SPORTING TRIAL Kingsley wins with a late run
Simon Kingsley won the Raymond Baxter Sporting Trial on a tie-break from Barry Hogg in Cumbria after 30 sections that altered hugely during the day.
Overnight snow made conditions extremely slippery on the six hills laid out for the first couple of rounds. Bryan Walker took the lead over the first two rounds from BTRDA Championship leader Richard Sharp, who then broke a driveshaft, ending his day. Walker slipped up dropping a seven just before lunch that allowed Kingsley to take the lead by a point from Barry Hogg, with Mike Salton and Walker two points behind.
The snow thawed as the sun eventually shone on the hills and traction improved massively. Kingsley dropped a careless eight after lunch, and that looked to have handed the win to Hogg, who then slipped up during the final round and lost the trial on most sections climbed.
Salton had a consistent afternoon to complete the podium. He was the best live axle and, most creditably, best novice. Walker slipped to fourth with another mistake. Brian Thornton was second in the intermediate class behind Hogg in his venerable Kincraft. Richard Waterhouse won the club class in sixth overall and Colin Campbell finished just outside the top 10 securing second in the novice class.