Plenty of success for Wicklow quad riders
A NUMBER of Wicklow competitors tasted success as the Wexford Off Road Club in association with Southeast Quad Centre held their annual charity hare and hound scramble at Quad Attack in Clonroche recently.
Entries are increasing every year as the popularity of this event grows and grows, and this was no exception, with 140 quads entered and 120 solos. Monies raised at the 2009 event are going to the Women’s Refuge Centre in Wexford, and Clonroche N.S.
Thankfully overhead conditions weren’t too bad despite a terrible storm the night before. However, ground conditions posed challenges for many riders as pileups occurred at various points on the track, and most riders finished the race about two stone heavier than they were at the start due to the accumulation of mud on their person and machine!
The quads were out first and categorised as follows: A, Expert Sports Bikes; B, Novice Sports Bikes; C, Farm Bikes.
The solos were out in the afternoon and categorised as follows: Expert, Senior, Clubman, Sportsman and Novice.
The only local rider to feature in any class was Gary Somers, Piercestown, who came in fourth in the Expert class, with most winners coming from the Wicklow area.
Expert: 1, Graham Vigors; 2, Chris Judge; 3, Paul McLoughlin ( all Wicklow). Senior: 1, Patrick Kinlan (Wicklow); 2, Gordon Roberts; 3, Mark Wheatley (Wicklow).
Clubman: 1, David McNulty (Wicklow); 2, Robert Regan (Meath); 3, Edward Steenson (N.I.).
Sportsman: 1, Ed McCarthy (Cork); 2, Stephen Dempsey; 3, Leo Heavey (Dublin).
Novice: 1, James Sunderland (Wicklow); 2, Darren Robinson (Dublin); 3, Keith Stafford (Dublin).
Well done to all riders who took part, to the organising committee and members of Wexford Off Road Club, to the owners and staff of Southeast Quad Centre for all the hard work organising the event and preparing the track, to the marshals and lap scorers who hung in there in bitterly cold conditions, and to the voluntary Order of Malta who manned the ambulances and took care of first aid.
Another successful event for a good cause came to a close, but hopefully it will continue for many years to come.
The quad racing championship season begins on March 8 in Gormanston. For further information visit www.motocross.ie