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2009 Championship ENDURO
Round 5 Scottish Borders MCC Glengap Enduro
07 June 2009
Report from Campbell Chatham
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The 5th round of the Scottish Enduro Championship was run on Sunday the 7th June at Glengap and Laurieston Forests near Castle Douglas Dumfrieshire. Andrew McConnell was keen to give everyone a good run and by introducing the Laurieston forest the ground stood up well for the 97 competitors. Sportsmen were encouraged to take part this year and the midges stayed away. The mixture of tough forest fire breaks and forest roads gave the riders time to recover as this has been a challenging event in the past. The good weather leading up to the event also helped.
Eight Experts lined up at the start although within one lap Neil Chatham was forced to retire when a stone was thrown up accidentally by Derek Little. Neils goggles were smashed and a bad cut on his head resulted in so much blood he could not see. Alan Scotland gave him a lift back as far as he could and Neil walked back for medical assistance.
The remaining Experts battled it out in the special tests with an extra test at the end of the day. Mark Godfrey raised his game winning by 16 seconds taking the overall in a Scottish Championship Enduro for the first time. Fraser Norrie finished second, his best result in the Scottish Championship. Fraser has closed the gap between himself and early Championship leader Derek Little who finished third.
In the Over 40 Class Sean Wooley continued his domination with the overall win, Gavin Johnstone matched Seans first test but dropped back in the second test finishing second on the day. Davie Hill struggled with the pace dodging between the tree stumps in the test and was pleased to make it home in third.
Ryan Bruce dominated the Clubman class as he continues to improve taking the overall and the E1 Class. There was no separating Jamie Reid from Iain Martin finishing second equal and first equal E2. Iain Martin was taking severe stick on race day following his naked lap of Woodside Motocross track on You Tube. Duncan MacCormick finished 8th equal winning the E3 Class. There is real rivalry in the clubman class and the top three changes at every round. This battle looks to continue to the end of the season.
In the Clubman B Pawel Reuter continues to focus on winning the Championship this year and took the overall once again. Paul had his bike stolen after Pathhead and this was his first outing on his new KTM, nothing will stop him this year hopefully. John Allan finished second with Gordon McGregor down from the north third.
In the Sportsman Steven Currie Jnr won with his confidence growing round by round, Alastair Miller finished second with Liam Lamb competing on his Suzuki for the first time third.
This was a great event with the good weather, the extended track and the famous midges staying away. There were several Scottish riders who had travelled six hours or more to this event and the Borders Club rewarded them with an excellent day out. In this format there will be more riders prepared to make the journey down to Castle Douglas. The organisers were keen to point out at the riders briefing that there was assistance from other Scottish Clubs that had made this event possible and it all worked really well. The next Scottish Championship Enduro is the Melville two day at Yarrowford, Selkirk on the 25th and 26th July.