BACK TO BACK BRITISH TITLES FOR MCCANNEY! NATTERJACK ENDURO – RACE REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS
Team REME hosted their annual Natterjack Enduro at a venue last used in 2016, Eelmoor Camp. This was to be the location for the final showdown in the British Enduro Championship for 2019 and where all of this year’s champions would be crowned.
Danny McCanney did exactly what he needed to do to wrap up his 2nd British Enduro Championship in a row on the first day of this year’s Natterjack Enduro by taking the overall day win which meant he couldn’t be caught in the championship standings! Alex Snow was on form and he took home two very good results (2-2) and even held the lead for a while on Sunday after McCanney made some costly mistakes in one of the opening tests! Alex’s results were good enough to give him and Gas Gas 2nd in this year’s championship! Dan Mundell was flying early on Saturday with the opening test win but a big crash on test 2 set him back a long way. He carried on to score valuable points and also rode well on day 2 to finish 3rd and card another podium to cap his year off. Despite missing round 2 due to injury, Mundell has amassed enough points to finish third in this year’s British Enduro Championship!
Jack Edmondson rode day 1 with his injured wrist to score enough points so that he could claim the E2 British title and 4th overall in the British Championship.
Matt Bayliss picked up the pieces with BEC regulars having a disastrous day 1 and finished in third which was a great result. Walton was 4th day 1 and 6th day 2 while Will Hoare, Junior Super Enduro World Champ was 5th day 1 and 7th day 2.
In the Expert class Aaron Gordon stormed to two victories on his MRS Sherco and in doing so, secured himself the Expert British title and Expert E2 along with it. He was also best Under 23 Expert! Harry Edmondson was his nearest championship rival but struggled with illness over the weekend. He still managed 2nd on day 1 but retired on day 2. On day 1 Henry Yardley stormed to third overall while Richard Ely was 4th and Ricky Wiggins 5th overall and 1st E3. On day 2 Wiggins upped his game and finished in 2nd overall which was a fantastic result for him! Richard Ely always loves the muddier and tougher conditions which showed in his result; third overall in the experts! Yardley was 4th while young Charlie Chater broke into the top 5! Jordan Ridgway has made a return to the Enduro scene and he was 6th on day 2!
In the Clubman class, James Palmer did the double and claimed the Clubman British Championship. He will be very pleased with that after a consistent year which saw him near the front of the field at every event! Matthew Harries was 2nd on day 1 but slipped back a bit on day 2 into 4th. Jac George filled Harries’ boots on day 2 and finished 2nd which complimented his 6th position on day 1. Alan Morrison was third on day 1 whilst Josh Kirby took third on day 2. Ross Kerr was 5th day 1 and Jacob James rounded out the top 5 on day 2!
In the ever competitive Over 40’s class it was Andrew Edwards who showed his class yet again by winning both days and taking the title away with him too! Andrew Reeves was 2nd on day 1 and Vincent Harker rounded out the top three! On day 2, Gas Gas UK Importer John Shirt was on form and finished 2nd to Edwards with Reeves coming home in third and Harker in 4th.
The over 50 class saw the wins shared by Scotsman Richard Hay and Manxman Russel Millward. Day 1 went to Hay, but Millward thrived in the wetter conditions to win the final day of the year! Gary McCoy from Devon finished his night shift and came to the event and still managed two third placed finishes in a competitive class so credit where it is due. Karl Greenall was 4th both days.