The Thames Valley Trials Combine close down the ACU Luscombe Saab Leeds British Sidecar Trials Championship on Sunday at Hook Woods.
Although the event will be held in wintry conditions, the final round in the Championship will be red hot in the Intermediate and Clubman classes. Bristol’s Jon Tuck and passenger Matt Sparkes have cruised through eight events and scored 160 championship points. Rochester son and father Rupert and Chris Kimber have had a testing year with a retirement in the Tuck Cross and a fourth and fifth at the Doncaster Cup and Mel Harrison trials. They did strike back to beat Tuck and Sparkes at the Talmag.
The rostrum position up for grabs will be from Daryl Dale and Hannah Etherington and Team Kimber. That no score at the Tuck Cross by the Kimbers means they have already dropped their score so their 131 points are solid and means pressure for Dale and Etherington. Only four Inters have entered. Robbie Head and Aaron Jacobs start with 147 points but only eight points ahead of rivals Karl Jarvis and Bob Chapman but Head and Jacobs no-scored at the D.K. Mansell.
David Tuck and Steven Chandler are holding 3rd place, 8 points behind the Jarvis/Jacobs duo. Returnees Sean and Paul Cuckow could be at home on the Hook Woods sand. The class is really wide open if Head and Jacobs falter. The Clubmen are just about in the same category. Skipton brothers Chris and Robert Pickard have to finish no lower than third if Simon Evans and Nick Harding win Hook Woods. The Pickards have a ten to drop from the Andy Cheesman Trial while Evans and Harding are facing a 13 point drop at the Dommett.
Thomas McDowell and Jon Stanley have the Newcomer title but Adam Allaway and Jake Pope will not be thinking about the Mansfield Maun crew on the day.