Saturday 10th March marked the first round of the 2018 ACU RT Keedwell British Championship at Hookwoods in Surrey. A venue recognised for its slippery and rockysections. The recent bad weather made for a hard and energy draining trial whilst working the bikes to their full potential.
The TRS UK Team consisted of Championship riders Iwan Roberts and Hugo Jervis, Expert class Chris Stay and riding in the Youth A Elite Adam Juffs. This year sees the addition of the Masters class within the championship and who better to ride for TRS than Ross Danby.
In the Masters class Ross Danby took the lead on the first lap and then never looked back. His second lap being the only tour under 20 marks in the class all day. The masters was a combination of championship and expert sections and provided a challenging ride for those involved. The win was substantive with Ross having a margin of a massive 32 marks in this class. He commented that the class was “A perfect fit of “middle ground” that in time will suit many riders”. “The TRRS 300cc performed well in difficult conditions making it all about the energy and stamina of the rider”.
The Championship class saw Iwan and Hugo eager to impress. Iwan, as many of his followers are aware, had been suffering in the run up to the event with a viral condition that he is still to receive diagnosis of. With this in mind Team manager Steve Saunders was happy to see Iwan make the decision to stop after two laps. “Rider safety and wellbeing is a must in this sport” said Steve. “Iwan was disappointed not to finish when the bike was executing the sections so well but we are confident once he is back to full fitness he will be back on the podium”.
Hugo Jervis made his debut in the championship class and gained valuable experience. The TRRS 250cc rode the sections easily and they were riding well when his day was brought to a sudden end by a freak accident that resulted in a visit to the local A&E department. Hugo is all well and good, but now sporting a healthy scar to his lower chin! After the event Hugo said “I found the bike to be powerful in the conditions and I look forward to round two where I can hopefully make more impact in the results”.
The expert class has the largest entry this year and to stay at the sharp end of the results requires continued concentration throughout the day. BVM-Moto TRS rider Chris Stay showed his mental strength by moving through the field on the final lap to make it onto the podium in Third place. Riding a TRRS ….. Chris showed why he is a contender for the title this year. Following up after the event Steve Saunders said “Such a positive start to the championship bodes well for Chris and we should see him continue to make podiums throughout the season”.
Adam Juffs was out on the new 125 TRS RR and in such a competitive field of young riders finished the day well and with a smile on his face. In all a positive experience and will stand him well as the year progresses. In speaking to Steve after the event he expressed how pleased he was to see Adams wholehearted approach to the event and is positive about the future.