Through the Night
12 Motorcycles and 36 Cars left
the start at Bridgwater for the first section at Catsash, with a restart
this year. Like most of the sections during the night it didn't stop many
but they were all long and enjoyable. There was some concern if the delays
at County Gate (see main trial report) would result in time penalties, but
these were confined to the main trial.
Come the dawn Sherwood was
slippery at the start with a big hole further up. This caught out Nev
Bowers on his first Lands End in his Suzuki X90 and John Turner lost his
tin with his only fail on the event.
Hackmarsh was a new Section
Hackmarsh was a new section,
approached down the track the main trial use to get to Darracott. The
junction was where the Hobbs Choice Special Test used to be, Class 0 going
straight on where the main trial went left. It was a very nice section,
categorised as 8 for roughness in the route card. There were a lot of
small loose rocks but it wasn't to bad if you
took things steadily. A couple of lower slung cars struggled and needed a
tow but most competitors really enjoyed the section.
Laneskin was Cancelled
After a welcome breakfast at
Wilsey Down things toughened up at Cardinham. The new section in Laneskin
Wood was cancelled after early numbers got stuck on the upper reaches and
the Chief Official decided to halt proceedings to keep the event running
on time. The Laneskin Junction Special test ran though, this was very
tight and the experienced Mike Oakins (Liege) and Vic Lockley (VW Beetle)
were both penalised, costing mike his Tin.
Tape Touched at Silver Lead
There was only one section in
Cardinham woods this year, the familiar Silver Lead Mine with a chicane
just after the start defined by tape. Up until now a lot of cars still had
clean sheets but this changed with a whole host of penalties for either
stopping on the chicane or touching the tape.
Bishops Wood was Tough
Bishops Wood was to prove the
toughest challenge on the trial. It wasn't rough but the final part of the
section was quite muddy and only eight cars carried sufficient momentum to
reach the section ends board.
Alternative Blue Hills
Only Blue Hills remained, with
a choice of the old tarmac hill with a restart on the sharp left hander or
a run up with the new section but leaving out the artificial bit at the
top. The choices were about equal and as it turned out the Old Hill
restart was probably more difficult than the rough track. There were quite
a few failures on both but fortunately nobody was denied a tin by making
the wrong decision.
Its all Over!
All that was left was the long
road run back up to signing off at the Fraddon Premier Inn. No results of
course, they took a few days to come through when they showed just how
tough the final part of the trial was for Class 0. Only David Richards in
his Liege ad Michael Leete in his
clean with a further 11 Copper's awarded.
Published 27 May 2015