July 14th, 2020.

Round 1: July 12th, 2020, Allercott Pits Exmoor with ATV’s Only and GML ATV

Dragon Quad Racing finally enjoyed some 2020 race action last Sunday when the first meeting of its shortened four-round series got underway at the Allercott Pits venue; arguably one of the best enduro tracks on the calendar.

A superb 6.7-mile track awaited the riders and, under clear blue skies, the Youth race kicked off in the morning in near perfect racing conditions. Run over 1.5-hours, the 250cc saw some close racing in the first two laps with James Maybury and Charlie Wheatley setting a blistering pace. Charlie managed to break away from the chasing pack to lead for most of the race and ultimately take the first race win of 2020. James was second and Louie Holt third in his 250cc class debut.
In the 125cc class there were debuts for a number of riders who had moved up from last year’s Mini Quad class. Jake Robson, Owain Stephens and Ronnie Burnett all tackled the full Adult course for the first time.

Owain took the holeshot but local rider Alex Edmed-Kellaway took the lead and went on to win, with Jake second and Jamie Burnett in 3rd.

The afternoon’s Adult racing got underway just after midday and, with a packed 4x4 class, it was going to be an interesting race. In the combined Experts and Expert Plus class, Luke Richards led away from the flag, but unfortunately suffered from a mechanical failure on lap two. Alex Bethell moved up into the lead and stayed there for most of the race until a crash brough a premature end to his day with a snapped steering stem and a bang to the head. Chris Tite eventually took the win from Will Dunlop in second, in his expert debut, and Michael Williams in third.

Tom Stevens clinched the win in the clubman class, the only rider on 10 laps in his class with Daniel Evans second and Simon Burnett third.

The story of the day really was in the Sportsman class where young Tom Bainbridge, making his debut, took the class holeshot and set off after the race leaders. He was setting an unbelievable pace with the fastest lap of the race on lap four. He soon settled into a rhythm and was in the top two overall. Once Alex was out, it was a straight battle between Tom and Chris Tite for the overall win. It was a tense lap lap for those watching, with Tom coming out on top by seven seconds! What a win on his debut not only the sportsman class but the overall as well. Second spot in the sportsman race went to Daniel Barrow with Jack Evans in third.

Harry Stevens took the win in the 4x4 Lights with Lawrence Dascombe second and Oliver Weaver third.
In the 4x4 Clubman class Adam Twine was the victor with Derek Burns second and Laura Linton putting in a great performance to clinch third spot.

The 4x4 expert class was as competitive as always. Simon David took the early lead but engine failure on lap two put an end to his race. Jason Wildman also retired with mechanical failure early on and it was left to Stuart Marley and Graham Guy to battle it out, with Stuart coming out on top and taking the win from Graham in second and Richard Harvey in his expert debut in third.

Full results of all the races can be found HERE

The club extended a thanks to its title sponsor ATV's Only and associate GML ATV for their invaluable support and to the marshalls, medics, photographer and caterers who make the events possible.
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