Plenty of suc­cess for Wick­low quad rid­ers

Bray People - - Sports -

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

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