Following approval from the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee at their meeting on Wednesday it has been confirmed that for the ACU Trial GB class ONLY, Assistants (Minders) will be allowed for 2019. The Committee gave this serious consideration as it was felt that to introduce Minders can cause difficult situations, but with many of the main group of riders in the nine round British series also taking part in the FIM World Championship this year and following the discussions at the recent Organisers Meeting, it would help those riders get competition experience with their minders to help their world round aspirations.
Series Manager, Brian Higgins commented, “Strict control will be the key to this, and I will work with Clubs to ensure the rules are adhered to. Many times, in 2018 I witnessed Assistants being in the sections to help, sometimes key officials, so in my opinion it is best to legalise it from the start, but only in the main ACU Trial GBclass”.
The Committee also had a preview of the new Championship dedicated website which is now live to all atwww.acutrialgb.co.uk This website will be the mechanism for all information regarding the championship and a full list of venues to accompany the nine dates are now shown. News items will be updated on a regular basisand prior to the first round a video section will also show brief footage from the day’s action.
It has also been revealed that the ACU Trial2 class will feature more heavily this year with the entry expected to be in double figures for the first time. Again, Higgins enlarged, “ACU Trial2 will be an important stepping stonefor riders on the way up in their career or on the way down after enjoying the top flight of competition. Effectively, the competition here will be fierce, and I am determined to give this class more publicity than it has received in the past.
The opening round of the series starts on Saturday March 23rd at the fantastic facility of Hookwood in Surrey.