Adrian Marfell was best car overall but all eyes were on the championship showdown after a season long battle between David Haizelden and Paul Merson
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Amongst the cars it was a closely fought battle with five Class Eights, two Class Fours and and two Class Fives covered by a mere four marks. In the end the win went to Adrian Marfell in his rail on 25 points with Paul Merson, Dan Keat and Aaron Haizelden on 26. David Haizelden and Emma Groves finished with 27, Emma impressing everyone with her performance in the unfamiliar Troll.
Now to the Wheelspin Championship. Going into the Camel Dave had 69 points from nine events but would have to drop his lowest score. Paul had already had to drop one score and was on 63.
Taking account of National B competitions only Pauls second place gave him nine points but had to drop another score which was a three giving him a total of 69.
Again taking account only of National B competitors Dave was fourth overall scoring seven points but now had to drop his lowest score which was six so he finished the year on 70 and Wheelspin Champion. Winning the Wheelspin outside of Class Eight is a considerable achievement and Dave had to work hard for it including competing against his own son who gave no quarter in a similar car.
All this excitement rather overshadowed the motorcycle classes where Alan Keat was best Outfit and Tristan Barnicoat best Solo.
Mal Allen and Dean Partington take the Major Awards on well supported event
Bristol Motor Club and its well established organising team were rewarded by 66 entries for their Allen Trial.
This years event followed the Allens well established format, utilising as many public tracks as possible. It wasn’t that long ago that The Allen was an all public track event. However, the inevitable loss of access has necessitated a couple of excursions onto private land these days.
The Allen has a reputation as neither being particularly rough or tough. This coupled with the dry conditions resulted in 14 clean sheets.
Mal Allen took home The Allen Trophy with his Marlin after putting in the fastest times on the Special Tests. Mal and Dean Partington put in an identical performance on the Ubley Wood test but Mal was nearly a second quicker at Frys Bottom. Dean was awarded the Redcliffe Trophy for best clubman and was best in Class Eight. Continue reading “Allen 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”
Dave beat Aaron for the win on last weeks Tamar. This week it was Aarons turn with another one, two for the family.
Ross and DMC were disappointed with the number of competitors for their Kyrle Trial in the Forest of Dean. The event, known its steep slopes, attracted 34 cars with 24 in National B and 10 Clubmen who were shown separately in the results. Continue reading “Haizelden’s Dominate Kyrle”
Dave became one of only a handful of people that have won a Classic Trial in both a Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive Car having won the Tamar in 2003 in his Golf. Andrew Kearns was best Solo and Alan Wear best Outfit.
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This years Tamar went down well with competitors with the hills having just the right amount of bite. Most of the sections were pretty dry but Angel Steps greasy.
After a poorly supported Exmoor Clouds entries were better for the Tamar with 24 Motorcycles and 35 Cars, a third in Class Five.
Class Eight had some difficult restarts. Dan Keat was the only class 8 to climb Tanks Terror where Dave Haizelden was the only other car to clean the section. Aaron Haizelden dropped six here. If he hadn’t he would have finished on three, same as Dave but had a faster special test time!
Dave Haizelden dropped the only marks on his Tamar when he stopped at the three on Trehole but even here nobody on four wheels climbed higher.
There were two clean sheets amongst the Solos, the win going to Andrew Kearns on Special Test times.