Championship class sees a hot contest

Carl Grantham by Paul H Payne
Carl Grantham by Paul H Payne

Course conditions were perfect for the fifth round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two-Man Enduro Championship organised by Sudbury Motorcycle Club at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham.

There was a disappointing entry of only 25 teams over the three classes, but for the first time at a two-man the Sudbury Club used their timing and recording system where riders had to swipe their wristband transponders against the receiver at the end of each lap, with the special test timing done the usual way.

The Championship Class, although with only three teams, was hotly contested by Glenn Walsh/Craig Roper, Stevie Roper/Jack Berry (both pairs Sudbury) and Aston Bird/Carl Grantham (Woodbridge). Bird was in dominating form, completing 15 laps along with Grantham’s 12 laps in the morning session. However their total of 27 laps was equalled by Walsh and Roper while Roper and Berry did 26 laps.

During the afternoon session Walsh came off on the first lap and had to retire, and also did not record a time on the special test. C Roper rode all the sub sessions but the team failed to finish.

Meanwhile Bird/Grantham and Roper/Berry were fighting for first place and at the end of the two hours Bird/Grantham were the winners on 53.00 laps from Roper/Berry on 51.5 laps. From these provisional results it looks like that Bird/Grantham will be the Championship Class winners with one round to go.

There was some close and very keen riding in the Expert Class, and at the end of the morning session Kieron Snowling/Mark Sharman (Halstead) completed 53 laps, with three teams on 52 laps - Rob Aldridge (Diss)/Ed Pooley (Stowmarket), Kevin Palmer Norwich)/Ben Grice (Lowestoft) and Martin and David Stevens (Diss).

The afternoon session proved decisive with Aldridge/Pooley putting together an excellent ride, winning the class on 51.25 laps, with Palmer/Grice on 50.25 laps. Snowling/Sharman, on 50.00 laps, beat the Stevens brothers, who rode the same number of laps, by 0.18 seconds on the special test.

Although it is yet to be confirmed it looks like Aldrdige/Pooley are the 2015 winners of the Expert Class making their sponsor Paul Ranson of the Ranson Racing Team a happy man.

The Clubman Class was well contested with John Austin/Paul Bailey (Sudbury) and Dan Willis (Stowmarket)/Chris Wright (Diss)finishing the morning session on 25 laps, and Perry Miller/Phil Whiting (Sudbury) and Kevin Silvain/Dean Southernwood (TBEC) on 24 laps.

Willis/Wright came out top after the afternoon session with 49.25 laps, Silvain/Southernwood 49.00 laps, and Austin/Bailey 47.00 laps. Miller/Whiting secured fourth place on 45.50, pushing Dale Wiseman/Kevin Gore (Norwich) into fifth by 0.19 seconds on the special test. It appears Willis/Wright, also sponsored by the Ranson Racing Team, have an unassailable lead.