Fast Eddy Racing are pleased to
announce a new event with a new format at a new venue that is arriving in North
wales on the 20th/21st July 2019. The “A” team of Fast
Eddy, Tom Sagar and Mr Pete, will create a new weekend of fun. Catering for
both youth and adult riders, 3 of the best means riders can enjoy a weekend of
full action with three separate events.
Starting off on Saturday with a
mini time card enduro for both youth and adult riders this will then be
followed by a prologue style event on Saturday late afternoon where riders go
head to head similar to the world championship format. The viewing will be fantastic with all the track being visible
for spectators and fellow riders.
There will be a marquee on Saturday
evening with entertainment and the prize giving for Saturday’s events.
Moving on to Sunday there will be a
traditional format of two XC events, one for youth riders (one and a quarter
hours) and one for adult riders (two hours).
This will be a great weekend
allowing riders to pick and choose what events they wish to ride. It is also a
great bonus for the youth riders as they can enter all of the events on offer
during this weekend. Yet again it will be affordable for everyone wanting to
make a weekend of it with prices being sensible for all three events with a
discount for those wishing to enter them all.
The Fast Eddy Club Championships continued on Sunday with Round 2
located a brand-new venue called Llwydiarth Hall near to Llanfyllin. The track provided
a long lap with rolling hills and flat-out straights alongside a tricky stream
section put in by the experienced Fast Eddy team, which, with the glorious
weather, made for an excellent day of racing.
The day began with the Youth race at 9:30 prompt where 4 classes
lined up ready to take on the 1 hour and 20 minute race in the already blazing
sun. The BW 85-150cc class saw some very competitive racing, but it was clear
from the beginning that this was Bradley Price’s race as he maintained the lead
throughout to finish 1 lap ahead with the fastest lap time of the race. Morgan
Williams challenged Price all morning to take a well-earned second place, with
Jack Sandland in third.
The SW 85cc class was the largest of the four and kept everyone on
their toes as the top five swapped places multiple times throughout the race,
meaning that no one was guaranteed a podium place unless they really put in the
work. Although Freestyle Husqvarna team rider Rhydian Rees was first off the
line and took the holeshot, it was Freestyle teammate Endaf Hughes that battled
him for the lead and kept it for the majority of the race. It was well-deserved
too, as everyone could see how fast he was and his ability to tackle obstacles
such as the stream section set him in good stead for his win. Despite some
switching of places throughout, Hughes was followed closely by Callum Millward who
finished in second place, and Antonio Taylor who took third.
Despite the challenging nature of the new track, the 65cc class
performed impressively and it was Jayden Jones who came out on top, setting
some lap times which even put him alongside some riders in the BW 85-150cc
class! William Barnett came second and Huw Griffiths placed third, both having
put in their all to finish on the podium alongside Jones. The 2-man auto class
also tackled the new track, with some help from Paul Edmondson who had made
them an Auto loop, allowing them to get around that bit easier with Harry
Jordan first and Selbie Crump second.
11am saw the start of the Adult race with a busy start line as
everyone was excited to see what the new venue had to offer them. They were met
with even muddier ruts coming out of the stream sections thanks to the race
before them, and even longer straights and hills, much to their delight- some
riders even commented that it was that fast, they needed seven gears on their
The Expert class saw a lineup of 8 talented riders, which from the
outset made for an exciting race. Despite this, Henry Yardley dominated the
race, unbothered by the pressures of the other Expert riders to win overall on
15 laps, a remarkable feat. However, as the race progressed Ricky Wiggins was
catching him up, until he lost his front light, plate and transponder halfway
through, meaning that he lost some time but still managed to achieve second
place. Third place went to Cole Cookland who had a consistent ride, followed by
Jack Ditchfield in fourth and Charlie Chater in fifth. James Palmer was also
working his way up through the ranks until he was forced to retire, not wanting
to risk injury and jeopardise his British championship.
