SPORT­ING TRIAL Kings­ley wins with a late run

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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.

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