Danny McCanney wins rounds five and six of the 2019 British Enduro Championship at the Hafren ahead of Joe Wootton and Dan Mundell.

 

After two days of racing at the Hafren forest TM factory rider, Danny McCanney, came away with the first place at the Hafren round of the 2019 British Enduro Championship. 

The Hafren Dirt Bike Club laid out a 40-mile loop with one cross test and one enduro tests for their bi-annual two day enduro. A strong line-up of international riders and the kind weather resulted in a great racing weekend at Welsh soil.

 
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Jamie McCanney set the early pace on day one after posting the fastest times on the cross test and leaded the field into the liaison loop. It was then his brother, Danny McCanney, who put the hammer down in the enduro test to turn the tables around after Jamie hit the deck hard in the second enduro test, tweaking his hand in the process. 

Danny and Joe Wootton then took up the battle at the front and set the pace for the remainder of the day to finish first and second respectively. 

Jamie and Dan Mundell had a good battle for third place with Jamie able to hold on for a podium ahead of Mundell and his Sherco team-mate, Jack Edmondson closing the top five on the opening day. 

 
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Day two repeat performance

Sunday started in the same way as the previous day with Jamie leading the pack after the two initial cross test runs. Anyway, on the first go at the cross-country test Jamie struggled to find a good feeling on his WR450 and with his hand injury playing an increasing role, opted to retire. 

The technical enduro test kept the riders on their toes and it got a good bite on Mundell who went down hard and lost 20 seconds on his first attempt. Afterwards the Sherco rider regrouped and was back fighting for the win with Danny McCanney and Wootton all on the same second in the second run through the enduro test. 

 
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The meant the overall went down to the wire with Danny taking the win by less than a second over Wootton and Mundell close by in third. Jack Edmondson’s consistency and fast times on the cross test rewarded him with a fourth place and the British ISDE team manager, Daryl Bolter rounded the top five on day two. 

 
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In the Experts class Aaron Gordon and Max Ditchfield exchanged positions during the weekend with Gordon taking first on Saturday and second on Sunday and Ditchfield doing the contrary. Both of them collected some valuable points and remain in a great position for the championship assault. Harry Edmondson’s thumb injury didn’t seem to slow him down and clocked two third places to maintain his championship hopes alive.

In the Clubman class James Palmer finished on top both days with Josh Kirby second and Jordan Young third on Saturday and Matthew Harries second and Kirby third on Sunday. 

In the Over 40’s class Andrew Edwards won both days with John Shirt second and Andrew Reeves third on Saturday and Reeves second and Vincent Harker third on Sunday. 

The Over 50’s class had the same guys on the podium both days with Richard Hay first, Gary McCoy second and Russell Millward third. 

Full 2019 Hafren 2 Day results: ACU.org.uk/events

 

Next stop for the British Enduro Championship will be the final round at Alderdshot, Hants in October 5.

 

Photo credit: Phil Hodges + Vision Off Road Media
Video credit: Vision Off Road Media
 
 
 
 
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Igor Aguado
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