In-form Brown adds to successful season with Cliff Collinson victory

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROCK SOLID: Michael Brown, Cliff Collinson national trial winner at Low North Park, on Sunday ROCK SOLID: Michael Brown, Cliff Collinson national trial winner at Low North Park, on Sunday

MICHAEL BROWN, of Scarborough, is finishing the season with a flourish.

Victory in the Scott and a Northern Expert win was followed up on Sunday with victory in the Cliff Collinson Trophy Trial at Low North Park, Hackness, Scarborough.

Malton’s ever-present Ian Austermuhle clinched runnerup spot, with Whitby’s Andy Chilton, third.

A superb event organised by the Scarborough DMC crew, included a classic and exciting dash through the final sections as riders tried vainly to beat the clock with only Chilton unpenalised on time.

But for a puncture at the seventh, Brown would have made it, but lost six. With big money at stake in all classes, the event earned much praise from the large Clubman entry as Egton rider Colin Bailey kept it together to win by the odd mark from youngsters Shane Monkman, of Wombleton, and Tom Wood, from Hutton-le-Hole.

Conditions proved greasy for the 107 entrants, but there were no problems until the climb and log step of three caught many Clubmen out.

Brown, Austy and Chilton remained clean until the tightly knit group of rock and stream sections at Raven Gill.

Austy lost ground with three’s on 12 and 13 and Chilton dropped a couple of fives here.

Back in the former Army camp, the top trio cleaned everything and at punch card change Brown was on six, a fantastic ride, Austy 13, Chilton 19, with young Rob Waite having a cracking first card on 22.

In the Inters, Dave Pye produced a blinder, to lead on just four lost, eight ahead of the 16-year-old Pocklington rider Ollie Kendra on the big Gasser, and Tom Hick third on the old Yamaha.

Jack Price finally headed the Invited Youths from Billy Bolt and Dan Peace after an inspired last card of just five marks lost, and in a close finish Bolt had to settle for runner-up with Peace just a couple of marks behind, in third.

SEATON Delaval Club’s Little Bear Trial, normally a time and observation trial, was run as a normal event this year with 57 riders making it to the start at Alwinton, high up in Northumberland, on Sunday.

The first real frost of the winter made going on the first lap very slippery and would have caused some problems had speed been involved.

John Crinson, the winner on the Expert route, made it difficult for the opposition as he set out with nine clear sections on his first lap before a single mark in the tightly marked section ten, where Iris Grey would only give four cleans to Michael Lee, who went on to finish runner-up.

The winner had the only two cleans on the second sub, a steep hill climb before parting with a three and a one penalty on his last two visits.

Colin Ward alone remained clean on Farmer John’s section three as the loose rocks caught the rest out on at least one lap. Fred Nicholson’s section seven caught Crinson out for a five on his third lap, when he stalled his machine, but it took ten off both Lee and third placed Colin Ward.

It was tight on the Clubman course, with just one mark separating winner Philip Baxter on 15, and Louis Grey, that single mark adrift, with Kevin Chapman completing the top three.

Grey’s most costly was the loose rocks at section three where he dropped seven, as opposed to the winner’s two, but Baxter did pull further ahead at the fourth where he did four laps of the stream with a tight right hander for just a single dab, while the opposition were struggling.

However it nearly went wrong for Baxter when he went on to have two fives on the rocky outcrop at section eight, while both Grey and Chapman went clean.

Section seven had a big say in the result of the Easy course runners, with the steep muddy climb claiming two fives from both Colin Lee and Andrew Black, which dropped these two down to third and fourth respectively.

Only Richard Ditchburn and winner David Blackwood remained clean here and Blackwood’s steady day meant he held off Rob Lowery by three marks at the finish to take the win.

HEAVY overnight rain washed out the final motocross event at Pickering scheduled for Sunday. The Haygate Lane track was soaked by the deluge that hit the East Yorkshire area on Friday night. After an early morning course inspection on Saturday, club secretary David Brown had no option but to cancel the meeting.

It would have been the last motocross meeting on the year in East Yorkshire.

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