We had no choice but to go to print before the conclusion of the 2017 Wessex Plant Hire Sidecar British Championship, so in this article in our first issue of 2018 we have a look at the series. With eleven rounds spread around the country nine would count
Going all the way to the wire, Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes held a slender onepoint advantage having won five of the ten rounds over Nigel Crellin/Chris Molyneux who had won four as they approached the final round. These two teams had dominated this class, taking all the wins apart from a surprise victory from Rupert and Chris Kimber in round three back in April. The action between the two challengers for the 2017 title was always going to be close as Jon Tuck and Matt Sparkes had to repair a puncture in the rear wheel of the TRS earlier in the day. Holding the advantage for most of the day these two had a scare when they stopped in the last-but-one section of the day, to finish just a single mark in front of Nigel Crellin and Chris Molyneux who were denied the title.
CLASS B, INTERMEDIATE
It was the male/female pairing of William Caine and Beth Thomas who dominated the Intermediate class with a full house of wins in the nine rounds they contested on the Gas Gas. They were the only pairing in the four classes of the championship to achieve this consistency, which put the championship beyond reach of all the other riders by taking a full 180 points. No one had an answer to this consistency. The runner-up position would go in favour of David Tuck and Joe Newman, who took victory in round ten and pushed Tony Jones and Jamie Howe into the last place on the podium as Simon Evans and Nick Harding took victory at the final round. As with Class A, a total of eight sidecar crews scored points in the eleven rounds.
CLASS C, CLUBMEN
With a total of 20 sidecar crews scoring points over the course of the season this was always going to be a difficult class to win. Taking six wins from the nine they contested, Manxmen Damien Owen and Gaz Temple took a clear championship win and opted out of the final two rounds. Second place in the series was contested at the final round and Nigel and Gracie-Mae Scott managed to keep Paul Fishlock and Debbie Merrell, who had won two earlier rounds in the summer months, at bay as they took third overall. With so many riders scoring points the championship positions lower down the order were played out in the final round, in this very competitive class.
CLASS D, NEWCOMERS
Despite the fact that it encourages anyone to have a go, the Class D Newcomers was very poorly supported. Matt Bond and Aleyn Taggart won the championship as Chris Newsham and Sam Atherton won the final round. Trial Magazine would like to thank Karen and Joel Crabtree for their support in generating this article.
Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes (Wessex SXS TRS)
Nigel Crellin/Chris Molyneux (BMS Scorpa)
David Tuck/Joe Newman (Wessex TRS)
Karl Jarvis/Jana Grossman (Scorpa)
Oliver Lace & Ealish Baxter (Lace Auto Gas Gas)
Robin Head/Adam Jacobs (Beta)
William Caine/Beth Thomas (Good With Wood Gas Gas)