Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship Side­car - Youth


It just got ‘Beta’ for James Da­bill, which is the clear mes­sage he has sent out as he cruised to another em­phatic win at round three of this year’s ACU Bri­tish Tri­als Cham­pi­onship. He had taken round two lit­er­ally by storm a few weeks ear­lier as bad weather once again af­fected the event in the north of the coun­try among the Lake District hills. In truth he is dom­i­nat­ing the cham­pi­onship, with clear wins at all three open­ing rounds. In the Lake District he set off with a small ad­van­tage af­ter the open­ing lap, but built on this over the last two laps to take a clear vic­tory. He re­peated this in round three in South Wales and has al­ready opened up a good ad­van­tage at the head of the cham­pi­onship ta­ble. Rid­ing the Ital­ian Beta with a very con­fi­dent style, it re­mains to be seen which one of the younger rid­ers can take the chal­lenge to him.

It may be the fact that James Da­bill has al­ready won seven Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship ti­tles that gives him the con­fi­dence to firmly re­main Great Bri­tain’s undis­puted num­ber one rider. The young rid­ers in­clud­ing the 2017 cham­pion Jack Price are queu­ing up to push Da­bill off the top spot, but still, he re­fuses to go. De­spite some strong rid­ing from Dan Peace and Toby Mar­tyn they along with Price have at this present time no an­swer for Da­bill’s sheer con­sis­tency. With these three rid­ers fight­ing over the re­main­ing podium po­si­tions, James Da­bill re­mains loud and proud on the Beta at the head of the cham­pi­onship with a clear ad­van­tage.

Round Two: West­more­land Mo­tor Club

This very ex­posed hill­side venue over­looks the More­cambe Bay har­bour and is ex­posed to the worst of the weather. On the lead up to the event, the rain had never stopped, but it did re­cede for the start of round two of the cham­pi­onship. With a very wet and sod­den wheel­base, the grip was al­ways go­ing to be at a pre­mium, but James Da­bill made it all look so easy. On the open­ing lap, he was head and shoul­ders above the rest with only him­self and even­tual sec­ond­placed rider Dan Peace never con­ced­ing a five to post a score of just two.

On the sec­ond lap, the 2017 Bri­tish cham­pion Jack Price re­cov­ered from a poor open­ing lap of fif­teen to lose just eight, but the dam­age was al­ready done as Da­bill’s sec­ond-lap score of three pulled him fur­ther ahead of the field. As the rain came and cov­ered the area, Da­bill had three stops in his score of six­teen. Dan Peace came fight­ing back into an even­tual run­ner-up po­si­tion, part­ing with just one five in his lap score of fif­teen, one less than Da­bill, as Price slipped back into the third po­si­tion af­ter a string of fives. Third po­si­tion was open all the way un­til the fi­nal lap as the younger of the two Peace brothers Jack pushed all the way for a podium po­si­tion, only to lose out right at the fi­nal hur­dle with a stop in section ten.

Get­ting more used to the four-stroke Montesa Toby Mar­tyn rounded off the top five as he out-pointed Jack Shep­pard on the tie de­cider rul­ing. Fin­ish­ing in eighth be­hind Scorpa-mounted Andy Chilton was Jack Chal­loner, who made a wel­come re­turn to the cham­pi­onship af­ter be­ing away for a few sea­sons.

Round Three: Neath Mo­tor Club

On an over­cast day on the hills above Neath in south Wales, James Da­bill on the Beta was in a class of his own, once again putting on a win­ning show to con­sol­i­date his clear ad­van­tage at the top of the points ta­ble. No other rider was in the same class as Da­bill as he opened his score with a lap of twelve marks lost to throw down the gaunt­let. On his sec­ond and third laps he kept his scores low and ac­cepted three marks on time on each lap to give him more time to con­cen­trate on the haz­ards, and it paid off.

Com­ing home in sec­ond was Toby Mar­tyn, who is look­ing more at home on the four-stroke Montesa with ev­ery ride.

Jack Price was ex­pected to chal­lenge for the win, but it never came, as he dropped to third on the day but re­mains in the sec­ond po­si­tion in the cham­pi­onship. Close be­hind was his fel­low Gas Gas team rider Dan Peace who, no doubt along with Price, will be disappoint­ed with his lack of form.

Prov­ing that on a good day he can mix it with the best was Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa AG Andy Bikes Met­calfe) Tri­alMag who 0717.pdf came home 1 fifth. 10/07/2017 This was 23:47 mostly achieved with a su­perb sec­ond lap score of just thir­teen marks lost as ev­ery­thing fell into place. With Da­bill now hav­ing stretched his cham­pi­onship lead to a clear thir­teen marks, the cham­pi­onship is look­ing like the bat­tle for sec­ond could be the most in­ter­est­ing as we have Jack Price, Dan Peace and Toby Mar­tyn all separated by a hand­ful of marks.

The next round at Kelly’s Farm in Devon is a to­tal change of ter­rain from what has been rid­den so far, but the ques­tion is who can chal­lenge Da­bill. We will see!

Toby Mar­tyn (RG Montesa Honda UK)

Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas UK)

Billy Green (Beta-UK)

Andy Chilton (BMS Scorpa Andy Met­calfe)

Jack Price (JST Gas Gas UK)

Hugo Jervis (AB TRS)

Jack Chal­loner (Craigs Montesa)

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