Paul Merson takes narrow Hardy win

It was a close thing, with Ray Ferguson just one mark behind

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Barry Redmayne had the misfortune to have a ball joint snap on Green Lane

InCar with Ray and Hannah Ferguson in their Liege

Woolbridge had strong local support for their Classic Trial, including a Four Wheel Drive class running at the back of the field. The event was a mixture of traditional lanes supplemented by some grassy venues familiar to competitors who go to the clubs single venue events. These of course require a very different driving technique to the rocky lanes. Either trickle or blast, there is no in-between!

The results were dominated by Class 7 and 8 cars, only Matt Facey (BMW) and Keith Sanders (Reliant Scimitar) getting close to their scores. Keith was running in the Clubmans category winning that overall. With the impending change in licence requirements that arbitrary split shouldn’t be necessary in 2020 although it could still be used to create a less demanding sub-event for this who prefer it.

In the National B category, qualifying for ACTC points, there was a day long battle between Paul Merson and Ray Ferguson in their respective Shopland Mk11 Special and Liege. They swapped two’s on Knowle Lane and Meerhay and were level on marks lost when they came to the grassy bank of Tim’s 1, the penultimate section. They both spun to a stop just before section ends but Ray didn’t quite pass the two marker so Paul took the overall win by one mark.

InCar with Roger Ashby and Gavin Lane

There were a few notable breakages. Barry Redmayne snapped a ball joint early on. Roger Ashby put the fan through the radiator of his glorious special after hitting a rock on Meerhay and Stuart Highwood had a half shaft fail on Knowle Lane in his Scimitar.

Jon Rutherford was best Solo and Martin Keswick best Outfit


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Hardy Trial

Stewart Green achieved a Clean Sheet on the Grass but its Clubmen that dominated the entry.

In Car with Mark and James Smith in their Class Six Beetle

Woolbridge Motor Club had a good entry for their Hardy Trial boosted by the large number of Clubman category competitors who were all running in Class 0.

There were seven clean sheets amongst the motorcycles, Brian Wyles coming out top on his GasGas 250 by virtue of his test times.

The National B car category only had 17 starters and it was Stewart Green who took the overall win with the only clean sheet inn his Class 8 Gruffalo. Dave Haizelden was second in his Class Five Reliant Scimitar, dropping three in the grassy field after the deviation out of the gully on Knowle Lane. Continue reading “Hardy Trial”

Hardy Trial 2016

Dean Partington was Best Car

Dean Partington in his familiar DP Wasp was best of a small field of 16 cars, dropping 12 marks. Ian Davis was second, dropping 23 in his VW Buggy.

There was a well supported Clubmans Class, win by Lee Peck in his Dutton Melos.

Geoff Walker was best motorcycle on his GasGas Pampera

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