PISTON SLAP JUNE 2018 WEST DORSET TROPHY TRIAL. A bumper entry of 92 riders contested the West Dorset. Running on an Open permit is obviously an advantage as riders from any Centre can compete without having to join a Southern Centre Club. Roger Johns put in his usual mammoth effort to make it a special event. Three laps of 15 sections were the order of the day. ALL OBSERVED. Everything was perfect except for the weather. Heavy rain started just after the start and persisted throughout the whole trial making things very difficult so there was a long list of retirements. Ben Skinner was best of six experts losing 60 marks. Kevin Hart topped the new Clubman / Expert class on 49 and Michael Haydon (a new name to me) was best Clubman on the B route. Our own Daniel Warwick headed the Novice C’s. Many thanks to Roger for all the effort he put into this event again and to his hard working assistants, to all the observers who stuck to their task despite terrible conditions, and to The Earl of Sandwich, the Fooks brothers and the Hooke Park manager for the use of this fine venue. JOHN POATE TRIAL. Quite a good entry for our first closed to club trial held as usual at Church Farm Batcombe by kind permission of Dawn Griffin. In fact I think Dawn would be offended if we didn’t run there. Weather conditions were a bit dodgy the previous week so Richard Dearden and his helpers marked out eight sections (to be tackled five times) which were not too demanding. As it turned out, a drying wind and warm sunshine made the sections easier than planned and there were a few clean sheets. South West Centre expert Henry Pym was best on the A route with 3 marks lost from Brian Francis on 7. There were four experts this time which is quite a record in this day and age. Richard Fry and Roger Johns both stayed clean on the Clubman B route. Alan March dropped 4 to head the Veteran B’s, three better than Lee Wiggins. John Long and Ian Guy also stayed clean in Veteran C. Mark Raison on 3 was two marks better than new member Alan Spencer in Novice C while Nathan Ricketts was the lone novice on the B route. Sean Donaghy was also alone in the twin shocks. Jack Edwards was also the only youth competitor. His 24 mark loss on the full C route was better than some adults. A fairly easy trial but welcomed by the less experienced riders no doubt. There were no retirements. Many thanks to Richard and his marking out gang, to all the observers (all sections covered) and to Dawn for welcoming us to Church Farm yet again. N.B. I first rode on that land in 1959, farmed by Dawn’s Grandfather at that time and we have been there ever since. BOXER TRIAL July 15th. Our next closed to club will be run at Bowers Quarry Portland. The Boxer was the first trial run by the Bridport Club in 1949 and has run almost every year since (about four exceptions). Route to the start will be marked from the roundabout by Portland Heights Hotel (A354). Start time as usual is 11.00am and Mike Laming is C of C so good sections are guaranteed. Hope we get another good entry at this popular venue. NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING JULY 16th Ivan.

Action from North Poorton Farm 2017

Paul Brown and Ben Skinner

Poorton bikes
Poorton Ben Skin
Pooton Paul Brown

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