Tri­alling against the el­e­ments

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Sandy Veale (above) bor­rowed a Can­non from Ian Wright for the Cotswold His­toric Sport­ing Trial on 10 Novem­ber, and promptly beat him by four marks to take top hon­ours at the Stroud and Dis­trict Mo­tor Club event near Wot­to­nun­der-edge in Glouces­ter­shire.

Of the record 61 en­tries, 58 took part – and were wel­comed by heavy rain as pro­ceed­ings be­gan. After the first lap, Veale led on two marks, with Wright on eight and Neville Col­lett only one fur­ther back. Some of the hills were changed for the sec­ond lap, but an­other tor­ren­tial down­pour at lunch made the fi­nal leg par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing. Hill 2’s long, climb­ing turn de­feated ev­ery­one – most got no fur­ther than the nine or 10 gates.

In the Post His­toric class, Steve Courts was on good form and beat Dave Oliver by 13 marks. Andy Gowan fin­ished third, only one mark be­hind Oliver.

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