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Preview: Witley MCC British Enduro – 2018 ACU British Enduro Championship

Preview: Witley MCC British Enduro – 2018 ACU British Enduro Championship

Brad Freeman

The eagerly awaited return of the ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship heads to Warren Heath, Hampshire this Sunday, February 11.  Witley & District Motorcycle Club are the hosts for round one of this year’s series, which will be first ever BEC in the club’s history.

Clerk of the course Tristan Robinson, along with his assistants Neil Bowker and Rob Carey have set out an enjoyable but challenging 18 laps, using some of the finest enduro going in the South-East with a route that is rideable in all weather conditions.

From the start, the course winds round the fast and flowing Heath Warren.  Riders will be tested to their limit in this area and it’s all too easy to lose a minute in the famous Baggott Bog! After Check one, the course moves to the Warren Heath part of the forest and skirts round the perimeter of the venue taking in the quarry road on the way to the Tough Plant Hire ‘Smith’ Test.

On leaving the Smith test, the course becomes tight and technical, winding its way through the darkened wood sections until riders appear at the Enduro Tyres Alldred test.  Richard (Big Bird) and Daniel Alldred have been setting special tests in this area for years at the Witley Classic Enduro.

2017 World Junior Enduro Champion and current British Enduro Champion Brad Freeman starts as favourite but Danny McCanney whos is still nursing a broken hand, will be hoping to go one better this time after finishing last season as runner-up.

Hot on their heels will be youngsters Jack Edmondson, Dan Mundell and Joe Wootton all hoping to spring in a few surprises along the way.  Cornish star Josh Gotts and ex-motocrosser Alex Snow are improving all the time will no doubt have their sights of a podium finish.

Other top BEC riders entered include ex-British enduro Champions David Knight, Tom Sagar and Daryl Bolter, plus extreme enduro hotshot Billy Bolt.  Fraser Flockhart, Tom Ellwood, James Dent, Charlie Evans and another ex-motocrosser star changing over to Enduro Jed Etchells to name but a few.

Don’t be surprised to see newly promoted Expert riders Bradley King, Jay Thomas, Alex Walton and Harry Edmondson up there scoring some good points too. All the normal BEC classes will be catered for too including, Expert, Clubman, Ladies, Over 40 and Over 50.

The event will start and finish at Warren Heath, Hampshire, RG27 0QB.  It will be signposted from the A30 at the top of Star Hill. The start time will be 9am. All riders will start four per minute. Please note that there is strictly no overnight camping at the venue.

FREE overnight event camping is available on Saturday, February 10, at the White Lion Antiques Centre, RG27 8AE. When arriving at Warren Heath on Sunday, you must park where instructed by the officials.

2018 ACU British Timecard Enduro Championship Dates

  • Round 1 – Sunday 11th February Witley Enduro– Witley& District MCC
  • Rounds 2/3 – Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th May Yorkshire Enduro – Dirtbike Action
  • Rounds 4/5 – Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th May Scotland Enduro – Dirt Bike Evolution
  • Rounds 6/7 – Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th July Isle of Man Enduro – Southern MCC
  • Rounds 8/9 – Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th August Rhayader Enduro – Rhayader MC & LCC Ltd
  • Round 10/11 – Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th September REME Enduro – REME
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