Juan Knight’s summer series rocked up to the Southern Motor Cycle Club’s home turf at Carnagrie on Sunday, 12th June 2o16. The extraordinary sunny TT weather continued and provided the 65 competitors with great conditions and no mud in sight!
Adults Race 1 saw Juan Knight get the hole shot and hold the lead for 3 laps fending off his brother David who managed to get past on the forth – there is only so many laps Okells can power you for?! David Knight continued to dominate the race finishing on 10 laps, with Juan coming in 2nd and Chris Madigan gaining 3rd place. Jed Etchills also finished on 10 laps and coming in as the top youth rider. Ashley Kelly finished on 9 laps, 11th overall, to gain the top Clubman place, beating George Birchall and stubble field specialist Will Duggan to 3rd. Top Sportsman place went to Tomas Lee on 8 laps.
Youth Race 1 was dominated by Max Ingham who pulled out a lead from the outset finishing on 6 laps. 2nd place went to Christopher Moore on 5 laps, closely followed by Kyle Batty also finishing on 5 laps.
Juan Knight got the hole shot again in Adults Race 2, holding off his brother for two laps this time. David Knight went on to complete an impressive 11 laps – you just can’t tire that man out! 2nd place went to Juan Knight with Jed Etchills gaining 3rd and top young rider, ahead of Chris Madigan who got a bad start but picked his way through the pack just running out of time to catch Jed. George Birchall got the better of Ashley Kelly in the second race for top place in Clubman both completing 10 laps. Jamie Cringle was circulating well until Grant Thomson pulled a ‘rather harsh’ move on him at the lap scoring chicane! Craig McGee beat Will Duggan to win the ‘battle of the Young Farmers’! A special mention goes out to the only female competitor – Demi MaClaren – who after some considerable barracking went out and completed an extra lap right at the end of the race and finishing an impressive 6 laps, which is much better than 5 – go girl!!
Max Ingham again dominated Youth Race 2 being the only youth to complete an impressive 6 laps. It was tight race for second place with Curtis Grose moving up two places from Race 1 to gain 2nd over Christopher Moore in 3rd. Ryan Christian managed two more laps in Race 2, finishing 4 laps after his bike would not start in Race 1.
As always thanks must be noted to all those who made the event possible … Dave Leach and crew for setting out the course, time keepers Bob and Suzie Clague with sterling back-up from Karen Rodger. Thank you to the Hogg Ambulance and we hope competitors did not keep you too busy! Fabulous catering was put on by Ray and Brenda and everyone enjoyed a well deserved complementary meal of cottage pie afterwards … happy days!
Thanks also goes out to Michael Rodger for taking over 1500 photographs of the event (good luck sorting those out!) … we hope you enjoy the photos which will be posted on the SMCC Facebook page soon and we look forward to your comments.
Results from todays enduro.