28 May 2019 by 002
WOR EVENTS – WES RD 6 – LUDLOW MAY 2019
Report: K. Williams
Pics: Doc Ward
“TIM’S THE FORMAN IN CHARGE AT LUDLOW”
“Tim Forman on his “Steve Plain Beta 300” was the man in charge at WOR Events latest round of the WES series as the 6th round of this superb series visited one of the best Hare and Hounds tracks in the clubs huge arsenal of venues, with a lot of riders saying it’s the best course they have ever ridden.
Steve Ireland and his WOR Events team produced a 6-mile lap of off-road bliss with rolling Shropshire grasslands mixed with twisty sections of woodland allowing all of the riders to simply open up their machines and enjoy every minute on the bike. The Ludlow venue is a stomping track that is highly anticipated each year and gets better with each visit from the WOR team.
This series, the WES is growing in stature and is gathering a superb following of Adults and Youth riders with 3 races in a day from Auto’s through to bigger kids followed by the Adults, all racing different durations on different scaled tracks catering for all abilities, its creating a superb atmosphere and lots of admirers and new customers.
Ceri Williams win the Autos again:
Kicking off the action at 8.30am for one hour was the Auto group and again it was that young man, Ceri Williams that was on top form. Ceri showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of his competitors as he blasted to a 4 minute advantage over Runner Up, Jack Maudsley with 3rd spot going to Curtis Mealham a further 1 minute and 20 seconds down but doing well to grab a podium place after a last lap pass on eventual 4th placed Harlie Tebay. All the top 4 Autos completing 8 laps of the big circuit they where given by Race Boss Steve Ireland.
A neat and well attended trophy presentation for the Autos the saw the massive line up of the bigger kids take to the start line for their 1.5hr race and again WES Boss Steve Ireland had upped the anti by giving the kids a massive 4 mile lap to get their teeth into.
Super Sion takes the kids race:
Sion Aled Evans on his B/W 85 Freestyle Husky is the next up and coming young rider to keep an eye on as he blasted to a start to finish win and put in a smooth and really stylish performance along the way with a riding style and skill level way above his young years. Sion Aled from the DDBC was a worthy winner in the 13/14 yrs class on 10 laps with a clear 2-minute advantage over Brandon Burns in the Runner Up spot. Burns had travelled down from Newcastle UPON Tyne and was certainly another stand out rider with his speed and skill. Third spot went the hard charging Billy Austin, whom almost burst a gut pushing for the podium and was only 2 seconds off Burns at the chequered flag. Billy is improving with every race as are a lot of the riders that are competing in this series and its great to see the camaraderie amongst all the youngsters in the paddock.
Jayden Westcott and Lewis Hurdsman where at it hammer and tong in the 11/12 group and it was only one second that separated them in the end with the super slim advantage going to Westcott, Both riders doing 10 laps each just as third place podium regular, Alfie Barber did albeit 4 minutes down on the top two riders.
Jayden Jones put on another fantastic display in the 9/10 yrs group and showed his super skills over the jumps and natural whoops. Jones is effortless in style and skill and pushed the little wheels of his 65cc to their limits with a 10-lap score that matched the big boys and a 2-lap clear advantage in his class. It was super close in the rest of the group with the next top 7 riders all doing 8 laps and all in close proximity to each other. Runner Up was Tomos Jones with Will Barnett 19 seconds behind him. These riders gave 100 % as did all the riders in class to fully deserve their podium places, no more so than Will Barnett whom had his choke stuck on for an hour until they noticed causing a very poor running machine.
The 7/8 once again won by the flying Jack Brooks as he blasted to a solid 8 laps and the top step on the podium. Runner Up was Charlie Walker with the always committed George Sheldon taking 3rd spot. Again, all of the riders in class doing superbly well and putting in great performances on this fast and flowing circuit.
Straight after the last rider came in, another neat and very well attended trophy presentation took place for the Youths and the big line up of adults took to the start line for the main 2.5hr race of the day over the full 6 mile per lap circuit.
Tims’ the Forman….
