Round one of the ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship saw Danny McCanney take the win ahead of Tom Sagar and Joe Wooton.
The Witley Enduro’s 18 mile lap weaving its way through the local sandy based forest at Warren Heath using two physical special tests per lap.After completing five laps and 10 special tests Manxman Danny McCanney proved too hot to handle in the series opener.
Recovering from a recent broken hand, McCanney put in a commanding display winning seven tests with Billy Bolt, Tom Sagar, and Joe Wootton all taking test wins.McCanney had just over a minute in hand over runner-up Tom Sagar at the finish, with Joe Wootton in third trailing Sagar by 26 seconds.
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Sagar, who was making a comeback to the BEC series after missing most of last season, was looking super smooth and will surely pose a threat in the future rounds.
Billy Bolt was a welcoming addition to the entry list and put in a gutsy ride finishing just five seconds behind Wootton in fourth. Daryl Bolter showed that he hasn’t lost any of his speed, coming out of retirement and claiming fifth.
Josh Gotts was sixth from Alex Snow and Tom Ellwood with his best performance to date in eighth. Youngsters Jack Edmondson and Dan Mundell both looked good early on for podium places but had mixed days: a dislodged chain for Edmondson lost valuable time on the one test while Mundell struggled with energy from lap four.
Dylan Baynton topped off a brilliant days riding by taking the Expert class win narrowly beating Max Ditchfield by a second. Jon Hunt had mixed fortunes in third with some rapid test times spoilt by mistakes on other tests.
Youngster Lewis Ranger took a well-deserved Clubman overall win from Harry Houghton in easily the biggest class for entries. Ranger tipped as one of the favourite for this year’s title had a scorcher of a ride. Third saw the ever-improving Luke Thomas put in a strong performance just holding off Josh Player.
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The ladies class saw a close battle between Nieve Holmes and 2017 Ladies British Enduro Champion Rosie Rowett. Battling over three laps and six specials Rowett had to accept the runner-up spot this time as Holmes took the premier award by a narrow margin of three seconds. Chloe Richards came home in third.
Current Over 40’s British Champion Andrew Edwards took the class win beating nearest rival Russell Millward by one and a half minutes. Andrew Reeves was a further 56 seconds in third.
The Over 50’s saw Julian Oakes take an impressive win pipping Jason Rees by close on 2 minutes. The battle for runner-up was a lot tighter though with Rees beating Jack Twentyman by just one hundredths of a second. Last year’s Over 50’s champion Paul “Elvis” Davies started his campaign off scoring some good points back in 4th.
The next round of this series is organised by DirtBike Action & will be held at Helmsley, Yorkshire over the weekend of 12th/13th May. Entries are now available.
Gemma James British Enduro Contributor