Round 6 of the Wyre Forest Off Road IOPD Junior British Championship Enduro looked destined to be cancelled at the well known track in Rhayader, with the constant rain all week prior to the event and torrential rain forecast for the Friday the WFOR track team took a chance and went ahead and built a circuit they felt might stand up to the eventual down pour that was heading their way, after non stop rain on Friday & into the night the track on Saturday morning could not of got any wetter but will riders starting to fill the paddock and the show had to go on.
Sending the little auto 50 cc and 65cc riders out first race into what seemed and endless stream of mud was a big risk but the flag dropped at 10 am and they were off, Joseph Davies took the hole shot in the 65cc class with Sam Davies right behind him but within a few corners Sam was past his cousin and looked destined to take the win but with a few laps to go Sam got took out by his younger brother Alfie in the 50cc class as he tried to lap him so in the end Sam had to settle for 2nd place with Joseph Davies taking the win after a hard fort battle with Sam, Patrick Borge did an outstanding job staying with the two front runners during the race but was forced to drop back a little with the constant barrage of mud being shot at him by Sam & Joseph leaving him to fill the 3rd place slot. Max Lewis was the first rider through lap scoring in the 50cc class with a good lead he seemed sure of a win but not taking any notice of his pit team to stay out of the deep puddles he started having mechanicle problems forcing him down the field and ending up 3rd, New riders to the club filled the top places with Lowri Davies winning the auto class & Sion Evans taking 2nd place, Rider of the whole weekend has to go to 6yr old Alfie Davies on his 50cc KTM mini Adventurer completing 5 laps & taking the 4th place slot, some achievement on such small wheels on a track that would see some adults struggle with the next day.
With the rain still holding off the track was starting to look as though it might dry out, race 2 started at 11.30am for the older solo riders, Adam James soon stamped his authority on the race and dominated from start to finish taking the win in the expert class a full lap ahead of Dan Craig who Just managed to hold on to his 2nd place just a few seconds in front of Harry Aughterlony in 3rd. Luke Arnall Took the 1st place finish in the Clubman class with Sam Sault taking 2nd place with Vinnie Brown bagging his best finish yet this season to take the 3rd place podium finish, Matthew Leedham had a great ride after not feeling very well early on in the race and took the win in the over 13rs 85cc class The ever improving George Saunders finished in 2nd & Piers Kirkpatrick Jones a very close 3rd, In the under 13yrs 85cc class Jack Law was uncatchable for the full 1.5hr race finishing a lap ahead of 2nd place finisher Matthew Martin who does an amazing job in this class riding a 65cc bike, Shea Ryan filled the 3rd place after working hard all race trying to catch the leaders.
Last race of the day was to the youth quad riders take to the now slightly dryer track but every rider in this class would end up looking like a bog monster at the end of this race. Jamie Morgan & Elliot Downes would have their usual non stop battle out in front as the evenly matched riders jostled for the overall win, Jamie would end the race the victor this time leaving Elliot to take the 2nd place finish, Endaf Owen is making a name for him self in the expert class as one to watch having an amazing ride in some very tough conditions to finish in 3rd slot, Brandon Holm Just managed to hold of 2nd place finisher Miles Woodward to take the win in the clubman class with Matty Morris just missing out on an extra lap as the flag dropped to finish 3rd, Callum Brookes did a great job in the auto quad class taking the win with Jack Dean finishing 2nd.
Day 2 was to be yet another great days racing but this time for the Adult solo & quad classes, Out first were the solo riders, now having some great conditions to ride in after the youth quads the day before had shifted a lot of the mud and dried a lot of the track.
The expert class left the line first, Tom Crump and Shaun Buchan battled over the top place until Tom disappeared for a lap leaving Shaun in a comfortable lead but now 2nd place man Danny Morris had him in his sights and was gaining fast but due to his pit crew not thinking he would need a full tank of fuel (as he doesn’t normally use full throttle or all his gears…. Only joking) and needed to make a quick fuel stop leaving Shaun home and dry to take the win & Danny had to settle for 2nd, Ash Bowden not on his normal form had to settle for 3rd place. Colin Griffiths took the overall win in the Veterans class with Haydn Bowen 2nd & Phil Bridgewater in 3rd.
The Clubman class saw a fantastic battle between Sean O’Neill and young Adam James, Sean managed to hold the lead for a lot of the race but Adam just waited for his chance to take up the lead and take his 2nd win of the weekend with Sean taking 2nd place over 3rd place man Mark Hilliar Rees. Out next was the youth class Jacob Bowden took the win with Dean Edwards in 2nd & Vinnie Brown in 3rd, Last off the line were the Novice group Kairan Watkins took a convincing win over Lady rider Gemma Holtham who finished 2nd a full 1.5mins ahead of Ash Gough in 3rd.
Last race of the day was for the quads, Simon Lang being the only 4×4 to turn up was sent off with the experts and only went and took the hole shot but not being used to being in front and not wanting to get lost pulled over after a few corners to let the experts past but still easily won his class, Danny Lloyd took the overall and expert class win with Rhys Morris in 2nd & Thomas Downes in 3rd. Kyle Hawkes Dominated the clubman class to win ahead of Ameelie Miller in 2nd & aled Jones in 3rd, Miles Woodward won the youth class a full lap ahead of Matthew Waddoups with Thomas Chell having a fantastic race to finish 3rd.
The WFOR team would like to say a massive thank you to Rhayader club allowing us to still run the meeting after such bad weather to all the marshals and helpers to make this tough event a success and to all the riders that made such a big effort to get to the event and support our club.
Report: Rob Garbet
Photo’s: Gemma James