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2006 Championship ENDURO
Rounds 1 and 2 - Melville MC Pathhead Enduro
29th/30th April 2006
Report courtesy of Campbell Chatham ~ ~ Pics of the event at www.ecossepix.co.uk
The first two rounds of the Scottish Enduro
Championship were held at Tynehead Farm south of Pathhead Midlothian on Saturday 29th
and Sunday 30th April. The weather was glorious and the track was reasonably
dry which contrasts with previous events at this location. There was tension in the air on
Saturday as riders prepared them selves for a new season. The Scottish Championship is
long and varied despite the loss of the Grampian Lossie Enduro to British Championship
There were a number of new younger riders who moved up to the Expert Class including Stephen Scott and Allyn Scotland who had contrasting fortunes over the weekend. Stephen Scott won overall on Saturday on his Honda CR250, after this result he will be trying to find the resources to ride the full enduro season. Unfortunately Allyn Scotland had carburettor problems and retired on Saturday, a crash on Sunday ended his weekend. Ally Lauder would have won on Saturday but a costly 60-point penalty was awarded due to riding onto the public road with his engine running, despite a warning at the riders meeting. There were only a small number of riders who ignored the ruling but if the Club is to receive permission to run at this location again we must follow the Police guidelines. British Championship rider Derek Little finished second as he rode cautiously to ensure strong start to the season. Mark Godfrey proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with when he rides in Scotland with an excellent third place.
The Melville Motor Club was delighted to welcome back Dougie Kerr from retirement, especially as he decided to ride in the Expert Class. I was comfortable with my pace on the lap but my special test times will reflect my long absence from the sport as I retired in 1986. There was an unofficial reunion of the 1982 Scottish ISDE squad with Dougie Kerr and Euan Syme riding, Campbell Chatham assisting at the event and Peter Laing was refuelling for his brother. Dougie Kerr was the first Scottish Expert Enduro Champion in 1982 and campaigned at the top of the British Enduro Championship at that time. In the over 40 Class Ian Paterson inherited the win as Sean Woolley was also penalised at the road crossing dropping him to 8th place. Alex Kirk finished second following a daylong battle with Melville Enduro secretary Kenny Donaldson who finished third. Ewan Syme back from retirement finished a credible 6th. Michael Lowrie who won by over 30 seconds dominated the Clubman Class, Keith Reid came home in second place and Douglas McNab in third. In the Sportsman Class Ian Hedley won with Gordon MacDonald second and Alistair Wark third.
The tension had gone on Sunday as the riders looked forward to a second day without rain. As each day was a stand alone event Sunday was run as in full, resulting in the Experts riding a second five lap, five hour day, the Clubmen four laps, even the Sportsmen rode a further three laps.
Stephen Scott elected not to ride on Sunday so a new winner was guaranteed, Ally Lauder emerged in the top spot in the Expert Class to prove a point following his penalty on Saturday. Derek Little finished second and now leads the Championship overall. Paul Chatham was relieved to finish third matching his best finish in the Expert Class last year. Paul is still adjusting his style to the 250 four stroke and managed to avoid the fence wire that had caused him problems on the Saturday. Sean Woolly had a point to prove on Sunday and won ahead of Jim Lauder in second who raised his game on Sunday to overhaul Saturdays winner Ian Paterson in third. The over 40 Class on Sunday was as competitive as ever with just 11 seconds covering the top three. The Clubman class was again dominated by Michael Lowrie, Gavin Douglas finished in second place followed by Douglas Page in third. The Sportsmen swapped places for first and second with Gordon MacDonald taking the honours on Sunday, Ian Hedley dropped to second and Alistair Wark stepping onto the podium for third again.
The feedback from the riders at the finish was very good and the weather transformed this Enduro into an enjoyable event. The Melville Motor Club would like to thank everybody who helped make this event possible especially Kenny Donaldson and his team.
The next Melville Enduro is the third round of the Scottish Championship at Newton Stewart and there are only 100 entries available. Please enter this event early, as it is liable to fill up before the closing date.