Steady Eddy X-treme Winter Series

stedextremedatesAfter a busy couple of months in the run up to the very successful Enduro GP at Hawkstone Park, it’s full steam ahead for Fast Eddy Racing with preparations for a number of winter events.

With the growing following for extreme events, we are pleased to announce our three-round winter extreme series that caters for Novices through to Clubman (no Experts or Pros). We hope that this series will allow riders who do not have loads of experience at extreme events to try out and get a feel for them. We will also cater for the experienced rider, who like a challenge, by making sure that we have some ‘hard’ routes as well as the ‘easy’ sections for those who are just starting their extreme experiences. We may even throw in the odd ‘NO HELP’ zone to spice it up even more.

Each event will run over two days where Saturday will be a practice day from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm on half of Sunday’s course and then Sunday there will be one 2.5-hour race starting at 11.00 am until 1.30 pm. Trophies will be awarded at all events for the top three in each class.

We have tried to price each event sensibly with Saturday being £30 for adults and £20 for under 16’s and Sunday at only £55 per rider. If you fancy both days you can save yourself a few quid with the special two-day rate of £75.

After the very successful event last year the final round, which is being held at Westwood, will also feature a Saturday night race which is free to ride for anyone who has paid to take part in the main event.

Starting with round one at Cowm Quarry on October 28th and 29th the series is set to give non-experts a chance to get some serious extreme bike time. So if you would like to enter call Fast Eddy Racing on 01543 450150, Chris on 07889924560, email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com, or leave a message on our Facebook pages.

Rock Oil XC Championship Final Round at Bicton

Report: Tim Tighe. Images: Tilde Tighe/foto-x.co.uk

The 2017 Fast Eddy Rock Oil Championship drew to a close on Sunday with the final round taking place at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury, the Fast Eddy crew’s favourite venue.Alfie Rickwood

Although used many times throughout the season, Bicton never ceases to come up with something new and provide great racing, which is exactly what happened on Sunday. The small woodland area was utilised to the maximum with a handful of new routes thrown into the mix along with the stubble field sections and part of the old MX track.

The weather was perfect for racing, as was the ground, with berms in all the right places around the seven-minute lap for the adult racers.

Jack SandlandThe Youth riders started the day’s events and it was good to see this race so well supported. Alfie Rickwood and Josh Williams were two new names on the entry sheet, their first ever XC race, a break from their usual MX outings. Keelan Hope was also back in the ranks putting his MX skills to the test.

In the 85-150cc class Rickwood nailed the holeshot and was untouchable from that point onwards, he was gaining 20 seconds a lap in the first part of the race but Hope got his head down and dug deep to get within two minutes of the leader and take second place with Fast Eddy regular Cory Cookland just eight seconds adrift in third.

It was a tough course for the 65/auto riders but the battle between Jack Sandland and Alfie Davies was impressive as they clocked up 11 laps apiece. Sandland took the class win by 17 seconds over Davies with Will Barnett in third spot.

For the adults race the course was in prime condition, the Youth race riders having taken the slippery top layer off. With everyone from Expert to Novice in the same race it was helpful that the course was one of the longest ever at Bicton.

In the Expert ranks it was time for the re-match between Ben Murphy and Sam Greenslade. The previous meeting at Bicton saw them wheel to wheel for much of the race with New Zealander Greenslade taking the win at his first race in the UK. It was clear from the start that Murphy was out for revenge.Cole Cookland

Henry Yardley showed he was back in form and fully recovered by taking the holeshot ahead of a pack of quality experts as Max Ditchfield stuck to his rear wheel while Murphy and Greenslade trailed in his wake. Harry Edmondson bought up the rear of the pack on a Sherco 300, trying the machine for the first time in race conditions.

Murphy, Ditchfield and Greenslade slowly eased a gap on the rest and by the mid-point Ditchy had caught some traffic allowing Greenslade to overtake and pull a 20 second gap with Murphy around 15 seconds ahead. Harry Edmondson eased his way through the pack to join the leader but it was all eyes on the front two as the gap yo-yoed between them.

Greenslade put in the fastest lap of the race to close within 7 seconds of Murphy then ditched it near the finish line, losing 20 seconds in the process. As the final laps approached neither rider had refulled until with 10 seconds remaining on the clock Murphy took a quick splash and left for his final lap. Greenslade had disappeared, out of fuel in the stubble field section he walked disconsolately back to the pits, his gamble had failed.

