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South Western Centre Team Trial

Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 11:09am
South Western Centre Team Trial

After a hiatus of four years the Torridge Club revived the Centre Team Trial which took place on sunny Dartmoor last Sunday.

A total of twenty one teams tackled the two lap, twenty section course which is better known as a Trial GB venue in recent years.

Although some of the going between sections turned out more difficult after severe weather on Thursday and Friday, the course plotters made full use of the variety of sections with climbs, streams, tree roots and the famous open Tor.

The Team Managers needed to put a lot of thought into Team selection as the scoring system gave the winner of each class one point and two for second etc., so choosing riders in the right class was vital.

By virtue of ensuring their team of three riders had the best chance, the two Devonport Club Teams finished first and second. David Williams was the best Novice rider and was ably backed up by Finlay Clarke (Youth A) and Luke Selway-Clarke (Youth B) who also took class wins to record the best possible team score of just three points.

Devonport B saw Keith Worden win the Over 50 class with compatriot Andrew Evenden second, whilst Jon Souch also finished second in the Pre ‘65 category to give them five points.

One point adrift with six, the Moretonhampstead Club recorded a first, second and third with Colin Green winning the Pastmasters class, Kevin Laskey runner up in the Sportsmen and Neil Saffin third in the Twin shock class.

Driving overnight from the Scott Trial presentations, Billy Green won the Expert class dropping just six marks, whilst Chris Blackmore was the best Clubman Expert with twenty six marks.

Torridge Team member, Freddie Lintell was the best Clubman with thirty four whilst Paul Edworthy recorded forty seven to nab the best Sportsman award.

On the easier white route, Simon Sheriden and Nick Manuel, both riding their twin shocks for the second Moretonhampstead team tied on fifteen marks, whilst Jim Ashford took his mighty 500 Triumph to a win in the Pre 65 Class, losing nineteen marks.

Our picture shows the individual winner Billy Green entering the famous Elephant Island.

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