Reg Bowker Trial

Final round of the TVTC & Star Group Championship

Arthur, Rosy and Sam Connor.

This year’s Reg Bowker Trial at Warren Heath, Blackbush was yet again the final round of both TVTC & Star Group Trials championships.

101 adult & 31 youth riders tackled 2 laps of 18 sections around a 6-mile wet & challenging forestry lap with a special test to decide ties.

Previous event winners Sam Connor & Phil Wiffen were joined by Trial GB regular Joe Snelling in a 3-way battle for top honours. Phil had the advantage of his local knowledge & always rides well at sandy venues, however Sam had the extra challenge of coaxing his two children Rosy & Arthur, in his first ever trial, around the testing course whilst trying to concentrate on his own riding.

Arthur, Rosy and Sam Connor.

Sam riding the new 2024 Beta Evo 300 put on a masterclass, cleaning every section, remained unpenalized for the day to take the overall win. Joe Snelling had a great ride to finish on 8ml with Phil nipping at his heals with 10ml.

Close friends Max Dance & Thomas Packham continued their regular battle in Youth Expert with Max taking top honours on the day. Ashley Hall & Mark Budgen were in a league of their own in Over 40’s with 13ml & being decided in Ashley’s favour on the special test.

Jon Yendal in a one-off ride easily headed the large Intermediate class with a score of 21. Youth intermediate class was hotly contested with close scores right down the order, Rowan Dean, Howard Mumford, Oscar Peach, Oscar Sacre & Marley Lowman had a fantastic battle but could not get near Kai Fisher’s loss of 23ml.

Tim Bird always rides well on the Novice route at this event & was joined on single figures by Mark George, Russ Olivant, Mark Taylor & Glen Slowly. Alex Edwards had a great ride to top the Youth novice class & Sonny Noble made the trip from Kent worthwhile to win the Youth Beginner class.

Many thanks must go to all the observers who braved the wet & rainy conditions to provide riders with a great day’s sport. We look forward to seeing you all again next year for the 2024 Reg Bowker Trial 

Reg Bowker Trial 2023 provisional results

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