The ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship returned to action in the Isle of Man with Manxman, Danny McCanney taking a commanding victory ahead of Jack Edmondson.
The ‘Manxduro’ proved an enjoyable but challenging event for riders, with the club setting out a 30 mile lap weaving its way through the local forests and moorland near the Southern Motorcycle Club’s base at Carnagrie.
The Manxduro started at 9am with riders heading off from the iconic IOM TT Grandstand making the trip to test 1 at Carnagie via some of the famous road race course. The slick grass moorland test weaved its way around the natural banked fields, with a few extreme hazards and an uphill jump which was a crowd favourite.
Taking the lead on the first test and stating his intentions for the weekend was series leader Danny McCanney. The Gas Gas Factory pilot finished six seconds up on Jack Edmondson and a further two ahead of Joe Wootton. From here riders headed over to the long enduro test which was a mix of grass hillside fields but mainly technical and fast flowing forest tracks.
Danny McCanney took another test win, gaining another 20 seconds on Edmondson, who in turn was five ahead of Tom Sagar.
Test three saw Edmondson take the good win, but from then on McCanney was simply unbeatable and won the remaining six tests and the win by just over a minute. Jack Edmondson was delighted with his second place performance beating Tom Sagar by 31 seconds, with Wootton just missing out on a podium place just one second behind.
Welsh 2 Day winner, Alex Snow carried his form to fifth whilst Dan Mundell, fresh from his recent runner-up spot in the Italian World Enduro Championship in Trentino, rounded the top six.
Luke Flack topped off a brilliant days riding by taking the Expert class win beating Aaron Gordon by 20 seconds. Max Ditchfield put in another consistent display third, just ahead of Ricky Wiggins, whilst local Isle of Man rider Max Ingham put his motocross skills to good use to finish fifth.
In the biggest class of the day, youngster Harry Houghton took a well-deserved Clubman overall win from youngster Lewis Ranger. Third saw Jake Purcell put in a strong performance to hold off Josh Kirkby in fourth.
The ladies class saw a commanding display by Rosie Rowett beating rival Nieve Holmes by just over a minute, taking up the final podium spot was Chloe Richards in third.
Local ace Juan Knight was the man in the Over 40’s, series leader Andrew Edwards had to settle for runner-up with Andrew Reeves finishing in third.
Paul “Elvis” Davies was back to his winning ways taking the glory in the Over 50’s class. Julian Oakes was 20 seconds behind Elvis with Jason Rees third.
Ollie Harcombe took top honours in the Sportsman class ahead of Simon Walker and Ross Morrison.
With another day of glorious weather promised, and after completing just two laps and five special tests, Manxman Danny McCanney proved too hot to handle yet again. McCanney put in a commanding display and ended the day just over half a minute ahead of runner-up Jack Edmondson. Joe Wootton back on it in third, trailing Edmondson by just two seconds. Alex Snow improved on his day one result with a fourth whilst Sagar suffering from a sore wrist took fifth Dan Mundell finished off his weekend with another strong sixth place finish.
In the Experts Aaron Gordon beating Luke Flack by nine seconds, with Max Ditchfield third and Richard Tucker in fourth. Youngster Henry Yardley has his best BEC result this year in fifth.
Another strong performance by Harry Houghton saw him snatch the Clubman class win by 34 seconds from star of the future Tom Knight. Lewis Ranger was a further 10 seconds down on Knight, while Jake Purcell put in another good display finishing fourth.
In the Ladies class Rosie Rowett took the maximum points again with Nieve Holmes finishing second.
Juan Knight was again the man to beat in the competitive Over 40’s class beating off nearest rival Andrew Edwards into second with Rudy Austin in third.
In the Over 50’s Julian Okes put in a sterling shift taking class win over Paul Davies. The battle for third saw Jason Rees pip Paul Spurgeon.
A repeat of day one saw Ollie Harcombe, Simon Walker and Ross Morrison on the Sportsman class podium in that order.
The next round of this series is organised by Rhayader MC at Cwmythig Hill, Rhayader August 24 – 26.
Gemma JamesBritish Enduro Correspondant