A bright, sunny but cold weekend offered great conditions for riders, competitors and spectators as the 2017 Edge Offroad crew fired the Winter Warmer season back into life

A good turnout of competitors for the adult event meant they were eager to get going.

 

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Expert

A battle instantly commenced between Eurotek KTM rider Sam Ludgate, who took the holeshot, and KORC’s very own Tom Widd. 

Widd passed Ludgate on the second lap – Tom did the hard rock section route and Sam did the flowing chicken route.

The battle continued until just before the hour mark when Ludgate got back passed Widd in the rock section.

Ludgate extended his lead when Widd had to pit. He took the overall win with Widd second, both on 13 laps. 

Whilst all this was going on there was another battle between Edge rider Josh Bailey and SJP Moto rider Josh Haith. 

Haith was putting the pressure on Bailey until his tyre came off the rim just after the hour mark. Josh Haith took the third spot on 12 laps after an awesome ride. 

Expert Vets

From the off Expert Vets rider Alex Owen was right up there with the Experts, but being chased by SJP Moto rider David Haith. 

Owen had a nightmare all race with different issues but still managed to pull the win out the bag on 12 laps. 

Haith finished 32 seconds behind in second, John Steeples took third place. 

 

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Clubman

New to Enduro at the beginning of 2017, Chris Davis took the plunge, moving into Clubman from Novice. With pure grit and determination he took the Clubman win on 11 laps. 

Returning from injury, Cameron McCann took second and also returning from a severed finger injury, Josh Atkinson took third.

In the Clubman Vets class Scott Morse had a mega ride out and took the win home with him on 11 laps, but only just! 

Ashley Jones decided to come back from retirement. Tiredness started to kick in, but he ended up only eight seconds behind Scott to take second. 

Sportsman

Another rider returning from injury is young Dan Leadbetter. Having broken his shoulder socket eight weeks ago, Leadbetter started in the Sportsman class and annihilated his opposition, winning on 12 laps.

Jack Ambler was chuffed to take second – another rider that is gradually progressing and it won’t be long before he’s comfortable in the Clubman class. 

Mark Turkington rounded out the Sportsman podium finishing on 11 laps. 

In the Sportsman Vets class David Bennett took the win on 10 laps. He placed five minutes up on Nic Boll in second. 

Danny Coucom was delighted to take third on 10 laps and his first ever podium finish.

 

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Over 50

Geraint Rogers took a convincing win in the Over 50 class finishing on 11 laps.

Gary Court grabbed second spot with both hands, six seconds in front of Michael Belcher in third Both finished on 10 laps. 

Abbie Piggott was the only Women rider to start, but took a tumble on the second lap, which resulted in a broken thumb and ligament damage. Get Well Soon Abbie! 

Yet again Steve Butterfield bossed the Novice class winning with 11 laps. Jamie Dinsdale had a brilliant ride finishing second and Richard McCrackle took the last place on the podium. 

Youth

The little missile from the South, Eurotek KTM supported rider John Stanley, took the holeshot and led for the entire race taking the Youth B and overall Youth win. 

MX rider Jack Makinson turned his hand to enduro for the weekend and took second in Youth B. Emily Tropman in Youth A was only a minute behind Jack, finishing on the same laps and taking the win in her class. 

Hayden Stansfield took the holeshot in the Junior class, and was doing his best all race to hunt Stanley down, finishing on the same eight lap tally, taking the Junior win. 

Ailbe Oconnell was left on the start line when his bike wouldn’t start due to a fowled plug. Once he got going he took second in Juniors. RG Racing rider Charlie Page came home third. 

Massive thanks to all the hard working marshals over the weekend. Next event is Winter Warmer Rd 3 at Tong Parkwood Offroad Centre. Practice Saturday 10-3, followed by the same race format on the Sunday. Kids starting at 9am and Adults at 11am. 

 

Report: Phoenix Media

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