The event was run by the Thames Valley Club in conjunction with Hookwood Trials Club and held at the famous Butser Limeworks at Petersfield, Hants.
Words: Jim Connor
Picture: Gary Attfield
The day turned out to be full of brilliant trials action and viewed by many spectators. Joe Baker looked like he was going to take the win with an incredible first lap of two. Overnight rain made things very slippery and on Paul Rays section four, turns on a greasy hillside with an undercut log at the top caused all the top lads to crash off, with the exception of Baker who sailed over for a single dab. At the completion of the first lap Baker on just two marks led Sam Haslam on five, Tom Hooper 10, Jonny Starmer and Alexz Wigg on 12. Baker then had a five on the awkward root and chalk step of section five on lap two and ended up on eight for the lap. Super consistent Haslam reeled in another lap of five and that was again on the dreaded section four. Into the last lap and the pair were even on ten apiece, their riding and the scores might look like it seemed easy. I can assure you it was far from that with the average competitor slipping and sliding all over the place. On section four Haslam redeemed himself from his previous attempts with a dab, Baker went one better to post the only clean ride of the day but then had a dab on the gulley of section five They were both now level with two sections to go but Baker squandered a two on the slippy banks of section eleven and thereby giving the 74th Southern Experts Premier Trophy to super consistent Sam Haslam on the JST Gas Gas.
The Clubman Solo win went to Oxfords Rob Warner, from Wayne Holdsworth and Chris Heane. This was surprising as Rob just couldn’t get up Tim Connor and Gary Browns Graded Hill Climb section seven. Robs best were the two marks lost board but fair play to him for cleaning virtually everything else. Robs rivals made mincemeat of the graded hill riding flat out through the trees without dabbing and much to the delight of the good bunch of admirers who stayed there all day. Notable attempts were made by: Chris Heane, Fraser Wakeford, Ben Skinner, Lee Hassall, Victoria Payne and Wayne Holdsworth. The solo course was laid out by Sam Connor and his team of: Brother James, Neil and Aidan Bowker and Mick Morris. The sidecars were also in action and their course was set by: Keith and Frazer Cannom, Steve and Lewis Farmer. This was a separate course of ten sections as against the solos who rode three laps of twelve; some sections were close to the solos, making good fun for spectators with plenty of options on who to watch. Newly crowned British Champion in the Newcomers: Jake Pope passengered at this event by Chris Kimber was in sparkling form in the Clubman route winning on just 34 marks with Simon Evans and Nick Harding taking runner up followed by a host of Allaways family members: Adam Harvey Allaway and Kevin Allaway with Charlie Chambers in chair.
There was an invitation youth section on 125s and made up of ten riders. Oliver Smith was superb throughout the day in such slippery conditions. Oliver’s laps were: 10-7-17. Oliver is developing very nicely as a rider and his total of 34 was nearly half that of his rivals and would have placed him well up in the adult Clubman Expert class. The Premier Expert Sidecar winner were the brilliant 18 year old Golding brothers who were fantastic to watch.