Hello all, for brevity here are The John Stait Results, Wells John Stait TT 210315 as Rogers British Champs Report is quite comprehensive:
“Summary of the Hectic Trial Weekend
The 2015 British trials championship got off to a thankfully, dry and sunny start at the infamous hook woods venue on Saturday 21/3. The organisers had put in a huge amount of effort to prepare a series of 12 sections that were both extremely technical and slippery across the boulder strewn woodland.
The sections consisted of wet muddy rocks, boulders, gully’s., banks and of course the legendary Jimmy’s Hill and Sand Mountain. These sections had the riders in all groups struggling to read the inconsistent grip levels and loosing marks unexpectedly in the process.
Our Wessex centre was well represented in the Expert group with Kurt Brain, Lee Hassall and Fred Adams. Tom Culliford and George Marshman also contested the new Youth A Class. The unfamiliar terrain and lengthy sections crammed with numerous hazards and obstacles caught out most of the riders at some stage. On many occasions riders were in almost touching distance of the end cards only to be stopped by yet another rock or boulder. With a start entry of new talent it seems difficult to see how Guy Kendrew, last year’s winner of every round, is going to have such domination this year after his 10th place finish.
After a sketchy start Kurt Brain got into his riding to finish a creditable 15th overall among the 50 strong field of Expert riders. George Marshman finished 4th and Tom Culliford 6th overall in their Youth A class of the 9 competing youngsters.
Surprise results of the day came from Tom Minta and Tom Hooper in their first Adult British Championship rides to finish in 3rd and 4th respectively.
James Dabill seemed in complete control in the Championship class after his overnight dash from contesting the last indoor x trial the night before. Dabill’s total loss of half the marks of Michael Brown in second overall has surely given him even more motivation and confidence for the rest of the season. A battle over the closing stages ensued between Alex Wigg and Ross Danby for the final spot on the podium. After several mistakes by each rider on the final few sections it was Sam Haslam that slipped under the radar to snatch 3rd overall from both Ross and Alex.
Dan Peace rode his socks off to finish 9th overall in his first adult British series while major shock was Spanish ride Caseles finishing a disappointing 6th place and struggling to understand the lack of grip in the conditions away from his native homeland.
After a quick clean up and bike prep it was a case of packing up the vans and heading south towards Petersfield for round 2 at Butser Lime works.
A local pub in the hungry horse chain provided the much needed body refuelling and evening meal for Kurt, Lee and the support team. After a good night s sleep courtesy of the Hassall family at a local Travelodge it was a short 10mile dash to Butser Lime Works Quarry and Sundays Round 2.
With the sun blazing down on the competitors the venue was blessed with bone dry conditions. As the trial inside and around the quarry got underway it was very quickly apparent that degree of difficulty of the sections was too severe. The number of retirements including last year’s champion Guy Kendrew bore testimony to the severity of the sections. I heard many riders and support members voicing their feelings regarding the risk of injury. Many saying ”I’ve got to go to work tomorrow”.
Riders nerve and confidence levels were certainly explored throughout the day tackling near vertical climbs in and out of the quarry basement together with traversing across the quarry faces on Chalk like rubble which had the bikes sliding out of control .
Emma Bristow had a nasty fall from the quarry top edge with here Sherco tumbling end over end and looking distinctly second hand as a result. But with credit to the girl she got up dusted herself down and carried on to complete the event.
After a testing day over the 3 laps of 12 sections the results posted many surprises. In the Expert class Kurt Brain had bettered his previous days result and finished in 11th place overall 1 mark short of a top ten spot. Fred Adams had soldiered on all day to bring the Mont in with 18th place. Lee Hassall had called it a day after the first lap along with many other riders due to the high risk of personal injury.
Tom Minta could not find his previous days form and finished in 14th but the other Tom (Hooper) went one better and pulled off a remarkable 2nd place. All the training with Joe Baker must be making a big difference. Tom Culliford turned in a good ride to finish 3rd and George Marshman 4th in the Youth A Class.
James Dabill once again came out on top in the championship class but not before the shock of seeing Sam Haslam in the lead after the first lap of 12 sections. With the Vertigo barking at the climbs and being regularly refuelled due to its 1 litre fuel tank capacity he managed to claw back over laps 2 and 3.
The final scores bear testament to the severity of the trial with James Dabill losing almost 50 marks and the rest of the field of riders up around 100 lost if not more.
For the second day running James Dabill took the win with Michael Brown in 2nd overall, Sam Haslam completed the podium spots with 3rd overall.
Shock results again in this class with Dan Peace finishing a remarkable 7th Overall even besting Spanish rider Casales in 10th overall. The outbursts in Spanish as he failed in the sections clearly demonstrated his feelings of frustration.
After a quick cup of tea and a chat to riders and friends it was back on the road for the 21/2 hour journey home and a well-earned good night’s sleep.
A big wash up job was order of the day for bike and riding kit Monday morning together with a reflection of the weekend’s efforts.
Frank says, Thanks Roger from all of us for your interesting insight. A 1litre fuel tank on the Vertigo, hm’ designed for indoor trials to improve the power weight ratio? Won’t be quite what’s needed for the SSDT though will it? Emma’s crash, I guess that was in the section that Fred did the same thing in last year?. If the Champion loses more than 40 marks – about 1 a Section – my rule of thumb says Butser was too hard. Perhaps Steve Saunders was thinking about Sections for next years World Round. In the Support Classes, with such a lot of retirements of Riders who are all ‘good Experts’ it’s clear they voted with their heads, not wanting to put their bodies on the line.
See you all at Easter: Frank