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With nei­ther the even­tual win­ners in the se­ries Josh & Luke Gold­ing (TRS), nor the sec­ond-placed fin­ish­ers 2017 cham­pi­ons Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes (Wes­sex SXS TRS UK) at­tend­ing the snow-bound round one, the open­ing vic­tory of the sea­son would go to the even­tual third-placed fin­ish­ers Oliver Lace with, on this oc­ca­sion, Eal­ish Bax­ter look­ing af­ter the third wheel.

At rounds two and three, on the Isle of Man, Nigel Crellin and Chris Molyneux took the Scorpa to vic­tory on their only cham­pi­onship out­ings in 2018, but the clash be­tween the two lead­ing TRS rid­ers had be­gun with the two Gold­ing boys tak­ing an early lead.

At round four, the DK Mansell trial, Jon Tuck and Matt Sparkes laid down the gaunt­let with the first win of the sea­son. It was then the turn of the Gold­ing pair­ing to make their cham­pi­onship in­ten­tions clear with a run of four con­sec­u­tive wins un­til this was stopped at round nine, the Mel Har­ri­son trial in York­shire. It was vi­tal for Josh & Luke Gold­ing to win round 10, which they did, leav­ing them know­ing they had one hand on the ti­tle and that bar­ring a dis­as­ter they would be the 2018 cham­pi­ons.

In a very close con­test at the fi­nal round, Jon Tuck and Matt Sparkes se­cured the vic­tory as the Gold­ings had a scare with a bro­ken chain – but this was fixed for them to finish in the all-im­por­tant sec­ond place, and they held on to the cham­pi­onship ti­tle for 2018.


RE­SULTS: 1: Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes (Wes­sex SXS TRS UK) 38; 2: Josh & Luke Gold­ing (TRS) 41.


RE­SULTS: 1: Josh & Luke Gold­ing 183; 2: Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes 175; 3: Oliver Lace/Eal­ish Bax­ter and Gaz Tem­ple 153; 4: Nigel Crellin/Chris Molyneux 40; 5: Ru­pert & Chris Kim­ber 13.

Tony Jones & Jamie Howe (CTC Beta)

Paul Fishlock & Sam Ather­ton (PBS Beta)

Nigel Scott & Gra­cie-Mae Scott (Lus­combe Suzuki Beta)

Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes (Wes­sex SXS TRS)

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