Centre Round 5 of the Isle of Man Centre Enduro Championship took place at St Johns Old Railway car park. With special tests at Eairy Beg plantation and the much anticipated 'megatest' at Ballaspit used for last weekends multi-lap Quad enduro.
David Knight was first into Eairy Beg plantation and had the task to set the line for the following field. Main rival Danney McCanney was able to make good his pursuit and to the fastest time taking an 8 second advantage.
Next the field moved to Ballaspit farmland at the summit of Slieau Whallian. The previous weekends quad enduro organised by Manx Grass and Sand Club was doubtless the longest test ever used in a local enduro. The nearly 6 mile route wound both sides of the valley making maximum use of the land with switchbacks and chicanes and a newly created bridge over a deep gulley. The course was truely a credit to the designers and markers.
David Knight took the reigns on this open and flowing grassland with a lap 22 sec faster than McCanney. Third on the initial run was Juan Knight only 14 secs behind Danny.
The conditions were perfect with sunshine and a cool breeze but that was due to change mid morning. All classes returned to St Johns and repeated the 2 tests once again. Rain arrived at midday and given the severe hills at Ballaspit the test was abandoned after each class had been round twice.
Overall it was David Knight with now a clean sheet of wins the year from Danny McCanney and Juan Knight with UK extreme enduro specialist Sam Winterburn in 4th.
Clubman Ashley Kelly made good on his recent boasting to take a win by 30secs from Sam Corlett and Will Duggan. Championship leader Stuart Storie retired early and was unable to complete the event throwing the door open to the shy and quiet Kelly.
Veteren 50+ were down a few riders and it was Stephen Corlett who took the win from Gary Flowers and Robert Quayle getting ready for the ISDE. This may be a decisive round in the championship with all to play for after championship leader Chuck Bregazzi finished 4th.
Sportsman is about 1 woman this year. Saskia Baxter was in a class of her own fastest on every test taking the win from collegue Chris Beaumont and welcome return for Stephen Farrell who returned to riding after injury. Unfortuntely Farioli's return was marred by a big crash at the start of Ballaspit's descent. Stephen unfortunately 'did an Oatesey' which is wiping out the backend of a borrowed bike and leaving the owner and yourself with a big repair bill.
Huge thanks go to Mike Kerriush, Matt Thorpe and all the quad boys for the mega test at Ballaspit, Landowners Themla at Ballaspit. DEFA. Timekeepers, Mr and Mrs Clague. Course markers Chris Madigan and Pete Clague.
Next event Tour of Mann
Isle of Man ACU Centre Enduro Championship standings after 4 rounds, lowest scoring round to be dropped.
SMCC Club Championship will be awarded on round Rnds 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6
The annual SMCC Enduro Trial and club social was held at the weekend July 8th. Competitors couldnt have had better weather with strong sunshine and hardly any wind despite Carnagrie's exposed position.
The size of the field for the Hare & Hounds enduro was a little disapointing a clash of dates with music festival and a change of dates didnt help the entry. Reduced in time by 30mins from the original 3hrs due to the medical cover being delayed due to Nobles hospital roster problems. Just prior to the start Juan Knight had to rush back to the van to change son Thomas's spark plug after his Gas Gas machine fouled the plug on the start line. So a additional 2min delay was incurred with no penalty to either Knight. First round on the opening lap was Husqvana mounted Chis Madigan fresh from his recent Ertzberg assault with Gas Gas riding Juan Knight 10 seconds behind next was new firefighter Craig Mcgee, Ryan Neild, Tom Knight, Peter Kermeen following on behind.
Steadily the rest of the field came through each with more and more mud covering bikes and riders and more importantly numbers. Riders were getting stuck in a boggy section that course marker Craig Norrey had included. Competitors were helping each other over a low hedge with a very muddy rutted run up and little change of making it over unassisted. Slowly as the laps ticked off the bog was removed once everyone was suitably tired out.
At the front Madigan pitted and handed the Huqvana over to its owner Matty Skillen but Juan stayed out for another lap giving himself and partner Stephen Corlett a lead to defend. The 2 pairs exchanged blows over the course of the day by halfway point there was only 6 seconds separating the 2 teams. At the flag it was Madigan/Skillen who took victory from Knight/Corlett in an exciting last few minutes.
Solo Ironman class was initially lead by Jordon Corkill but he was overhauled by leading clubman Stuart Storie who won the class. The finish order was Storie with 17 laps from Jordon Corkill and leading 50+ rider David Salkeld.
Iron Woman class was won by Demi Maclaren who did very well to record 4 laps, Jackie Hewson was 2nd Iron woman. Saskia Baxter rode the event partnering Mark Turner riding very well she was 10th on the opening lap ahead of some previous male clubman champions.
Teenagers class was comfortably won by Tom Knight and Curtis Grose completing 16 laps.
Flapper class had 3 entries Sam Corlett retired but continued on a modern machine, so Tom Dawson took victory from Joe Coulson with 11 and 10 laps respectively despite the latter hammering an allen key into his C90 chassis as a make shift footrest!
Clerk of the course Bob Clague would like to thank Hogg Rescue Ambulance crew, course markers Craig Norrey and Ashley Kelly, Jack Collins and Alan Heath. Travelling marshals who earned their burgers. Catering staff Becky and Tom Leach, Helen Beaumont for manual backup lapscoring,
Thanks to all helpers and timekeepers. Report to follow.
Ramsey Motor Cycle Club are holding round 3 of the Isle of Man Centre Enduro Championship on Sunday, May 21.
The event will be centred on Sulby Claddagh, with a 9 for 10am start, and will feature a figure-eight loop with tests in Tholt-y-Will and Ohio plantations.It will be the usual format with fewer laps and tests for the sportsman and clubman.
Entries will be taken at Tynwald Hill Inn, St John’s on Thursday, May 18, between 7.30 and 9.30pm.
Alternatively, entry forms are available at Juan Knight's garage in Sulby and entries will be accepted there until 5.30pm next Thursday.
All bikes must be road legal.
Signing on evening Wednesday 26 th April at Tynwald Hill Inn, St. Johns - 8pm
The SMCC May H&H Enduro will now run on Monday May 1st at Carnagrie, this is due to a clash of dates with the Cyclefest which meant road closures around the South of the island.
The old SMCC site was long in the tooth so this temporary one is taking its place for now, we still have all the old content and history from the past 10 years which will be back as soon as possible. Results from Easter Monday Enduro
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