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Dean Partington won the
Allen Trial with the only Clean Sheet. It was a DP Wasp one-two as Dean's
sister car was 2nd in the hands of Mike Chatwin. Mike only failed the
muddy Ubley Woods Three which claimed most of the experienced drivers and
As well as the Field Trial sections at
Ubley Woods Big Uplands was also on form, ensuring that the all the
classes were decided on the hills and not on Special Test Times.
winner Dean Partington in earnest conversation with Adrian Dommett at the
start. (Picture by Giles Greenslade)
It is testament to the reputation of The Allen Trial, and its
organisers that it attracted 63 entries at a time when entries are
significantly lower. Not just in Classic Trialling but in all forms of
Motorsport. The Allen was known for being run exclusively on classic
lanes. In recent years some of these have been lost and this year five of
the twelve sections were at private venues.
The weather was ideal, wet overnight, with a bright sunny day for the
event itself. The opening section at Tog Hill, only a few hundred yards
from the start, didn't cause any problems. Not so at Bitton Lane where the
restart claimed the scalps of all four of the Suzuki X90's in class five.
There were only a couple of other failures, but these included the Escort
of eventual Class Three winner Dick Bolt, who would need all the
horsepower of this mega machine to blast through the mud on the later
sections to claw back this loss.
Big Uplands on Form
Classes 1 to 6 had their visit to Big Uplands in the morning, while 7 &
8 went straight to Guys Hill. This arrangement is to save time for the the
long reverse after the inevitable long list of failures towards the top.
This year didn't disappoint and big names like David Haizelden and Dick
Bolt weren't in the select half dozen who cleaned Big Uplands. Special
mention to Peter Jones who came so near in his Suzuki X90. Also too Steve
Potter and John Wilton went clear in their marvellous Trojans. Class six
was to be decided here as Dean Vowden got out in his Type 3 Notchback
while Claire Rippon stopped at the five.
Incident at Guys
Adrian Marfell pulling away from the restart in typical style
(Picture by Giles Greeenslade)
Ed Wells tried a similar head out style but wasn't so successful
(Picture by Giles Greenslade)
Over at Guys Hill the
organisers had to help the police and local farmer to sort out a road
traffic accident on the exit road. Fortunately all was well when the cars
came along. There were a few who might have preferred the section was
cancelled as the tree roots were on form, making life particularly
difficult for the re-starters in 6, 7 & 8.
Roots at Travers
Video by Rory Pope
The route headed west of Chew
Valley lake for the historic Travers section where 6, 7 and 8 had another
battle with a tree rooty restart, which eliminated all but Dean and Claire
for Class six honours and failed many in Class Seven.
Video by Rory Pope
Video by Rory Pope
The Ubley Woods complex lay
just up the track, where three sections and a special test were laid out
on the top of the hill with magnificent views of the Bristol Channel in
the fine weather. The observed sections were very muddy and only Dean
Partington retained his clean sheet. Simon Woodall was the only other
driver to clean the three Ubley's but had failed at Guys Hill earlier in
the day. Simon was to drop further from contention when he failed the
restart at Burledge. He wasn't the only one and the section is returning
to competitiveness after many years following its resurfacing.
Pete Hart and his team had put
a lot of work into the Lakeside sections since last year. Unfortunately
everything didn't go too plan, with Mullholland Bank having to be
cancelled after PR problems. Then Chimney had to be abandoned for 7 & 8
for safety reasons after a couple of incidents with rear engined cars
becoming too light on the front end. Fortunately this didn't affect the
overall result as Dean Partington had gone clean before the closure.
Magnificent John Walker
Videos by Rory Pope
Seven and Eight had their
attempt at Big Uplands on the way to the events finale at John Walker
which was as magnificent as ever. Well perhaps not so magnificent for Nick
Farmer who dropped six after a puncture resulting in a tyre come off the
Another Classic Allen
So ended another classic Allen
Trial. Charlie Kifton was delighted to win Class 1, a rare defeat for Dave
Haizelden in this class. Sam Holmes won an event long battle with Hans
Viertel and Ryan Tonkin emerging class four winner with his performance on
the Ubley sections. In Class 7 Mal Allen won the battle of three Marlins
followed by Kevin Barnes in his newly rebuilt supercharged Liege.