Isle of Wight Winter Championship Round 1

isle of wight mccLast weekend saw the re-start of the 2015 Winter Championship with the GES Cup held at Godshill Park Farm. The Club would like to thank Angus Baird for the use of this excellent venue. Angus has invited us back so we may well return here soon. A big thank you should also go to today’s course setters – Nick Symes, Andy Ryall & Stewart Freeman who between them, in the driving rain, presented us with eight brilliant sections. The turnout was disappointing, probably due to the deluge of rain earlier in the morning, however the rain stopped and conditions were just right for a great afternoon’s trialling.

It was young Alfie Haydon (Youth Small Wheel) who completed the trial with the lowest total, with another good and confident ride – well done Alfie. Jos Wright also put in a solid performance to take the points in the Youth Expert class on today’s tricky course. Harvey Grieve should also be pleased with his score – Harvey moved up a class today riding the Youth Novice route and finished ahead of most of the Adults riding the C route – great effort Harvey.

Geoff Taylor took the win in the Clubman class, despite a manoeuvre better associated with a ballet dancer, Geoff performed a pirouette on his back wheel on the steep part of section two and managed to stay on his bike - great marks for showmanship but the maximum five points were awarded for missing the flags!

Things were very close, once again, between Brian Brockwell and Paul Kent. This time it was Brian that took the win in the Novice class, finishing just two marks ahead of Paul. Nick Symes took a convincing win in the Twinshocks with fellow course setter Stewart Freeman in second. The Sportsman class was also close. Andy Ryall’s superior riding on sections three and seven saw him finish just ahead of Wayne Brodie – just six marks between these two.

The next Club trial will be held on Sunday 13th September, probably at Bembridge Down – please check the website nearer the time as we have yet to have this confirmed.


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