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

The 2019 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship Round Two

After a successful and thrilling first round we now move on to round two of the Eddy’s X-treme Championship on Sunday 3rd February at Cowm Leisure, Back Cowm Quarry, High Barn Lane, Whitworth, OL12 8XG.

This varied and challenging venue should prove to be a spectacular follow up to what was fantastic start to the 2019 season.

Entries are available by sending the form (Cowm 2019) and payment to Fast Eddy Racing, Unit 2, Rolling Mill Road, Norton Canes, Staffs, WS11 9UH, email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com, call Chris on 07889924560 or 01543 450150 (option 2) or PM her on Facebook. The closing date for all entries will be the 30th January 2019.

Paul Edmondson congratulates Graham Jarvis on his round 1 win at Tong.

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
  • 13th & 14th April
  • 1st & 2nd June
  • 27th & 28th July
  • 17th & 18th August

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 this page.

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.