Matt Tiley was the only clean sheet in this ACTC Championship event for motorcycles on 19 February 2017. In the non championship cars Aaron Haizelden was on fire, dropping only 15 marks in his Reliant Scimitar SS, 12 less than Anthony Andrew in his Class eight car and Matt Facey in his BMW
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The drizzly rain spiced up the sections on what proved to be a well received event by Holsworthy Motor Club.
Charlie Knifton was best car and Tony Whitehead best motorcycle but both were decided on Special Test times
Fellside AC under Clerk of the Course Myke Pocock were able to return to some of the events traditional sections after the forestry work of recent years. There was sufficient dampness to make the sections competitive and the results went down to the wire.
Kathy Martin was leading motorcycle at the foot of the last section, the infamous Sandale. Her nearest rival, Tony Whitehead cleaned it on his KTM but the six Kathy dropped left them both on eight and the trophy went to Tony as he was after on the Special Tests.
The cars result was also decided on the tests where Charlie Knifton was faster than David Golightly.
Dean Partington won the Cotswold Clouds on 5 February in his DP Wasp. Aaron Haizelden was 2nd overall in his Reliant Scimitar SS and everyone needs to watch out if he ever turns out in a Class 8 car.
Once again Stroud and DMC put on a well supported and hugely popular event which still retains many of its historic hills.
Competitors rated it a very tough, but not rough, event and there were some telephone number scores when the final results were published.
However, overall winner Dean Partington only lost marks on two hills in his Class 8 DP Wasp. The experienced Dean was chased home by two of the younger participants in the sport, Aaron Haizelden and Craig Allen, displaying their mastery of Clerk of the Course Carl Talbots difficult sections.
The 2017 Exeter Trial was marred when a competitor lost his life on Wooston Steep. At this time the incident is still under investigation.
Friday evening was very wet and the rain only cleared during the early hours of Saturday morning. Tillerton proved a challenge, especially for the restarters but it was Simms that was the real stopper. Dave Haizelden and his team from Torbay Motor Club had positioned the restart so it was a real challenge for the higher classes and only a handful of cars reached the summit without help from the recovery tractor.
The trial was abandoned with the news from Wooston Steep.
News of the fatality was announced before the meal at The Palace Hotel after which the 2016 awards were presented.