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Sadler retains Travers Trophy title at a wet St John’s Chapl
4:15pm Friday 5th October 2012 in Sport
THE Travers Trophy Trial, run by the Newcastle and District Motor Club at St John’s Chapel, is going through a rough time at the moment.
The event, originally scheduled for next weekend, had to be brought forward to last Sunday after another local event meant some roads had to be closed and as a consequence it ended up clashing with a national event. This resulted in a low entry of 53 riders who faced 40 sections over 40 miles.
Heavy rain failed to deter Richard Sadler, who took the title for the second year running, after holding off challenges from Guy Kendrew and John Crinson.
Kendrew made it to Smallburns without loss, while Sadler and Crinson both had one to their name, but the first sub here would take Kendrew for a five, while Sadler pushed up the stream, and Crinson escaped with a two.
Across the other side of the river, Crinson fived his bogey section where Sadler and Liam Walker were best with single mark rides up the big step. He followed this with another five on the next sub, where Jack Stones, Matthew Maynard and Walker all went clean.
On the Clubman route, Roger Williams took his TYZ round for 38, which gave him a comfortable win as he led home Carl Shaw, on 56, and John Bennett, on 84.
THE GB Ladies team finished second in the Trials des Nations event on Saturday at Moutiers, in Switzerland.
Brits Becky Cook and Emma Bristow (Louth) and Donna Fox (Doncaster) dominated until the final sections.
By that time the conditions were wet and muddy.
Heavy rain also turned the closing lap into a lottery.
On Friday an amended individual ladies world championship result dropped Becky Cook from third in the final standings to fourth. Becky scored four third places and one fourth. An error on the initial result was corrected, hence the change.
Healaugh’s Katy Sunter scored well over the three days of competition with seventh, eighth and eighth placings. That earned her eighth place despite missing the two openers in Andorra.
Fryup teenager Nikita Smith also blossomed, finishing 11th with a best ride of eighth in Switzerland.
On Sunday, the Spanish men ran away with the Trials des Nations, beating a British quartet of James Dabill, Michael Brown, Alex Wigg and Jack Challoner by 98 penalties. It was drubbing for the Brits and a whitewash for the Italians who went down by 133 penalties.
SCARBOROUGH DMC had a cracking entry of 115 riders at Harwood Dale, Low North Park, on Sunday for the Southern Group trials championship.
The weather stayed dry until just before the finish when drizzle set in. By that time Whitby’s Andy Chilton had secured the Master class win from Adam Milner by six marks and Jack Howell finished third to make it a clean sweep for the Beta men, with newly crowned Youth B British champion Dan Peace adding his win to the Beta tally in Youth A class.
James Harland secured a hard fought Youth B title from Zac Collinson, and Callum Williamson and Elliot Woodall cleaned up in Youth C and D, as Danny Hunter hurled the big Ariel round for just 44 marks lost in the Twin Shock.
WEEKEND RESULTS Newcastle and District Motor Club, National Travers Trophy Trial, St John’s Chapel, Sunday. Travers Trophy: 1 Richard Sadler (Sherco) 37, 2 Guy Kendrew (Beta) 41, 3 John Crinson (Beta) 46, 4 Stephen Larkin (Beta) 54, 5 John Battensby (Sherco) 59. Clubman: 1 Roger Williams (Yamaha) 38, 2 Carl Shaw (Gas Gas) 56, 3 John Bennett (Beta) 84, 4 Louis Grey (Sherco) 88, 5 Glen Quinn (Sherco) 89.
Scarborough DMC Southern Group Championship, Low North Park, Sunday. Masters: 1 Andy Chilton (Beta) 13, 2 Adam Milner (Beta) 19, 3 Jack Howell 35. Expert: 1 Dave Pye (Gas Gas) 15, 2 Jonathon Taylor (Beta) 58, 3 Gary Collinson (Gas Gas) 61.
Intermediate: Mark Taylor (AM Beta) 39. Clubman A: 1 William Wainwright (Beta) 12, 2 Colin Bailey (Beta) 13, 3 Mark Smith (Jotagas) 15. Clubman B: 1 Isaac Gale (Yamaha) 1, 2 Sam Fairbank (Montesa) 8, 3 Roy Jarvis (Beta) 9. Youth A: Dan Peace (Beta) 20. Youth B: James Harland (Gas Gas) 97. Youth C: Callum Williamson (Beta) 22. Youth D: Elliot Woodall (Beta) 20. Twin Shock: Danny Hunter (Ariel) 44.
WEEKEND FIXTURES Tomorrow: East Yorks Centre ACU Centre Two Day Trial, The Flask Inn, Whitby, 1pm. Stanley Trials Club, trial, Bedburn, Wolsingham, 1pm.
Sunday: East Yorks Centre ACU trial restart, The Flask Inn, Whitby, 9.30am.