EAST Lothian’s enudro racing star Neil Chatham warmed up for motor cycling’s equivalent of the Olympics with a win in England.

Chatham made the long trip down to Banbury for rounds seven and eight of the ACU British Enduro Sprint Championship.

The Gullane rider had led the class from the start of the season but recent below par performances saw him fight to the finish on Sunday.

Saturday was a day of two halves, with poor times in the morning followed by quicker times in the afternoon, although it was not enough to beat Max Varney, who pulled himself up the results table to within just one point going into the final round.

The first three tests saw the pair swap places to within a second of each other and Varney was less than a second ahead as they went into the final three tests on Sunday afternoon. Chatham pulled out all the stops and put in his best time of the weekend stretching his lead to nine seconds.

All that remained at the end of the day was for Chatham to hold onto that lead and with completely contrasting styles they set out for the final time.

As Varney returned to the spectator area he stalled his bike, leaving Chatham to secure the E2 Championship.

The championship was Chatham’s last before heading out to Italy with the SACU ISDE Team to take part in the International Six Days Enduro from September 30 to October 5 in Sardinia, the ultimate test in the sport.

Chatham thanked sponsors Drysdale Motorcycles, KTM, Metzeler Tyres, Fox Clothing, Rock Oil and everyone who has supported him so far this year.