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Bill Bennett was
one of three clean sheets across
three different classes.
Hart and his team got The Allen Trial just right again, the established
team attracting a full entry and providing a great days sport. Guys Hill
and the Ubley Complex proved the greatest challenge and eliminated the
higher classes from the results. Bill Bennett took the win with faster
test times than Nick Cleal and Keith Sanders.
Overall winner Bill Bennett didn't have to restart on
Travers but has to concentrate as he eases his immaculate MG J2 over the
rocky step (Picture by Giles Greenslade)
Just up the
road from the start Tog Hill provided its usual gentle introduction on a
fine day for winter trialling, warm and mild but wet underfoot!
Bitton Lane proved a bogey hill for sports cars.
Of the eight Suzuki X90's in Class Five only Brian Brown and Nick Deacon
got off the restart without penalty. The open tops in Class Six struggled
as well, neither Alan Wear (BMW Z3) or John Guy (Toyota MR2) having any
Chief Official Mike Jones looks on
as Terry Hart smokes his way off the Travers restart (picture by Giles
Keith Sanders shows plenty of
daylight under his Reliant Scimitar SS1 on Travers on his way to third
overall. (Picture by Giles Greenslade)
has a formidable reputation and as this year was to prove its thoroughly
deserved. The slippery surface is made even more challenging by the tree
roots crossing the track, oozing sap as a lubricant to spinning wheels.
Classes 1,2,3 and 5 were the lucky ones, the others had to restart!
wasn't that easy for the non re-starters and only David Haizelden, Nick
Cleal, Bill Bennett, Mike Wall and Keith Sanders reached the summit.
watching reckon Tony Young made the climb of the day, successfully
restarting his Class Four Beetle to go clear, a feat only achieved by Josh
Moss, Ben Johnson and Carl Talbot.
track at Travers, on the way up to the Ubley Woods sections, took its toll
across the classes but all the leading contenders went clear.
Sections and Blinding Sun at Ubley Woods
Mike Workman gets
his GVS sideways but like most of Class Eight he had to give best to
Ubley Woods Four (Photo by Giles Greenslade)
Having cleaned the difficult Guys
Hill with a restart Tony Young lost his clean sheet on Ubley Woods
Four (Photo by Giles Greenslade)
four sections in the Ubley Woods complex where the mist had finally given
way to a sunny day. There was a lot of mud though with some restarts for
classes seven and eight.
It was the
restart on Ubley Woods Four that did for the aspirations of Josh Moss and
Carl Talbot, the only class eights that had remained clean to that point.
It was possible to go clean though as Nick Farmer proved.
were only three sheets as competitors arrived at the Chew Valley lake rest
halt. Nick Cleal (Peugeot 205), Bill Bennett (MG J2) and Keith Sanders
(Reliant Scimitar). None of the remaining observed sections should be
stoppers for experienced competitors so the remaining Special Test was
going to be decisive. The position after the first one in Ubley was Nick
28.1, Bill 28.4 and Keith 32.0
Test at Burledge Decides the Trial
Wells was one of the many Class Fives that struggled with the Burledge
Andrew Rippon generates some wheelspin as he mounts the step on the
Burledge is now normally closed to motorised vehicles Pete Hart has
retained its use for The Allen Trial.
section came the Tubbys Torment Special Test. Although it had the usual
format it needed special attention as line B was slippery and there was a
nasty step. Keith Sanders was fastest of the three clean sheets on 18.7.
It wasn't quick enough to overtake Bill Bennett though. His time of 20.3
put him 0.2 seconds in front of Nick Cleal. All he had to do now was to
stay clean and he would win the trial overall.
section was just up the track where the restart was the challenge. This
only impacted on class 7 where Dudley Sterry lost the win when he had
clutch issues and pulled away before the flag dropped. Burledge aslo saw
the demise of both the BMW's in Class 3, both Sarah Holden and Martyn
Copplestone breaking their transmissions.
More Classic Sections
ploughing through the ruts on John Walker in the gathering dusk
(Picture by Calvin Talbot)
about to raise the periscope as he negotiates the ford at the
beginning of John Walker (Picture by Giles Greenslade)
Uplands inaccessible all the classes attempted Little Uplands which didn't
present any problems. Neither did Mill Le which left only John Walker to
finish the trial. This long section didn't claim many failures but
provided its usual delightful finale to another enjoyable Allen Trial.