The Clubman 2T class was much the same as the first round, fought
over by Jacob and Adam James, with Jacob starting in front but Adam then
leading most of the race. Though Adam James took the win at Round 1, it was
Jake who came back fighting and won the class down to pit stops, where he was
able to overtake his brother and finish in front. However, Geraint Jones posed
a threat to the brothers finishing not far behind Adam to place third. Ethan Pugh
gave an impressive ride to achieve the win in the Clubman 4T class, though it
was not given up easily by Archie Collier who was leading for a while, followed
by Ben Key in second and Collier who ended the race in third place.
It was an exciting race for the Vets A and B and Over 50 classes
who made up the majority of the competitors. With the Over 50’s, Alan Vissian
was a good winner but second and third between Shaun James and Andy Harvey went
down to the final splash and dash with Andy leaving the pits first and Shaun
hot on his heels and able to take him on the last lap for second overall with
Andy third. Vets A saw only one competitor, Chris Wagstaff, but he was still
competing against Vets B where Kieran Jordan took the win by far with Simon
Howden a lap behind in second and Guy Graham in third.
The Youth B class was also a very busy race and Doug Lote didn’t
get the best of starts but managed to work his way up to the top spot. He
battled all race with Sam Hughes, again with pit stops being the key to the
overall in class. Freestyle rider Sion Evans rode extremely well too to round
off the top 3. The Sportsman class was also hotly contested but it was Roy
Broomfield who came out on top, followed by Hayden Clarke and Robbo White. Alex
Clarke claimed success in the Novice class, with Joe Ormsby taking second and
Matt Whitehead behind in third.
The club championships continue with Round 3 in two weeks time with a return to this brilliant venue with a completely new track layout. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about Llwydiarth Hall as there is more to come from this venue!
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st March at Bicton Farm, Shrewsbury
Report by Vanessa and Tilde Tighe, Images by Tilde Tighe
Sherco Factory Racing rider Jack Edmondson won seven of the
eight tests to take a convincing win in Championship class at the opening round
of the 2019 ACU British Sprint Enduro, which kicked off at Bicton Farm in
Shrewsbury last Saturday. After his win, Jack Edmondson stated that he felt
pretty comfortable on the bike even though the track was very challenging.
Bicton Farm provided a cracking course with a single special
test, including the two usual fields, the woods and the addition of the bottom
field that runs alongside the River Severn, which really opened up the venue. It
was clear that a considerable amount of work had been put in by the Fast Eddy
team and Matt, the Farm owner, to get the track into prime condition and with
sunshine on Saturday and Sunday remaining dry, the ground was perfect for
The opening sprint at Bicton Farm always attract top quality
riders across all classes and this season was no exception with five factory
Sherco riders in the Championship class alone.
Jack Edmondson set fast times on the first three runs but faced stiff competition from Tom Ellwood, who managed to take the lead on test four. Edmondson responded to the challenge and got faster on each sprint to take the win with a 15 second margin over Ellwood and his first British Championship round win on the Sherco. Factory Sherco team mate Hamish MacDonald, hot off his success at the first World round In Germany, also had a good ride and improved on his times on each successive test to take third place. Alex Walton took fourth ahead of Mark Roberts in fifth.
The biggest entry came in the Clubman class and saw some very
competitive riding. Saul Hirst set the
bar early on but was challenged by James Palmer, who was hot on his heels and
took five of the eight tests for a resounding win, amassing a 33 second lead
overall from Hirst in second place.
George Yardley was also in the mix, never far behind the leading pair
and was rewarded with third place.
Eight seconds separated the top three in the Expert class
with Charlie Chater narrowly missing out on the top spot after losing five
seconds on test three, allowing Jack Teale to take the win. Max Ditchfield rounded out the top three. There were just two representatives in the
Ladies class; Ellie Cooke and Gemma Holtham. Cooke took the win although
Holtham made her work for it after leading the first two tests.
Tobias Sammut was on blistering form in the Sportsman Class,
taking seven of the eight tests and over a minute’s lead on second place Lee
Brady. Henry Harman was the next closest
competitor, 22 seconds adrift in third place.
GasGasUK’s John Shirt took the Vets class by storm, with a lead of just
under a minute from second place Jamie Jenkins as Anthony Crowe took third in
The top three Youth riders were on top form, posting similar
times to the Clubman and Expert riders.
