BRITISH ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP RACE REPORT FROM ABBEY ENDURO
Steve Holcombe & Jonny Walker deliver for KTM at British Enduro Championship’s Abbey Enduro
Recently selected to compete as a member of Britain’s Junior World Trophy Team at the upcoming International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Steve Holcombe secured impressive fourth and seventh place overall result at the Mid Wales Dirt Track organised Abbey Enduro staged in Mid Wales. With Holcombe coming away from the event with a 1/2 result in the Enduro 1 class, Hard Enduro specialist Jonny Walker claimed a double runner-up result in the Enduro 3 category, placing sixth overall on day one before improving to an impressive fourth overall on day two.
Continuing his impressive form, and comfortably winning the Enduro 1 class on day one of the event, Steve again demonstrated his ‘rising through the ranks’ matching the special test times of those that would ultimately finish ahead of him in the overall classification on several occasions.
In the Enduro 1 class Steve topped all but two tests on day one to claim an eventual winning margin of more than one-and-a-half minutes. On day two Holcombe placed second in class aboard his 250f, just 23 seconds behind winner Jack Rowland.
Competing in the Enduro 3 class Jonny Walker finished as runner-up in class on each of the two days of competition, placing sixth and fourth overall. Dissatisfied with his performance at the Knighton Enduro, Jonny showed that the intensive speed training he’d been focusing on prior to the event had most definitely worked as on day two he came close to breaking into the overall top three.
Riding injured Tom Sagar battled his way through what would be two tough days of competition for the overall leader of the BEC series. With a heavily strapped wrist and hand Tom was frustratingly unable to challenge for the win having topped the previous round of the series, the Knighton Enduro.
Determined to keep his title winning chances alive and secure another overall British Enduro Championship crown at the season ending Natterjack Enduro in mid September, Tom did all he could and placed fourth in the Enduro 2 class on day one, followed by the same result on day two.
Despite being significantly hampered by his injury Tom nevertheless still managed to place eighth overall on each day, and now heads to the Czech Republic to contest the penultimate round of the European Enduro Championship.
Rising star Brad Freeman topped the Expert class overall aboard his 125cc EXC, placing a several minutes ahead of his nearest challenger in the Enduro 1 two-stroke sub-class. Brad’s results were good enough to have placed 10th overall in the Championship class on day one, and ninth on day two.
The 2013 British Enduro Championship concludes on September 14/15 with the Natterjack Enduro.
Results – BEC 2013 Abbey Enduro
Championship class – Day One (Overall)
1. David Knight (Honda) 1.04:36; 2. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 1.06:02; 3. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1.06:30; 4. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 1.07:07; 5. Jamie Lewis (Honda) 1.07:07; 6. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1.08:29; 7. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 1.08:42; 8. Tom Sagar (KTM) 1.09:20; 9. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 1.09:43; 10. Mark Roberts (KTM) 1.10:12; 11. Frazer Norrie (KTM) 1.11:58; 12. Alun Jones (KTM) 1.12:29; 13. Gethin Humphreys (Sherco) 1.12:34; 14. Andrew Edwards (KTM) 1.16:21; 15. Tim Forman (KTM) 1.17:18
Championship class – Day Two (Overall)
1. David Knight (Honda) 1.00:38; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1.02:10; 3. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 1.03:23; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1.03:52; 5. Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) 1.04:15; 6. Jamie Lewis (Honda) 1.04:29; 7. Steve Holcombe (KTM) 1.04:38; 8. Tom Sagar (KTM) 1.05:39; 9. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 1.06:05; 10. Gethin Humphreys (Sherco) 1.07:11; 11. Alun Jones (KTM) 1.08:46; 12. Carl Jones (KTM) 1.10:29; 13. Andrew Edwards (KTM)