Ilkley & District Motor Club. Annual New Year Trial, Dob Park, Sunday.

THE Hemingway-Sadler contest was again the highlight of Yorkshire trialling at Dob Park on Sunday where the Hemingway boys, Harry and George, enjoyed the change from practice in sunny Spain to a wet and muddy tour of Dob Park and Browns where Crosser’s Rocks were mud coated from the previous weekend.

Harry Hemingway won the hard route on a blistering 17 score which was six under Sadler’s total. Only Richard and Ian Austermuhle got up the fifth hazard in Browns for a tough three marks. The other 18 Hard course contenders maxed out as did both Hemingways. Phillip Alderson ran away with Clubman A Over 45s to beat Huddersfield’s Tom Jackson and Shaun Hazelwood.

Thirty four rode Class A, which included Class B Youth boys Harrison Lightfoot and Charlie Petty. Class B was the largest class with 50 starters including the youths. John Holdsworth won the class on a 28 score and 25 cleans. Darren Mitchell cleaned 20 sections riding his electric powered E.M. machine, which seemed to grip well on the muddy rocks.

Ian Austermuhle

Ian Austermuhle

The Dob Park route took in seven sections of which five were in the streams. The drop in penalties was quite startling even though the rocks were on the green side. All in all a top class event and only marred by torrential rain in the final two hours.


Group Trial hard course. Experts: 1 Richard Sadler (Vertigo) A.K.Dawson Trophy, 23, 2 Ian Austermuhle (Beta) 26, 3 Jack Challoner (Montesa) 31. Inters: 1 Charlie Smith (Vertigo) 44, 2 Thomas Housecroft (Vertigo) 55. Novices: 1 Aldis Blacker (Gas Gas) 47, Bevan Blacker (Gas Gas) 48, Elliott Laws (Vertigo) 60. Youths: 1 Harry Hemingway (Beta) 17, 2 George Hemingway (Beta) 56. Clubman A: Novices: 1 Thomas Jackson (Montesa) 43, 2 Shaun Hazelwood (TRS) 49 mc, 3 Paul Kettlwell (Sherco) 49. Over 45 experts: 1 Phillip Alderson (TRS) 21. Over 45 inters: 1 Gary Pears (Scorpa) 64. Over 45 novices: 1 Martin Allen (Vertigo) 88. Youth Class A: 1 Jamie Sharp (Beta) 89. Youth Class B: 1 Harrison Lightfoot (Beta) 78, 2 Charlie Petty (Beta) 111. Clubman B: Novices1 John Holdsworth (Beta) 28, 2 Mark Butler (Fantic) 33, 3 Robert Hardisty (Sherco) 34. Youth Class B non-comp: 1 Oliver Petty (Beta) 103, Youth Class B easy route non-comp. Jimmy Crabtree (Vertigo) 56. Youth Class C easy route non-comp: Bobby Crabtree (Beta) 95.

Weekend fixture list.

Scarborough D.M.C. Trial, Low North Park, Harwood Dale, 11am.

Wetherby & D.M.C Filtrate Trophy Trial, Bayliss Gap Farm, Pateley Bridge, 10.30am.