Trial Magazine - - BRITISH CHAMPIONSH­IP -

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...

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