RICHMOND Motor Club enjoyed sunny conditions for the Andrew Allison Memorial Trial on Sunday on the scenic Telfit Moors.
The trial attracted 111 riders who contested 13 classes.
Competitors travelled from Westmorland and South Yorkshire for the event. Some even joined the club to get a ride!
The 16 sections were the handiwork of Bruce Storr, clerk of course for the centenary Scott Trial year.
Philip Alderson’s vast experience kept Braidley’s Will Reynolds in check on the day but ironically the Askrigg motor engineer dropped marks in Cold Bank, a Scott Trial section which he has ridden through many years.
Paul Sadler snatched the Clubman from Andy Kearton and Robyn Alderson. Alan Richardson battled with Adrian Harrison, Mike Slater and Gary Thwaite in what ended as a triple tiebreaker. Sadler though wobbled in Steve Lambert’s section and then a single penalty on the new hill climb where observer Richard Coates enjoyed the action especially in the latter stages of the trial.
The trial broke new ground for the young hopefuls – even Class C was on the menu for the boys and girls who no doubt will count birthdays for the next few years with October firmly rooted in their minds.
BRITISH Trials champion Michael Brown, from Scarborough, won the long-established Cleveland National Trial at Castleton on Sunday, run by Middlesbrough DMC, after a close battle with Jack Sheppard and Whitby’s Andy Chilton.
In glorious spring-like weather, Brown held the lead on the first punch card check by just two marks from Sheppard, with Northallerton’s Guy Kendrew just one mark adrift. On the latter half, it was Chilton who hit fantastic form as Kendrew dropped back with three fives in the final group. Chilton’s attacking ride at the huge monolithic rock at Stormy Hall in the closing stages, enabled him to hand in best card of the afternoon.
He finished equal on marks lost to Sheppard but lost out on runner up position on most cleans rule.
Carlton’s Matt Maynard could not quite match an inspired ride from York’s Tom Hick in the Intermediate class as Hick’s first punch card of two dropped gave him a lead he never relinquished to win by 13 marks.
In the Clubman class it was left to Ripon veteran Glen Scholey to blow the modern machinery away on his Yamaha, with a ride of pure quality to edge home the winner from another great rider from the 1980s and 1990s era, Middlesbrough’s Steve Williams.
CONSETT DMC held their trial at Bedburn in the Wear Valley on Sunday, an event which started in glorious sunshine but later was interrupted briefly by hailstones – but that didn’t spoil the day for the entry of more than 80 riders.
Carl Shaw took the Expert class win on 22 – 12 less than Stephen Bennett who was well clear of Louis Peart. Eddie Aitkin was another in good form as his 19 marks lost gave him the Green course win, James Black coming home in second spot 15 marks adrift, while Anthony Stephen took third on 39.
On the Clubman course, James Harland got in some serious Pre65 testing with a win on just one mark, aboard his Triumph, with Jason Scott and Kevin Johnson not far behind on two and three respectively.
Finally, Alan Winter took the Easy course win on five, and Jack Slassor, on eight, took second place after a tie breaker helped him past John Palmer on the same score.
ON the national trial scene on Sunday, Kirkbymoorside youth Dan Peace won the Otter Vale club’s national Luscombe Mitsubishi Leeds British Youth Class A championship trial from Tom Hooper and Tom Minta. The Class B winner was Cornish star Toby Martyn, from Jack Peace and Sam Yeomans. Ripon Motor Club member Sam Johnson was fourth.