Max Ditchfield had stuck at it and was rewarded with second overall while a great ride from Harry Edmondson, fending of Henry Yardley for most of the race, saw him take third.

A testament to the quality of the Youth A riders was evident in the results as they took four of the top nine places amongst the Expert riders.

Cole Cookland clocked eight laps to win the Youth A class ahead of many Experts and all Clubman riders, another cracking ride from this youngster whose days in the Youth ranks must be numbered. Sam Davies and George Yardley both rode extremely well to take second and third in class and post 18 laps into the bargain. Will Farrow headed the Youth B ranks ahead of Carwyn Rosser and Adam James.

Jacob James was the only Clubman rider to clock 18 laps. He battled Lee hattersley for the holeshot and continued to work his way through the field, eventually taking ninth overall along with his class win. Hattersley eventually nailed the runner-up spot just less than 10 seconds ahead of Ben Key in third place.

Kev Sandland emulated his sons win in the Youth race by taking the Vets A top spot ahead of Chris Wagstaff and David Williams. In Vets B it was Mark Plain and Joe Webster vying for supremacy with Plain eventually taking the win ahead of Webster as Tony Gunn took third.

Ben Martindale once again ruled the roost in the Sportsman class but was followed closely to the flag by Nick Whitehead with Nick Dawson a little way behind in third. The Novice class went to Josh Lucy who had been bar-to-bar on several occasions around the course, determined to take his class win in what turned out to be a great ride. Dave Withington secured second spot with Kristian Ankritt in third.

The race was a terrific finale to the series with a cracking course and red-hot competition between riders across all classes. Bicton has played its part well this season in several guises but last Sunday saw it at its best.Ben MartindaleJacob James Josh Lucy Kev Sandland Mark Plain Will Farrow Winner Ben Murphy

 

Rock Oil Xc rd.5 at Greenhall Farm

Green Hall Farm is a big place, full of steeply rolling hills and plenty of small woodland. It was perfect for the fifth round of the Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship last Sunday.

With rain predicted for early afternoon the racing got underway early and the Youth riders gave it full gas as they left the start line.

Sion Evans dominated as usual but young Cory Cookland gave him a good battle and matched Evans on laps to take second place in the 85-150 class with Endas Hughes finishing third. Alfie Davies riding in the Auto/65 class took third overall with a great ride to top his class as Jack Sandland followed him in second spot and Rees Jones in third.

The single main race of the day saw 60 riders set out for two hours over a very large course that included plenty of steep off cambers. These caught out a few riders who limped back to the pits with rear tyres adrift from the wheel.

Ben Murphy got off to a flying start, leading the Expert class by quite a margin for the first two laps until Freestyles Joe Wootton recovered from a bad start and a mistake on the first lap to take the lead all the way to the finish. Murphy powered onwards for second in the Experts with Jack Ditchfield in a solid third, a lap adrift of the two leaders.

Cole Cookland was in amongst the Experts even though he was riding in the Youth A class. Seventh overall and his class win was a good days work. Charlie Chater had a terrific start in Youth A and lead the field for a while but eventually slipped to second with Sam Davies in third. In the Youth B ranks it was Dan Leadbetter who was in control,a lap up on Adfam Jmaes who in turn was two laps up on third placed Carwyn Rosser.

Lewis Ellis nailed the Clubman class win ahead of Ryan Phillips and Jacob James, who had a terrific ride. Nick Whitehead once again topped the Sportsman class and a move to Clubman looks on the cards for next season. He was followed to the flag by Ben Martindale and Anthony Martin.

Chris Wagstaff was on form as he took the Vets A win ahead of Kev Sandland and Mike Windsor while in Vets B it was Mick Belcher who took first spot with Jamie Price and Nick Barrow just behind him.

Josh Lucy put in an amazing 14 laps to take the Novice class win from Shaun Cornwall and Lewis Glaves around a tough course that got even tougher for the final 30 minutes as rain fell and made the grass areas very tricky indeed.

It was a quality event at a quality venue and the riders really went for it across a fast-flowing course that benefited the quicker riders with not too much technical stuff, apart from the exit out of the woods that rutted up badly and caught out plenty of unwary riders.

