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Georgia PotterIncorporated in the recent ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship at Little Hadham Hertfordshire was another one hour Hare and Hounds race for 12-16 year olds. The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club wants to promote events for these youngsters who ride elsewhere outside of East Anglia and there are other youths under the age of 12 riding regularly.

For this event there were twelve riders which included three females and the course was laid out in the wood which included an easy route to and through the bog. Once again the competitors had to run to their bikes and first away was Jake Roper closely followed by half the field. Following Roper on the first lap were Max Brown, Joe Phillips and Doug Lote while further down Jemma Sargeant and Maisy Hockney were holding off Louis Dutton. On lap two Roper opened up a big lead over Phillips who had in the meantime passed Lote, Georgia Potter moved into 4th place while Dutton had moved up from 12th to 5th. Following a little further behind were Max Brown,Louis Dutton Will Belton, Evan Brown, Archie Gunton, Evan Herbert and Hockney. On the next lap it was Phillips who was first round with a commanding lead over Roper who had struggled through the bog. Potter slipped past Lote with Dutton chasing hard, Belton was 6th, Brown 7th, Gunton 8th and Evan Brown 9th. As the race progressed Roper was gaining on Phillips and just over the half hour it was neck and neck and on the next lap Roper regained the lead. For the rest of the time Roper kept extending his lead which was a good thing for him as he flipped his bike over in the bog and lost several seconds. On the last few laps Phillips was gaining on Roper who had decided to pace himself as he had a good lead to take the win while Dutton had passed Potter for 3rd and Potter had to hold off a determined Lote for 4th place. Another successful event organised by the Sudbury Motor Clubs who would like to thank the parents for their help and assistance.

Race results : 1st Jake Roper 18 laps, 2nd Joe Phillips 18 laps, 3rd Louis Dutton 17 laps, 4th Georgia Potter 17 laps, 5th Doug Lote 17 laps, 6th Archie Gunton 15 laps, 7th Max Brown 15 laps, 8th Will Belton 15 laps, 9th Evan Brown 13 laps, 10th Jemma Sargeant 11 laps, 11th Maisy Hockney 6 laps 12th Evan Herbert 6 laps.

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Dean CurryIt was a very hot and sunny day for round 4 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship at Little Hadham Herts. The organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club had laid out a blistering course of five miles through ditches, open fields and woods. The bog in one of the woods caused a few problems although not as wet as usual but if you rode the wrong line you got stuck in a deep rut which meant a lot of energy was needed to pull the bike out of it. Graham MaysOn the first lap Jason Morland was experimenting on what line to ride and dropped his machine straight into the mud. However that did not deter the Halstead rider as Morland had two cracking rides on the two Special Tests beating second place man Matt Pope (Norwich) by 6.6 seconds. There was strong competition amongst the other Championship Class riders which finally saw Brendan Mayers (Halstead) 3rd, Tim Rose (Diss) 4th, Will Hughes (Braintree) 5th, Daniel Van Zyl from South Africa 6th, James Yearley (Braintree) 7th, Sam Mitchell (Woodbridge) 8th and Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) 9th. Provisionally in the overall standings Morland has increased his lead and with two rounds to go he needs 18 points to retain his Title.

The Expert Class so far has seen a battle Myles Saunders (Sudbury) and Kevin Palmer (Norwich) but Palmer pulled out all the stops having the top rides in the Special Tests beating 2nd place rider Dan Willis (Stowmarket) by 10.156 seconds with Alex Walton (Sudbury) 3rd. Lee MongerSaunders who was 12.279 seconds behind Palmer in Test Times had to be content with 4th while Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) was 5th, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 6th and Nick Barrett (Sudbury) 7th. Palmer has opened up a 14 point gap on Saunders for the Expert Title but still can be caught.

What can Contest Sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) do in the Expert Veteran Class to beat Michael Ridge (Stowmarket), in the first Test Ridge was .277 seconds Micheal Ridgequicker than Hockey while in the second Test Hockey hit back and was .263 seconds faster than Ridge. The win went to Ridge by .014 seconds with Hockey taking 2nd place and in their wake were 3rd Phil Roper (Sudbury), 4th Paul Spurgeon (Woodbridge) and 5th Paul Belton (Sudbury). Overall Ridge is 18 points ahead of Hockey but still can be caught over the next two rounds.

There is a keen rivalry between two Sudbury members James Barker and Lee Monger in the Clubman Class and Barker beat Monger by 13.139 seconds in the Tests however had a 20 second penalty earlier in the day for failing to start his bike in the prescribe time which gave Monger the win. Up and coming youngster George Eustace (Sudbury) secure 3rd place with Paul Hunt and Scott Chaplin (both Diss) 4th and 5th places. Barker’s lead over Monger is now down to one point. It was a third win on the bounce for Dean Curry (Sudbury) in the Clubman Veteran Class beating 2nd place Terry Allen (Sudbury) by 8.498 seconds in the two Tests while Jeff Sharp (Sudbury) was 3rd and Michael Wyatt (Diss) 4th. Curry now has a 31 points lead in this Class. Andy Mason’s (Sudbury) one hundred percent of wins in the Clubman Super Veteran Class came to an end with Graham Mays (Sudbury) beating him for the win on the day by 6.768 seconds and two further Sudbury riders Nigel Ross and Gary Drage were 3rd and 4th. Mason lead Mays by 14 points in the Super Vets but is still catchable over the last two rounds.