Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship


Jack Price has pulled out a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage over his clos­est ri­val in the 2019 se­ries, Toby Mar­tyn, after five of the pro­posed eight rounds. The dou­ble-header round or­gan­ised by the Tynemouth & DMC at the open, ex­posed Shaftoe Crags venue at Mor­peth in Northum­ber­land for rounds three and four of­fered Mar­tyn the op­por­tu­nity to close the gap on Price. On a dra­matic day of ac­tion they both fin­ished well in front of the field on 24 marks lost each, with Price get­ting the win on the tie-break de­cider. The dry ex­posed rocks on the open moor­land had Price open up an ad­van­tage, but Mar­tyn came fight­ing back on the last lap, post­ing the low­est lap score.

Day two started in the rain but it soon dried out, with the sun and wind prov­ing vi­tal. After a costly open­ing lap Price put the ham­mer down as the el­der of the two Peace broth­ers, Dan, moved into sec­ond place on the day in a fight with his brother Jack as Mar­tyn slipped to fourth.

It was a trip to the south of the coun­try for round five and the The An­thony Rew Trial, hosted by the West of Eng­land Club. The un­for­giv­ing wooded Kelly Farm venue was in a very dif­fi­cult mood with per­sis­tent rain show­ers. Toby Mar­tyn was ex­pected to go well, and came out fight­ing with Jack Price. A nar­row ad­van­tage was held by Price after the open­ing lap but Mar­tyn came fight­ing back on his sec­ond lap to edge ahead by a sin­gle mark. Price had in­curred two time penal­ties on his open­ing lap in the rush to fin­ish. De­spite in­cur­ring a punc­ture in the fi­nal hazard Price took the max­i­mum points to fur­ther ex­tend his lead over Mar­tyn. In third place in the trial and the cham­pi­onship was Dan Peace, who had a frus­trat­ing day as two un­ex­pected stops kept him away from sec­ond po­si­tion.

One of the younger rid­ers in this class, Billy Green, re­lied on his lo­cal knowl­edge to res­cue a dis­as­trous day with the sec­ond-best lap score of the event of just nine marks lost on his fi­nal lap to se­cure fifth in the trial and the cham­pi­onship.


In the Trial 2 class we have seen three dif­fer­ent win­ners in the last three rounds. Ross Danby con­firmed a con­sis­tent run of re­sults with a win at round five to put him at the head of the points ta­ble with Sam Con­nor just a few points be­hind. Richard Sadler’s win at round three leaves him just a sin­gle mark be­hind Con­nor, but this cham­pi­onship is far from over. Drop­ping down from the Trial GB class is Tom Minta, who could be­come the cham­pi­onship ‘Spoiler’. Both Sam Haslam and fifth-placed Luke Walker have been in­con­sis­tent, but this cham­pi­onship will go all the way to the wire so look out for some more ‘Fire­works’ as we move into the lat­ter part of this eight-round se­ries.


The Isle of Wight’s Chris Stay holds the ad­van­tage at the top of this closely fought class with three wins to his name, but do not count out a strong at­tack to come from the vic­to­ri­ous Dan Thorpe who was the man on form at round five. Lloyd Price will want to add to his win­ning ride at round two and the vastly im­proved Sam Yeo­mans will have an eye on the cham­pi­onship podium. With 60 points still up for grabs who can take the ad­van­tage at round six in the Lake Dis­trict?


Scot­tish rider Ben Dig­nan con­tin­ues to be dom­i­nant, and now holds a small ad­van­tage over his close ri­val Brett Har­bud. It’s good to see Ire­land’s Adam Har­ris con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the cham­pi­onship as he gains ex­pe­ri­ence.



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