Scott Austin took the championship at the Edge Offroad Championship held at the gloriously sunny Butts Quarry. It had a new course layout for the final weekend of October. With two races for the day, the youth set the scene in the morning with adults in the afternoon.
In groundwork for the forthcoming Skegness beach race, Scott Austin made a comeback to enduro. He had the overall win on 18 laps. Scott Atlas, who despite being last during the start managed to keep a straight face and kept on advancing eventually earning him the second spot. Altass managed to pip Edge rider Josh Bailey in the final corner for the runner-up result.
Rick Du Feu threw a spanner in the works among the championship riders in the Expert Vets class. Edge made sure there was plenty of technical stuff too despite Butts Quarry is mostly a motocross track. Du Feu had it cool and had an easy win. Perhaps his best this season, Crowie Snr had an awesome race as he took the second place from Mark Raynor, who rode steadily for the two hour duration and took third.
In the Clubman class, Kurt Weston made it sure to grab a hold of the championship title. He was chased all day by Neil Marshall who also gave his all during the event. A close battle between James Gamble and Ben Walker for the second spot had been called better than the Expert Class’ battle. James managed to overtake Ben on the last lap in the quarry section to grab third. Later, it was discovered that Ben had stumbled in the early part of the race which results in hurting his wrist. Regardless of his broken wrist, he still continued for 90 minutes with an injury.
In the Clubman Vets class Rick Tropman took a good win from Kevin Cowie, who rode an old XR400. Steve Cranshaw made the trip down from Lancashire and rounded out the podium with a well deserved third.
In the sportmans class, Rhys White took a believable win from Liam Ryde, who took second. The riders were both one lap ahead of Nathan Smith in third place. Nathan suffered no mechanicals and rode a steady race thus earning him a spot in the championship.
Nic Boll had the upper hand and wins the Sportman Vets for the last round of the season. In second place was Andrew Brook. Brook is happily finding his feet in this class now and certainly looks like he’ll be a championship contender in 2018. Ed Battye made a comeback to riding and took third place.
The battle in this class was as exciting as the ones above them. With a whooping 5 minute margin, Deany claimed the title with Foxy in second. The old familiar face of Steve Johnson was third but only 16 seconds behind.
Enduro rookie Chris Davis totally thrashed his difference in the Novice class on 16 laps. On 15 laps, Steve Butterfield took second spot. In his second endure, Will Reid finished third on 14 laps.
The Youth were away first at 9am, with a fight from the off for the holeshot between Abbie Piggott and Jaysi Austin. After a few laps, Piggott soon had a considerable lead and an overall win. Austin got the Youth B win and second overall.
New to enduro, Ailbe O’Connell had the top spot of the podium in the Junior Class. Following him was the overall championship winner Charlie Page, who had his best ride of the season. In third was apparently new to endure also. Freddie Oakley rode most of the race with a loose seat. Eager for the win, Harry Walker had it all on his young shoulders before the race. But sadly, he crashed on the second lap and thus ending his season with a DNF. Archie Roberts rode great, and it was great to see him back out riding since his set back in the summer.