Ian Davis was best car on the 2016 Yorkshire Dales Trial. Ian had one of three clean sheets in his VW Buggy. Mick Whitehouse was best motorcycle. Videos and links here, including provisional results. Keep checking back as I will add new stuff when I find it. Event report will follow soon.
It was a battle of the Class 8’s in this Single Venue Trial in Bonyalva Woods on 3 April 2016. Tris White led until two sections before the end when it all fell apart for the Troll driver and Dan Keat went on to win.
This was a well attended event with an entry of 30 doing battle with the sections organised by Ryan Tonkins young team.
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.
It was a Wasp one-two at Fellside AC’s Northern Trial on 21 February. Both Dean Partington and Mike Chatwin finished with five marks, victory going to Dean on test times.
As Myke Pocock would say it was a very clarty Northern Trial this year. The rain generated a lot of mud but it didn’t stop this being a low scoring trial with the leading competitors dropping very few marks.
Dean dropped his only five marks on Pheasants Run, one better than fellow DP Wasp driver Mike Chatwin. These weren’t the lowest scores on this section but they both cleaned all the others. Deans success came when, along with Mike, Aaron Haizelden (Reliant Scimitar) and Nick Cleal (Peugeot), he was in the elite group that came out the top of Merves Swerve.
It was a very tough trial with the rain making Axe a real mud bath and Cowcombe Wood becoming so slippery the sections were cancelled as the access tracks were becoming dangerous.
Dan Keat won The Exmoor Trial with the only clean sheet. There were eight car competitors on zero at the start of Floyds Bank, the last section on the trial but the other seven all lost one mark making Dan the winner of the event.
Chris Lidstone was the best motorcycle overall with a zero score as were Steve Urell & June Williams on their combination in Class D.