Danny McCanney British Enduro Championship 1200

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Husqvarna’s Danny McCanney proved the rider to beat in the sand dunes of northern Scotland by claiming a double win at the opening round of the British Enduro Championship.

Marking the start of the five round series, the ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship headed north to Elgin in Scotland over the Easter weekend, writes Gemma James.

The “Highland Temporary Works” sponsored Lossiemouth Enduro proved to be an enjoyable but challenging event, with the club setting out a 35-mile lap weaving its way through two local sandy based forests with two very physical special tests per lap. 

With a mix of weather conditions throughout the weekend and check times catching several riders out on day one in each class, the enduro proved to be another classic event organised by the hard working Elgin Endurance Club.

Day One 

As expected the battle for top honours was always going to be difficult to predict EnduroGP regulars Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) and Nathan Watson (KTM) both on flying form. Current GNCC XC3 Championship leader Jack Edmondson (Husqvarna) and European Enduro Champion Brad Freeman (Beta) were both looking for top results too.

After completing three laps and five special tests of this truly unique event on the Saturday, it was McCanney who came out on top. Ten seconds separated McCanney from Freeman who narrowly beat Watson for second by only one second.

Jack Edmondson (Husqvarna) wasn’t too far off the leading trio, finishing a further 33 seconds behind in fourth. Jamie Lewis (Yamaha) held off a strong challenge from former motocross star Alex Snow (Honda) for fifth while the ever improving Josh Gotts (TM) came home in seventh just three seconds behind Snow, with Scotsman Fraser Flockhart in eighth.

 

Jamie Lewis british enduro championship

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Welshman Jay Thomas carried on his early season form taking an easy win in the strongly competitive Expert class beating runner-up Bradley King by 42 seconds. Third place saw Andrew Bisset a further 47 seconds adrift, while Kevin Murray took a well deserved fourth place another 26 seconds behind.

Fred Adams claimed top spot in the Clubman class by 17 seconds from young hotshot Lewis Ranger, while Jordan Wright was only a further 19 seconds behind in third, closely followed by fourth placed Allyn Taylor, 15 seconds splitting these two.

In the Ladies class Glesni Jones was recording the quickest test times, but she was unable to match class winner Rosie Rowett on the going. Losing an extra minute on the tight check dropped Jones to the runner-up spot, with the ever determined Ellie Cooke taking third. 

In the ultra competitive Over 40’s saw BEC long time servant Andrew Edwards storm to his 1st win, with class regulars Andrew Reeves and Russel Millward taking second and third places respectively, with hard charging Scotsman Richard Hay only 12 seconds down from Millward to take fourth.

Paul Davies was the only rider clean on time in the Over 50’s & took a comfortable win over Paul Armstrong who had dropped two minutes. Darren Osbourne held onto third place just 10 seconds in front of fourth placed Paul Spurgeon.

 

Brad Freeman British Enduro Championship

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Day Two

With heavy overnight rain showers additional check time allowance was added to Sunday’s schedule allowing for a more relaxed days riding. However, McCanney was in no mood to take it easy taking the win again by one minute and six seconds from Freeman. Returning from injury and feeling the effects of his long layoff, Freeman still came home second in this quality field. Jack Edmondson — who was up against it, pushing his 125 to the limit trying to keep up with the bigger machines in the power sapping sandy tests — finished just 17 seconds behind Freeman at the end of the days play in third, pipping Watson in fourth by just three seconds. 

Stuart Edmonds, another former motocross star, was having a far better day finishing fifth, with Jamie Lewis in sixth a further six seconds off Edmonds. Not far behind though were Josh Gotts, just four seconds off Lewis and Lee Sealey (Yamaha) bouncing back after bike problems on day 1 a further one second down. 

In the Experts Jay Thomas was dominant again, taking maximum points to round off his brilliant weekend. Bradley King again was runner-up, 41 seconds down on Thomas with Kevin Murray completing the top three just eight seconds off King. An improved performance saw Arron Gordon come home fourth and best E1/2, while Andrew Bisset slipped from his third place on Saturday to fifth.

 

Rosie Rowett Husqvarnas Danny McCanney proved the rider to beat in the sand dunes of northern Scotland by claiming a double win at the opening round of the British Enduro Championship

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Closest action of the day saw former professional rugby player Tom James take the Clubman win by half a second from Allyn Taylor, with Day 1 winner Fred Adams only another three seconds behind. Youngsters Duncan Norrie and Harry Hillier-Rees both having strong rides in fourth and fifth, while Lewis Ranger dropped a few places from day 1 but still a very creditable sixth place. 

The very stylish Rosie Rowett headed the Ladies class again with a faultless display, with nearest rival Glesni Jones dropping 2 minutes on the going to finish 2nd. Little Ellie Cooke was unable to finish due to a heavy tumble and breaking her wrist.

Old master Andrew Edwards is looking to hot to handle in the Over 40’s taking the win again by well over a minute from Andrew Reeves, with Russell Millward collecting another 3rd place. Richard Hay had to settle with 4th.

Paul “Elvis” Davies (right) took maximum points again in the Over 50’s; pulling ahead of 2nd placed Darren Osbourne by just over a minute on the day. Third placed going to Paul Armstrong with Paul Spurgeon 4th.

The next round of this series is organised by DirtBike Action and will be held at Helmsley, Yorkshire over the weekend of 13th/14th May. Entries are now available.

 

Words: Gemma James/BEC PR

 

Detailed Results: British Enduro Championship