Adam James took a comfortable win, 41 seconds in front of second place
Sion Hughes, with third place Toby Flack a further one minute 12 seconds
Sunday saw the start of the Fast Eddy Club Championship, with
a terrific turnout for the annual Joe Edge Memorial Meeting, where a lap is ridden
in tribute to Joe Edge who passed away five years ago. All riders take a slow
lap around the course, led by Paul Edmondson, on his 02 KTM Jamie
Dobb replica and Joe’s dad, which it is an emotional moment for all who
remember Joe. As always, the lap was very well attended.
The track had been prepared and re-watered overnight with the
bottom field section removed for Sunday’s race.
The day started with the Youth race, with an auto loop added in. Bradley Price dominated in the 85 – 150 cc
class, completing 13 laps to take the win, followed by Jack Sandland and Morgan
Williams on 12 laps. In the 85 cc Class,
Freestyle Husqvarna team rider Endaf Hughes was the clear victor with just
under a three-minute lead from second place Rees Jones. Freestyle teammate Rhydian Rees got off to a
good start, taking the hole-shot and riding consistently to take third place.
Jayden Jones did well in the 65 cc class; completing two more
laps than second place Will Barnett with Austin Sandford a further two laps
down in third place. Griff Morgan
controlled the Auto Class for the win, finishing three minutes in front of
second place Harry Jordan with Selbie Crump in third place.
A single adult race got underway at 11.30 am with Expert
rider Harry Edmondson leading the pack on the first lap. Sherco Factory rider Jed Etchells challenged
Edmondson, the two of them swapping positions at the front, but it was Etchells
who took the win with Edmondson a minute behind in second and Cole Cookland a
A two-way battle
ensued between brothers Jacob and Adam James in the Clubman 2T, with just a
hair’s breadth separating the two, until Jacob James was forced to retire 55
minutes into the race owing to bike problems.
Adam went on to take the win, followed home by Jake Taylor and Carl
Thomas. Some close racing between Archie
Collier and Ben Key in the Clubman 4T class saw Collier bag the win just 15
seconds over Key with Ben Martindale a lap down in third.
Doug Lote put in an
extra lap to take the win in the Youth B class, in front of Cory Cookland with
third place Sam Hughes, a further lap down.
Dave Withington secured the Sportsman Class victory ahead of Dean Hancox
and Hayden Clarke whilst Cai Moore nailed the Novice Class, eight minutes clear
of second place Andrew Bowley, followed by Mat Whitehead.
Chris Wagstaff won
the Vets A Class, with Paul Owen and Roger Withington second and third
respectively. Kieran Jordan stormed the
Vets B Class, putting in an extra lap on Simon Howden and Phil Oxley. In the Over 50’s Class, Dave Cooper put in
an impressive performance with a seven minute lead on second place Andy Harvey
with Adrian Clarke a lap down in third.
Bicton Farm was a terrific venue to start both
the British Sprint and Club Championship. Fast Eddy, his crew and Matt the farm
owner had worked extremely hard to ensure the venue was at its optimum and were
rewarded by relatively good weather and a cracking rider entry, which made for
The ACU British Sprint series moves to Brake
Hill Farm, Northants, over the weekend of 13th – 14th
April 2019 for rounds two and three whilst the Club Championship will continue
at a new venue on the 21st April 2019.
Thanks to Michelin and Rock Oil for their continued support
to Fast Eddy Racing and their events.
ACU British Sprint Rd 1
Fast Eddy Club Championship
BW 85 – 150cc
1. Jed Etchells
2. Harry Edmondson
3. Cole Cookland
1. Adam James
2. Jake Taylor
3. Carl Thomas
1. Archie Collier
2. Ben Key
3. Ben Martindale
1. Doug Lote
2. Cory Cookland
3. Sam Hughes
1. Chris Wagstaff
2. Paul Owen
3. Roger Withington
1. Kieran Jordan
2. Simon Howden
3. Phil Oxley
1. Dave Cooper
2. Andy Harvey
3. Adrian Clarke
1. Dave Withington
2. Dean Hancox
3. Hayden Clarke