Round 2 of the 2019 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship.

Cowm Leisure, Whitworth, Rochdale Sunday 3rd March 2019

Report by Vanessa Tighe & Images by Tilde Tighe

Walker takes the top spot!

Jonny Walker pulled it out of the bag to take a hard-fought victory at Cowm Quarry last weekend at the rescheduled second round of the British Extreme Enduro Championship. The Red Bull KTM factory rider put in a determined performance and led the Championship field for the latter part of the gruelling two and a half hour race, after Par Homes’ Paul Bolton devastatingly crashed out of the lead in lap five. Eurotek KTM’s Travis Teesdale took the runner-up spot as Jonathan Richardson secured third.

Cowm Quarry had undergone many changes in the build-up to this event with a brand new course design and entrance to the top rock garden, which afforded the hoards of spectators a spectacular panoramic view of the course. Some of the sections looked easier but proved to be much harder while the addition of a wooded section and some nice off cambers for both races really twisted it up for the riders.

The course, as with Tong, ran in the same direction for both the morning and afternoon races. Although it would have been easy for the Fast Eddy crew to choose well-established paths and routes, they decided to tear up the map book and lay out something completely different.

With storm Freya threatening to derail the event, both races were brought forward to circumvent hazardous conditions. Nevertheless, biting wind and driving rain cutting across the venue made for a very tough challenge for all riders and crew alike in an event that was as tough as it gets.

The championship race began at 11.30 with a highly charged surge of riders battling their way through a tight first corner made up of tyres and cable drums; setting the chaotic tone for the rest of the race. It wasn’t until riders were clear of the start area that the racing really began.

Initially, it was a three-way battle between Walker, Teesdale and Bolton with Walker leading after the first lap after taking the holeshot. On lap three however, Walker slipped down into fourth after losing time detangling wire caught in his tyre. He recovered quickly and had moved up to second place by lap five, putting in two consecutive fast laps to close the gap.

Jonny Walker

Disaster struck Paul Bolton on lap five, when he fell foul of the slippery conditions and was forced to retire after suffering a hand injury. Travis Teesdale gladly received the gift of a jump up the leader board to top spot and enjoyed a lap at the front until Walker retook the lead in lap seven and never looked back, racking up 11 laps. Teesdale took second place, just over a minute behind Walker, with Jonathan Richardson, still recovering from a stomach bug, some seven minutes adrift in third. William Hoare and Sam Winterburn rounded out the top five, a lap down on the top three.

Jack Spencer

A significant group of Expert riders followed the Championship class home. Jack Spencer, who finished in an impressive 6th overall, took the

Expert win from Chris Windle and third placed Jack Challoner. Harold Crawford was the sole entrant in the Elite Vets Class whilst Luke Owen, who finished in first place ahead of Jason Hirst and Jamie Williams, dominated the Clubman class with all three completing eight laps.

The course was the toughest ever seen for the Youth, Vets and Sportsman riders but although a few spots proved tricky the course was never altered or sections cut. Riders simply had to get on with it, which they did, much to their credit.

Richard Moorhouse

Youth and enthusiasm overcame age and experience as Richard Moorhouse dominated the morning race to take both the overall and Youth win, making it two wins out of two, a lap in front of the rest of his class. Doug Lote was a lap down in second with Jacob Wilson completing the top three. In the hotly contested Sportsman Vets, it was Alex Owen who took top spot, making it a very successful day for the Owen family, in front of second place Anthony Crowe who led the race for the first lap and Mark Lodge in third.

James Marwood

James Marwood completed seven laps to take the win in the Sportsman class with Chris Tennant three minutes behind in second place and Brodie Heyes completing the Sportsman podium line-up.

A massive well-done to Fast Eddy and his dedicated but frozen crew, who spent the week at Cowm building a superb course, assisted hugely by John Whittle and his big machines. The third round will take place at H20, Selattyn, nr Oswestry on Sunday 24th March.

Results

AM Race

Youth

Clubman winner Luke Owen

1. Richard Moorhouse

2. Doug Lote

3. Jacob Wilson

Sportsman Vets

1. Alex Owen

2. Anthony Crowe

3. Mark Lodge

Sportsman

1. James Marwood

2. Chris Tennant

3. Brodie Heyes

PM Race

Alex Owen taking a well deserved win in the Sportsman Vets

Championship

1. Jonny Walker

2. Travis Teesdale

3. Jonathan Richardson

4. William Hoare

5. Sam Winterburn

Expert

1. Jack Spencer

2. Chris Windle

3. Jack Challoner

Elite Vets

Harold Crawford holding the fort in the Elite Vets

1. Harold Crawford

Clubman

1. Luke Owen

2. Jason Hirst

3. Jamie Williams

ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship 2019

Once again Fast Eddy Racing are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship for 2019. 

For 2019, the series will be 9 days with the best 8 events scores to count towards the overall championship. 

