Good support expected for Memorial trial


It is a blank weekend on the sporting scene now that the West of England club have postponed their long distance road trial from today until next Sunday (New Year’s Eve).

However, there are still events in the run up to 2018. The Yeo Vale club’s John Scott Memorial Trial on Tuesday (Boxing Day) is being staged at Stoford, a couple of miles from Yeovil, and the organisers are expecting good support as the late Mr Scott was held in high esteem in sporting circles.

There are two events on Wednesday, one of which is the Golden Valley club’s Classic Bike Trial in Cowcombe Woods at Chalford, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, and the other is the West branch of the British Sporting Sidecar Association’s Three Wheeler Trial in Filers Woods at Backwell Hill, near Lulsgate, in which Jon Tuck and Matt Sparks will be making their first appearance since winning their sixth British Championship title in Surrey in November.

Rupert and Chris Kimber from the home counties and Joshua and Luke Golding will be Tuck and Sparks’ closest rivals over three or four laps of up to ten sections in woodland going.

The event is open to Clubmen, Non-Expert and Novice solos and youths, but there will not be a class for Experts.

On Thursday, the Somerton Classic will be running their final British and Non-Modern Bike Trial of 2018 in Appledore Quarry near Long Sutton in Somerset, with an anticipated entry of 70 plus.

There is nothing on Friday but the Camborne-Redruth MCC are running a Youth Championship Trial at Burthy Row Farm, Fraddon, on Saturday afternoon and the Kingswood Club in the Wessex Centre have a trial the same day at Conygre Fields, Cromhall in South Gloucestershire, which is the final event of a series of four.

Camborne-Redruth are back in action next Sunday with their Ray Wilcox Memorial Trial at Burthy Row. The late Mr Wilcox was an organiser of many events in his lifetime and the event is expected to be well supported in all classes.

In East Devon, the Otter Vale club’s Roy Golesworthy Trial goes ahead at Iscombe Park, Southleigh, near Colyton, which is perhaps better known for its hill climbing facilities, but the venue offers hard-standing vehicle parking for trial competitors and is a plus at this time of year.

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