Trials round-up: Peter King takes Wells title by three marks at Maesbury Rings
Peter King was a three-mark winner of the Wells and District club’s hour-long Timed and Observation Trial at Maesbury Rings near West Horrington on the Mendips on Sunday.
He was first in an entry of 38 to complete the event and like runner-up Nick Sheppard and Paul Manning, he lost nine marks in the half dozen observed sections that were encountered on each of the 11 laps.
King lost all his marks in the second section on deeply rutted climbs. Sheppard lost six in the same section and three more on a climb over tree roots in the sixth, where Manning lost all his nine.
Andy Scrivens was fastest in the Enduro class, but he lost out to Luke Stringer who lost fewer marks on observation.
The result in the Totnes club’s Annual Ten Tors Long Distance Trial in the South Hams area of Devon was hinged on a special speed test in a covered arena at Wheeldon Farm after last year’s winner Nick Life and Somerton’s Gary Marshman had both completed the 60 mile event without losing marks. With his motocross, sand racing and enduro experience, Life was just over three seconds quicker than his rival. They and third placed Andy Muller were the only three in an entry of 150 to crest a steep hill climb in Penny’s Wood without incurring penalty.
Many of the 14 groups of sections failed to take marks, but many lost marks in two other sections in Penny’s Wood, which featured climbs over adverse cambered banks and tree roots.
Alex Wigg repeated his last year’s win in the Sunbeam club’s Southern Experts Trial staged in Hook Woods, near Guildford in Surrey.
Over three laps of a dozen tough sections, he lost 12 fewer marks than Sam Haslam.
Seven times South West Centre champion Joe Baker finished in fourth place behind Ben Morphett, and Rupert and Chris Kimber were easy winners.
Wells and District MCC Timed and Observation Trial at Maesbury Rings, West Horrington – Winner: P King (Montesa) lost no marks on time, 9 on observation = 9 marks lost. Runner-up: N Sheppard (Sherco) 3+9=12. First class awards: P Manning (Beta) 6+9=15, J Cross (Gas Gas) 4+14=18, J Adams (Sherco) 2+17=19, S Sinclair (Sherco) 7+12=19. Non expert award: S Bather (Gas Gas) 15+18=33. Novice: A Cooper (Beta) 10+60=70. Twin Shock: B Lyons (Fantic) 18+108=126. Enduro class winner: L Stringer (KTM) 9+57=66.
Totnes MCC Ten Tors Long Distance Trial at Reed Red Post, Devon – Winner: N Life, no marks lost, special time test 35.5 secs. Runner-up: G Marshman, no marks lost, STT 39.1 secs. First class awards: A Muller 1, C Berry 1, S Bunney 2, M Pye 2, S Goodman 2, N O’Connor 2, M Williams 3, R Youlton 3, C Bartlett 3, R Truscott 3, K Ring 3, R Samways 4, A Lloyd 4. Over 40 years of age awards: C Berry, S Bunney, Matt Pye. Mono Shock class winner: A Meiver 29. Pre 1965 class winner: G Kinsman 8. Team award: Team Kit-Kat – Marshman, Pye and Samways 6.
South West Classic Association Trial at Barbrook, North Devon – Pre 1965 awards: C Dommett (BSA) 8 marks lost; C Legg (Triumph) 9; M Palfrey (BSA) 14, V Stephens James 16. Twin Shock awards: C Green (Honda) 8, S Keedwell (Fantic) 17, C Williams (Fantic) 20, T Heard (Yamaha) 25.
Clubman award: D Price (Beta) 11. Over 50 years: M Cox (Beta) 31. Novice: D Lulham (Sherco) 22.
Southern Expert Trial at Guildford, Surrey – Solos: 1, A Wigg 34 marks lost; 2, S Haslam 46; 3, B Morphett 47; 4, J Baker 61.
Clubmen: 1, B Francis 26; 2, D Clinkard 26; 3, B Skinner 30. Sidecar experts: 1, R & C Kimber 16; 2, D Dale/H Etherington 65. Clubmen: 1, P Fishlock/P Pesterfield 70; 2, L Granby/R Kimber 93.