4th and 5th rounds of the Scottish Enduro Championship was run by
the Melville Motor Club on the 12th and 13th July at Yarrowford Selkirk. 120
riders were entered for each day of this extremely popular event. A late cancelation by
2007 Scottish Enduro Champion Murray Thomson for medical reasons meant the win was open to
any of the Expert riders at the top of the Championship.
Donaldson had marked the course leading up to the event to ensure everyone could make it
round following a deluge of rain. The course consists of 25 miles of open moorland with
natural jumps and fantastic views for the top of the hills. This year the special test was
a taped motocross track with jumps over the forest road with many turns and adverse
cambers. The Experts completed four laps, Clubman and over 40 3 laps, and the Sportsman 2
laps plus a second run round the special test.
day one Grant Smith finished on top in the Expert Class with his charging style keeping
him ahead of Derek Little in second. Scott Maxwell finished third, his best result so far
in the Expert Class on his KTM four stroke.
Clubman Class was won by Fraser Norrie, at 16 years old he is looking very good for the
Championship with special test times that were right up with the Experts. Tim Sleigh
chased Fraser all day and finished a very close second. James Harvey finished third,
packed up his bike and headed down to the GBXC to race on Sunday. Davie Hill enjoyed the
course and won the Over 40 class ahead of Sean Wooley and Alex Kirk. The Clubman B class
and over 50 cup was won by event organiser Kenny Donaldson who set some really quick times
in the tests. Calum Hayes and William Beaty finished second and third respectively.
Watson is another young rider who is performing really well and he won the Sportsman Class
with special test times that would have seen him in the top five in the Clubman Class.
Paul Reuter finished second just 9 seconds behind making this one of the most competitive
sportsman championships so far, Ross McCulloch finished third.
Saturday night the competitors were invited to the Village Hall by the local residents for
a buffet and cheap drink which is always welcome after a hard day on the bikes. There was
a video of the 1982 and 1983 Scottish enduros shown to celebrate 25 years of the Scottish
Championship. Derek Little saw footage of his Dad Johnny leading him round while
marshalling on his CR80. Campbell Chatham is going to convert the video to DVD and make it
available for the riders.
two started with glorious sunshine, perfect conditions to dry out the course and the worst
wet forest section was cut out making the track even more enjoyable. Derek Little
overhauled Grant Smith to take the win in the Expert Class and Neil Chatham finished
third, another best performance so far for a young Scottish rider.
positions in the Over 40 class were repeated on Sunday with Davie Hill once again taking
the top spot followed by Sean Wooley second and Alex Kirk third.
Sleighs hard chasing riding style finally paid off on Sunday in the Clubman Class
beating Fraser Norrie into second place. Fraser had a big off out on the
course and this de-tuned him for the rest of the day. Adam Wark upped his pace on Sunday
and finished third, not quite matching his pace of last year.
Donaldson won again on Sunday in the Clubman B class taking the over 50 cup with Roger
Summers second and Gordon McGregor third.
was all change in the Sportsman class with Paul Reuter taking a very deserved win with
James Watson second and Bill Taylor third. Saturdays
winner in the Sportsman class Alister Watson had a disasterous last special test dropping
him right down the order.
was great to see so many young Scottish riders performing well at this event with the new
classes giving everybody the chance to shine. The Championship needs a new crop of talent
to challenge the established competitors.
farm is owned by Alex Telford and he has welcomed this event for 5 years now and the
Melville Motor Club is extremely grateful to him. This enjoyable event would not have been
possible without the hard work of Hugh and Valerie ONeill and their family plus all
the helpers over the weekend, I am sure all the riders would like me to pass on their
those individuals unable to ride at this event there will be another oportunity in
September. The next Scottish Enduro Championship round is at Lossie Forest near Elgin on
the 3rd August.
course we can't forget No 190 Alan Buchanan on the "Monster of the
Moors" 950 KTM Adventure. He managed a full lap of the course - including the hills
and bogs - respect is due.
a few videos as well - worth a view
And more pics of the event - from Andrew Murdie . http://s335.photobucket.com/albums/m469/tattooedjudge/