In this ar­ti­cle we take a look at the open­ing round of the 2018 se­ries, which kicked off in the snow and ice of the Don­caster Cup Trial. The weather got bet­ter for the Andy Smith and David Craine tri­als on the Isle of Man be­fore the cham­pi­onship moved back to the DK Mansell Trial. Af­ter the four rounds we al­ready have clear lead­ers at the head of the cham­pi­onship tables with Oliver Lace & Eal­ish Bax­ter (Gas Gas) in class A, Nigel and Gra­cie-Mae Scott (Beta) in class B, and Jack Cor­lett/Beth Thomas (Gas Gas) in class C. The New­com­ers class has only been con­tested by the Fan­tic mounted pair­ing of El­liott and Graham Tick­ner.

Class A Cham­pi­onship

Con­sis­tency has put the Oliver Lace/Eal­ish Bax­ter pair at the head of the cham­pi­onship, leav­ing ev­ery­one else on catch up. Nigel Crellin/Chris Molyneux will not con­test any more rounds in 2018 as Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes and Josh and Luke Gold­ing on their TRS ma­chines keep their eyes firmly fixed on the lead­ers.

Class B In­ter­me­di­ate

Nigel and Gra­cie-Mae Scott hold the clear lead as they and sec­ond placed Matt Bond/Aleyn Tag­gart keep well clear of the closely fought bat­tle for third in the cham­pi­onship.

Class C Clubmen

Once again, the best sup­ported class in the cham­pi­onship, with the most en­tries, sees Jack Cor­lett/ Beth Thomas rid­ing with a con­sis­tency that has been re­warded with three wins and a sec­ond place from the four rounds. Paul Fishlock/ Debbie Mer­rell hold sec­ond po­si­tion, but they know that it’s wins which give the max­i­mum points and that’s what they will be fo­cussed on at the next round.

Class C Clubmen

Once again, to the sur­prise of many peo­ple, the Class D New­com­ers class is very poorly sup­ported, with only El­liott and Graham Tick­ner (Fan­tic) com­pet­ing. Come on guys get them side­car out­fits out and join in the fun!

Oliver Lace & Eal­ish Bax­ter (Gas Gas)

Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes (TRS)

Nigel and Gra­cie Mae Scott (Beta)

Matt Bond & Aleyn Tag­gart (Gas Gas)

Graham and El­liott Tick­ner (Fan­tic)

Rob­bie Head & Har­riet Shore (Beta)

Paul Fishlock & Debbie Mer­rell (Montesa)

Jack Cor­lett & Beth Thomas (Gas Gas)

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