Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship Solo/Youth/Ladies

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With four rounds of the pro­posed eight now con­tested, the 2018 ACU Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship is giv­ing us some good in­di­ca­tions as to who has their eyes on the ti­tles. In the cham­pi­onship class James Da­bill (Beta) con­tin­ues to stamp his author­ity with a full house of wins, the same as Ross Danby (TRS UK) in the new-for-2018 Mas­ters class. It is not the case in the Ex­pert class, but with two wins to his name Richard Sadler (Beta-UK/Ack­lams) has opened up a clear lead. An­other new class in 2018 is the Youth Elite, and it’s the bright young tal­ents of Mitch Bright­more (JST Gas Gas UK) and Gus Oblein who have locked horns in the bat­tle for supremacy. The Kelly’s Farm venue hosted round four, the Antony Rew Trial run by the West of Eng­land Mo­tor Club, in very hu­mid over­cast con­di­tions tak­ing in the usual three laps of twelve haz­ards.

Cham­pi­onship Class

Hav­ing the abil­ity to al­ways raise your game is a tal­ent that James Da­bill has shown over his younger ri­val Jack Price. It was highly ev­i­dent at round four at the heav­ily wooded Kelly’s Farm venue as he put him un­der pres­sure from as early as the open­ing lap. It was the rugged out­crop of rocks on sec­tion seven where Da­bill gained his ad­van­tage, as Price stopped and Da­bill parted with three marks lost. They both lost two on time, but on the sec­ond lap Da­bill put the ham­mer down with a lap score of four com­pared to his ri­val’s eleven. Price fought back to close the score on the fi­nal lap with four marks lost, but the dam­age had been done, and Da­bill re­mains well clear at the top of the cham­pi­onship ta­ble with win num­ber four.

The elder of the two Peace broth­ers Dan re­mains a con­stant threat, but it’s the lack of con­sis­tency he needs to ad­dress be­fore he can chal­lenge for the win that no doubt will come. Af­ter a huge crash on sec­tion seven on the first lap, it was a slightly ‘de­tuned’ Toby Mar­tyn who was the big­gest loser in the cham­pi­onship chase, fin­ish­ing in sev­enth po­si­tion. It was good to see Iwan Roberts back in ac­tion, and no doubt when once back to full fit­ness he will be able to start chal­leng­ing for the top po­si­tions.

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP CLASS

RE­SULTS: 1: James Da­bill (Beta) 20; 2: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK) 26; 3: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 45; 4: Jack Shep­pard (MRS Sherco) 61; 5: Jack Peace (JST Gas Gas UK) 66; 6: Iwan Roberts (TRS UK) 69; 7: Toby Mar­tyn (RG Mon­tesa/Honda UK) 73; 8: Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Met­calfe) 84; 9: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 100; 10: Tom Minta (BMS Scorpa) 119; 11: Billy Green (Beta-UK) 122; 12: Dec Bul­lock (Gas Gas) 136; 13: Hugo Jervis (AB TRS) 146.

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP PO­SI­TIONS AF­TER FOUR ROUNDS

RE­SULTS: 1: Da­bill 80; 2: Price 64; 3: Dan Peace 60; 4: Mar­tyn 50; 5: Jack Peace 44; 6: Shep­pard 43; 7: Chilton 37; 8: Minta 26; 9: Connor 19; 10: Green 18; 11: Bul­lock 16; 12: Alexz Wigg (JST Gas Gas UK) 16; 13: Jack Chal­loner (Craig’s Mon­tesa) 14; 14: Roberts 10; 15: Jervis 10.

Mas­ters Class

It’s TRS mounted Ross Danby who con­tin­ues his to­tal dom­i­na­tion the Mas­ters class, who ride the eas­i­est half of the Cham­pi­onship sec­tions and the hard­est half of the Ex­pert sec­tions. In its first year as a cham­pi­onship class, it’s not at­tracted many rid­ers, but this takes away no credit from the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Ross Danby on the TRS. The first three wins might have been closer, but he was bang on form in Devon, win­ning by a healthy mar­gin from Sam Haslam. Tom Af­fleck re­mains sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship as he still chases that elu­sive win.

MAS­TER CLASS

RE­SULTS: 1: Ross Danby (TRS UK) 37; 2: Sam Haslam (JST Gas Gas UK) 65; 3: Tom Af­fleck (180° Ver­tigo) 97; 4: Oliver Smith (Gas Gas) 121.

2018 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP PO­SI­TIONS

RE­SULTS: 1: Danby 80; 2: Af­fleck 62; 3: Haslam 51; 4: Gwynedd Jones (Beta) 39; 5: Dun­can McColl (Beta) 15; 6: Smith 13.

