Round One of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship was full of drama — with some good results involving Sudbury and Halstead riders.
Organisers Bury St Edmunds Motorcycle Club had to adjust the riding format at Hawkedon and instead of the two hour session in the morning and the two hour session in the afternoon they combined it into a four hour session with the special test consisting of the best lap time during the day.
This was to fit in with the paramedic who had another job elsewhere later in the day.
With the overnight rain the track was in perfect condition with the cold northerly winds drying out the going.
With 10 teams in the Championship Class and some with motocross experience, racing was going to be fierce. Tom Bradbrook, the winner of the class in 2013 and 2014, teamed up for the first time with his Lowestoft club-mate Lewis Bond and had a big battle with Chris Bastick/Syd Bales throughout the day.
Both teams completed 36 laps with three teams on 35 laps, four teams on 34 laps and one team on 33 laps. However the final positions were determined by time penalties resulting in a win for Braddock/Morley with 34.5 laps from Sam Toy (Sudbury)/Will Kerry 34.17 laps.
In third was Bastick/Bales 33.5 laps, 4th Rob Aldridge/Ed Pooley 32.83 laps and 5th Will Hughes (Braintree)/Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) 32.50 laps. In the Expert Class Ross Taylor/Michael Ridge completed 35 laps with seven teams on 33 laps and four teams on 32 laps. With time penalties to be deducted it was going to be very tight for the final results and while Taylor/Ridge took the win with 32.5 laps they were just 17 laps ahead of second-placed Jason Warren/James Yearley who completed 32.33 laps.
Third and fourth places were decided on special test times as both teams were on 32.17 laps, resulting by only two seconds 3rd for Ben and Jack Grice with Christian Drane/ John Bishop 4th.
Special test times decided 5th, 6th and 7th with Alex Barkshire (son of the sponsor)/Danny Wright taking 5th, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds)/Wayne Fulcher 6th and Graham Eastall (Sudbury)/Dan Richardson (Halstead) 7th.
It was good and clever teamwork by Jeff Turner (Sudbury)/Kevin Palmer (Norwich) in the Clubman Class which gave them the win on 32.33 laps.
Left in their wake were Charlie Grapes/Rob Howard 2nd 29 laps, James and Dean Sucking 3rd, also on 29 laps while two Sudbury teams battled it out for the next two places with Matt Smith/Marc Norton taking 4th 28.83 laps and Jason Carsboult/John Roach 5th 28.5 laps.
Other local results: Championship Class: 6th Rob & Aaron Nicoll (Halstead); 10th Brendan Mayers/Joe Marsh (Halstead).
Expert Class: 7th Graham Eastall (Sudbury)/Dan Richardson (Halstead); 11th Ian Tutton/Dan Piper (both Sudbury); 12th Jack Berry/Richard Walters (both Sudbury); 13th Jeff Sharp (Sudbury)/Tim Ford (Lowestoft); 14th Graham Mays/Nigel Ross (both Sudbury).
Clubman Class: 1st Jeff Turner (Sudbury)/Kevin Palmer (Norwich); 4th Matt Smith/Marc Norton (Sudbury); Jason Carsboult/John Roach (Sudbury); 9th Gavin Duncan Griffin (Diss)/Dean Curry (Sudbury); 13th Martin Gunton/Potter (Sudbury); Mark & Simon Fenwick (Sudbury).