Groom­bridge comes out on top

Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE -

ANDY MCGECHAN The 2018 New Zealand En­duro Cham­pi­onships roared past the half­way stage near Nel­son at the week­end with Brad Groom­bridge com­ing out on top.

The third round of five was held at Maruia on Satur­day.

It was 2016 na­tional en­duro cham­pion Groom­bridge who emerged clean­est from the mire, the Taupo¯ man look­ing likely to turn his run­ner-up fin­ish from last sea­son into a win this year as Satur­day’s re­sult also gave him the lead in the 2018 cham­pi­onship.

‘‘There was a lot of stand­ing wa­ter on the course on Satur­day and I nearly got stuck a cou­ple of times,’’ said Groom­bridge. ‘‘I just couldn’t tell how deep the wa­ter was.

‘‘At one stage I had wa­ter up to the seat on the bike, but man­aged to pull the bike out and kept the en­gine run­ning. Quite a few other riders had is­sues and I think I had a bit of luck go my way.’’

The fi­nal two rounds of this year’s en­duro na­tion­als will be a dou­ble-header week­end, day one set for the Santoft For­est, near Bulls, on June 9, and the fifth and fi­nal round set for Mart­in­bor­ough the fol­low­ing day.

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