Last Sunday was round two of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship and the organisers the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club had laid out a cracking course.
It was red hot racing of four hours from the start to the finish in the Championship Class with three teams battling it out. Round one winners Jamie & Rick Roper (both Sudbury) took an early lead from the runner ups Brendon Mayers (Halstead) and Sam Mitchell (Woodbridge) and the third team in contention were Lewis Bond and Ben Cole (Lowestoft). These three teams were well on the pace with the lead changing several times and all three finished on 45 laps and it was down to time penalties to sort the final placings. It was a revenge victory for Mayers/Mitchell who only dropped 1 lap penalty pushing the Roper brothers into second place who had 1.33 lap penalty while Bond/Cole were third with 2.33 laps penalty. Not far behind the top three were 4th Harvey Mutten/Toby Morley (Woodbridge), 5th Adam Ranson (Diss)/Ed Pooley (Stowmarket), 6th Will Kerry (Woodbridge)/Chris Hockey (Sudbury), 7th Craig Roper/George Eustace (Sudbury) and 8th Ross Taylor (Diss)/Michael Ridge (Stowmarket).
The Expert Class was also closely contested with Richard Walters/Kevin Green (Sudbury) completing most laps namely 42 however with a 4 laps time penalty it pushed them down to 8th place. The next five teams all completed 41 laps and when time penalties were deducted four teams were on equal net laps so it was down to best lap times on the day. Chris Wright (Diss) and Dan Willis (Stowmarket) were declared the winners with a time of 5 minutes 11.61 seconds with Kevin Palmer (Diss)/Ben Grice (Lowestoft) 2nd nearly 4 seconds behind. Third place went to Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds)/Mark Chapman (Diss) 10 seconds behind the winners while Alex Barkshire (Diss)/Danny Wright (Norwich) had to be content with 4th place a further 16 seconds behind. Although on 41 laps Harry Clark (Sudbury) replacing the injured Joe Marsh and Mark Mitchell (Halstead) had to be content with 5th place as they incurred more time penalties.
There no stopping Ben Marsh (Halstead)/Will Nice (Bury St Edmunds) in the Clubman Class they clinched the win on 38.50 laps and in 2nd place were Luke Cain/George Wolfe)TBEC), 3rd Andrew Peek/Mark Grimmer (Norwich), 4th Dan & Paul Hunt (Diss) and 5th Aaron Barkshire/Kyle Betts (Diss).
The unofficial positions after two rounds have in the Championship Class the Roper Brothers and Mayers/Mitchell tied in first place on 37 points while Palmer/Grice have a 13 point advantage over Wright/Barkshire in the Expert Class. There is a tie in the Clubman Class with the Hunt Brothers and Marsh/Nice both on 37 points. There is a long wait for round three which is in August but before then there are four rounds of the Solo Championship to come.
Photos by Anthony Ridge (click an image to enlarge)