Wasps Swarm Northern

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.

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Mark Milne pictures David Golightly on Sandale. David was 3rd overall, dropping only eight marks in his magnificent Morton & Brett Board Racer. Mind you he didn’t have any problem with mud getting jammed in his front brakes!

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 Partington won The Cotswold Clouds

The wet weather made this a tough trial

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Dave Cook pictures Dean Partington cleaning Crooked Mustard on his way to winning the Cotswold Clouds

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.