Sidecars final round

Thames Valley Trials Combine A.C.U. Luscombe Saab Leeds British Sidecar Championship  Trial,  30 – 11  2014.

Keiran Hankin & Andy Cripps
Keiran Hankin & Andy Cripps

The Thames Valley Trials Combine closed down the A.C.U. Luscombe Saab Leeds British Sidecar trials championship on Sunday at Hook Woods last Sunday.  Bristol’s Jon Tuck and passenger Matt Sparkes cruised through eight events and scored one hundred and seventy seven championship points. Rochester son and father Rupert and Chris Kimber have had a testing year with a retirement in the Tuck Cross and a fourth and fifth at the Doncaster Cup and Mel Harrison trials. They did strike back to beat Tuck and Sparkes at the Talmag. Reading school groundsman Peter Dale with his passenger Harriet Shore won the D.K Mansell trial in July and was only the second crwew to topple Tuck and Sparkes.

Only four Inters entered. Robbie Head and Aaron Jacobs started with one hundred and forty seven points but only eight points ahead of rivals David Tuck and Steven Chandler. Third place behind Tuck and Chandler was good enough to take the title. Returnees Sean and Paul Cuckow were at home on the Hook Woods sand and won the class. The class was really wide open if Head and Jacobs falter. They did not.

David Tuck & Steven Chandler
David Tuck & Steven Chandler

In the Clubmen class Skipton brothers Chris and Robert Pickard won the day and with that victory the title. Simon Evans and Nick Harding took second place ahead of Paul Fishlock and Richard WebbAfter the one score drop the Pickards have an eleven point buffer.

Thomas McDowell and Jon Stanley have the Newcomer title so all Adam Allaway and passenger Jake Pope required was to complete the course to win the class.

The Thames Valley Combine staged a fine finale to the sidecar Championship. The only comment came from an inter class contender who thought that the class course was a little harder than usual. Fair comment and no doubt the Club will consider any comments.

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