The ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship returned to action in the Isle of Man last weekend for rounds 6 and 7.
The Manxduro proved to be an enjoyable but challenging event, with the club setting out a 30 mile lap weaving its way through the local forests and moorland near the clubs excellent base at Carnagrie.
With the continued glorious sunshine and course conditions very dry, the enduro proved to be a very well organised event by the hard working and experienced Southern Motorcycle Club.
The day started at 9am with riders heading off from the TT Grandstand making the trip to test 1 at Carnagie via some of the famous TT route. This was a slick grass moorland test that weaved its way around the natural banked fields, plus a few extreme hazards and an uphill jump which is always a crowd favourite.
Taking the lead on the first test was series leader Danny McCanney, six seconds up on Jack Edmondson and a further two seconds ahead of Joe Wootton. From here riders headed over to the long enduro test which was a mix of grass hillside fields but mainly technical and fast flowing forest tracks.
Danny McCanney took another test win gaining another 20 seconds on Edmondson, who in turn was five seconds ahead of Tom Sagar. Test 3 saw Edmondson take the win, but from then on McCanney was simply unbeatable and won the remaining six tests to take the day win by just over a minute.
Edmondson was delighted with his second place performance beating Sagar by 31 seconds, with Wootton just missing out on a podium place a further second behind.
Welsh 2 Day winner Alex Snow carried on his good form taking fifth, while Dan Mundell rounded off the top six. Luke Flack topped off a brilliant days riding by taking the Expert class win beating the impressive Aaron Gordon by 20 seconds.
Max Ditchfield put in another consistent display taking third, just ahead of Ricky Wiggins. local Isle of Man rider Max Ingham put his motocross skills to good use to finish in an impressive fifth.
In the biggest class of the day, youngster Harry Houghton took a well deserved Clubman overall win from Lewis Ranger. Third saw Jake Purcell put in a strong performance just holding off Josh Kirkby in fourth by seven seconds
The Ladies class saw a commanding display by Rosie Rowett beating rival Nieve Holmes by just over a minute, taking up the final podium spot was Chloe Richards.
Local ace Juan Knight was the man on form in the Over 40s. Series leader Andrew Edwards had to settle for runner-up this time and Andrew Reeves finishing a very creditable third place.
Paul “Elvis” Davies was back to his winning ways taking the glory in the Over 50 class, Julian Oakes was only 20 seconds behind Elvis with Jason Rees third. Ollie Harcombe took top honours in the Sportsman class ahead of Simon Walker and Ross Morrison.
With another day of glorious weather promised, it was set up to be another great day of action in all classes. After completing two laps and five special tests Manxman Danny McCanney proved too hot to handle yet again.
He put in a commanding display and by the end of the day McCanney had just over half a minute in hand over runner-up Jack Edmondson, with Joe Wootton back to his best in third trailing Edmondson by just two seconds.
Alex Snow improved on his day one result by finishing fourth while Sagar, suffering from a sore wrist, took fifth. Dan Mundell finished off his weekend with another strong sixth place finish.
In the hotly contested Expert class it was Aaron Gordon who took the well deserved win beating Luke Flack by nine seconds.
Another great performance saw Max Ditchfield take third from Richard Tucker. Youngster Henry Yardley had his best BEC result this year in fifth, while Ricky Wiggins had to settle for sixth.
Another strong performance by Harry Houghton saw him snatch the Clubman class win by 34 seconds from star of the future Tom Knight. Lewis Ranger was a further 10 seconds down on Knight, while Jake Purcell put in another good display finishing fourth.
In the Ladies class Rosie Rowett took the maximum points again with Nieve Holmes finishing second.
Juan Knight is again the man to beat in the ultra competitive Over 40 class taking another win, beating nearest rival Andrew Edwards. Rudy Austin and Jonathan Tarr were next up taking well respectable third and fourth places.
In the Over 50s Julian Okes put in a sterling shift taking the class win over Paul Davies. The battle for third saw Jason Rees pip Paul Spurgeon.
A repeat of day 1 saw Ollie Harcombe, Simon Walker and Ross Morrison take 1, 2 and 3 in the Sportsman class.
All in all it was a superb event put on by Southern Motorcycle Club, a round well worthy of its BEC status.
The next round of this series is organised by Rhayader MC and will be held at Cwmythig Hill, Rhayader over the bank holiday weekend in August 24-26