Sudbury MCC September 2014 News


Now the dust has settle on the Solo Enduro Championship it is time to catch up with the third round of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Championship which was organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club on 17th August. In the Championship Class the Sudbury pairing of Phil Roper and Paul Belton finished 4th on the day and are also 4th in the Contest on 32 points 19 behind the leaders. All eyes were on Ian Tutton and Glenn Walsh in the Expert Class who had won the first two rounds but it was not their day as in the afternoon session Tutton picked up a puncture which slowed him right up and they fell behind and finished 4th with fellow Sudbury Club members Alex Walton and Andy Quorn finished ahead of them to 3rd place. It was also a bad day for Gary and Dale Gladwin but they secured 11th while Nigel Ross and Graham Mays finished 14th. It was not all bad news for the Tutton and Walsh as their nearest rivals finished behind them in 5th place so the Sudbury pairing has increased their lead in the Contest to 16 points while the Gladwin pairing have slipped into 3rd place. In the Clubman Class the best place for a Sudbury member was Dean Curry with Duncan Griffin (Diss) with 10th place while Paul Webb and Trevor Scott secured 13th. Curry and Griffin are in 7th place in the Contest on 18 points however the leaders have 57 points. Round 4 is being organised by the Stowmarket Club at Kenton on 14th September and the Sudbury Club has the honour to host the final round on 5th October at Tye Farm Great Cornard.




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MasonLast Sunday was the final round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship being staged by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club at Butley Suffolk. Locked together in the Championship Class was last year’s winner Jamie Roper and Chris Hockey nine times of this Title (both Sudbury) on 62 points each and waiting in the wings was Jason Morland (Halstead) on 54 points. However there was a surprise in the entry list British Enduro Champion Tom Sagar also Brad Freeman and Mark Roberts who also feature in the British Championships made the trip from Wales to compete.

These three riders were first, second and third respectively on the day but all eyes were on Hockey Roper and Morland and Hockey drew first blood in the first special test with a time of 211.81 seconds to Roper’s time of 218.79 seconds and Morland’s 219.40 seconds. Hockey’s lead of 6.98 seconds was reduced by Roper to 1.82 seconds in the second special test while Morland had a better time than Hockey. It was now all down the third and last special test Hockey recorded 210.75 seconds, Morland 209.60 seconds and Roper 205.31 seconds and everyone were waiting with baited breath for the overall totals. Roper’s time was 631.72, Hockey 635.35 a lead for Roper of 3.63 seconds while Morland’s times were 641.36 however Ricky Roper (Sudbury) had a better time than Morland and Hockey of 634.94.

sudbury clubEverything was down to the eighth and last session where all the Championship Class riders had 14 minutes to complete the course with penalties of 60 seconds for every minute last. Hockey and Roper were on the same minute and Hockey got in front first but Roper was not going to be thwarted and at the first possible opportunity passed Hockey and then had first choice at all the best lines. When the 14 minutes were up two riders were seen in the distance could one or both get to the finish line before the next minute and it was Roper in front of Hockey and as Roper negotiated the last four bends there was a loud applause from the spectators and Roper managed to finish 20 before the next minute and Hockey was just 5 seconds behind him. Although only 4th place on the day for Roper it was enough to give him a two points win to keep his Title. Hockey finished 5th as Ricky Roper incurred 60 penalty points for being one minute late while Morland had to settle for 7th place.

Alex RamptonThe Expert Class was won by Glenn Walsh (Sudbury) with Ian Tutton (Sudbury) 2nd and David Stevens (Diss) 3rd. Lewis Bond (Lowestoft) had already won this Title while three Sudbury riders Walsh, Darren Nicolaou and Tutton finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The Expert Veteran Class was won by Michael Ridge (Woodbridge) with Mark Chapman (Diss) 2nd and Paul Davis (Sudbury) 3rd and Chapman’s second was enough to give him the Title with Graham Mays (Sudbury) 2nd and John Bishop (Woodbridge) 3rd.

There were four riders in the reckoning for the Clubman Class Title and on the day Ross Taylor (Diss) won followed by Ben Alexander Woodbridge) 2nd, William Hughes (Braintree) 3rd while Dean Goggins Woodbridge) could only manage 8th. Taylor wins the Title with 84 points while Goggins secured 2nd place over Hughes by virtue of a better score in a previous round.sudbury club Jason Fowler (Diss) won the Clubman Veteran Class with Mark Green (Sudbury) 2nd and Jason Ager (Sudbury) 3rd and the Title goes to Green 87 points to Fowler’s 79 points while Duncan Griffin (Diss) is 3rd. Andy Mason (Sudbury) won the Clubman Super Veteran Class with Clive Stevens (Diss) 2nd and Don Blackman (Colchester) 3rd. Mason wins the Title with Steve Finch (Braintree) 2nd and Stevens 3rd.

The Team Dave Roper Challenge for Sudbury members between 15 and 21 has been won by Alex Rampton on 445 points, 2nd Jack Nicolaou 434 points 3rd Ben Roper 355 points 4th Ryan McDonnell 354 points and 5th Euan Miller 324 points.







 video footageBlast From The Past
The is a gem cine footage put onto DVD. Suffolk Grand National Scramble 31-03-1963 organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk.



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Blast from the Past

By & featuring Roger Chaplin

Anglia Television were doing articles on some minority sports and I was contacted by the Presenter and Interviewer Cy Percival asking me if I would set something up.Filming took place in January 1971 and it is in black and white because of a union despite with colour filming.The Sudbury Club in the 1960s organised for Anglia Television two scrambles demos at Tye Farm Great Cornard and of course we had the live BBC TV Grandstand Scramble (the second one they ever ran) with Murray Walker as commentator


Tye Farm 1971 Trials






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