The Bluestones Charity Trial was held at Blackshaw Moor Farm on Sunday and raised over £1600 for the Flash & Longnor First Responders.
A field of 81 competitors completed 3 laps of 15 sections at this iconic venue and all the entry fees from the event are donated to the charity as the ACU waived the usual insurance premium and Mr Stuart Day provides his land free of charge.
The course was in prime condition after overnight rain making grip hard to find in the initial stages but conditions improved considerably towards the end of the event making the course easier, this was compensated somewhat by the tiredness of the riders at this challenging event.
The Bluestones Trophy was retained by last year’s winner Sam Yeomans who lost just six marks over the three laps, his nearest rival Corey Dubik was just four marks away in second spot losing the advantage on sections 3 & 12 where Sam went clean. Youth rider Gus Oblein was third heading up Billy Craig and Matt Dixon.
The 50/50 route winner was Josh Atkinson on his 4 stroke Montesa chased home by a pack of riders including Andy Hipwell, Greg Moore and Tom Bennett. Josh survived a couple of lapses on sections 2 & 11 but beat the others by being ultra consistent on the rest of the course.
Kevin Stannard won the Clubmans competition having just returned from a 4 Day Trial in France the previous day, he was obviously still “in the zone”. Steve Hitchcock kept him honest, however by finishing only 2 marks in arrears.
Many thanks to Stuart and the Day family for their hospitality and making the venue available for this very worthy cause which provides an essential service to our local area.
Our next event is the Scott Ellis Trophy Trial on October 1st
at Buttyfold Farm, Upper Hulme.
Report & Photos :- Scott Ellis RESULTS EXPERT ROUTE Bluestones Trophy
Sam Yeomans JST Gas Gas 6 marks lost
Corey Dubik Acklams Beta 10
Gus Oblein SPJ Sherco 28
Billy Craig Inspire Honda 35
Matt Dixon Beta 38 Joe Spivey Splat Sherco 48
Josh Atkinson Montesa 14
Andy Hipwell Gas Gas 17 Greg Moor TRS 20
Tom Bennett TRS 22
Dan Bower Montesa 23 Mark Timperley Beta 24
Kevin Stannard Gas Gas 10
Steve Hitchcock Honda 12 Don Snaith Yamaha 18
Andy Butt Montesa 22
Tony Dillon Montesa 23
Carl Braddock Xispa 24