Chris Wagstaff Dan Leadbetter Joe Wootton Lewis Ellis Mick Belcher Nick Whitehead Sam Davies Sion Evans

ENDURO GP AT HAWKSTONE

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The 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship. Final round at H2O

The ACU has a new champion! Billy Bolt’s second place at the H2O Xtreme Classic over the weekend was enough to secure the title for this talented and entertaining young rider.New Champion

The title was hard-earned, not just at H2O, which proved to be possibly the toughest course of the season, but at the four previous events which began in January at Tong in Yorkshire, then moved to Cowm Quarry near Rochdale. Third in the series was Ed’s of the Valley which ran in horrendous conditions near Abbey-Cwm-Hir in Wales while Extreme Ravines in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, occupied slot number four.

The H2O event had a lot to live up to but succeeded on all counts with a cracking entry list and a course that truly was extreme with a new woodland ‘off-camber’ section that simply isn’t justified by the term off-camber. It was horrendous to negotiate across possibly the steepest hill at H2O, there are bigger but not as loose or full of trees and roots and it soon became a focal point which saw the marshals working extremely hard from the first lap onwards.

A new stream section, more climbs and descents and a general fine tuning of the course from last year’s event saw a much harder challenge for the 120 riders who chose to test themselves at such an exceptional venue.

The single race, lasting two and a half hours, began at 11.30am with the Pro Championship class riders blasting off the line and heading across the fields, through a ravine and into the woods. Eurotek KTM’s Paul Bolton took the lead but was never more than a few feet ahead of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Extreme Team Factory power duo of Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt. The three pulled away on the first lap leaving D3 Racing’s Sam Winterburn, Husqvarna’s Danny McCanney and St Blazey MX Husky mounted Keelan Hancock in the chasing group.Billy Bolt

With a new course layout it took a while for the riders to reach the rock garden, approached from the opposite direction to the previous year, but Paul Bolton still maintained his lead on the first lap with Bolt close on his heels and Grand Master Jarvis slightly adrift in third spot.

Even by the second lap backmarkers became part of the game for the leaders to negotiate, the off-camber claimed scores of victims and was strewn with bodies and bikes. Both Jarvis and Bolt opted for the near impossible direct route to the top of the off-camber hill and both pulled it off with ease. Bolt eventually took the lead, followed by Jarvis as Bolton slipped to third spot but it was far from over, even by the halfway point.

Jarvis’ arm-pump wore off and his pace increased significantly, Bolt rode a couple of laps without gloves which slowed him down considerably while Bolton survived a couple of hard crashes unscathed as the running order finally sorted itself over the last 30-minutes of the race.Graham Jarvis

Jarvis had stretched a significant lead of over three minutes by the time the chequered flag was waived. Bolt had slowed without gloves but a quick stop to replace them saw him up his pace by which time it was too late to catch the leader and he settled for second spot which was enough to give him the Champions title. Paul Bolton was a further two minutes adrift in third place, all three riders were breathing hard by the end of a race that had really tested them.

Danny McCanney took fourth spot, a lap down on the leading threesome, with Sam Winterburn finishing fifth and Keelan Hancock in sixth to wrap up the Pro Championship class.

William Hoare nailed the Expert class win and matched the Pro’s on laps with nine to his credit as Chris Madigan and Charlie Frost took second and third a lap behind him but the overall title went to Matthew Jones who finished in fourth place. He had breather pipe problems and lost a lot of time but still did enough to take the Expert Champions title.Extreme off camber

Juan Knight put in a terrific performance on a Gas Gas UK machine and was a long way clear of Andrew Reeves in second place and Grant Churchward in third. John Shirt took a creditable fourth having recently revived his riding passion and loved every minute of the race. Mick Boam took sixth in class but had done enough to take the Vets Champion title.

Fred Adams dominated the Clubman class, his good form seems to know no end. He really has impressed all who have seen him this season. Not so impressed was Ash Bell who took second behind Adams but in a class field of Clubman riders it was a decent result. Brad Lilburn was once again in the mix and took a solid third place just ahead of Lewis Ellis, both riders having had tough but determined rides.

Chloe Richardson showed how it should be done in the Sportsman class by taking the win ahead of Richard Hawes and Luke Evans. Although all three completed only half the number of laps that the Pro riders did, they possibly had the hardest race of all but they upped their game and battled onwards. It was a very tough course for Sportsman riders.Dawson Marriot

Dawson Marriott lead the Youth riders home with yet another impressive victory to his credit. The ever-improving Tom Knight charged to second place with Paul Bolton’s protégé Suff Sella from Israel in third. This was Sell’s second attempt at the H2O Classic and the improvement in his riding capabilities over 12 months was impressive.

