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PISTON SLAP May 2019 WEST DORSET TROPHY TRIAL. WOW! 114 entries for our Centre Championship round held at our usual venue at North Poorton. An all time record I think. We had some good entries in the 60s but I don’t think we ever reached those dizzy heights. Whether it was the online entry system, the effort to increase the interest in the Southern Centre Championship, or the extensive coverage on Facebook but we had 80 entries pre booked and no doubt the glorious weather boosted on day entries. Such a relief for the organising team after the deluge of last year. As was half expected the fight for the premier was a two horse race between Brian Francis and Ben Skinner although there were some unfamiliar names among the 12 strong expert entry. Regular National trials runner James Stay clocked up a cricket score at the end when his rear tyre came off the rim. Still a lot to be said for tubes and security bolts. The fight between Brian and Ben could hardly have been tighter. After three laps of fifteen sections they had both lost 38 marks. Brian finally got the verdict with three more cleans. The Clubman class was headed by Richard Fry with just 4 marks lost from Colin Alsopp on 5. Roger Johns took 7th place after a tie with Gary Tarrant. I suspect these two have crossed swords in the past at expert level. The non Championship Clubman Expert class was headed by regular visitor Rob Smith seven marks better than our own Tony Hewitt. Tony Chalk and Andy Gates fought a close battle in the ridiculously named Novice class. At present this is the only adult Championship Class using the C route. We do need a Veteran class to ride route C so that the Novice class is for up and coming riders. Oliver Gray was the lone Youth on route B while Harvey Wilkinson was best of three on the C route. Finally our own Paul Brown took the runner up spot in the Twin Shocks from Geoff Muston. The Brown Bultaco finishing just 6 marks away from Muston’s TL Honda. Our grateful thanks to the course marking team with a special mention for Karl Edwards. His ability with the chainsaw held the rest of the gang spellbound and ensured the going between sections in the woodland area at Hooke Park was greatly improved. Usual thanks to all the observers and to Roger Johns for securing their services, also to Roger and his wife for the mammoth task of sorting the results. Finally our very grateful thanks to Mike Fooks and his brothers and to the Earl of Sandwich for the continued use of North Poorton Farm also the manager at Hooke Park. This extension has made a first class course even better. AWARDS PRESENTATION. About 20 members enjoyed a very pleasant evening at Three Compasses for the awards presentation. Most of our local winners turned up to collect their trophies and we were very pleased that Bill and Joan Collins were able to join us. Many thanks to Richard Dearden for organising it all and the management at Compasses for the fabulous chicken and chips. JOHN POATE TRIAL JUNE 2nd. Our first closed to club trial will be run as usual at Church Farm Batcombe, another long standing venue, by kind permission of “Farmer Dawn”. All the usual classes will be catered for over three routes. It is hoped to run three laps of twelve sections ( if we can find enough observers ). Route to the start will be marked off A37 Dorchester - Yeovil road by Claypigeon Kartway. Start 11.00am. TRIALS ACADEMY. The trials training series, instigated by Roger Johns last year, will run again during the summer months. North Berks are running the first one on Sat June 15th at their famous Seymours Arena. Bridport & Weymouth will be running at Rogershill later in the year and I think XHG Tigers may also join in the fun in this area. Watch this space (as they say). NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING MON JUNE 10th 8.00pm Ivan



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