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Lings Team Enjoys Another Successful Weston Beach Race

Monday,16 Oct 2017
Lings Team Enjoys Another Successful Weston Beach Race

The Lings MX/Enduro Team enjoyed another fantastic weekend as they took on the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race, known internationally as one of the toughest MX events in the world.

With five riders from Team Lings competing amongst hundreds of others in both the Schoolboy and Adult classes the team was well prepared for a challenging and successful weekend of racing, and while course conditions at the Weston will always be against you by the races very nature; the weather played its part and riders and competitors alike enjoyed a dry and fine weekend.

The Schoolboy Races, on Saturday 14th October, saw two riders from Lings taking pa rt; Sam Nunn on his Lings Husqvarna TC125 2017 and Edward Jary on his Lings Husqvarna FC250 2018.    
   
Edward had a fine and consistent race in the 250cc class, completing an impressive 25 laps on his FC250 to earn him overall 11th position. Edward was on top of the course conditions, maintaining solid pace and keeping to consistent lines which saw him positioned well within the early 20's from the very start.

In the 125cc Schoolboy Class Sam Nunn had a fantastic race, winning the race after a challenging start. An enforced pit-stop after a lap one crash meant that Sam had a lot of work to do to catch the pack. For his young age Sam has a lot of experience and he drew on all of this to ride aggressively and confidently, moving up the pack and getting himself into the lead. Sam was a worthy winner, completing an awesome 28 laps on his TC125 2017!

Lings is delighted to offer huge congratulations to both riders, who showed great maturity and ability to ride so well in this most challenging of race, and in particular congratulations to Sam on his victory!

Weston Beach Race 2017

Sunday 15th October saw the Adult Race, with hundreds of riders taking to the sand for the flagship race of the Weston Weekend. Lings had three entrants for the race - Ben Alexander (Lings Husqvarna FC350 2018), Harvey Thomas (Lings Honda CRF450R) and Kieran Snowling (Lings Husqvarna FC250 2017). All three riders faced challenging conditions out on the sand as the sheer numbers of competing riders saw clouds of sand thrown around as a constant menace to visibility but met adversity head on, with three incredibly respectable finishes.

On his FC350, Ben Alexander made an excellent start, moving in and amongst the leading pack, notching some superb lap times. In what would prove to be a theme for the race overall Ben had to stop several times for replacement goggles as his gear was filled with sand churned up by the masses. Ben kept at it to finish an excellent 47th overall - beating his previous best of 77th position by a considerable margin.

Elsewhere, at just 17 years old Harvey Thomas was stepping up once again to compete in the Adult Race for only the second time. As before he showed he was more than capable of mixing it with the more experienced riders and he rode his Lings Honda CRF450R brilliantly to move within the top 100 almost immediately out of the gate. Again, visibility and sand was a massive problem and like Ben Harvey needed to stop for regular goggle changes. Even this wasn't enough to hold him back and he finished not far behind Ben in an amazing 55th place.

Worst affected by the sand was Keiran on his Lings Husqvarna FC250 2017. After a great start and finishing his first lap right up the top of the order he had to pull up on lap two after being forced to race part of the lap without goggles. A twenty minute eyewash was needed to get the sand out of his eyes, halting his progress and forcing him to rejoin at in th 175th position. Kieran showed fantastic character to power through and eventually bought got home in a thoroughly respectable 72nd place.
 
Winner - Weston Beach Race
 
Overall it was a weekend the team can be immensely proud of. To a man the team was competitive to the last, despite some pretty horrendous race conditions, and the bikes did their abilities justice. Lings wants to congratulate all the riders, family, friends and support team who made it possible - everyone can be incredibly proud of their achievements...and let's start preparing for next year...?

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