Sudbury duo claim 2 Man Enduro title

WHEELY GOOD FUN: Sudbury's James Hockey in action
WHEELY GOOD FUN: Sudbury's James Hockey in action

There was success for two Sudbury Motorcycle Club riders on home turf in the finale of the Bowers Motorcycles 2 Man Enduro Championship.

Paul Belton and Phil Roper held off fellow Sudbury pair Graham Mays and Nigel Ross to scoop the Expert Class title in the final meeting of the 2013 Championship at a muddy Tye Farm, Great Cornard, on Sunday.

Lowestoft duo Graham Lazzari and Martin Spence, who ended up third in the overall standings, were also in contention.

But when they retired it was a straight fight between the Sudbury riders, with pre-race leaders Belton and Roper coming out on top.

Stephen and Mark Green (both Sudbury) finished third on the day, Rob and Don Blackman (both Colchester) fourth, father-and-son Jason and George Warren (both Sudbury) fifth, with Jeff Sharp (Sudbury) and Tim Ford (Lowestoft) sixth.

It was somewhat of an anti-climax in the Championship Class where Tom Braddock (Lowestoft) and Toby Morley (Woodbridge) were confirmed winners before the start of the event.

The only team capable of catching them, Diss duo Mark Chapman and Adam Ranson, were competing at another event where the latter was looking to wrap-up a title.

On the day, Braddock slid off and lost valuable time which meant the championship winners only managed eighth, as Sudbury riders dominated the first six positions.

Jamie Roper and Steve Mason took the win, with Ricky and Steve Roper second.

Kelvin Vant teamed up with Halstead’s Bradley Howlett to finish third, while Craig Roper and Jack Berry were fourth, Mark Waller and Chris Hart fifth, with Gavin Hockey and Steve Finch (Braintree) sixth.

The Clubman Class was all to ride for with Tom Sargent (Bury) and Ross Taylor (Diss) tied on 67 points with David and Martin Stevens of Diss.

There was drama in the morning as one of the Stevens brothers fell and was unable to continue, opening the door for Sargent and Taylor to claim the title, as long as they finished 15th or higher.

A third-place finish was more than enough for the Diss pair, with Sudbury riders taking 11 out of the first 15 positions.

Sudbury’s Mark Fenwick and Brendon Mayers (Halstead) claimed first place, with home pairing Paul Davies and Andy Quorn second.

Jake Gregory (Stowmarket) and Richard Squirrell were fourth, William Hughes (Braintree) and James Hockey fifth, with another father-and-son Sudbury pairing, Gary and Dale Gladwin, sixth.