Strong Kiwi field for En­duro

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

One of the rare cloud­less blue skies of the sum­mer greeted the rac­ers in the Tor­pedo7 Coronet En­duro on Satur­day. Sixty rac­ers from around the world lined up at the top of Coronet Peak for the first Coronet En­duro of 2014 with rac­ers from Aus­tralia and France adding to the strong Kiwi field. The Coronet race in­volved four stages: the old down­hill trail on Coronet Peak, the Rude Rock and Skip­pers tracks and a newly cre­ated trail down the front face of Coronet Peak be­low the road known as Deer Lane. Some course tap­ing prob­lems in the first stage caused a missed turn for a few rac­ers. Most of the fast rac­ers stayed near the front of the field dur­ing the day but Wyn Mas­ters, of Nel­son, chose to race near the back. He was in no hurry to en­ter each stage and en­sured that the gap was big enough. Mas­ters proved too con­sis­tent for the com­pe­ti­tion with a fifth, two firsts and a third place. His win­ning time was 20mins and 54 secs, just 11s faster than sec­ond place Justin Leov in 21mins and 28 secs, with third place Joseph Na­tion in 26 secs back on 21mins and 28 secs. In the open women’s field Queen­stowner Bob ‘‘Har­riet’’ Latchem had two firsts, a sec­ond and a third across the four stages, to fin­ish just over a minute ahead of Anja McDon­ald with Erin Greene third back. An­drew Ballantyne won three stages to take out the Mas­ters men’s cat­e­gory from Tim O’leary, while Ben Friel and Ge­or­gia Pe­tre claimed ju­nior men’s and women’s ti­tles, re­spec­tively. The next en­duro race is sched­uled for April 18.

Wild ride: Richard Golds­bury, of Christchurch, on Skip­pers pack track.

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