As Billy Bolt crossed the finish line the celebrations began. Jarvis had won the race but Bolt had his first Champion title to his name and it has been a long time coming but obvious to everyone that he has the ability to gain many more titles in the years to come. With Lee Edmondson on the spanners the pair make an unbeatable if somewhat crazy combination but they certainly add plenty of fun to the sport, which can be overly serious at times.

Congratulations to Graham on his win and massive congrats to Billy on his first Championship but, looking back over the season, the whole series has been of the highest standard and thoroughly

deserving of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship title.  Fred AdamsJuan KnightPaul Bolton

This is in no small part due to the influence of Paul Edmondson who has persevered in his quest to raise the bar and make the series inclusive for all standards of rider. He succeeded with flying colours.

The 2017 ACU British Sprint Championship. Green Hall Farm.

 

Husqvarna’s Championship class rider Joe Wootton was in red-hot form at the final two rounds of the ACU British Sprint Championship last weekend, winning both days with five seconds to spare on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.

Held at Green Hall Farm in Powys the venue was new to most of the riders but made a lasting impression as a top-notch sprint venue and earned the respect of every rider. Sprint organiser Paul Edmondson thought the Fast Eddy Racing venue would be good for sprinting and he was correct. It provided a seven-minute lap for the fast boys and took in every type of terrain imaginable in Mid-Wales.

A long and twisting field section lead into a tight and twisting stream section them it was out into the fields with huge sweeping bends to negotiate, with the occasional dip back into the woods with more than a few sticky sections dotted throughout. Two boggy ditches which many riders managed to jump provided great entertainment for the riders who gave it a shot, not knowing how the landing would work out. It was a cracking lap and one of the best of the series for variety of terrain with terrific weather on both days, a few spots of rain on Saturday soon blew over and the course was absolutely spot-on. Both days featured seven runs around the special test.

Alex Walton Andrew Reeves Cole Cookland Jordan Wright Mark Hodges Rosie Rowett Winner Joe WoottonFreestyle

Husqvarna ruled the roost on the opening day with Joe Wootton taking the win from Fast Eddy Racing’s Husqvarna UK mounted Jack Edmondson. Factory Husqvarna rider Billy Bolt rode to a superb third spot and was followed by Fast Eddy Racing’s Husqvarna mounted Tom Sagar. Buildbase Honda mounted Alex Snow, a contender for the Champions title in his first Sprint season, took fifth.

For day two the pack of top five were shuffled but it was still Joe Wootton on top with Snowy climbing to second spot as Jack Edmondson slipped to third. Tom Sagar remained in fourth place while Billy Bolt completed the top five.

Ben Murphy has had a cracking season and was in line to take the Expert title in the Sprints but a disastrous opening day saw him drop to sixth in class as close rival Alex Walton took an outstanding win. Walton was over a minute clear of second placed Jordan Ridgway who was busy fending off a serious challenge from Brad Williams, a second behind him by the end of the day.

Walton kept his head on Sunday and rode an even better set of tests to again take the win as Murphy rallied to get within 16 seconds of him to take second in class even though his chances of a championship win were gone although second place is certainly quite an achievement. Aaron Gordon moved into third, a place better than the previous day, to complete the top three in a very competitive class.

Jordan Wright and Fred Adams had a two-day battle in the Clubman class. A little over 20 seconds separated the pair on Saturday with victory for Wright and runner up for Adams with Danny Culkin a minute adrift in third.

Sunday saw another victory for Wright but he extended the gap to nearly a minute as Adams took second spot once again. Brad Rowland fended off Lewis ranger for third in class.

Rosie Rowett went into the final two rounds of the championship with four wins already to her credit. She didn’t disappoint on Saturday as she had a cracking ride to secure victory number 5. Fionn Griffiths made a rare sprint outing to take second place with Emily Hall in third.

The same order was repeated on Sunday and Rosie celebrated a clean sweep of victories to become ACU British Sprint Ladies Champion 2017. The season had been a steep learning curve but one that she took on and conquered with real enthusiasm.

The Under 16’s is always a treat to watch and this weekend was no different. Cole Cookland took control early on Saturday and rode to an impressive victory, nearly a minute clear of hard-charging Alfie Webb in second spot. Charlie Chater was clearly on a roll as he took third with better to come from the following day.

