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Dean Partington had the only clean
sheet on a very wet Allen Trial, clinching the Wheelspin Championship in
had been a lot of rain in the preceding week, with extensive flooding in
the south west. This made the Ubley Wood sections very muddy and it was
here the event was decided. Dean was challenged by Dave Haizelden and
Keith Sanders, both losing only two marks on the hills, although Keith
also dropped marks when he incurred a fail on the special test.
Mick Workman and Tony Underhill are pictures of concentration as they
tackle the mud on John Walker (Picture by Calvin Talbot from
Videos by Julian Archbold at John Walker and Dave
Haizelden at Ubley Woods
Allen Trial and Wheelspin Winner Dean Partington applying the power
at Ubley Woods (Picture by Dave Cook)
Keith Sanders dropped out of the top three when
he picked up a fail on the Special Test (Picture by Dave Cook)
Dave Cook pictures Gary Browning restarting on
Burledge on his way to winning Class Six
Dave Cook used flash to picture Aaron Haizelden
on John Walker in the gathering gloom.
With all the flooding there was
concern that the event was going to take place. However Pete Hart and his
team checked things out on the Saturday and reported that, apart from the
stream at the bottom of Uplands which was impassable, the route was good
There were a couple of non
starters but there were still nearly 60 cars lining up at the start in
Doynton near J18 on the M4.
Travers Restart sorted Class 7
After a gentle run up Tog Hill
the restart on Bitton Lane was unfriendly to Class 5 and Nick Deacon was
the only one of five Suzuki X90's to get away. Guys Hill was next, perhaps
the rain had washed the mud away because there were fewer failures than
The Yellows and Reds had to
restart on Travers. and this certainly sorted out class 7, only the
Marlins of John Hammill and eventual Class
winner Dave Broom getting away. The restart also accounted for around 50%
of class 8.
Decides the Trial
The four sections at Ubley Wood
were just up the track. unlike the other hills, which are all on green
lanes, these are artificial sections marked out on the top of a grassy
hill. With no stone bottom they were very slippery and a full blooded
approach was required. Only Dean Partington cleaned all four. Dave Wall
and Charlie Knifton did well but succumbed to the Class 8 restart on the
Ubley 1 to loose their only five marks of the day. Without a restart here
Sam Holmes in Class Four, Keith Sanders in Class Five, Gary Browning in
Class Six and Dave Haizelden in Class One also went clear and went on to
win their respective classes.
Ubley Woods 2 and 3 were
difficult but cleanable but it was Ubley Woods 4 that decided the trial
when Dean was the only clear.
Uplands was Cancelled
With Big Uplands cancelled
there were only three sections after the lunch break. It should have been
plain sailing for the leaders with Dean clear and Dave Haizelden and Keith
Sanders on two. That wasn't how it finished as Keith overshot a line on
the Special Test which penalises you six marks on The Allen and it dropped
him down the standings promoting Dave Wall to 3rd overall in his tidy K
John Walker was the last
section, a glorious blast though the mud and ruts just as the light was
failing. It wasn't a formality for the low slung cars though and Ian Moss
dropped six in an unfamiliar and very standard looking Hillman Imp. The
ruts were deep and both class winning cars of Aaron Haizelden and Dave
Wall ended up with deranged front suspension..
The Allen and The Wheelspin
So ended another well run and
popular Allen Trial with Dean Partington victorious for the fourth time
giving him an unassailable lead in The Wheelspin Trophy.