Side­car duo’s first trial as cham­pi­ons

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football - MICK PERRY Mo­tor­cy­cling writer

NEW Bri­tish Side­car Trial cham­pi­ons Josh and Luke Gold­ing, from Easter Compton, make their first ap­pear­ance since win­ning the ti­tle in the West of Eng­land Club’s pre-Christ­mas Cup Trial near Wide­combe-in-the-Moor, in Devon, to­mor­row.

Their main ri­vals are ex­pected to be six-time for­mer cham­pi­ons John Tuck and Matt Sparks plus sev­eral other reg­u­lar award­win­ning crews from across the Wes­sex, South­ern and South West Cen­tres.

The event, which is also open to all solo classes, ex­cept novices and be­gin­ners, will be staged at the Hound Tor group of sec­tions high on Dart­moor and around 60 teams are an­tic­i­pated to en­ter on the day.

Lo­cally, the ma­jor event is the Wilts Border and Bath Club’s Knut Tro­phy Trial on Lans­down, just north of the Ro­man city, which will be de­cided over three laps of a dozen sec­tions on Perry’s Farm, al­most op­po­site Bath Race­course.

By mid­week, the en­try stood at 30, in­clud­ing lead­ing ex­perts Gareth Tal­bot, Lee Has­sall, Dean Has­sall and Tom Cul­li­ford, plus club­man ex­perts Alex Muir­head, Ian Shut­tle­worth, Jon Bees, Barry Roads and Ian Wake­ford, but many riders now wait to en­ter on the day, de­spite an in­creased en­try fee.

The or­gan­is­ers may face a to­tal of around 70 for the an­nual event, which was won last year by world cham­pi­onship con­tender Toby Martyn.

The North Som­er­set Club run more events than any other club in the Wes­sex Cen­tre, but they wind up their year’s ac­tiv­i­ties with their Sage Elec­tri­cal Timed and Ob­ser­va­tion Trial in Scarrs Wood at Back­well Hill, near Luls­gate, to­mor­row.

Most of the reg­u­lar award­win­ners in this type of event will want to end the year on a high note, in­clud­ing names such as Andy Frost, Char­lie Frost, Ja­son and Mark Ham­blin, Paul Man­ning, Si­mon Prideaux, Peter and Zac King, Gary and Nathan New­man and Fin­lay Davey.

With fewer events tak­ing place at this time of year due to the lack of light and risk of poor weather, the hour-long bat­tle against the clock and the wood­land ter­rain has at­tracted a num­ber of com­peti­tors from as far afield as Sur­rey.

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