Cookland once again took the win but Chater’s never-say-die attitude saw him move to second in class following a string of fast runs. Webb still managed a top three spot and took third to complete the line-up.

A proper ‘old school’ name graced the Vets class; John Shirt. Mr Gas Gas himself, looking tanned, fit and raring to go. Considering he hasn’t ridden competitively for quite a while then second in class behind Andrew Reeves was pretty good going.

Reeves dominated the class on both days and rounded off a great finish to his Sprint season. Shirty took second on Saturday with Jonathan Tarr in third and with Shirty’s departure Saturday evening Tarr moved to second on Sunday with Andy Daniels third.

The Sportsman class  was very unpredictable. Mark Hodges took a comfortable win on the opening day with 30 seconds to spare over Daryl Morris and Mike Erratt. Sunday saw Grant Thomas take the first position followed by Liam Nicklin with Hodges demoted to third.

Green Hall Farm was the perfect choice of venue to end this Championship series. It provided one of the best courses of the season and with the excellent weather conditions it was competitive and challenging.

A massive ‘Well Done’ to Fast Eddy and his crew for providing a top-notch series of event that have been diverse and competitive throughout.

GBXC Final at Bicton

The final round of this seasons Fast Eddy GBXC certainly finished with a bang as two riders were glued together for most of the race, right up to the finish flag, it was the closest finish of the series in this championship.Sam Greenslade

Fresh over from New Zealand was Sam Greenslade who has considerable enduro history but throughout the final race on Sunday he was unknown. He soon came to onlookers attention as he tailed Expert championship leader Ben Murphy for 80 minutes out of the 120. Even once he had passed Murphy it was questionable if either rider could complete the race without a splash-n-dash in the final stages. It was the nailbiting finish the championship deserved.

A last-minute change to the popular Fast Eddy venue at Bicton proved to be successful, especially as the thunderstorms faded away on Saturday and left Sunday rain free. The course was extremely well prepared with extra loops that were added between the morning and afternoon races. The field sections were fast and flowing while the woods were tight and technical, something for everyone.

So, in the closing stages of the final race Greenslade and Murphy were toe-to-toe but that’s not the whole story as Harry Edmondson, who eventually finished third, was in leader Murphy’s wheel tracks for the first hour of the race with Greenslade behind him. A crash in the big open field saw him lose lots of time and he was never able to recover to mount a challenge.

With less than Ben Keyten minutes to go Greenslade gained a 15-second lead over Murphy which help make his decision to pit for a splash of fuel. He just made the exit of the pits in time to cut across Murphy’s bow and maintain the lead. Murphy opted to try and finish without fuelling and his gamble paid off, he had enough in the tank to take second place but win the Expert champions title overall. Greenslade was a little in shock at his win. He is used to large courses in NZ so Bicton’s tightness got his heart rate going, juggling the changing terrain, an unfamiliar bike and unknown opposition. He rode well and took a terrific win following an epic battle with Murphy.

Ben Key and Jacob James also had a real fight in the Clubman class with Key eventually taking the class win by a minute and a half over James as Jack Nixey took third, a lap down on the leading pair.

Chris Wagstaff and Jack Twentyman took turns in leading the vets A class while Kev Sandland dodged in between them for three laps before pulling out with a hand injury. Wagstaff eventually hit the front and stayed there as Twentyman took second spot.

The Youth A class went to James Palmer who dragged out an extra lap over a hard-charging George Yardley who was pushing his small wheeler to the limit throughout the race and finished in second place while Charlie Chater’s good showing early on counted for nothing after being hit by a rock and receiving a quick look from the medics before continuing on to take third.

Chris WagstaffThe morning race saw equally fierce competition as age and experience took on youth and enthusiasm. At the front of the field it was Vet B rider Andy Harvey who fended off a strong challenge from Youth B’s Carwyn Rosser for the overall win.

Harvey had been pushed hard initially by Shaun James, who finished second in class ahead of Tony Gunn, but as the youngsters came through the pack it was Sion Hughes who grabbed third overall and second in Youth B, followed by Dan Leadbetter while Ben Martindale headed the Sportsman class once again. Nick Dawson and Ben Hurley were not far behind in second and third.

Tony Chawner topped the Novice class and took the overall title as Novice Champion while Kristian Ankrit followed him to the finish line a minute later in second and Shaun Cornwall grabbed third in class.

