Oxford Ixion MCC
Rob Warner rolled back the years to take the Expert class and premiere award 'The James Cup' this Trial was a round of the South Midland Expert Championship.
Three laps of 12 long sections were ridden at the Lower Riding Sturt wood venue with every section a challenging steep and lose climb.
Rob lost eleven today making most subs look fairly easy although an early dab on section one meant concentration and experience at 'The Ridings' would play a big part with the likes of Chris Koch Steve Bird and Steve Swanson all in with a shout.
Section nine was really tough a 250 yard climb that's if you could get over the root step just after the begins cards it was a third gear blast with a rocky out-crop to traverse before dropping over exposed routes this took two from Mr Warner at his second visit.
Steve Swanson took runner-up spot on 23 with Pre race favorite Chris Koch back in third on 25 however Chris sparked the Trial into life at section one with a brilliant clean first lap on the ultra slick stony cambers where overnight frost had played its part.
On the standard white route Alan Taylor lost ten with a controlled ride on the Scorpa in the Clubman class though section seven took four of his tally this sub stayed slick all day as the long wet grass held it's moisture with no sun to dry things out on this north facing climb.
Darren Walters was best Twinshock on the 240 Fantic with Martin Howlett putting his ageing but very tidy TY175 around for second spot.
Kevin McCullagh out on the 250 Beta 4 stroke for the first time also lost ten riding the Blue eased route finding plenty of grip where the strokers couldn't namely on section two a slow drop to the banks of the Evenlode and then an awkward camber though trees before dropping off a ledge and exiting up a steep rock laden climb.
Ron 'Sparky' Walters guided his immaculate 200 Fantic around for 23 in second place and Paul Wickson was back in third spot losing 26.
Section ten took marks from all blue course competitors this looked a fairly straight forward affair but lack of speed half way up caught many out as by now it was too late to get the power back on.
Premiere (James Cup)
Rob Warner 250 Repsol Mont 11
Steve Swanson 300 Beta 23
Tom O'Sulivan 125 Gas Gas 122
Standard White Route Clubman
Alan Taylor Scorpa 10
David Bathe Montesa 13
Martin Greeves Beta 34
Jim Parker 250 Gasser 36
Mark Howkins 250 Beta 37
Sam 'The Farmer' Cherry 250 Beta 60
Darren Walters 240 Fantic 21
Blue eased route
K P McCullagh Beta 4T 10
Ron Walters 200 Fantic 23
Paul Wickson Pinky Yam 26
Rob Lewis Sherco 30
Ryan Harris 125 Beta 31
Ben Green Sherco 38