POWYS has further underlined its reputation as the home of champions after Alex Walton was crowned European E2 Enduro champion last weekend.

A second place finish in the opening race of the final championship round in Poland ensured the Rhayader enduro ace the title and a weekend of deserved celebration for Walton along with family, sponsors and his clubmates.

Walton is a member of the thriving Rhayader Motor Club which has produced a host of national and international championship winners over the years.

Walton said: "It’s been a great year for me and finishing the last race of the European Championship in Poland to clinch the E2 European title makes it’s that much better.


County Times: Alex Walton in action in Poland.Alex Walton in action in Poland.

"I’ve been able to be consistent this year and competing upfront all year showing what I can do on different terrain which really shows the hard work."

Walton has clocked up the miles with championship rounds in Italy, Portugal and Estonia before the finale in Poland.

The young rider highlighted the support of his family and sponsors as key to his success in 2023.

He said: "I’d like to thank dad, mum and all my sponsors for the support in 2023. This wouldn’t be possible without you guys. Roll on 2024."

Walton has enjoyed a stellar year in the saddle and earlier in the month won the Welsh Enduro title in Hundred House after a thrilling battle against Tiverton's Alex Snow.

Llandrindod Wells' Tom Wright won the experts class while Rhayader's Ryan Rowlands topped the clubman class and Iwan Mills of Rhayader took the Sportsman class.