With the 2018 enduro season quickly approaching, here is a brief rundown of what this season’s ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship has in store for us.
Who will be taking the well sought after British Enduro crown this season?
Will it be 2017 World Junior Enduro Champion and British Enduro Champion Brad Freeman, flying Manxman Danny McCanney, or our current crop of rising stars including Jack Edmondson, Dan Mundell and Joe Wootton.
Also hoping to get in the mix is the ever improving Josh Gotts, Alex Snow and ex-champions David Knight and Tom Sagar, along with championship regulars Fraser Flockhart, Tom Ellwood, James Dent and Charlie Evans to name but a few.
Bradley King, Jay Thomas, Alex Walton and Harry Edmondson all moving up from the Expert class will look to be amongst the elite.
Plus don’t forget the championship will be as tight and competitive in all the other classes including Expert, Clubman, Over 40’s, Over 50’s & Ladies. It all adds up to be a very exciting year.
Kicking off the series in Hampshire in fine style will be this very popular event well worthy for a BEC opener. A new event for the BEC calendar organised by the very experienced crew at Witley & District Motorcycle Club. This will be a 1 day event using an 18 mile loop of some of the finest enduro going in the South-East.
Clerk of course John Kerwin drafted in the experience of Paul Edmondson and his Fast Eddy Crew last year to set up two special tests and to get the event back to its best. The route underwent a full revision and riders will use a very similar 25 mile loop again in the Helmsley Forest.
Another new event for the BEC series, based at Lauder in the Scottish Borders. A mixture of varied terrain along with a grassy test will face riders heading north.
Isle of Man Enduro
A cracking addition to the series, which proved so successful the last time it was held back in 2016. Starting from the paddock of the famous TT races, with its excellent facilities makes a fantastic setting for a base.
This popular event is back in the calendar for 2018, kicking off with a “Prologue” for Championship & Expert riders on the Friday evening. Based at the clubs popular hillside motocross circuit at Cwmythig the route will include nearby forests making up a lap of approx 40 miles. The club will have a huge marquee on site with entertainment planned during the evenings of the event!
As always team REME always put on a well organised top class event, which will make a fitting finish to the series. More details of the venue will follow.
2018 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship
Round 1 – Sunday 11th February Witley Enduro– Witley& District MCC
Rounds 2/3 – Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th May Yorkshire Enduro – Dirtbike Action
Rounds 4/5 – Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th May Scotland Enduro – Dirt Bike Evolution
Rounds 6/7 – Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th July Isle of Man Enduro – Southern MCC
Rounds 8/9 – Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th August Rhayader Enduro – Rhayader MC & LCC Ltd
Round 10/11 – Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th September REME Enduro – REME
Entries have now opened for theYorkshireEnduro(Rounds 2&3), all the normal BEC classes are catered for: Championship, Expert, Clubman, Over 40’s, Over 50’s & Ladies.
To enter, simply go to the Dirtbike Action website, on-line entries are available from this site. Here is their website – http://www.dirtbike-action.co.uk
Photo Credit: Gemma James and Ashleigh Blunt
Gemma JamesBritish Enduro Contributor