Enduro

Birch extends enduro lead

Author: Andy McGechan

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The Chris Birch express continues to steam towards national glory and nothing short of a massive derailment in the remaining two rounds of the New Zealand Enduro Championships will prevent him from successfully defending his title. Fresh from his podium finish at the prestigious Red Bull Romaniacs Enduro in Romania, the Auckland engineer was again untouchable as he stormed to victory at the fourth of six rounds, staged in the Santoft Forest, north-west of Palmerston North on Sunday. He now leads the expert over-200cc two-stroke class by 15 points from Palmerston North‰Ûªs Steven Bird (Yamaha YZ250) ‰ÛÒ their respective points adjusted to delete their worst result because only five of the six rounds in the series count towards the title. Birch‰Ûªs worst result was when he did not show at round two, because he was getting married that day, and Bird‰Ûªs worst result was a third placing. There are still two rounds remaining, in the Gwavas Forest, in Hawke‰Ûªs Bay, on September 16, and in the Woodhill Forest, near Auckland, on September 29. Several leading riders -- including Ngaruawahia‰Ûªs Heath Howlett, Hokianga‰Ûªs Mitchell Nield, Hamilton‰Ûªs Chris Singleton, Awakino‰Ûªs Adrian Smith and Wellington‰Ûªs Rory Mead ‰ÛÒ failed to finish the Santoft event and they will be looking to make amends at the following rounds. But for Birch, there were no concerns on Sunday. ‰ÛÏThere were no real dramas for me today, although the course extremely physical,‰Û

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