BAJA GB 2016 Report

BAJA GB_largeThe weather was better this year. It didn’t snow!

But deep in the heart of Wales nothing is predicable – the weather or the racing.

The BAJA GB is a unique and special event, it is the only event in the UK where cars and bikes compete on the same course. To avoid the cars and bikes “mixing” it up, the course is run on a figure of eight, with the cars on one loop and the bikes on the other and the two cannot cross over until the course has been cleared and Rally Control gives the go ahead.

BAJAGB_1The bikes started at 9.00am sharp and headed north through the Sweet Lamb complex to the 24km special stage in the Hafren Forest. We had ridden the stage the day before and the fire roads had been graded superbly – giving maximum grip and confidence for the bikes. The fire roads are broken up by some nice single track which is technically more demanding at speed.

The course was marked with orange arrows but a number of the riders took a roadbook of the course for practice.

The weather played its part, as it poured down during the first day as the riders headed out to the second stage in Myherin – another fast course, with the dreaded “shaley climb” – but this did not stop any of the competitors, even if it took a couple of attempts.

Day two gave us a glimmer of hope and the bikes ran tree loops starting on the Myherin stage. Both the stages had amendments for day 2 with both specials being a bit shorter ( and faster !!)

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Mike Wells – Overall winner of the BAJA GB 2016

Mike Wells and Tony Whitehead fought for the lead on every stage and even with a fall Mike managed to stay ahead but he did say he was racing safe inthe end and hoped he had done enough to keep Tony behind him. In the end it was only

Derrick Edmondson commented ” Every time I put my goggles on to start a special stage it starts raining, unbelievable”

It was unfortunate but the bikes had to wait for the stage to be given the all clear as the cars were finding the conditions slippery and leaving the track, with recovery vehicles being in place on the course.

We already have plans to keep the cars and bikes separate for 2017 – so watch this space.

Thank you to everyone would supported the event by helping, marshaling and competing.

Enjoy the Tarenig / Myherin Stage video – taken by Rik Griffin onboard and KTM 950 Adventure 😉

Results:

The Tarenig Rally Final Results

The Tarenig Rally stage times classification

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