PISTON SLAP NOV 2018 MAX KING TRIAL. Almost 40 entries for our trial at Powerstock. Quite a record for Browns Farm where we usually struggle to get a decent entry. Whether my suggestion of alternative routes to the start helped or not, I don’t know, but it was a pleasant surprise for C of C Richard Dearden and his marking out gang and made all their efforts worthwhile. Conditions were extremely dry so sections were a bit tighter than usual. It worked well it seems with no one achieving a clean sheet but scores quite low and no retirements which is what we like to see. Ben Skinner came close to an unpenalised ride casting away just one dab on the first lap to secure top spot in the expert class. Second place went to Bristol based lady Victoria Payne on 3, while Henry Pym threw it all away on the last lap, ending the day on 5. The Clubman Experts, riding some A sections, some B were headed by Graham Harrison on 8 one ahead of Nick Gundry. The Clubman B class went to James Dean on 2, While Veteran B saw Simon Thornhill top the list some way ahead of Simon Dean. Three riders contested the new Sportsman class ( some B sections some C ) went to Mark Raison by the special test, which was a new experiment of “Stop & Restart” and timed by Paul Rogers. (his idea so he ran it). Marcus Hancock took the honours in the novice class from Alex Stevens again using the special test as they both finished on 14. Paul Brown headed Charlie Harrison in the Twinshock class 4 marks to 8. A sizeable number of C class Veterans were headed by Steve Wagstaff making a welcome return to our trials. Ollie Gundry was best of two youths 10 marks better than local lad Jack Edwards. Observers were scarce I understand but many thanks to those who did help out. Usual thanks to C of C Richard and his workers and finally to the Crutchley family for the use of the land. TRIALS ACADEMY. Roger Johns’ brainchild has been very successful with almost a full house of 30 riders turning up for each session. XHG Tigers have offered to run another at Corfe Mullen. On Sat 17th Nov. 10.00 am start usually. Contact Roger Johns on 07970 293452 for full details and to book your place. NOVEMBER SPORTS TRIAL. Sorry if there was some confusion because the original Nov 4th date was still showing on the club website. To say we have had trouble with dates would be an understatement! Next years’ West Dorset Trophy has gone back and forth two or three times and will now run on April 7th. Back to the Nov Sports. November is crammed full. Ringwood have upgraded their Pierce Simon on the 4th from pre 65 to cover all modern classes. We are then involved with Woolbridge running the Hardy Trial on the 18th with the Neil Westcott long distance trial a week later Add in Remembrance Sunday and Nov is gone. A number of our members and club workers now ride long distance trials so there is no way we would expect them to miss the chance of a ride. With another LDT in Devon on Dec 2nd we will run our last trial of 2018 on Sun Dec 9th at Bowers Quarry Portland. Marked from the roundabout by Portland Heights Hotel A354. Start 11.00 am as usual. We may change the name, I have plenty of cups that can be used as the Premier award. Possibly the Presidents trial. NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING MON DEC 10th 8.00 pm Three Compasses Charminster.

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