ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship Rounds 4 and 5

Brow Farm, Ratlinghope, 1st and 2nd June 2019

Report and Pictures by Tilde Tighe

Rounds 4 and 5 of the British Sprint Enduro Championship took place on the first weekend of June at Brow Farm in Ratlinghope, near Shrewsbury. This brilliant venue provided winding field sections with bogs, logs, tight corners and fast straights as well as multiple stream crossings and some hillside action too. As if that wasn’t enough, the Fast Eddy Team reversed the track for Day 2 to provide an even tougher challenge- this really wasn’t an event to be missed!

The Championship class was as hotly contested as ever, with Sherco factory Racing Team rider Jack Edmondson eager to win again off the back of his British Enduro Championship victory in Windermere last weekend. On Day 1 Jack triumphed, winning 6 of the 8 tests, but he was under intense pressure from teammate Dan Mundell who finished Round 4 only five seconds behind him. Mark Roberts rounded off the podium on Day 1 in third at 30 seconds behind Mundell, proving just how rapid the Sherco teammates were. Alex Walton also gave an impressive ride to win one test and place fourth, followed by Tom Ellwood who took fifth.

Dan Mundell

Day 2 took a different turn, with leader Jack Edmondson experiencing bike problems during Test 2 leaving him with almost 2 minutes to make up and placing him last in the class, Dan Mundell had a clear run to take the win. However, a small mistake put him down a few places on Test 3, but his consistent impressive times across both days landed him a first place overall. Jed Etchells took advantage of the situation to take the win on Day 2 with 8 seconds to spare on Mundell, giving him second overall across the weekend, with Alex Walton taking third.

Jack Cadwallader

The Experts were the largest class this weekend with 25 riders all competing for podium places. With no single rider getting more than 2 test wins each it was hard to tell who would come out on top, but on Saturday it was Jack Cadwallader who was victorious, 9 seconds in front of Yamaha rider Charlie Chater in second place. The level of competition in this class was outstanding as Max Ditchfield, Harry Edmondson and Jack Teale swapping places every lap but ending in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

Day 2 for the Experts was also very different: Jack Teale retired after 2 tests due to recurring seat problems; Jack Cadwallader was not in the runnings and Charlie Chater crashed on Test 1, losing nearly 2 minutes. This left the Expert class open so Alfie Webb prevailed to place first with 9 seconds on Harry Edmondson in second. Sherco rider Ricky Wiggins was third, a mere tenth of a second behind Harry- in fact, there were only 18 seconds difference between 1st and 7th place! Over both rounds, Harry Edmondson was first, followed by Ricky Wiggins and Alfie Webb.

The clubman class was much the same both days, with James Palmer dominating to take the win on Day 1 winning every test and finishing with an astounding 36 seconds to spare on second placed Josh Lucy. Joshua Kirby took third place on Day 1 but was pushed off the podium on Day 2. As if out of nowhere, Billy Haigh rose to victory on Day 2 after placing 10th on Saturday, pushing James Palmer and Josh Lucy into second and third. The overall placings for the Clubman class mirrored the Day 1 results

As for the Vets, it was newcomer to the 2019 Sprint series Rudy Austin who conquered and won the class both Saturday and Sunday, placing first in 13 out of 16 tests. Anthony Dean rose to the challenge Austin was bringing to the class and took second place on Day 1 and third on Day 2, whereas Richard Cookland did it the other way round with third on Saturday and second on Sunday. This left the overall results with Rudy Austin first, Richard Cookland in second and Anthony Dean finishing off the podium in third place.

Tobias Sammut stormed the Sportsman class once again to win 14 of 16 tests across the weekend, placing first on both days and overall. This was much the same for second and third place, taken by Henry Harman and Lee Brady respectively, having put in consistent test times over the weekend. On both days there was only a single competitor in the Ladies class, Ellie Cooke, who rode extremely well, placing first.

Adam James

As always, the Youth class provided a huge amount of talented and determined riders who were putting in very competitive times, often placing amongst the Expert riders! On Day 1 the top spot was awarded to Adam James, making it his fourth consecutive class win of the Sprint series. However, it was Saturday’s second place rider, Doug Lote, who ended Adam’s winning streak and came back fighting to gain first place on Sunday, knocking Adam down to second. Freestyle Husqvarna Youth Enduro team rider Sion Evans was never far behind the top two and placed third both days to put him on the podium in third overall.

The next British Sprint Enduro Championship will be Rounds 6 and 7 on the 27th and 28th July at a venue to be advised nearer to the time, whilst the Club Championship will continue at H20 on the 8th and 9th June with a practice day on Saturday and race day on Sunday. There will also be an exciting new event, a ‘Best of Three’ weekend on the 20th and 21st July with a Saturday morning mini time card enduro, a Saturday night prologue and youth and adult XC races on the Sunday.

Day 1 Results:

Championship:

Jack Edmondson
  1. Jack Edmondson
  2. Dan Mundell
  3. Mark Roberts
  4. Alex Walton
  5. Tom Ellwood

Expert:

  1. Jack Cadwallader
  2. Charlie Chater
  3. Max Ditchfield


Clubman:

  1. James Palmer
  2. Josh Lucy
  3. Joshua Kirby

Vets:

  1. Rudy Austin
  2. Anthony Dean
  3. Richard Cookland

Sportsman:

  1. Tobias Sammut
  2. Henry Harman
  3. Lee Brady

Ladies:

Ellie Cooke
  1. Ellie Cooke

Youth:

  1. Adam James
  2. Doug Lote
  3. Sion Evans

Day 2 Results:

Championship:

  1. Jed Etchells
  2. Dan Mundell
  3. Alex Walton
  4. Tom Ellwood
  5. Luke Parker

Expert:

  1. Alfie Webb
  2. Harry Edmondson
  3. Ricky Wiggins


Clubman:

  1. Billy Haigh
  2. James Palmer
  3. Josh Lucy

Vets:

  1. Rudy Austin
  2. Richard Cookland
  3. Anthony Dean

Sportsman:

  1. Tobias Sammut
  2. Henry Harman
  3. Lee Brady

Ladies:

  1. Ellie Cooke

Youth:

  1. Doug Lote
  2. Adam James
  3. Sion Evans