Saturday held the Youth race and in very mixed conditions it was John Stanley who took the overall win and the 85-150 class with Doug Lote second and Billy Austin third. Jack Sandland rode hard for the 65cc class win ahead of Will Barnett and Max Gilby.

Sunday’s final race provided an excellent finish to the series, it could not have been any closer and many people stayed right to the end to witness the outcome. Great racing from Ben Murphy and Sam Greenslade.

Paul Edmondson completed yet another successful GBXC series with some great venues and cracking courses. Well done Fast Eddy and his crew.Andrew Harvey Ben Martindale Carwyn Rosser James Palmer Tony Chawner

 

The ACU British Sprint Championship

Freestyle Husqvarna’s Joe Wootton is back on top form. He took the overall wins on both days of the ACU British Sprint Championships third and fourth rounds at Bicton Farm over the weekend. It was a close call on Sunday as a slip in the final test saw him lose 6 of the 7 seconds lead he had but the single second difference was all he needed for victory.Joe Wootton

The midpoint of the British Sprints took place at Bicton Farm in Shropshire, a favourite venue for organiser Paul Edmondson. Bicton is not the largest of venues but it played its part fantastically well by providing a short but technical course that ran clockwise on Saturday and was reversed for Sunday’s tests. Two twisty field sections were linked by the tricky Bicton woodland section. The overall course was slightly shorter than the usual layout for an XC event but it worked terrifically well.

The weather played ball as well, the course was dry and dusty and allowed berms to form on many corners, and the sun shone which really added to the superb atmosphere at the event.

Husqvarna’s Jack Edmondson made a tentative return to racing following the repair of his fractured wrist picked up at the opening rounds of the series in Dorset. Billy Bolt, another Dorset injury victim, was also in the line-up as a top-notch Championship group gathered to do battle.

With two overall wins to his credit Buildbase Honda’s Alex Snow went into this event leading the Championship but Joe Wootton put on a terrific display on Saturday to take seven out of eight test wins and backed up that performance with five out of eight on Sunday to take another E2 class and overall win. Alex Snow was close behind on both occasions with Fraser Flockhart in third on Saturday and Tom Ellwood in third place E2 on Sunday.Jack Edmondson

Jack Edmondson was at the top of Saturday’s E1 pack, very closely followed by Dan Mundell who was in terrific form and Yamaha’s Lee Sealey in third. Edmondson retired halfway through Sunday’s tests leaving Sealey to take the E1 win as Mundell just fell short of victory by eight seconds. His second test of the day was a disaster time-wise when he was nine seconds slower than Sealey. Luke Flack took a solid third in the E1 ranks.Alex Snow

In the E3 class it was a two-horse race between James Dent and Billy Bolt with Dent taking the win on both days. A big collision with a tree slowed Bolt slightly on Saturday but Sunday saw him back to fighting fit and on the ball.

Ben MurphyThe Expert class is hotly contested, especially the E1 class which most riders seem to favour. Ben Murphy recovered from a disastrous weekend the week before the Sprint to ride to the top of the pile and take the overall Expert top spot on both days. Alex Walton battled with Aaron Gordon on Saturday for second and third spots while it was the turn of Jordan Ridgway and Harry Edmondson on Sunday. Murphy was long gone in first place on both days!

Lewis RangerBrad King took the E2 win as Kev Murray fended off Dylan Bayton to take second spot. Bayton had his revenge on Sunday with an excellent win ahead of Roger Holland as Murray slipped to third spot. E3 saw Joel Gowan take the win from Rich Ely on the first day but Ely rallied on day two to hit back and reverse positions.

Lewis Ranger was on fire in the Clubman E1 class, winning on both days and second only to E2’s Brad Rowland in the overall stakes. Ranger topped E1 ahead of Cam Young and Ryan Mundell on Saturday with Mundell moving to second on Sunday with James Ford in third.

Brad Rowland topped the Clubman overall twice and the E2 class with Aston Day and Aaron Bloomfield behind him on Saturday although Bloomfield moved up a place on Sunday to second as Jordan Wright grabbed third. Danny Caulkin took both E3 wins ahead of Stuart Mack, then the pair were  joined by Jamie Carroll in third on Sunday.Rosie Rowett

Rudy Austin made a welcome return to racing, in the Vets now as time has marched onwards. He was top vet on the first day with a great few runs to beat out Andrew Reeves and Jon Tarr but the arrival of ex MX rider Kev Rogers on Sunday saw Austin finish in second, behind Rogers but ahead of Reeves once again.

