Paul Merson takes narrow Hardy win

It was a close thing, with Ray Ferguson just one mark behind

Barry Redmayne had the misfortune to have a ball joint snap on Green Lane

InCar with Ray and Hannah Ferguson in their Liege

Woolbridge had strong local support for their Classic Trial, including a Four Wheel Drive class running at the back of the field. The event was a mixture of traditional lanes supplemented by some grassy venues familiar to competitors who go to the clubs single venue events. These of course require a very different driving technique to the rocky lanes. Either trickle or blast, there is no in-between!

The results were dominated by Class 7 and 8 cars, only Matt Facey (BMW) and Keith Sanders (Reliant Scimitar) getting close to their scores. Keith was running in the Clubmans category winning that overall. With the impending change in licence requirements that arbitrary split shouldn’t be necessary in 2020 although it could still be used to create a less demanding sub-event for this who prefer it.

In the National B category, qualifying for ACTC points, there was a day long battle between Paul Merson and Ray Ferguson in their respective Shopland Mk11 Special and Liege. They swapped two’s on Knowle Lane and Meerhay and were level on marks lost when they came to the grassy bank of Tim’s 1, the penultimate section. They both spun to a stop just before section ends but Ray didn’t quite pass the two marker so Paul took the overall win by one mark.

InCar with Roger Ashby and Gavin Lane

There were a few notable breakages. Barry Redmayne snapped a ball joint early on. Roger Ashby put the fan through the radiator of his glorious special after hitting a rock on Meerhay and Stuart Highwood had a half shaft fail on Knowle Lane in his Scimitar.

Jon Rutherford was best Solo and Martin Keswick best Outfit

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Ray Ferguson Best Car on Yorkshire Dales

Sam Holmes and Ray were the only cars that had a clean sheet so the result came down to Test Times

Stuart and Kieran Bartlett are a study in concentration as they take on the challenge of Bluebell Wood, a Class Eight only section this year. Stuart and Sam Phillips were the only cars to go clear but the two Stuart dropped on the previous section at Brimham Wood dropped them out of contention for the overall win. Photo by Dave Cook. You can purchase prints and Hi-Res downloads for this and many other trials on Dave’s Website.

The Yorkshire Dales was again held in glorious weather but this years dry route wasn’t considered as rough as last year.

Both Ray Ferguson (Class 7 Liege) and Sam Holmes (Class 4 Beetle) ended the day with clean sheets with Ray taking the Premier Award on test times.

Fellow Liege driver Barry Redmayne was third but driving his Suzuki X90 in Class Five this time.

Dean Partington was on a clean sheet until the penultimate section, the Class Eight only Bluebell Wood, when he dropped six marks.

Mike Hiley was best motorcycle.

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First ACTC win for a Liege on The Allen

Ray Ferguson won The Allen Trial with one of two clean sheets. His Liege was faster than Tim Naylers BMW Z3 on the Special Tests

Ray and Hannah Ferguson had no time to enjoy the view of the lake as they clean one of the sections at Ubley Woods on their way to a clean sheet and a win on the Allen Trial in their Liege. Photo by Calvin Samuel. Click here for more of Calvins work.

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