Motorsport

Army Motorcyclists Compete At Defence School Of Transport

It is the first time the Army Championships have been held at the school in more than 20 years.

The Army Motorsports Championships have returned to the Defence School of Transport for the first time in more than 20 years.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were fears that the event would be cancelled.

However, after careful planning the competition took place at the East Yorkshire site.

After more than two decades away, 86 riders turned up to the track including competitors from all three services.

Colonel Chris Henson is commandant at the Defence School of Transport and is pleased to see the action return.

"It’s great to have bikes back here at Leconfield," he said.

"Obviously, we don’t have motorbikes Inter Services in the Army at the moment but the skills that they use navigating cross-country and selecting a route are really good skills for taking forward into four-wheel transport.

"It’s good seeing them here and using the area."

Meanwhile, National Enduro title contender Lance Corporal Stuart Mack competed at the event.

He finished as runner-up in this year's National Championships but he was pleased with the atmosphere at the Army Motorsports Championships.

He said: "For me, there is no other sport like motorsport where people just come together and it is such a bond.

"If you know someone else that rides a bike, it’s like a brotherhood.

"It’s such a bond between us and you can know people from all over the country."

The view on board with a rider at the Army Motorsports Championships.

The three-day event saw a number of racing categories rolled into one competition.

There was a prologue on Friday, a time trial event on Saturday, with the action finishing with an Enduro challenge on Sunday.

And, although it is the Army Motorsports Championships there were competitors from all three services.

The overall winner of the weekend was no surprise.

Corporal Tom Ellwood was world champion of his class in 2019 and he walked away with the trophy again at Leconfield.

He said: "I’ve never been here before to this venue and it is fantastic. A really, really good track.

"The team here have done an excellent job in this time of COVID. We didn’t know if it was going to run.

"I’m just really chuffed that it went ahead and I’m excited to come back here in the future, definitely.

"There seems to be everything here. A mix of woodlands to the grasslands," he added.

"There’s lots and it has been really good."