SANSOM TAKES 12 OUT OF 12 AT ECOSSE


February 12th, 2020.


Oli Sansom made the long trip from Sutton Coldfield to Dunbar worthwhile last Sunday when he and Yamaha secured their first quad championship win of the season in the Rock Oil Michelin Ecosse XC Winter Series.


The 33-year-old stormed his YFZ450R to another three, bagging a clean sweep of 12 wins from 12 starts in the four-round series. Sansom was the only Ecosse competitor across nine classes to win each and every race of the championship, thus proving the reliability and consistency of both Yamaha and the quality race-specific aftermarket brands used by the team.

On the day, while Sansom set the pace out front. Behind him Michael Brewis struggled with tyre choice on the first moto, but after borrowing wheels for moto two, he was back on form and able to defend his runner up position. Young gun Robbie Wood’s day started well with a second place on moto one and third on moto two, but by moto three, his quad was playing up. dropping him back to sixth, just enough to retain third overall for the day and the championship.

A steady run gave fourth overall on the day to the newly crowned ACU British Club Champion, Gary Atkinson, just ahead of teenager George Oliver in fifth. Oliver took the holeshot in moto two and was showing great pace, had he not pulled out his own kill-cord mid race. Veteran Richie Cornett rounded out the top six on the day and clinched fourth overall in the championship, staying ahead of the unfortunate Ricky Tordoff, who made the long journey north only to collect a clutch of DNFs.

The fun, yet competitive Ecosse series attracted quad racers from the far-flung corners of Scotland, as well as a growing group of riders who travelled from south of the border.

Any quad racers looking to continue training through the winter should make it a firm diary date for 2020/21.

Commenting on the series and his success, Sansom said; "The team at Ecosse XC put on a really well run and professional series. It was hugely enjoyable and the track was great whatever the weather. There was close competition between all riders, particularly from the reigning and former Scottish champs, which kept it all lively. My Yamaha never missed a beat and gave me the confidence to go out and give it my all during the winter months and put in some quality race training. I'd like to thank Yamaha Motor UK and all my sponsors for their help and support."

Round 4 results;
Quads ; 1. Oli Sansom 135, 2. Michael Brewis 124, 3. Robbie Wood 117, 4. Gary Atkinson 112, 5. George Oliver 109, 6. Richie Cornett 103.

Championship results;

1. Oli Sansom 540, 2. Michael Brewis 472, 3. Robbie Wood 442, 4. Richie Cornett 380, 5. Ayrton Knowles 346, 6. Hugh Beattie 293, 7. Dwayne Barnes 277, 8. Richard Tordoff 271, 9. Mark Wilson 232, 10. Murray Graham 210, 11. Davey Nixon 207, 12. James Nisbet 165, 13. Peter MacGregor 153, 14. George Oliver 138, 15. Gary Atkinson 112.





Images: Oli Sansom was the only Ecosse competitor to win every race in the four-round winter series
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