MOTORCYCLING: Off-road club launches from Tattershall

The start of a race at Tatterhall Farm Park.

The start of a race at Tatterhall Farm Park.

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A group of off-road motorcycle racing enthusiasts have got together to form a new and exciting venture called Lincolnshire Enduro Club.

The club, which will be aimed at all levels of riders from beginners right through to experts, will run and promote a full year’s racing in the 2017 calendar.

As well as running classes for vintage enduro bikes at present, the club are also hoping to run a ladies only section next year, and also youth races, in a bid to introduce the champions of tomorrow to this fast growing sport.

Although based in Horncastle, up to a dozen races will take place at venues throughout the county.

With great excitement among the 160 riders, the club recently put on its first showpeice event to promote the venture. As well as the local entrants, riders came from not only other parts of the country but from

as far afield as Germany – truly an international event.

Taking place at Tattershall Farm Park, the event consisted of two 90-minute races, the second one being somewhat affected after severe rain showers midway through.

The winner in each class was the rider who completed the most laps in the allotted three hours.

Organisers, helpers, and other riders from the club have spent several weeks developing the eight-mile course which saw riders tackle fast flowing sections alongside fields, through wooded areas and a man-made extreme section, comprising of riding over large pipes, tractor tyres and even the odd car or two.

Winners in each group were: Experts – Joe Chambers, Clubman – Darren Cox, Sportsman – Ben Hampel, Beginners – Oliver Hamp, Over-45s – Neil Tapper, Trail class – Kev Bartle. Fastest lap went to Joe Chambers.

Prizes and trophies were donated by local sponsors as well as Gear4, an off-road bike shop based in Market Deeping.

Full details of Lincolnshire Enduro Club and its new venture (and Tattershall Farm Park) can be access through their respective Facebook pages, websites or by calling Louise on 01507 524040.