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The Edge Offroad Championship signed off in style at Butts Quarry with Scott Austin riding to the overall victory.

Taking place at a gloriously sunny Butts Quarry, a new course layout for the final weekend of October ensured a series ender to remember for all.

With two races for the day, the youth set the scene in the morning with adults in the afternoon. 

Expert — Austin leads everyone home

Scott Austin made a return to enduro in preparation for the upcoming Skegness beach race. Taking the overall win on 18 laps, Austin showed he’s lost none of his form. 

Despite starting last off the line, Scott Altass fought his way back through the pack for second.

Altass managed to pip Edge rider Josh Bailey in the final corner for the runner-up result.

In the Expert Vets class, Rick Du Feu threw a spanner in the works between the championship contenders. 

Though Butts Quarry is predominantly a motocross track, Edge made sure there was plenty of technical stuff too. Du Feu handled it easy taking the win. 

Crowie Snr had an awesome race, probably the best of his season, and was over the moon to take second from Mark Raynor, who rode brilliantly for the two hour duration and took third. 

 

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Clubman — Weston shakes things up

In the Clubman class, Kurt Weston returned for the final round ensuring an exciting championship end. 

Weston was chased all day by Neil Marshall, who also rode his socks off all race. 

James Gamble and Ben Walker were fighting for second in the overall championship. The battle between James and Ben was as good, if not better than the battle in the Expert class. 

James managed to pass Ben on the last lap in the quarry section to grab third. 

It was later found out Sunday evening that Ben had tumbled early on and hurt his wrist. Despite the resultant broken wrist, Ben had battled on for 90 minutes with that injury with gritted determination.

In the Clubman Vets class Rick Tropman took a good win from Kevin Cowie, who rode an old XR400.

Steve Cranshaw made the trip down from Lancashire and rounded out the podium with a well deserved third. 

 

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Sportman — White rides clear

In the Sportsman class Rhys White took a convincing win from Liam Ryde, who took second. Both riders were one lap ahead of third placed Nathan Smith on his Beta. 

Nathan managed to secure second spot in the championship standings with a steady ride and no mechanicals.

Nic Boll moved up to the Sportsman Vets class for the last round of the season and took a strong win from Andrew Brook. 

Brook is happily finding his feet in this class now and certainly looks like he’ll be a championship contender in 2018. 

Ed Battye made a return to riding and took a very happy third place. 

Over 50 — Deany shows them who’s boss

The Over 50 class battle was certainly as exciting as the top guys. Deany needed to have a mechanical for him not to secure the Championship. Unfortunately for Foxy and Mr Court this didn’t happen. 

Claiming a  five-minute margin of victory Deany claimed the title with Foxy in second. The old familiar face of Steve Johnson was third but only 16 seconds behind.

 

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Novice — Davis unbeatable

Enduro rookie Chris Davis absolutely thrashed his opposition in the Novice class on 16 laps. Steve Butterfield took second spot on 15 laps. Will Reid finished third on 14 laps, in what was his second enduro.

Youth — Piggott races clear for victory

The Youth were away first at 9am, with a fight from the off for the holeshot between Abbie Piggott and Jaysi Austin. 

Battling for the first few laps, Piggott soon pulled a comfortable lead and overall win. Austin took the Youth B win and second overall. Both girls rode awesome. 

Ailbe O’Connell, new to enduro, took to it like a duck to water and secured the top spot of the podium in the Junior class. O’Connell was followed home by the overall championship winner Charlie Page, who had his best ride of the season. 

Also new to enduro, Freddie Oakley took the final spot of the podium in third despite riding most of the race with a loose seat. 

Harry Walker had it all on his young shoulders before the race, desperate for the championship win, but crashed on his second lap and ended his season with a DNF. 

Archie Roberts rode awesome, and it was great to see him back out riding since his set back in the summer.

 

Finally, a huge thanks to all the riders that have supported the series so far this year, to all their crew and supporters. 

To all the Edge marshals for all their continued hard work at every event. To the photographers,  family and friends and Dan Bewlay for all his hard work with the track builds. And thanks to Ellie and Jack for all their help and patience. 

Next on the calendar are the three Winter Warmers, all before Christmas. Enter online or by calling/texting the event mobile on 07557 447084. 

All the venues have been set for these events, Practice Day before each one – so get booked in to make sure they can all go ahead. 

Memberships are open now for 2018, and until 1st November are set at £45 (including a yearly licence) or £30 without a licence. 

 

Information

www.edgeoffroad.events  

 

Report by Phoenix Media. Photo Credit JW Forsyth  
 
 
 
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Robert Lynn
Enduro21 Editor
robert@future7media.com