The series kicks off with a one day event on March 30th followed by four two day events. The dates are:

  • 30th March – Bicton Farm, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, SY3 8EU
  • 13th & 14th April – Champs Parc, Brakehill Farm, Grafton Road, Brigstock, NN14 3NB
  • 1st & 2nd June – Brow Farm, Rattlinghope, Shrewsbury, SY5 0SR
  • 27th & 28th July – Belle Isle Farm, Middletown, near Welshpool, SY21 8ES (or Ashby Moto Parc)
  • 17th & 18th August – Green Hall Farm, Llanfyllin, SY22 5LG

Entries will be available by calling Chris at Fast Eddy Racing on 01543 450150 (option 2), or 07889924560, message us on Facebook or email us at fasteddyracing@hotmail.com

Entry forms will also be available to download from the events page.

Fast Eddy Club Championship 2019

The 2019 Fast Eddy Club Championship will be eight rounds with the best seven events to count towards the overall in each class.

Billy Austin
2018 Rock Oil Youth Championship SW 85 cc Class,
1st

The classes for 2019 will be in the Youth Auto, 65 cc, SW 85 cc, BW 85 to 150 cc and in the Adults there will be Novice, Youth, Sportsman, Vets B, Clubman, Vets A and Experts.

Our events are open to everyone, we do not insist on club membership, but the only thing we ask is that all riders must have a current riding license to compete. We can supply IOPD one day or annual licenses and will accept all types of riding license, including AMCA, ACU, BSMA etc at our events.

The 2019 championship will kick off on Sunday 31st March with the annual Joe Edge Memorial Meeting at the Bicton Farm Track, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury.

Dave Cooper, 2018 Fast Eddy XC Championship Over 50’s – 1st

The championship will then move on to the first of three new venues for 2019. This will then be the start of the regular two day events for rounds two to seven. On Saturday 20th we will have the usual FED Practice Day with unlimited track access from 10.00 am to around 3.00 pm (3.30 pm during the summer months) for £25 for adults and youth riders using the main track and £15 for youth riders on the dedicated kids track. We then move on to Sunday 21st April for a full championship programme with the entry for youth riders being £35 and for the adult riders (including those in the youth class) being £45.

Henry Yardley 2018 GBXC Expert 1st

The full championship dates and venue details can be found on the events page and will be updated regularly as we release the names of the new tracks.

To enter call Chris at Fast Eddy Racing on 01543 450150, option 2 or 07889924560, email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com or drop us a message on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/fasteddyracing/).

“YOUNG GUNS”

Fast Eddy Spanish trip January 2019

Young guns taking things to the next level, with the help of Fast Eddy Racing. 

A group of enthusiastic and committed young riders took a trip to Girona in Spain at the end of January with Fast Eddy Racing where they took advantage of its unique training facilities and the different track locations all covered by the brilliant winter sunshine. 

At Circuit Pudgimont there is a guest house, a training facility, room for everyone and an excellent Enduro track. 

Fast Eddy racing take the riders out and test their ability in organised special test training sessions, with EnduroGP star Jack Edmondson and European and multiple British championship rider Tom Sagar showing them how to improve their riding skills. 

The riders are able to free ride as well as do special test training sessions with the guys, they have their bikes transported to and from Spain and all for the cost of £750 for 5 days riding in multiple training facilities. As a group they also do bike maintenance, race prep and were taken to the De Llèmena training Camp about half an hour away where they did a whole day of riding and testing . 

Fast Eddy provide a mechanic to help the riders out with maintenance and general advice on bike set up. 

The evenings are all very sociable with a great atmosphere and where new friends are made. 

Truly a great experience and one that is to be recommended.

Round 1 of the 2019 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship.

Parkwood 4×4 Off-road Centre, Tong Sunday 13th January 2019

Report by Vanessa Tighe. Images by Tilde Tighe and Tristan Young

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Team rider Graham Jarvis kick-started his 2019 campaign with a flawless ride to win round 1 of the 2019 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship, hosted by Fast Eddy Racing, at the popular Parkwood 4×4 Off-road Centre, Tong near Bradford. Red Bull KTM’s Jonny Walker, still recovering from injuries, was thrilled to finish in second after leading the race for the first hour whilst fan favourite Paul Bolton put in a consistent ride to round out the top three.

Graham Jarvis 1st, Jonny Walker 2nd and Paul Bolton 3rd

This was the 9th Eddy’s Xtreme at Tong, testament to the superb and versatile facilities Parkwood Off-road Centre has to offer. All of the hard work the Fast Eddy team put into the event paid dividends, as over 200 riders and thousands of spectators turned out for an exhilarating event on an unseasonably mild but windy day, with special guest spectators Carl Fogarty and John McGuinness milling amongst the masses.

