Expatriate New Zealander Chris Birch has dropped off the top spot at this year’s Romaniacs extreme enduro in Sibiu, Romania, after three days of racing, but he remains in hot contention for the overall.
The Auckland rider, who now calls South Africa his home, had led the event after day two but, after being forced to watch helplessly as his bike tumbled down a vertical cliff and into a tree, he is now in the runner-up position, behind Britain’s Graham Jarvis.
“Big thumbs-up Lars Enöckl’s crew, Niki Stelzmüller and Erich Brandauer who helped replacing the bent handlebars and Brandauer donating his Husaberg’s rear fender. I was able to gain some of the lost time on Graham after that and made good progress. But I certainly do not mind to be beaten by this great guy (Graham Jarvis)!” True sportsmanship, we say.”
Meanwhile, fellow Kiwi Sean Clarke, of Tokoroa, has risen from 13th to ninth place overall in the same pro’s class, just 15 minutes behind Austrian rider Enöckl, while a third Kiwi, Taupo’s Mark Delautour (pictured above), has slipped one spot to 10th overall in the Expert Single Class.
© Photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
Results Race Day 3:
Rank No. Name Nat. Bike Time
1 2 Graham Jarvis ENG Husaberg 300 5:17:21
2 1 Chris Birch NZL KTM300 5:26:08
3 12 Xavi Galindo ESP Husaberg 300 5:30:10
4 3 Andreas Lettenbichler DEU Husqvarna 5:33:13
5 4 Paul Bolton GBR KTM EXC 6:03:45
6 9 Melcior Faja ESP KTM 300 6:14:16
7 6 Darryl Curtis RSA KTM 300 EXC 6:27:27
8 8 Lars Enoeckl AUT KTM 7:30:12
9 14 Sean Clarke NZL KTM 300exc 7:45:30
10 17 Ervin-Zsolt Kovacs ROU GAS GAS 8:30:00
11 7 Emanuel Gyenes ROU KTM 300 EXC-E 8:34:58
12 16 William Clifton Gillit RSA Husaberg 300 8:51:53
13 5 Gerhard Forster DEU Husqvarna TE 449 9:00:58
14 11 Martin Volny CZE Beta 450 RR 10:02:06
15 13 Mathias Weichselmann DEU Yamaha 10:18:57
16 10 Jesus Zavala MEX Husaberg TE 300 10:44:46
DNS 19 Paulo Miranda POR Yamaha YZ