With Junior World Champ Brad Freeman also winning the 2017 British Enduro Championship, our British Enduro contributor Gemma James brings a full recap on last year’s racing…
2017 proved to be a very successful year for the ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship, with rounds in Scotland, Yorkshire, Mid Wales and Norfolk and racing tight in all respective classes.
After recovering from an injury early in the season World Junior Enduro Champion Brad Freeman never looked back and added the British Enduro Championship to his list of growing honours.
Isle of Man rider Danny McCanney had to settle for the runner up spot while newly crowned European E2 Enduro Champion and winner of the C2 class at the recent International Six Days Enduro in France Jamie Lewis completed the top three.
Youngster Jack Edmondson was next up, although “little ed” suffered a wrist injury mid season which didn’t help his title ambitions.
A strong consistent performance from ex motocross star Alex Snow saw him earn himself a very creditable fifth place overall closely following by Cornish star Josh Gotts, another rider to pick up a wrist injury during the season.
Hard charging Lee Sealey rounded off the season in seventh, while the flying Scotsman Fraser Flockhart eighth and World Enduro Champion for the second season running Steve Holcombe ninth.
Young hotshot Dan Mundell had a great first season in the championship class finishing 10th as well as putting in some excellent results in the European Enduro Championships and ISDE.
1st Brad Freeman 131 points
2nd Danny McCanney 116
3rd Jamie Lewis 77
4th Jack Edmondson 71
5th Alex Snow 62
6th Josh Gotts 61
7th Lee Sealey 48
8th Fraser Flockhart 40
9th Steve Holcombe 34
10th Dan Mundell 29
The very competitive Expert class saw one of the closest battles in recent years with three riders taking it to the final round to decide who was going to take this year’s crown.
It was Bradley King who came away as champion beating Jay Thomas by one point, with Alex Walton a further three points to take third.
Jon Hunt brought home fourth with Andrew Bisset taking fifth a further two points behind Hunt.
1st Bradley King 103 points
2nd Jay Thomas 102
3rd Alex Walton 99
4th Jon Hunt 74
5th Andrew Bisset 72
6th Kevin Murray 65
7th Aaron Gordon 57
8th Jordan Ridgeway 46
9th Richard Ely 41
10th Roger Holland 39
The Clubman class saw a very interesting battle throughout the year with several different class winners, but it was Fred Adams who took the overall title, with runner up Allyn Taylor five points adrift.
The ever improving Harry Hillier-Rees took an impressive third, while ex pro rugby player Tom James taking fourth just in front of up and coming youngster Lewis Ranger.
1st Fred Adams 108 points
2nd Allyn Taylor 103
3rd Harry Hillier-Rees 100
4th Tom James 74
5th Lewis Ranger 70
6th Max Ditchfield 67
Over 40 Category
Seasoned campaigner and pre season favourite Andrew Edwards was pretty much unstoppable in the ever popular Over 40’s class.
Taking 2nd was Mr Consistent Russell Millward, while the battle for third saw Andrew Reeves just beat hard charging Scotsman Richard Hay by a single point.
1st Andrew Edwards 114 points
2nd Russell Millward 99
3rd Andrew Reeves 75
4th Richard Hay 74
5th Vince Harker 57
6th Karl Greenall 52
Over 50 Category
Paul “Elvis” Davies capped off a great season taking the Over 50’s class championship along with coming home with a well deserved silver medal from this year’s International Six Days Enduro in France.
Paul Armstrong finished a fine runner up while Darren Osbourne although missing from the final round rounded off the top three.
1st Paul Davies 129 points
2nd Paul Armstrong 99
3rd Darren Osbourne 84
4th Paul Spurgeon 75
5th Colin Blunt 73
6th Philip George 58
In the ever growing Ladies class, young Rosie Rowett showed her class by winning every round of the series.
The battle for second went down to the final check of the final round, with Ellie Cooke narrowingly beating rival Chloe Richards by a slender two points.
1st Rosie Rowett 140 points
2nd Ellie Cooke 64
3rd Chloe Richards 62
4th Glesni Jones 32
5th Abi Childs 25
6th Nieve Holmes 17
Witley & District MCC are pleased to announce that they will be hosting round one of the 2018 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship.
The event will take place on Sunday 11th February at Warren Heath, Hampshire, RG27 0QB.
Utilising an 18 mile loop of mixed forestry going with two special tests planned, the club are working hard to put together a top class event.
Entries will open at 8am on Saturday 6th January through the ACU Members website.
For further details – www.witleymcc.org
Many thanks to Gemma James on her extensive coverage of the British Enduro Championshp during 2017. If like Gemma you'd like to contribute coverage of your national enduro championship please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org