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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Last years winner Stuart Bartlett won the Exmoor Clouds again, dropping 18 marks in his Cannon, one less than Anthony Andrews in his Buggy
Held on the same day as Strouds Mechanics Trial the sections on this years Exmoor Clouds were mainly muddy, held on private land, compared to the rough stoney Byways of a few years ago.
Stuarts win was despite dropping 12 on Bratton Ball 2 when the other leading contenders lost only five or six.
Rom Dobbs was best Motorcycle on his GasGas.
In Car on the Exmoor Clouds with Mark and James Smith in their Class Six Beetle
The Derek Merson Exmoor Clouds Classic Trial on 9th October was won by Geoff Walker, best solo motorcycle on his Gas Gas pampera, and best overall car was the Cannon of Stuart Bartlett and Kieran Bartlett.
Stuart and Kieran Bartlett showing their gritty style in their Cannon as they go clear to win the Exmoor Clouds (Photo by Paul Merson)