In challenging conditions Danny McCanney secured a terrific double Michelin Comp VI Elite class victory at rounds three and four of the Enduro21.com ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, powered by Husqvarna Motorcycles, held at Saints Well, Mid Wales.
With intermittent rain ensuring a challenging weekend of racing McCanney powered his way through the challenging conditions to win the Michelin Comp VI class. In the Husqvarna Under 23 category it was a double victory for Rob Johnson while Brad Freeman and Joe Wootton traded wins in the Motul Under 19 class.
Leading from the off, Beta mounted Danny McCanney took an early lead in the Elite class at round three. Setting the fastest time in all but one of the day’s seven test, the Manxman took a comfortable win.
Challenging McCanney during the early part of the day, while also topping the third special test – KTM’s Tom Sagar was unable to match McCanney’s pace in the latter part of the day and settled for a strong runner-up result. Claiming his first Elite class top three result, KTM’s Steve Holcombe edged out Husqvarna’s Jack Rowland for third. With Rowland taking fourth, Daryl Bolter (KTM) was fifth.
Fastest in the first special test at round four, McCanney again placed himself at the head of the field. But a costly crash on lap two saw Sagar lead. Playing catch up, McCanney eventually reeled in the flying Sagar on the penultimate test of the day before going on to secure the win.
Proving a strong match for McCanney in the difficult conditions, Sagar enjoyed his best performance of the series so far to finish second. Retiring from round three due to an injured thumb, Husqvarna’s Jamie Lewis bounced back to place third on day two. Holcombe and Rowland completed the top five.
Picking up from where he left off at the series opener in Canada Heights, Husqvarna mounted Rob Johnson immediately set the pace in the Husqvarna Under 23 class.
Consistently posting times inside the top ten overall, Johnson took victory at round three. Behind Johnson, James Dent (KTM) delivered a strong ride to take second. Frazer Norrie chased Dent home for third. A mistake from Fraser Flockhart (KTM) on lap five saw him place fourth while Gary Daniels (Sherco) took fifth.
At home in the tough conditions, Johnson made it four wins from four starts in 2014 with victory at round four.
Making amends for his error at round three, Flockhart produced a determined ride to finish second. Holding second for the early part of the day, Dent slipped up on lap four and dropped back to third. Placing 14 seconds behind Dent, Norrie was fourth while TM’s Josh Gotts rounded out the top five.
In the Motul Under 19 class KTM’s Brad Freeman continued his winning ways from Canada Heights to win round three. Despite being hampered by a crash on lap four, Wootton finished close behind in second. Behind the leading duo, Husqvarna’s Lee Sealey placed third. Beta’s Antoine Criq edged out Jon Hunt (Sherco) to finish fourth.
Enjoying the challenging conditions at round four, Wootton turned the tables on his younger classmate. Leading from lap one, the Husqvarna rider secured his first win of the series. Suffering his first BSEC defeat in over 12 months, Freeman nevertheless still placed second. Sealey again completed the top three while Charlie Frost (KTM) found a way past Criq to end his day in fourth.
Taking his first win the BSEC event, Husqvarna’s Jordan Ridgway was the winner of the Enduro21.com 125 Youth class at round three. Fighting hard with Ridgway for the win, Brandon Sharples (KTM) finished just seven seconds behind in second. KTM’s Alex Walton ended his day in third while Robbie Wallace (Yamaha) and Ben Churchill (KTM) placed fourth and fifth respectively.
With his confidence running high, Ridgway upped his pace at round four to take a commanding win. Mistakes from Sharples saw him drop further behind Ridgway taking second while Walton again finished third. Wallace and Rob Armitage (Husqvarna) completed the top five.
In the Amped Expert category the slippery conditions played into the hands of Welshman Charlie Evans and the KTM rider claimed a double win. TM’s Carl Brogden placed second both days to Evans. At round three, Beta’s James Jackman was third while Carl Jones (KTM) and Kalem Hicks (KTM) were fourth and fifth. At round four, Jamie Paget (Husqvarna) improved four positions to finish third. Hicks jumped up one position to fourth while Aaron Smith (Beta) placed four seconds behind in fifth.
Andrew Reeves (Beta) was the best of the Acerbis Expert Vets while Lee Cornish (KTM) and Phil Lewis (KTM) completed the top three. In the USWE Clubman Vets KTM’s Dai Beer recorded a double win over Keith Jones (KTM).
Jack Penhaligon (Husaberg) and Bradley Williams (KTM) traded wins in the DEP Pipes Clubman category with Williams winning at round four. Chris Bennetto (Sherco) finished three seconds behind Williams at round three to take third with Dean Reid (KTM) and Reece Morewood (Yamaha) in fourth and fifth. At round four, Ross Bainbridge (KTM) took third while Bennetto and Reid slipped back to fourth and fifth.
Leading her class home both days, Husqvarna’s Jane Daniels took a pair of comfortable wins in the TCX Women’s class. Katie Walker (KTM) finished second to Daniels both days while Rhian George (Husqvarna) was third. At round three Nieve Holmes (Honda) and Jade Gordon (Sherco) were fourth and fifth with Gordon taking fourth at round four.
The Enduro21.com ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, powered by Husqvarna Motorcycles continues with rounds five and six at Chavenage Farm, Tetbury on May 24/25.