WESSEX PLANT HIRE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
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)