Final-lap drama decides festive trial

By Clare Newman

Friday, January 3, 2014


Final-lap drama decides festive trial

Tom Read, who only dropped three marks all day for the joint best overall score. Picture by Jennifer Burton.



FATHERS and sons teamed up for the annual Boxing Day trial at Shorwell last weekend, with a new pair taking the glory.

Last year’s winners, Alan and Chris Stay, were on course to retain their title when a mechanical problem ended their challenge, as Tom Read, and his father, Tony — who had been hot on their heels throughout — held their nerve to take glory.

Alan and Chris had led but Alan’s bike cut out on the relatively easy third section of the final lap, and that five-mark penalty gave them a total of 21 points, just one more than the new champions.

Third were Stewart and Will West, with 44 points.

There were plenty of other prizes to be won individually. Will West has been the man to beat this season but, in a rare appearance, Chris Stay and George Gosden took to the expert class and showed they have not lost their touch, riding round for fun and losing less than half the marks of their nearest competitors.

Chris won with a total of 13 points, with George second on 22.

Will rode this time in the intermediate class and was a clear winner with 41 marks, S. Newnham second on 52 and Rory Stephens third with 72.

The clubman class saw the tightest battle of the day, between Joe Alford and Dave Barnes. Both riders matched each other throughout the day, each finishing on 49 penalty points, and it took a tie-break to separate them with Alford taking the win.

Another rider making a rare appearance and reminding everyone just how good he is, was Stewart West, who rode to a decisive win in the twinshock class losing just three points, this compared to runner up Steve Wood score of 37, just one better than third place Alan Gosden.

Riding in his final youth class before moving up to the adult ranks, Tom Read once again finished ahead of Josh Wright who has several years left at this level.

J. Robbins won the adult beginners’ class, while J. Furnell took glory in the under-80cc class.

To keep with the festivities, some riders also competed in fancy dress.

The next event for the IW Motorcycle Club is on Sunday, at Calbourne Mill, where lots of water and mud are guaranteed. The action starts at 12.15pm.

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