Cole Cookland is riding strong in the under 16’s, not just in the Sprints but in everything he enters lately. He was top U16 both days as Charlie Chater tried hard to match him but could only finish in second spot twice while Alfie Webb stuck at it and took home two third places.Rudy Austin

Rosie Rowett didn’t have things all her own way in the Ladies class. She did win on both days but although Saturday was fairly straightforward with two minutes to spare over Chloe Richards and Neive Holmes, Sunday was much closer as Holmes pushed hard to get within a second of Rowett but the Ladies class leader kept her nerve to take her second win of the weekend.

The Sportsman class was a real mixed bag with Ash Williams winning on Saturday ahead of Aaron Webb and Alyn Roberts while Sunday saw Webb move to top spot with Roberts close behind and Jack Smith up to third in class.

Bicton turned out to be perfect for the Sprint championship. The paddock was packed on both days and the atmosphere was buzzing. Although it sometimes seems that the class winners are sorted by the third run, the slightest slip or mistake can see huge changes on the results sheet and it is this that makes Sprinting so interesting.

Paul Edmondson and his crew had laid out a small but very technical course that challenged riders to the limit and as the course improved and bedded in the test times dropped and the action became more intense. It was a cracking weekend and as competitive as it could possibly be with some terrific rides in all classes.

Ditchy Dominates Deuxhill. Rock Oil XC Championship

Fast Eddy Racing’s first visit to the Deuxhill venue in sleepy Shropshire, just south of Bridgnorth, was interesting to say the least. The venue obviously has potential although due to farming commitments some of the land originally Max Ditchfieldplanned as part of the course was not available for use, which severely shortened the lap. What was available was mainly dusty field sections but the heart of the venue proved to be a wooded area with a stream section that provided great entertainment throughout all three races.

Max Ditchfield posted a significant win in the afternoon race at the head of the Expert class that broke Ben Murphy’s stranglehold on the Championship. Ditchy started well and fought off challenges from Jordan Ridgway, Derek Bawn and Harry Edmondson early on as Murphy encountered problems in the stream section. Twice he crashed on consecutive laps and ended up facing the wrong way in the stream, losing his goggles in the process.

On aDan Leadbetter dusty track losing goggles was not a good thing, not just for following other riders but also around some of the longer sweeping curves riders were riding into their own dust as it slowly blew across the course.

The layout of the course was changed for the final race and it was a work of genius as riders went through the stream section three times and had a steep climb or tricky gully to negotiate. It was so tricky that Fast Eddy himself jumped in and rode bikes out of the gulley when all seemed hopeless, and it was entertaining to see his little legs scrabbling for grip as he pushed riders and bikes up the steep exit slope.

With Ditchy in a solid spot at the head of the field it was all eyes on Harry Edmondson to see if he could close the gap and stay ahead of Murphy at the same time in the closing few laps of the race. Harry did it in style and took a very well-deserved second spot as Murphy pipped Bawn to the post for third place with a pass on the final lap.

James Palmer rode exceptionally well to take fifth overall but much more importantly, he won the Youth A class with ease as Cole Cookland and Charlie Chater finished second and third in class following a tremendous battle from the moment the flag dropped. All three Youth A riders were up in the rankings, beating the Clubman riders into submission.

Jacob James was on top form to win the Clubman class against stiff competition from Lee Hattersley and Ben Key, all three riders posting 22 laps over the two-hour race with just over 40-seconds between them at the finish.

Kev Sandland’s move to a KTM seems to have paid off. His long-awaited win in the Vets finally came true as he beat Chris Wagstaff into second spot by just 10 seconds. Mike Windsor took third.

Earlier in the day the Vets B, Youth B, Sportsman and Novice riders had their shot at glory. Even by mid-morning it was really hot and although the woodland offered some shade it also had the stream to contend with.

Shaun James and Andrew Whieldon had a cracking race in the Vets B class but it was Youth B rider Dan Leadbetter who took the overall win with a terrific ride that saw him post 20 laps, matched only by fellow Youth B rider Will Farrow in second spot. Carwyn Rosser completed the Youth B line-up.Kev Sandland

James and Whieldon were never more than a couple of bike lengths apart and that’s how they finished at the head of the Vets B class with Mark Glover grabbing the final podium spot just seconds ahead of Mark Plain.

