Wins for Simon Groves, Tristan Barnicoat and Alan Wear
Organisers David Haizelden and Keith Sanders believe in tough trials and maintained their reputation with another well supported event. Their handicapping worked out well with the top ten cars coming from five different classes. Clive Kalber, out in his Dutton Melos, came close to challenging Simon Groves overall win. However, Clive dropped two extra marks on the muddy Upper Kingswell making a total of three for the event where Simon went clear.
With the first three cars in the Clubmans Category it was Aaron Haizelden who claimed maximum Wheelspin points in fourth place overall on 11 marks.
Tristan Barnicoat was the best Solo with a five point margin over John Luckett. The leading outfits were close all day with Alan Wear coming out on top by one mark.
It was a tough trial. Craig dropped 19 marks in his Class 4 Beetle, one less than Ben Gladwyn in Nicola’s similar car. Geoff Walker was best motorcycle loosing only one mark all day.
This years Torbay lived up to its reputation as a tough, but well thought out trial, giving all the classes a shot at the overall win. With Simms, Tipley and Wooston Steep on the agenda it was familiar territory for many but Dave Haizelden and Keith Sanders worked hard to provide some new sections as well.
Bill Bennett came close to an overall win in his familiar MG J2 but dropped 5 on Annies when the two Beetles went clear putting Bill 3rd overall on 22.
The organisers laid on a tough challenge for Class 8 and they didn’t come into overall contention. Dean Partington was best with 30 marks lost. Fellow DP Wasp driver Mike Chatwin retired with mechanical issues as did Dudley Sterry who stripped the teeth from 2nd gear on Coombehead.