ryan walked away with the best performance of the day as he finished top Clubman and a brilliant second placed overall. Paul Engerlen (KTM) and Paul Sykes (KTM) where really having a great race together and both on 17 laps each, come the nail biting line crossing at the end it was Engerlen whom managed to fend off the hard charging Sykes by just a couple of seconds. It really was great racing to watch. Engerlen Runner Up, Sykes in the 3rd spot.
John Jones on his Huqvarna 350 kept plugging away with very good consistent speed to eventually force his way past Clubman Vets class leader, Jeremy Mold (KTM). Jones finally ending the race 3 minutes out in front after showing great stamina in the final stages. Mold took second place with Yamaha mounted Andy Quinn taking the 3rd spot in class.
In the 2hr section of the race Rob Myatt was again on top form in the Sportsman class and bossed his KTM to 18 second advantage over Runner Up, Dan Lewis with both on 13 laps each. 3rd Sportsman podium place went to Sion Jones (Husqvarna) a further 2 minutes down on Lewis.
It was Over 50’s rider, Colin Griffiths though that was the top dog in the 2hr groups as he again showed superb fitness, speed and stamina to top the Over 50 group and was the only rider in the 2hr race to complete 14 laps. CF Racing boss Gareth Lloyd was back on the start line after a long absence from racing due to building his new house and showed he’s lost none of his die hard speed and effort as he took the Runners Up spot from3rd Placed Duncan Humphrey.
Lee Sephton took the Sportsman Vets win with a cracking ride on his Sherco to finish 23 seconds ahead of Emrys Price in second place and Bryn Price making it a family affair and matching his Brother on the podium in 3rd place albeit a lap down on the top two frontrunners in class.
Rob Francom as expected, dominated the Youth class as he made his final appearance before moving straight to Clubman. The Husky mounted Wirral youngster having a great year and fully deserving his promotion through the ranks. Another up and coming rider, was local boy, Gareth Davenport who took second spot and starts to look the part now as he settles into his new bike. Davenport was a lap down on Francom and on the same lap as 3rd Placed Haydn Tyrer, whom had a brilliant ride and fully deserved to get on the podium with his KTM.
The Novice class was topped by Ben Martindale after a real ding dong with his season long rival, Steve Farthing. Both riders now move up and have certainly cut their Hare Scrambles teeth this season with some great racing but it now gets that little bit more serious as they vacate the Novice class. Farthing was Runner up with 3rd spot going to Tom Brazier.
So the summer series was put to sleep for another year and the new Winter Series awaits the riders, It’s been a superb spring/summer of races and the improvement in so many of the riders has become a brilliant thing to witness over the 8 rounds. The atmosphere and organisation of the WOR Events is also pretty much unbeatable.
WOR wish to thank all involved with running of this championship, from Land Owners through to Staff, medics, caterers and most importantly the riders and their families that have supported the series.”
Race Results / laptimes etc / stats:http://www.kr3w.co.uk/WOR_RaceStats/results.php?TargetEvent=107