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Camel Tro­phy Own­ers’ Club, Soli­hull So­ci­ety and the Home Na­tions trial at the LRO Show

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This year saw the third run of the LRO MSA arena RTV trial, and for the first time we had great weather to set out four tech­ni­cal com­pe­ti­tion sec­tions to chal­lenge the drivers over the week­end.

For 2018, in­stead of in­di­vid­ual clubs com­pet­ing for the coveted LRO Peter­bor­ough RTV tro­phies, we in­vited com­peti­tors from the four UK na­tions to come and play. Com­pet­ing in the ve­hi­cles in which they’d trav­elled to the show, three drivers each from Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land and a com­bined Eng­land and Wales team took to the arena to do bat­tle in front of a big crowd.

Ve­hi­cles ranged from a few stan­dard 90s to Dis­cos and even a P38, with an equally di­verse se­lec­tion of drivers from sea­soned tri­allers to novices.

The Satur­day turned out to be a a learn­ing curve for the more farflung teams. The Scots are used to hav­ing just seven gates on each sec­tion to re­mem­ber, not 12, and in Ul­ster you have to get the whole ve­hi­cle through a gate to clear it, not just the lead­ing hub, like we do here on the main­land.

All com­peti­tors soon got into the swing of it and dis­cov­ered that the massed spec­ta­tors in­stantly ‘dis­ap­pear’ the mo­ment you drive through the start gate and your head is fo­cused in the tri­alling zone. By the end of the day the Scots had a com­mand­ing lead with 20 penalty points be­tween their three drivers – half that of the com­pe­ti­tion. But my chief set­ter-outer, Terry Brown from North Wales LRC, was de­ter­mined to spice things up for the com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

To this end, course land­scaper John Lawn was dragged in to open up some new routes with his dig­ger, and the de­ci­sion was made to take ad­van­tage of a log see-saw de­signed for the chal­lenge trucks, for an en­ter­tain­ing fin­ish. The see-saw did cre­ate the one drama of the trial, when novice driver Quintin Ward slipped side­ways. But cool, calm and col­lected in­struc­tion from the mar­shals soon got him back on to terra firma.

The added spice had quite an im­pact on the scores, with Scot­land more than tre­bling their penalty points at the end of four sec­tions. The Eng­land and Wales team of Quintin Ward from Beds, Herts & Cambs LRC, Jimmy Sel­man from Anglian LRC and Mike Weigh from North Wales LRC went on to win with

57 penalty points. Mike had a par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive event, pick­ing up just six penalty points through­out the week­end with out­stand­ing driv­ing.

Next year we’re look­ing at the po­ten­tial of a five-na­tions trial, so watch for news.

A range of ve­hi­cles took on the four chal­leng­ing sec­tions

An Eng­land/wales lineup took over­all hon­ours

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