Tim Forman was in charge from the start as he was first man back to the lap scoring/ race control just over 10 minutes after Steve Ireland had waved the union jack start flag. Tim was simply flying on the Beta 2t and didn’t let off his relentless pace at all as his lap times will show, a dedicated and brilliant ride from the recently turned 40-year-old riding in the Expert Vets. Tim was followed home by the ever-green Lincoln Brewster whom himself was on top form taking the class and indeed the event 2nd place overall. The Expert vets really showing the rest of the field how to do it. 3rd in class was Paul Lightfoot, matching the top score of 15 laps but 8 minutes adrift of the top two, still a very good ride from the hard charging Lightfoot.
Rob Francom was a solid third overall on his Husky and did enough to win the Expert class from GasGas mounted Dawson Marriot and Sherco Mounted Gary Jenkins with both Francom and Marriot on 15 laps each.
Paul Engerlen and Liam Belfield had a real battle in the Expert B’s and contact was even made between the two hard racers as the fought tooth and nail for the full 2hrs and 44 minutes of their race. Eventually it was a 3 second victory for Engerlen on his KTM and a very close second for Yamaha mounted Belfield. Both rider showing the Expert B class is a brilliant addition to the WES series. 3rd spot went to Ben Heycock a lap down on 14 laps to the top two’s 15 each.
Clubman victory was Ieuan Brooks as he stormed the course with a hard charging style that earned him 15 laps and a comfortable win over Runner Up, Sion Hughes and 3rd placed Mattias Svensson. Youngster Hughes is going really well now and improving by the week and he is most certainly a start of the future. Svensson was back after a break due to kiddie sand family stuff and it was nice to see him on the podium.
Jason Clarke on his Husky, as expected topped the very competitive Over 40 class with 14 laps and a 1 minute and 21 second advantage over Runner Up, Paul Cunnigham. Cunny was back at WOR after a long break and was out on a brand-new bike, loving every minute of his WOR return he stated he had just ridden the best track and event of his life, fine praise indeed. Third place went to Guy Graham with another of his steady Podium performances as he was 3 minutes adrift of Cunningham.
That man Chris Wagstaff is unstoppable in the over 50 class and once again he dominated the race on his trusty Yamaha 250 2t. Chris completed 14 laps and had a 5 and half minute advantage over Runner up, The fastest 60 year old out there, Colin Griffiths with 58 year old Duncan Humphreys showing he still has lots of speed left to match the 14 laps and take the 3rd spot on the podium. Humphreys was another rider that stated that after over 40 years of riding the track was the best, yet he had ridden on.
Hayden Rainford is some incredible form now and the little youngster from the Wirral is proving the one to beat in the always competitive Sportsman class. Hayden took the win again in the group with an almost 2-minute clear advantage over Runner Up, Max Eilledge with Damian Kozaczka in 3rd place and really enjoying his podium visit. The top 6 Sportsman all completing 14 laps.
Sam Hughes continues to impress on his 125cc KTM as he completed 14 laps and won the adult youth class from Cameron Games and Harrison Davies.
Top lady rider Glesni Jones topped the podium on 13 laps from Annabelle Brewster and Jenny Timouth with both the 2nd and 3rd placed riders on 12 laps.
The Top 3 Novice riders where all battling hard too with close racing going on at the sharp end. The victory spoils in class eventually going to James Gore 2 mins in front of Runner Up, James Akehurst with Harry Trotman taking a well-earned 3rd spot.
The event was simply superb, hard racing, a brilliant track, a superb atmosphere and again very well supported by both riders and spectators.
WOR as always would like to send a massive thank you out to the landowners for the use of this fantastic venue and WOR look forward to returning here for the series final on September 7/8th, very special end to a very special championship indeed.
A massive thanks to all the sponsors, staff, medics, caterers and helpers that make the events as enjoyable, safe and professional as they are but the biggest thanks again goes out to the masses of riders that come from all over the country and drive miles and miles to support the events, without these folk these superb weekends simply would not happen.
WOR’s next events is a Playday Saturday and the WES rd 7 at the always fantastic BADEN HALL in less than two weeks . Entries are open online now . @ www.worevents.com “