Jason Hamblin was a clear winner of the trials class in the BSSA’s Alan Brown Trophy Series timed and observation event at Backwell Hill near Lulsgate on Sunday.
He was second fastest to complete the hour-long event behind Tom Smith and he lost just three marks on observation in the last of six sections, which were encountered on each of ten laps in Filers Wood. In his wake the battle for second place ended with Ben Sinclair finishing in front of his father Stuart, albeit by a single mark.
Carrying a hip injury, regular award winner Paul Manning was a non-starter and several notable retirements included Steve Davey and Peter and Scott King.
Gloucestershire visitor Kurt Brain got off to a good start in the Wessex Centre Observation Only Trial Championship series by winning the opening round, which was incorporated in the Wilts Border Club’s Border Cup event near Devizes the same day.
Staged at a new venue at Parklands Farm, 42 took part in a four-lap, ten-section event which was not unduly difficult. Brain lost only single marks in the second and eighth sections and he finished five marks up on Lee Hassall with British ladies champion Becky Cook in third place.
Clubman expert class winner Rob Scott lost all his marks in one section and over 40 years class leader Nigel Tomkins incurred single mark debits in five sections.
National star Ricky Wiggins was a clear winner of the Yeo Vale Club’s first trial of 2013 at East Chinnock, where an entry of 80-plus faced four laps of ten sections at Allicombe Green Lane. The first four sections were reasonably easy, but the last six all featured long muddy climbs which took a high toll of marks. Grant Laming was credited with second place but in fact youth expert class winner Tom Hooper, from Porlock in West Somerset, dropped two fewer marks competing on the main route.
BSSA (Wessex) Timed and Observation Trial at Lulsgate – winner: J Hamblin (Sherco) completed 10 laps, lost 8 marks on time and 3 on observation = 11 marks lost. First class awards: B Sinclair (Beta) 10l, 14+12=26; S Sinclair (Sherco) 10l, 14+13=27; J Blacker (Sherco) 10l, 10+24=34; M Roberts (Sherco) 10l, 16+23=39. Non expert: F Davey (Sherco) 10l, 16+52=68; M Lewis (Sherco) 10l, 16+55=71. Novice: K Rumming (Montesa) 10l, 18+73=91; D Dark (Sherco) 7l, 8+39=47. Enduro class: T Smith (KTM) 10l, 0+42=42; A Dark (KTM) 10l, 27+50=77; H Dark (KTM) 10l, 12+104=116.
Wilts Border MCC Trial at Devizes – Expert class awards: K Brain 2 marks lost, L Hassall 7, B Cook 11. Clubman expert: R Scott 3, T Payne 12. Clubmen: M Hanney 12, T Godwin 16. Novice: A Humphris 17. Youth B class: F Cullum 30. Over 40 years: N Tomkins 5, J Roberts 9. Over 50 years: G Clothier 6, M Strang 10.
Yeo Vale MCC Trial at East Chinnock, Somerset – Expert class awards: R Wiggins 27 marks lost, G Laming 81, J Tarrant 100. Clubman experts: R Smith 34, H Pym 65, T Ashford 88. Pastmasters: R Fry 38, H Ashford 41. Clubmen: R Samways 35, K Lennox 52, P Jones 55. Novice: I Gill 52, M Laming 84, S Dobson 86. Over 50 years: G Parken 41, D Fry 65, M Cox 72. Pre 1965: T Wall 83, C Dommett 88, N Hammersley 91. Twin Shock: S Donaghy 85, P Atkins 86, S Keedwell 94. Youth experts: T Hooper 79, J Glover 99. B class: S Dobson 86, C Smith 95, A Turner 107.