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Tom Sagar leads them home at the annual Manxduro on the Isle of Man. Acting as 2 rounds of both the NEEC North of England Enduro and SMCC / Isle of Man ACU Centre championships

Tom Sagar leads them home at the annual Manxduro on the Isle of Man.

Acting as 2 rounds of both the NEEC North of England Enduro and SMCC / Isle of Man ACU Centre championships many of the NEEC regulars had made the trip over. With a very respectable 124 entries many travelled from England and Wales and even as far as Italy.

Tom Sagar headed the Championship class entry with Brad Freeman and Lee Sealey. David Knight had been a late entry but decided last minute to fly to the Italian EWC round where he scored a brilliant podium on day 2.

Day 1

Early on Saturday morning heavy rain and low cloud covered most of the Island breaking the dry spell of recent weeks and dampening proceedings. The field left on time and after a sighting lap on the Carnagrie test then proceeded to Archallagan via Slieau Whallian and the Dowse greenways to Archallagan.

The full field just made it round the soaked Archallagan including the Vinduro class featuring several Kawasaki KDX, a Suzuki DR 200 and a Husqvarna WR300 twinshock. Late entry 18 year old Kate Smith, a NEEC regular, had a torrid time. Damaging her ankle in Carnegrie test, a stuck float dropped fuel on the rear tyre causing her to have another off on the ‘going’. She battled on and completed a run through Archallagan but was not able to continue any further.

Next riders headed to South Barrule Quarry ‘tight-check’ and pushed on through the slippy climbs and loose rocks of the quarry before running though Corlea and Cringle plantations the weather played a part here and the times set to complete the route and stay clean were proving hard to match for all but the top few in each class. Time penalties started to accrue as the laps ticked on as is often the case when the weather turns bad.

By the end of day 1 Championship, Expert, Clubman and Veteran +40 had all completed over 6hrs of riding and 3 laps of the course. Sportsman, Veteran +50 and Vinduro had completed 2 laps. There was a great deal of time penalties and lateness and many riders were technically houred out but were allowed to continue.

At the end it was multiple British Enduro Champion and former WEC rider Tom Sagar who took the victory overall on day 1 from Brad Freeman and Lee Sealey. Local riders dominated the Expert class with Chris Madigan taking his 2nd victory of the year from teenager Mark Turner fresh from dominating the clubman championship looks set to be a force to be reckoned with in Expert. Third was last year’s overall winner Nigel Crellin extending his lead over Ollie Megson.

Clubman was won by last year’s Champion Alan Heath from visitors Joel Sadler and James Nichol. UK based riders had great battles all they way down the field with locals. Veteran +40 victory was taken by Paul Sagar, Tom’s father with a time good enough for victory in Clubman. Club supporter Mike Alty and Cefin Evans rounded out the top 3. Sportsman was class taken by Alistair McCraith from Nigel Humphreys and Ian Bailey. Super Veteran +50 was won by BA pilot Dave Maddrell from Chuck Bregazzi and Robert Quayle. Vinduros all DNF’d perhaps a review of their route is required for next year!

Chris-Madigan-Expert-ManxDuro-1080Chris Madigan © Dave Kneen / Manx Photos On Line

Day 2

Brad Freeman got the better of Tom Sagar by 2 seconds after a spill on the slippy Eairy Kelly track possibly denied Sagar the double victory. In Experts it was a another win for Chris Madigan with Mark Turner only 13 secondss off on total test times. Nigel Crellin ended the day in 3rd place with championship.

Clubman was a double victory for local man Alan Heath from Joel Sadler again and RAF rider Adam Senior taking a podium position. Veterans +50 was comfortably won by Robert Quayle with a 5 minute lead over David Maddrell and Charles Bregazzi. Nigel Humphreys took victory in the Sportsman class from Alistair Mccraith and Ian Bailey.

Emyr Penlan of Welsh TV show Ralio (complete with film crew) completed the day in 15th place to make up for his and Howard Davies DNFs on the first day.

Clerk of the Course Nigel Beaumont would like to thank every person who put an arrow on a tree, a stob in the ground, timekeepers, marshalls and everyone involved no matter how small it really was a cracking event.

Special thanks go to the catering staff at Carnagrie who did an excellent job of cooking for all competitors all weekend and also sign on team Helen Beaumont and Jackie Hewson.

Also Sam Curphey, Suzy Clague, Dave and Mrs Leach and Mark Wilson for all standing in the rain. LandownersPaul Costain, Pentti Christian and DEFA. Jess and Harry Hockley from T Timing for the transponder based results. The committee also thanks Liz Childerley for her contribution to raising the profile of the event and making it a success.

Supported by Ellan Vannin Fuels / Minimix Concrete the inaugral SMCC Manxduro began on Friday 1st August at Carnagrie.