May 15th, 2019.

Round 3, 12th May 2019, Manor Farm, Pool Quay

Round 3 of the Dragon Quad Racing MCF British XC Championship took place under clear blue skies, but a week of heavy rain had left the track team with some serious work to do to get the venue ready. They did a superb job working late into the evening to build a fast-flowing course over five miles of Welsh countryside.

DQR’s round 3 was a muddy affair!

The Youth race was first to go out, with a 1.5-hour race and great entry of 17 riders. In the 250cc Hybrid class Daniel Barrow reversed the result from Round 2 and took the win from Tom Bainbridge in second and Lewis Humphris in third. James Maybury took his second win in the 250cc class, from Frank Martson in second taking his first podium since moving up from the 125cc class. Harry Exley was third.

Louie Holt made it three out of three in the 125 class, with Morgan Junge second and Freddie Robinson rounding out the podium in third.

The MINI Quad Race for riders aged five to nine years took place over a shortened course for 30 minutes; it was certainly no less of a challenge though in the tricky muddy conditions. A win was in the bag in 90cc class for Owen Stephens, with Harriet Mewse making it back-to-back wins in the 50cc class.

The sun was still shining when the afternoon’s racing got underway, with 63 adults lined up to tackle the five-mile course for 2.5-hours. It turned into something of a “Tough Mudder” and was a tough afternoon for both rider and machine.

Alex Bethell took the holeshot, however, by the time they came around for lap two, Luke Davies was first through closely followed by Alex and Kevin Meenagh. Alex eventually made it to the front and held out for his first win of the season in the Expert + category with Davies second and Kevin Meenagh third. Luke Richards took the Expert class win, with Tiago Gomes in second and David Hull third.

Once again it was a packed clubman class with Luke Forrester and Will Dunlop swapping their round two results in first and second and Bradley Johnson taking the third spot on the podium.

Dylan Mckenna once again showed impressive pace in the Sportsman class to win ahead of Josh Talents, who just edged out Andrew Willcock, who managed to hold on to third after pushing his machine the last 40 metres over the line.

Lawrence Dascombe made it back to back wins in the 4x4 Lights with Mark Williams second again and Oliver Dascombe third. In the 4x4 Clubman class, Richard Harvey went one better to take first place with Danny Beckett second and Danny Gilligan rounding out the podium. The 4x4 expert class was as competitive as always. Steve Atkins led from the off ahead of Simon David and took the win again, Simon David was second and Stuart Marley third.

Full results can be found at

Images: Lisa Williams-Holt

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