Lachlan in a class all his own
MULLUMBIMBY High School student Lachlan Stanford recently won the Expert E1 class of the Yamaha National Off Road Series Championship at Young, in southern NSW.
The series was held over 10 rounds, on five weekends, from South Australia through to Queensland.
It consists of sprint and cross-country races, where the bikes and riders are tested through the toughest race conditions. The races can be up to four hours.
On September 12, Lachlan had a 12-point lead in the national off-road series with one round to complete on September 13.
After racing finished, it appeared his chances of winning the championship were gone with his bike having developed engine problems from the dusty conditions.
After unsuccessful attempts to fix the problem in the few hours of daylight left, a new option appeared.
Thomas Jenner, of Newrybar, who was racing in a different class at the event, offered Lachlan his bike to race for the day. It enabled Lachlan to finish second and ultimately win his class by 14 points.
Thomas' generosity paid off - he rode another less competitive bike and still finished fifth in his class.
Lachlan also managed to win the Tyre Shield Pony Express Series with the third round at Kyogle last Sunday completing the series.
He and team-mate Mat Sprenger of Queensland won the first two rounds and finished second in the final round to easily top the series pointscore.
It finishes a great season for Lachlan, who also won the Queensland Expert Enduro Championship and the Queensland Two-Day Enduro Championship in the Expert class.
Next year Lachlan will compete in national and State motorcycle Enduro series in the Pro class.