Locals shine in Enduro battle

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The ACU British Cross Country Championship kicked off in fine style at Low North Park, Harwood Dale, hosted by rideoffroadUK.

The series had riders from all over the UK flocking to North Yorkshire for a stunning cross-country event.

The course design was carried out by Wayne Braybrook and had something to test riders of all abilities.

The morning support event was very well supported, sportsman riders were split into two and four strokes classes to simply deal with the large numbers, the over-50 vets and ladies made up an already strong field.

Scarborough riders George England, Andrew Woodall and Paul Daley-Smith took on the clubman class, with Daley-Smith - a main sponsor of the event - competing against some strong opposition from around the UK.

Also having his first outing on he new Gas Gas was Ollie Rank in the two stroke sportsman class. Ollie, keen to impress and with youth on his side, was a great contender for top honours. A former skillful trials rider, his balancing skills gave him a good chance of a strong finish.

Low North Camp was in perfect condition and the track was being lapped in approximately 17 minutes on average.

It was Rank who made a great start, getting to the first corner in second place.

With smooth riding from then on, despite occasional arm pump, Ollie finished his first event of the year in a creditable 28th position.

Woodall over in the main event in the afternoon suffered at the hands of his big 450 four-stroke thumper.

Early on in the event Woodall crashed causing damage to his machinery, leaving him to exit the event early on. Daley-Smith however continued on and completed the event 22nd with England a little ahead in 18th.