Despite this year’s course being the toughest yet, there were still plenty of hard and easy options for the riders to choose between. The infamous rock section, with the course running across it this year, challenged even the most technically able riders, a deliberate attempt by the organisers to make this year’s event more challenging following feedback from riders. In addition to the rock section, there was also the option to tackle the waterfall in the AM race, which only a handful of riders tried and overcame. The course took its toll on the hardware, with chains dangling loose after getting caught on the rocks, and mudguards being snapped off left, right and centre.

Karl Greenhall

Paul Edmondson flagged the 2-hour morning race away at 9.50am. Sportsman Vet Anthony Crowe grabbed the holeshot, straight into the newly laid out start, closely followed by Karl Greenall, who quickly took and kept the lead for the rest of the race, negotiating his way through over 100 riders to finish nine minutes ahead of second place Alex Owen on 7 laps. Mark Lodge was a couple of minutes behind in third spot. With so many riders setting off at the same time, a queue formed at the rock section as riders took it in turn to tackle the first hill climb. However, as the race progressed, everyone settled into a rhythm and spread out across the track. Richard Moorhouse was the top Youth rider, keeping pace with the Sportsman Vets and finishing in fourth overall behind them. Jacob Wilson was a lap down in second with Mitch Parkes rounding out the top three.

Jonny Walker

The main race started at 1.00pm with 100 riders raring to battle it out for a gruelling two and a half hours. Jonny Walker got off to a strong start and was leading until just after the hour mark, when he was passed by Graham Jarvis who, lap after lap, stretched the lead to take his first win of the season. The championship riders made it look easy, with the top five racking up 11 laps. Walker finished second, two minutes behind Jarvis, closely followed by Paul

Bolton, a further two minutes down, in third. The next closest competitors were South Africa’s Travis Teesdale, new to the Eurotek KTM team, who was 11 minutes behind Jarvis, and local rider Will Hoare who claimed fifth position.

The famous ditch jump entertained the crowds, with the championship riders taking the hardest lines and clearing it with ease. From the jump, the course followed the stream into the valley of the waterfall, where the numerous hills caught more than a few riders out, even the likes of Paul Bolton, and many spectators were able to get stuck in, ducking the flying bikes, to pull riders up the hills.

Gav Houson, Expert class winner.

The winner of the Expert class, Gavin Houson, did well to infiltrate the Championship class and take 10th overall followed by Jack Spencer in second and Ben Wibberley in third. Seasoned veteran Wayne Braybrook dominated the Elite Vets class, finishing one lap ahead of second place Harold Crawford. 2018’s AM race winner, Mark Houson, adapted well the harder race conditions, taking third place to make it a very successful day for the Houson family. The biggest class by far, the Clubman, saw some competitive racing with Jason Hirst the eventual victor ahead of Luke Owen and Jack Winn.

Despite not being able to race due to injury, the 2018 WESS Champion Billy Bolt could be seen riding around on a mobility scooter in support of his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Graham Jarvis, who was his smooth controlled self throughout the race to take his 3rd Tong victory. All eyes now turn to the second round, which will take place on Sunday 3rd February at Cowm Quarry in Rochdale.

Results

AM Race

Sportsman Vets

  1. Karl Greenall
  2. Alex Owen
  3. Mark Lodge

Youth

  1. Richard Moorhouse
  2. Jacob Wilson
  3. Mitch Parkes

Sportsman

  1. Chris Tennant
  2. James Marwood
  3. Nick Whitehead

PM Race

Championship

  1. Graham Jarvis
  2. Jonny Walker
  3. Paul Bolton
  4. Travis Teesdale
  5. Will Hoare

Expert

  1. Gavin Houson
  2. Jack Spencer
  3. Ben Wibberley

Elite Vets

  1. Wayne Braybrook
  2. Harold Crawford
  3. Mark Houson

Clubman

  1. Jason Hirst
  2. Luke Owen
  3. Jack Winn

Train in Spain 2019

Fast Eddy Racing are pleased to announce their dates for the very popular “Train in Spain” sessions over the winter period.

Enjoy five days of riding in the beautiful Catalan countryside and on some of Europe’s best practice tracks & enduro trails, in north-eastern Spain, with Tom Sagar & guest riders.

Your bike and kit are transported to and from Fast Eddy Racing (based in the Midlands) to the Puigdemont Enduro school, near Barcelona, Northern Spain where you will be based for your stay. All accomodation and meals are included in the price as well as track fees and transportation. You are expected to arrange and pay for your own transport to and from our base in Spain and other than that your only other expense is the fuel for your bike.

Flights are available from most local airports to Barcelona. All riders are asked to book flights arriving the day before they commence riding and leaving the day after they have finished riding.

Trip 1 – January 20th to 24th (travel dates 19th and 25th)

Trip 2 – February 11th to 15th (travel dates 10th and 16th)

Trip 3 – March 4th to 8th (travel dates 3rd and 9th)

Trip 4 – March 25th to 29th (travel dates 24th and 30th)

The cost for the trip is £750 per person (payable in advance). Numbers are limited so for further details please contact Chris on 07889924560 or 01543 450150 (option 2), email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com or message her on Facebook.