Report of the action from Ramsgreave 13-03-22 by Wal Cope
Andrew’s nearly clean
Red Rose Classic Trials club’s March trial was back to the old favourite venue at Ramsgreave. Clerks of the course Chris Forshaw and Mel Dibb found the going in the fields very damp on Saturday, so plotted a course entirely in the lower half of the venue, with everyone warned to fill up and not ruin the field coming back to their vans for fuel.
Riders had come from far and wide as usual – Mick Grant over from Yorkshire to keep a close eye on Vesty, and Nathan Britton bought his beautiful Seeley Honda down for Ulverston to get some practice in for next weekends Rockshocks round.
Best performance overall on the day came from Andrew Scott in the under 250 springer class on the experts route, on only one mark lost. His solitary dab came on section 6, which was changed round by the first group of riders as they felt it was too easy, and they created the mark taker of the trial. Getting into the section was the first challenge followed by a drop into the stream and slightly up the opposite bank before dropping back into the muddy stream. The expert route then climbed back up the bank, round a tree and back into the stream before a rooted climb, turning back across the stream and up a steep bank to the ends. The easy route (including 50/50) missed the climb round the tree and had an easier climb out of the stream.
Runner up in Andrew’s class, John Maxfield, also only lost a dab on section 6, but a five on section 1 – the gully in the wood with a twist out at the top that took a few stray dabs on all routes – lost him his opportunity for victory.
Vesty easily won the twinshock expert class on his very special Bultaco, with a total of 4 marks lost – 2 on section 6 and another 2 on section 8 – an awkward route out of the stream and over a rock due to cunning flag placement, though the flag was regularly removed by those on the clubman route! Vesty’s total was 6 less than Paul Whittaker who had a great ride on his Fantic.
Mick Clarke was out testing a new belt drive on his 500 Ariel, which obviously worked to great effect as he only lost 14 marks on the expert route, but he was the only entrant in his class.
The new for this year 50/50 route only had twinshock entrants (though a Dot appeared in the results!) and was won by Keith Knowles on the maiden outing on his Bultaco. Dabs on sections 5,7 and 9 giving him a 10 mark victory over clerk of the course Chris Forshaw.
The springer under 250 class on the easy route had a convincing winner in Carl Winstanley on his Bantam, 13 less than Alan Mills and Damian Morey, the former taking second on the oldest rider rule. Carl lost his marks on the 2 sections that were the main mark takers on the easy route – 1 on section 3 – a ride down the stream, and section 5 – the favourite at the bottom of the venue in and out of the stream and up a rock slab. Alan’s bogey section was 6 – he lost 13 of his 16 in the muddy stream.
Finally the twinshock easy route saw the highest loss of marks – winner John Wilson loosing 10 to win from Jason Brown on 25 and Stephen Hall on 27.
Thanks to the full house of observers and the C. of C’s for giving us riders a great day’s sport, and we hope your arm gets better soon Mel.