It looked like a Class 2 win more or less from the start of the event when Bill Bennett was the only car to clean the slippery Telfs Challenge. The overall win slipped away from him when he was penalised on one of the Special Tests and then dropped a nine on the appropriately named Big Cockup! This left the field clear for fellow Class 2 competitor David Read in his Austin Seven who finished his trial with a smooth climb of Sandale.
Nicola Butcher was second overall in her familiar Class 4 Beetle and Mark Smith third in his similar Class Six machine. There were only a couple of retirements. Kieran Bartlett whose clutch failed on his Cannon after only a couple of hills. Hal Branson got a bit further but was troubled by a grumble from his new prop shaft and a gremlin with the Marlins electronic wizardry that prevented the car from idling. Continue reading “Northern Trial”
Both Motorcycle and Car Categories had low scores as the sections were bone dry and there was a lot of grip everywhere. John Kenny was best Motorcycle, besting the versatile Steve Kingston on his Class A machine as opposed to the familiar MG Midget. Dean Partington was best car.
The dry sections put a strain on transmissions, Clive Kalber (Tucker Peake Pop), Lee Peck (Dutton Melos) and Dave Haizelden (Reliant Scimitar) all having their machinery wilt under the strain.
Sword Point 1 took away a few car clean sheets with a restart for 7 & 8 and a deviation from the main track for all proving problematical.
Both Dean Partington (DP Wasp) and David Golightly (Morton and Brett) only dropped two marks, Dean on Sword Point 2 and David on Watergate 2. The overall win going to Dean on test times.