As this year’s BTC approaches the halfway stage James Dabill is in charge in the Championship class, with the main battle for top honours taking part in the Expert class. Newly-wed Dan Thorpe and young challenger Tom Minta are locked together here, and in the Youth A class it’s a Jack Peace who has made the series his own.
Showing no signs of pressure James Dabill continues to dominate this year’s British Trials Championship, despite the constant threat of the young pretenders. In Scarborough he went clean on his first lap and built on this early lead to take a clear win from Jack Price and Dan Peace. Moving south an upset looked on the books at the West of England Trial, as local youngster Tom Hooper took the advantage on the opening lap, but it was not to be as Dabill came charging back in a superbly executed victory with a single-mark ride on his last lap.
Despite a short break to get married Dan Thorpe has Tom Minta hot on his heels and still holds a small advantage. Behind these two Tom Affleck and Welsh rider Joel Edwards are locked in their own battle for the final podium spot in the championship. Joe Baker made an appearance, taking wins, but is not contesting the full series. Bringing a shock to the championship, Chris Pearson continues to impress on the electric powered EM machine.
In this A class Youth series the other riders should not get too disappointed with their own results as Jack Peace continues with his class act. Occasionally a young rider comes along with a superb talent, and Peace could potentially be one of those riders. In the championship Keiran Child has opened up a small advantage over the much travelled, Irish based Josh Hanlon and Scotland’s Duncan MacColl. Also in the mix is Toby Churchill, who will no doubt be focussed on reigning in MacColl in the second half of the series.
A top rider under pressure always delivers, and that’s exactly what ‘Dibs’ has done. The very difficult section 11 at the West of England was a prime example as Dabill took two cleans to secure victory. In truth no one else looked in the same class on...