ONLY THE BRAVE SURVIVED

Now in its eighth year, having grown in popularity year after year and with the addition of the popular prologue enduro-cross on the Friday of the Canterbury A&P Show, this year’s edition of the Nutbuster Hard Enduro was looking like it would be a real spectacle.

With cash prizes offered for the top three placings in both Friday’s enduro-cross feature race and the gold class in Saturday’s main race, many of the country’s most experienced extreme riders made the trip from the north island and add to that, the talent of local South Island riders like the Sherco-mounted Macdonald brothers, Hamish and Angus, as well as a group of Australian extreme enduro enthusiasts and competition was looking stiff.

Spectators lined the fences and packed the grand stand as the endurocross prologue kicked off at the A&P Showgrounds and an action-packed day of racing ensured they remained glued to the action.

At the conclusion of the days racing it was Sherco mounted Hamish Macdonald who claimed the top qualifying spot followed by KTM-mounted riders Jake Whitaker and Mackenzie Wiig.

The final race of the day saw the top 10 fastest qualifiers duke it out with the top three claiming a hefty cash prize.

Topping the results and taking home a cool $1500 for his efforts was Sherco rider Angus Macdonald followed by younger brother Hamish (Sherco) and Australian Sean Holmes (Sherco).

With starting positions decided it was on to the main race in the rugged hills of Woodstock Heights, near Oxford, the following day, although the event would be without last year’s winner Angus Macdonald who had opted instead to concentrate on filming the action.

First away was Hamish Macdonald, closely followed by Whitaker who quickly got into a game of cat and mouse with the lead changing several times as the pair went bar to bar.

Eventually though it was Wellington’s Whitaker who succumbed to a broken fuel tap which proceeded to drain his fuel tank.

This gave Hamish Macdonald a substantial lead from Husqvarna-mounted Dylan Yearbury and KTM rider Tony Parker as the race concluded.

Words by Steven Kelly

© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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