Ex­pert Class

Some would call it a home ad­van­tage, but I would call it a rider on form as Joe Baker dom­i­nated the class at Kelly’s Farm. It was very much the case for the other win­ner in this class Ben Mor­phett at round one, but cham­pi­onship leader Richard Sadler is very much a man of con­sis­tency. His two run­ner­sup po­si­tions have put him clear at the top of the cham­pi­onship as his near­est ri­val, and good friend Guy Ken­drew looks for his first win in the cham­pi­onship in 2018. Baker was a man on a mis­sion at round four as he rode off into the dis­tance to claim the vic­tory. Not even the dif­fi­cult sec­tion seven held any fears for him as he recorded three cleans; he was the only rider to record sin­gle-lap scores dur­ing the day’s ac­tion.

Hold­ing onto third in the cham­pi­onship is Dan Thorpe. He had an off day fin­ish­ing a lowly 10th, which has lost him quite a lot of ground in the cham­pi­onship. Chris Stay man­aged to split James Fry from his part­ner Emma Bris­tow, who once again had a good day bat­tling for the top five po­si­tions. Luke Walker re­mains in fourth po­si­tion, but you can bet that the bat­tle to make the top five at the close of the cham­pi­onship will be­come much closer as the sea­son pro­gresses.

EX­PERT CLASS

RE­SULTS: 1: Joe Baker (Ac­tive Sherco) 13; 2: Richard Sadler (Beta-UK/Ack­lams) 27; 3: Guy Ken­drew (Beta-UK) 30; 4: James Fry (Sherco) 31; 5: Chris Stay (TRS UK) 40; 6: Emma Bris­tow (Sherco) 45; 7: Luke Walker (Sherco) 46; 8: Kieran Child (Colin Ap­p­le­yard Gas Gas) 50; 9: Sam Yeo­mans (JST Gas Gas UK) 51; 10: Dan Thorpe (JST Gas Gas UK) 58; 11: Conrad Atkin­son (Sherco) 65; 12: Thomas Moss (Gas Gas) 87; 13: Iwan Jones (TRS) 87; 14: Lloyd Price (AB Mo­tor­cy­cles TRS) 90; 15: Tom Cul­li­ford (BVM TRS UK) 98.

2018 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP PO­SI­TIONS

RE­SULTS: 1: Sadler 74; 2: Ken­drew 60; 3: Thorpe 47; 4: Walker 43; 5: Fry 39; 6: Stay 37; 7: Bris­tow 34; 8: Yeo­mans 31; 9: Baker 20; 10: Ben Mor­phett (Mon­tesa) 20; 11: Pear­son 13; 12: Child 13; 13: Conrad Atkin­son (Sherco) 13; 14: Starmer 11; 15: Price 9.

Elite Youth

Rid­ing the 125cc ma­chines on the steep wooded hill­side which is Kelly’s Farm is a big ask, but the Youth Elite rid­ers put on a fan­tas­tic show of their skills. Round one win­ner Gus Oblein was knocked off the top spot at rounds two and three by the cur­rent cham­pi­onship leader Mitch Bright­more, but he came through at round four to take the vic­tory. On the open­ing lap, it was Bright­more who held the ad­van­tage, but Oblein came fight­ing back on the sec­ond lap with a score of 26 marks lost to his ri­val’s 31 — it was game on for the last lap! As it hap­pened Oblein slightly opened up the ad­van­tage once again to take the vic­tory.

Not far off the pace all day was Char­lie Smith on 98, who came home a clear third. Bright­more holds a six-point ad­van­tage at the top of the ta­ble at the half­way stage of the cham­pi­onship over Oblein with Smith next. The cham­pi­onship looks like it will go all the way to the wire, and do not put Brett Har­bud or Smith out of the fight yet as they both will be look­ing at tak­ing a win be­fore the close of the cham­pi­onship.

ELITE YOUTH

RE­SULTS: 1: Gus Oblein (Sherco) 89; 2: Mitch Bright­more (JST Gas Gas UK) 93; 3: Char­lie Smith (Inch Per­fect Tri­als Beta) 98; 4: Brett Har­bud (BVM Beta) 132; 5: Joshua Wright (Beta) 145.

2018 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP PO­SI­TIONS

RE­SULTS: 1: Bright­more 74; 2: Oblein 68; 3: Har­bud 58; 4: Smith 54; 5: Ryan Brown (Beta) 39; 6: Joshua Wright (Beta) 31; 7: Adam Juffs (TRS) 28.

James Da­bill (Beta)

TRIAL MAGAZINE Iwan Roberts (TRS UK)

Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK)

79 Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK)

Ross Danby (TRS UK)

Sam Haslam (JST Gas Gas UK)

Joe Baker (Ac­tive Sherco)

Chris Stay (TRS UK)

Guy Ken­drew (Beta-UK)

Richard Sadler (Beta-UK Ack­lams)

Gus Oblein (Sherco)

Mitch Bright­more (JST Gas Gas UK)

Char­lie Smith (Inch Per­fect Beta)

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