After my one race in the UK this year and my 11th place out of 11 entrants in the Rally Class at the Hafren Rally, I nearly didn't bother looking for my overall result when the final positions in the All Terrain Rally Challenge were published on Saturday.
So imagine my surprise on checking the results that I got 13 points at the Hafren, that equates to sixth place..... surely some mistake?
Then I remembered that back at the beginning of the year we had to register for the championship to score points, this I assume was to prevent people who just did the odd race from affecting the overall results. I had always intended to campaign as much as the series as possible so had registered. Unfortunately events conspired against me and I couldn't ride at two events I had entered, the Ryedale Rally and the Pikes Peak. And a few others I had wanted to enter just didn't happen.
So imagine my complete surprise when my 13 points had landed me tenth place in the championships, not bad for one mediocre race result! Obviously only six of us at the Hafren had registered for the championship, hence my result. OK so tenth place out of ten registered riders in the class may not be anything to write home about but heck I'll take a "top ten placing" anyway I can.
The bike has been stored away at a friend's place ready for the house move, which we still don't have a date for so it looks like it could be a few weeks before I get out on it again. At least I have the Dakar Rally to look forward to in January, only 26 days to go!