Ben Martindale was head and shoulders clear in the Sportsman class wile Rob Latham took second and Andy Rich third but there was not much between them by the finish flag.

Josh Lucy had an outstanding ride to win the Novice class by a clear lap over Ash Williams in second spot and Dan Laight in third.

The Youth race started the day and it was won by Sion Evans (85-150cc) once again as this talented youngster posted 12 solid laps. He was matched on laps by Cole Cookland who was just over 30 seconds adrift at the end of the race while Callum Millward took third in class. Jack Sandland put on a great show to take third overall and win the 65cc bracket ahead of Wilf Barnett. Young Alfie Dawson displayed true grit in the Auto class, managing seven laps to his credit.

Deuxhill had been in the pipeline for a while but timing was crucial. Some of the fields were out of bounds but it was an interesting little venue with some great features and plenty of potential for the future if more land can be incorporated into the track.  James PalmerJacob James Sion Evans

It was hot, dusty and fun throughout the weekend and hopefully the first of many visits to this cracking little venue.

Rock Oil XC Championship. Round 3. H2O.

Report: Tim Tighe  Pics: Jacob Tighe

Sion EvansBen Murphy blitzed the third round of the Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship last Sunday as H2O baked under the sun and riders found relief in the tougMurph1h woodland sections of the course, for once, welcoming the shade. Murphy ignored the tremendous heat to put in an excellent performance that saw him a lap clear of his closest competitor by the finish.

It was a hot and dusty day at this outstanding Oswestry venue, new sections were added to the course as the MX track lay unused. The valley and woodland were the primary focus of attention and they provided more than enough for riders to go at on the hottest day of the year.

In the relative cool of the morning the youth race ran around a slightly shortened course and it was Sion Evans who grabbed the glory. The course might have been shortened but it still held some impressive hill-climbs that the youngsters were not fazed by at all, many opting for the Expert route to the top and making it lap after lap.

Evans took the overall win and topped the 85-150’s ahead of Francis Davies and Lucas Holdcroft as Jack Sandland put in a great performance to take the runner-up spot and win the 65 class from Alfie Davies and Rhys Jones.

In an effort to beat the heat both adult races were combined, starting at 11.15am and running for two hours. The course was reset to maximum length following the kids race and the final race of the day got underway as the temperature rose.

Jake Brittain lead the Expert pack off the line and out towards the open fields with Max and Jack Ditchfield in his tyre tracks while Ben Murphy was comfortable inn third spot, until halfway around the first lap when he took control and never looked back. He was soon lapping slower riders but used his head to pick sweet lines and conserve energy to get to the finish line over a lap clear of his rivals.Ben Key

Jack and Max Ditchfield had their own battle for supremacy with both riders holding second spot at times but it was Jack who crossed the finish line ahead of Max on this occasion.

Fourth overall was Cole Cookland, riBen Martindaleding in the Youth A class, and what a ride! With the top three Experts long gone it took some determination to press on as hard as Cookland did to take fourth overall and top spot in his class ahead of vastly more experienced riders. His was a cracking performance.

Second in Youth A was Charlie Chater. He was down in fourth spot until the final lap where he whipped past James Palmer and Sam Davies to move up to second in class, a great move in the dying stages of the race which left Palmer in third spot.

Ben Key, Jacob James and Lee Hattersley were together for most of the race in the Clubman class and finished in that position within 20 seconds of each other in what proved to be a hard slog as the temperature rose towards the end of the race. Hattersley posted the fastest lap time of the three but couldn’t take advantage of it as the two youngsters stuck with him.

Chris Wagstaff topped the Vets A class with Kev Sandland in second spot and Shane Brown in third while Shaun James was top Vets B rider ahead of Rob Murfin and Tony Gunn.

Sportsman rider Ben Martindale was in double figures for laps on his way to a class win ahead of Andy Rich and Harrison Holdcroft as in the Youth B ranks it was Dan Leadbetter who topped the class with Mitch Parkes second and Adam James third.

Liam Storar topped the Novice class with Kristian Ankritt in second spot, the only two Novice riders to finish the race.

It was a very hot and dusty day at times. The woodland section provided some relief from the sun but that was brief and the woodland going was still tough. The Rock Oil XC Championship possibly had its toughest event of the season at H2O last Sunday but the racing was spot on and the course was great.Liam StorarChris WagstaffCole Cookland

Well done Fast Eddy and the crew.