DARYL BOLTER WINS 2013 WELSH TWO DAY ENDURO
Crescent KTM mounted Daryl Bolter has won the 2013 Welsh Two Day Enduro, topping the prestigious event for the fifth time. Locked in a fierce battle for the overall win throughout the two days of competition, despite a handful of small mistakes Bolter delivered the goods and secured a well-deserved win.
With conditions worsening during the two days Bolter made a strong start to the first day, clocking up two identical times to position himself well for a winning result. Test three and four saw Bolter move to the head of the Championship class results, which meant that just two tests separated him from the day win.
On the penultimate special test things went array for Bolter as a mistake on the slippery Rhayader motocross test saw him lose 10 seconds, and with it his advantage at the head of the field. Beaten on the sixth and final test, Daryl ended the day less than one-second behind winner Jamie Lewis.
Returning to the Rhayader motocross track at the start of day two, Bolter knew he needed to perform better than he had at the close of day one, but with nerves getting the better of him he lost valuable time. With his second test ‘better, but not great’ Bolter headed to the third and fourth tests with real work to do.
Crashing during the third test, Bolter thought his chances of a fifth Welsh victory were well and truly over, but such was the Crescent KTM rider’s pace he actually closed in on the race lead. A flying fourth test put Bolter into the lead.
During the fifth and sixth tests Daryl knew he could ill afford any mistakes. Despite not topping the time sheets on either occasion, Daryl did enough to claim victory at the 2013 Welsh Two Day Enduro, and along with Tom Sagar and Steve Holcombe claimed the Manufacturer Team Award for KTM UK.
Daryl Bolter: “It’s great to have won the Welsh Two Day Enduro for a fifth time. This year’s event was the best ever – riding all of the tests back-to-back really made things different to previous years, and kept the competition extremely tight. I made a pretty good start to the first day, but it was close between myself Tom Sagar and Jamie Lewis. But I was in the mix, so I was pleased with that. I gelled really well with the third and fourth test and won both of those, but things didn't go so well at the end of the day. I dropped it on the penultimate test, which was really slippery. That wiped out pretty much all of my lead, and although my last test was ok I ended the day second.
“I was too nervous at the start of the second day, and it showed in my test times. I lost quite a bit of time on the first test at Rhayader and although my second test was better, it wasn’t great. Thankfully things improved. I crashed on the third test and thought I’d really blown it, but I wasn’t too far off the pace. My fourth test was good and I was able to close in on the lead by about six or seven seconds. I think it even put me back in the lead. I lost 10 seconds to Jamie Lewis on the last test, but I couldn’t push any harder without risking making mistakes. I really didn't know if I'd done enough to win or not.
“This year’s Welsh was probably the best I’ve done. Having more tests was definitely a good thing, and changed the race a lot of the Championship class riders. As always the event was really well organised, a big thanks to all the Welsh Two Day crew and thanks to Crescent KTM and all my sponsors.”