Briport & Weymouth MCC
Club Sec: Ivan Rose
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PISTON SLAP DEC 2019
78th SUNBEAM SOUTHERN EXPERTS TRIAL.
Well, what can I say. This was without a doubt one of the best trials we have ever run. Over seventy entries spread over three classes plus Youth A & B. Roger Johns and his happy band spent many hours sorting out suitable sections at Bowers Quarry, sometimes in not very good weather. The expert entry was first class with a number of Centre Champions and two World Championship competitors, Toby Martyn and Billy Green. As expected Martyn took the win with just four dabs over three laps of fifteen sections but Green was demoted to third place by regular National trials contender Ross Danby. Our own members came to the fore in Clubman/Expert. Grant Laming took the win ahead of Ben Lovelace. The Clubman class was headed by Southern Centre veteran Neil Hubbard. Another notable ride was that of fourteen year old Jack Dance. Having finally persuaded the ACU to let him ride the Expert route he proved himself worthy by taking seventh place ahead of a number of top Centre riders. A future World Champion perhaps? Toni Bou can’t go on forever. There were three young ladies in the entry. Alice Minta took second place in Youth A one mark behind Ollie Gray, Jasmine Hammond completed the trial in the Clubman class. Unfortunately Alicia Robinson was forced to retire with a hand injury. Hope it was not too serious and she is now fully recovered. Congratulations to Roger for masterminding the sections, to Paul Rogers for coming to terms with the intricacies of the online entry system and making a massive banner. Which he presented to Grant as a keepsake. Also acquiring officials tunics which made it all look very professional, and for doing the final print out of results for the club website. Our thanks to all the observers, many coming from other clubs to help with this mammoth task. Finally a big thank you to Barry Roads wife Theresa who kept the scoreboard up to date.
The trial attracted massive coverage in the media. Four pages and a front page picture of Martyn in TMX, loads of photos by Andy Withers on Facebook, report and two of Linda’s photos in Western Daily Press, and two first class videos on you tube. Finally our thanks to Mike Laming and Albion Stone manager Tony Porter for giving us the use of this fine venue. A memorable event. Well done to all concerned.
BOXER TRIAL SUN MARCH 8th.
Having lost our late Closed to Club trial to the Southern Experts, it was felt that we should put an early one on to give our regular members a ride. Land is available at Powerstock (provided it stops raining) and Paul Rogers has volunteered to take on C of C duties.
More details will appear at a later date.
RETURN OF TROPHIES.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching it is time to return perpetual trophies. All the awards went locally at the beginning of the year so shouldn’t be too difficult to get them back. Although we do not have another trial ourselves I expect paths will cross at other meetings with our own members. Yeo Vale Boxing Day trial for instance. I suspect the presentation for this year will be as last i.e. a social evening at Three Compasses Charminster. I will sort out a list of winners for the next News Letter.
Finally A Happy Christmas and an enjoyable trials riding New Year to you all.
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING Mon Jan 13th 2020.
Our Next trial BOXER TRIAL SUN MARCH 8th.
78th Southern ExpertsTrial
See Results Page
Mondays meeting is cancelled and rescheduled for Monday 20th.