2014 EVENT WRAP UP
The Bulk Nutrients Wildwood Rock Extreme enduro lived up to all expectations of the off-road motorcycle riders and spectators in November of 2014. With the return of the Factory Husquvarna rider Graham Jarvis who holds his place at the top of the World’s Extreme enduro’s it was clear he was ready to hold his own to win the Wildwood Race and give him his 3rd win with his 3rd visit to Australia. With the event prologue underway first fellow English-men Ben Hemingway of the Factory Beta Team took the honours of fastest rider by 0.288 of a second moving into the main 3 hour extreme. Our top 5 riders that then moved to the front line from the prologue time where Ben Hemingway, Graham Jarvis +0.288sec, Robert Nowak +5.646sec, Daniel Sanders +8.735sec and Chris Perry +8.999seconds off ben. Ben later told us he had looked at jumping the whole NGK ute tub area and after getting held up in the swinging tyres he was committed to the jump that handed him the $1000 Bakers delight fastest prologue time.
73 riders lined up for the 3 hour extreme enduro with 50 able to finish on was the hottest tracks raced on in Wildwood from the past 4 years before. The track had seen many new additions added for 2014, with a new rock stair case up hill, more logs, more rocks, 32ft Bedford Bus and keeping the riders even deeper in the Beta rock Garden the fastest lap from Graham Jarvis would only be 22minutes and 3 seconds on the 12 km course. Ben Hemingway yet again showed everyone he was going to push hard finishing in second place, but the Young gun Australian rider Daniel ‘chucky’ Sanders managed to hold 3rd place for the overall length of the 3 hours. With lap times as close as 2 minutes from Jarvis it is clear that Sanders will return with the number 3 plate even stronger after a year being a part of the Australian KTM off-road team for 2015.
Rounding out the top 10 extreme riders from 2014 are 1st Graham Jarvis, 2nd Ben Hemingway, 3rd Daniel Sanders, 4th Broc Grabham, 5th Tim Coleman, 6th Robert Nowak, 7th Chris Perry, 8th Alex Coleman, 9th Adrian Harry and 10th Paul Moncrieff. Other Class winners where Factory Sherco rider Jessica Gardiner in the women’s class, Sam Griffiths in the Clubman class and Rob Mclaren in the Over40 class.
Wildwood Rock 2014 was supported by these great sponsors - Bulk Nutrient, Kenny Racing, Golden Tyre, NGK Iridium Spark Plugs, Yamaha Australia, Honda Australia, Sherco Australia, KTM Australia, Husqvarna Australia, Beta Australia, Kawasaki Australia , Force Accessories, Malise Clothing, RiderHQ, Bonneville Consulting, Ringmaster images, Getonit, InsureMyRide, Global Racing Oils, EK Chains, AFAM, Sunbury bakers delight, Sound System Studios Sunbury, Central Steel, Motorcycle Movers, MotoHub Sunbury, Slipstream Motorcycle Sunbury, Matt Jones Motorcycle Melton and Powerhouse Motorcycle Pakenham.
Golden Tyre and Kenny Racing Extreme Hill Climb Review.
Held as part of this year’s 2 day event line up on the Saturday the extreme hill climb opened the eyes of all in an unseen format of hill climb made up of Enduro and Trials bikes. With a race from the bottom to the top and no clean straight lines to take the fastest time went to Graham Jarvis with his last run of the day being 29 seconds. Ben Heming way and Australian Rider Chris Perry coming in with the next best times of 30 seconds each. It was un-sure if Jarvis was going to be the winner of the event with his first run being 34 seconds and his second run a DNF he had to dig deep to remove Ben Hemingway from the top spot in the international class. But Graham made some final inspections of the hill and its various inclines’ he put in a solid run and provided the crowed finish line of on lookers with the 1 second win. In the Australia Pro class we got to see Chris Perry come out on his first run with a cracking 30 seconds flat, moving to the win of his class and equal with Hemingway for the time being with the outright fastest times. Taking out the Expert class was Robert Newton in 1minute and 20 seconds. The Clubman class had a slightly shorter finish line that provided some great attempts but Mark Cutajar won in a nail biter with 29 seconds.
With the Golden Tyre Enduro bikes finished we then seen the Kenny Racing Trials bikes hit the hill. The trials riders also had some rules in which would mean that mistakes should be avoided at all costs. They would see 10 seconds added to their overall time to the top for each time a foot would hit the ground or if a marker was touched when passing them. As well if the handle bar end hit the ground there go is over and return to the start line. So with rules laid down and a sprint lap on the extreme prologue track in would get spectators seeing the race from a different angle. The clubman class seen Peter Wines win with the overall time of 1 minute 54 seconds. The Women’s class seen Hillary Stephens win with the overall time of 6 minutes and 24 seconds. The Pro Class was won by Adrian Harry with the overall time of 1 minute 57 Seconds. This event has since opened the eyes of the trials world and we are sure it will only see a bigger line up of riders for 2015.
New for 2015 Extreme Event with more details to be out-lined soon.
Classes - Pro, Expert, Expert over 35, Clubman, Clubman over 35, Open Trials and the Women’s.
Best aqua plane prizes for the newly named Kenny Racing Dam.
New sponsor joining some of the already strong supporters of the event.
Wildwood Rock Pty Ltd
2014 WILDWOOD ROCK EXTREME RESULTS
1. Graham Jarvis
2. Ben Hemingway
3. Chucky Sanders
4. Broc Grabham
5. Tim Coleman