Winter hasn’t yet loosened its grip on the UK, but the organisers of the British Enduro Championship weren’t going to wait for the warmer days to get started on the 2018 nationals. So it was with near-freezing temperatures that the show got on the road – sorry – tracks in the forests at Warren Heath in Surrey (a southern county in the UK).
The sun shone, but the forest floor was a mess of tree stumps and water-filled hollows, and with a schedule of five 20-mile laps it would be a tough one for the championship contenders. Trying to get a flow in such conditions was nigh on impossible and with the low sun spotting the stumps wasn’t easy. Meanwhile pit crews had a job just keeping warm between refuels. The one and only food stall in the paddock (a good one, making proper coffees and decent hot food) had a long line the whole day.
Not an easy day, but talent will always shine. Former world junior enduro champion Danny McCanney is back with Gas Gas this year and despite having only just recovered from a broken wrist (sustained at a recent hard enduro) he took a commanding win. Second was RUST’s own Tom Sagar (Beta) – we thought he’d retired from racing, obviously not – ahead of Joe Wooton (Husqvarna).
British Enduro Championship 2018
1 Danny McCanney 1:02:03.182
2 Tom Sagar 1:03:06.452
3 Joe Wooton 1:03:32.319
4 Billy Bolt 1:03:37.657
5 Daryl Bolter 1:04:13.687