The Fast Eddy crew worked miracles to get Champs Parc at Brake Hill Farm into shape for last weekend’s event. The second round of the Rock Oil Youth XC, Fast Eddy XC and GBXC championships all ran on Sunday in very muddy conditions initially and it was the Youth riders who bore the brunt of the mud. Luckily the course dried as the day progressed but not fast enough for some of the young riders.
Actually, the MX track was the worst bit. The woodlands were really good but riders started on the MX part of the course and had a struggle before they reached the woods. Some youth riders didn’t struggle at all. Cory Cookland was in his element and rode superbly to take the win and lap everyone twice. Lewis Hurdsman got the best start but Cookie soon took control as Hurdsman plugged onwards to take second with Jack Sandland third in the 85-150 class. Will Barnett won the 65cc’s ahead of Josh Coles while Alfie Dawson somehow managed 11 laps on his Auto to win the class ahead of Rufus Barnett.
With the next two races amalgamated into one it was difficult to choose between Fast Eddy and GBXC riders but once the first few laps were underway the course improved and the field spread out so identification was much easier.
Even the wettest parts of the course began to dry and the pace picked up throughout the afternoon race.
In the GBXC ranks it was Ricky Wiggins who eventually found his way to the front of the Experts and took the overall win although Henry Yardley put in a very strong performance to get within a minute and a half of him by the end of the race. Harry Edmondson got to grips with the new Beta 125cc and narrowly took third place ahead of Max Ditchfield.
The James Palmer-Cole Cookland battle resumed in all its glory as the pair took first and second in the Clubman 2T class. This two-way competition looks set to continue throughout the season and it is hotting-up as each race passes. George Yardley took third spot with a really great ride. Lee Hattersley once again took the Clubman 4T win, just ahead of Ethan Pugh and Ben Key who were on the same lap and closing fast.
Chris Wagstaff dominated the Vets A class as Martin Jones took second a minute and a half down on the class leader. Kev Sandland notched up another podium spot with third, just edging out Darryl Mead.
The Fast Eddy XC riders were headed by Justin Carter in the Over 50’s class. He had a great day and finished with a significant gap over Dave Cooper and Martyn Thomas to take the class win.
A trio of Youth B riders were jammed together throughout the race and eventually finished within a minute and a half of each other. Will Farrow won the class ahead of Adam James with Doug Lote in third spot.
Not to be outdone by his son’s victory in the youth race, Nick Dawson won the Sportsman class with 16 laps to his credit, one up on the chasing pack as Andy Rich and Joel poole took second and third spots.
Simon Howden topped the Vets B ranks but only just as Shaun James finished with eight second of him in second spot. Henry Righton took third. Adam Hazeldine was the top Novice rider and only had competition from Sarah Thomas, the only two Novices to finish.
This was a tough day and full credit must go to the Fast Eddy Crew for their hard work in making the event happen. By Sunday afternoon the course was in good shape as the last bike came across the finish line but the racing had been very good and entertaining to say the least.