One thing was on the mind of Sammy Miller at the start of the 1971 trials season, and that was to try and win back the British Trials Championship crown that his rival Gordon Farley had taken from him in 1970. The New Year Cup Trial organised by the Sturminster Newton and District Motor Cycles and Light Car Club on the 17th January was an ideal Centre event for him to get back to his winning ways. The action opened up with a young Bill Gunner on his Bultaco, taking an early lead before his form deserted him. Miller then moved his riding up a gear as early as section nine, when he was the only rider to record a clean passage as only four more riders managed to get through the hazard. The hazards on the scrambles course at Bullbarrow Hill and Okeford Hill accounted for the high scores as Miller took a clear victory from fellow Bultaco rider Paul Dunkley.
Sammy Miller (252cc Bultaco).
Arthur Dovey (500cc Greenland Wasp).
Paul Dunkley (250cc Bultaco).