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Great Cornard stages an exciting final round of Enduro campaign

PERFECT RIDE: Sudbury rider Jeff Turner and partner Kevin Palmer were victorious in the Clubman Class. Picture: Anthony Ridge
PERFECT RIDE: Sudbury rider Jeff Turner and partner Kevin Palmer were victorious in the Clubman Class. Picture: Anthony Ridge

The final round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship at Tye Farm, Great Cornard produced some very close racing.

Organised by the Sudbury Motorcycle Club, the track was in perfect condition with the help of the rain two days before, which kept down any dust and two of the original fields were stubble instead of grass which provided a challenge.

The Championship Class was a closely fought battle, but in the end Sudbury’s Craig Roper and Castle Colchester’s Rob Blackman took the win on 71.67 laps.

The next two teams were tied on 71 laps so it was down to the special test and, by 11 seconds, Jamie Roper and Glenn Walsh (both Sudbury) took second place, with Rob Aldridge (Diss) and Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) in third.

Lowestoft rider Lewis Bond’s usual partner Tom Braddock was not available due to family reasons so he teamed up with Ben Grice (Lowestoft) and they finished in fourth place.

Halstead’s Rob and Aaron Nicoll came home in fifth, pushing Will Kerry (Woodbridge) and Sam Toy (Sudbury) into sixth place by a better time of 16 seconds in the special test.

In the last session Toy had a bad fall, dislocating his knee and with the help of fellow rider Michael Ridge he got on his bike and finished without penalties.

With the Braddock and Bond partnership unable to score any points, it appears that Kerry and Toy have done enough to win the class title for 2016 by six points.

Braddock and Bond are in second, while there is a tie for third place between Nicoll/Nicoll and Aldridge/Pooley and this will be decided on the series tie break rules.

Elsewhere, in the Expert Class, Ross Taylor (Diss) and Ridge (Stowmarket) were unstoppable, taking the win on 69.33 laps.

Diss duo Michael Wyatt and Richard Bensley were second on 67.67 laps, while Dan Willis (Stowmarket) and Chris Wright (Diss) came in third.

The Sudbury pairing of Daniel Piper and Stephen Green managed fourth spot.

Overall, Taylor and Ridge have a perfect score after winning all four rounds, with Wright and Willis in third and Danny Wright and Alex Barkshire (both Diss) in third.

There were six teams in with a chance of winning the Clubman Class title and one of the favourites, Aaron Barkshire and Kyle Betts (Diss) were not riding, so other teams had a chance to make some ground.

On the day, Kevin Palmer (Norwich) and Jeff Turner (Sudbury) had a perfect ride completing 67 laps with no penalties.

James Barker and Brett Halworth (both Sudbury) came second with 65.67 laps, while Duncan Griffin (Diss) and Dean Curry (Sudbury) were third.

Sudbury duo Matt Smith and Marc Norton came home in fourth place, while the Diss pairing of Tom Morris and Paul Wright finished in fifth.

Provisionally, the Clubman Class title has been won by Turner’s team, with a tie for second place between Barkshire/Betts and Morris/Wright.

This will be decided by the series tie break rules unless there is a revision of the results from the final round.

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