Muddy con­flict

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The Nor­mandy Mo­tor Cy­cle Club staged the first of ten pro­posed Side­car Cham­pi­onship events sponsored by ACU Wes­sex Plant Hire for 2019 at Dunsfold, Sur­rey, in early March.

The Ray Thomas Side­car Trial brought a rise in en­try num­bers of 28, which will no doubt gather mo­men­tum as the se­ries un­folds. Clerk of Course Richard Thomas and his team plot­ted out 36 quadru­ple­sec­tion routes at the Rams Lane venue of Seth­ern Farm.

The weather fore­cast for Sun­day was rain, and it duly ar­rived on sched­ule late on Satur­day evening, turn­ing well-planned sec­tions into a very muddy con­flict. The scores after two laps said it all.

At the sharp end in the Class A Cham­pi­onship, ex­pe­ri­ence seemed to tip the scales as Jon Tuck and Matt Sparkes set the stan­dard on both laps with an opener of 22, four un­der the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Josh and Luke Gold­ing. The sec­ond cir­cuit pro­duced a ten-mark dif­fer­ence. Nigel and Gra­cie-Mae Scott trailed in their first pre­mier class out­ing but the re­ward was 15 cham­pi­onship points. As far as the Class B In­ter­me­di­ates were con­cerned it was the same story, sky-high scores.

Manx crew Jack Cor­lett and Beth Thomas dropped 77, leav­ing Sean and Paul Cuckow to pick up the 17 cham­pi­onship points – a dis­tant 29 points in ar­rears. In the Class C Club­men Paul Fishlock and Sam Atherton turned in a 14 and nine, which was enough to take the Club­man class from Karl Jarvis and Jana Gross­man by 24 marks. Jake Pope and Har­ri­ett Shore were only four marks down on Jarvis and Gross­man.

Jon Tuck/Matt Sparkes (TRS)

Paul Fishlock/Sam Atherton (Beta)

Jack Cor­lett/Beth Thomas (Gas Gas)

Gra­ham Thomas/Chris Kim­ber (Gas Gas)

Josh/Luke Gold­ing (TRS)

Karl Jarvis/Jane Gross­man (Scorpa)

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