Jeremy Cross takes Lulsgate round after close battle with Simon Prideaux
Jeremy Cross followed up his win in last weekend’s Wells and District club’s Timed and Observation Trial at Rookham with a marginal victory over Simon Prideaux and Andy Frost in the BSSA’s Alan Brown Trophy Series event in rain-drenched Filers Woods near Lulsgate on Sunday.
He was slower in completing the eight-lap event than Frost, Prideaux and Enduro class winner Andy Scrivens, but he lost far less marks on observation than his rivals.
Cross lost three marks in both the first and second section and half a dozen in the third, which ‘dug out’ badly after several hours incessant rain, and it claimed marks from the entire field.
Prideaux lost only three in the hazard, but it claimed 14 from Jason Hamblin and even more from regular award winner Paul Manning. A climb over tree roots in the fifth section cost Prideaux nine marks and the premier award.
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The Yeo Vale club wound up the South West Centre Trials Championship at Hinton St George in South Somerset the same day, but for the third round running there was a poor expert class turn out for the three-lap, 12-section final round at Hinton Park Farm with only four – winner Tom Bushin, Sam Mortimer, Ben Skinner and Ben Lovelace – taking part.
Bushin’s recipe for success was his sheer consistency. Where his rivals were dropping three and five mark penalties, he was getting away with one or two mark debits. Losses of marks were relatively high, as would be expected in a title event, and no one made incurred penalties on the main route in the second, fourth, ninth and last two sections.
The same could be said of clubman expert and clubman class winners Rob Smith and Nigel Andrew, and Pastmasters class winner Mike Champion showed that he has lost none of his skills.
The organisers catered for all grades and they got it just right as Graham Mackie and Alan Barnes retained clean sheets on the simplest course of all in the over 50 years of age class. Devon toffee maker Nick Smith was a clear winner of a poorly supported British bike class, and just four marks separated Colin Green and haulage company MD Stuart Keedwell in the twin shock class.
BSSA (Wessex) Timed and Observation Trial at Lulsgate – Winner: J Cross (Gas Gas) completed 8 laps, lost 8 marks on time and 12 on observation = 20 marks lost. Runner-up: S Prideaux (Gas Gas) 8l, 2+20=22. First class awards: A Frost (Gas Gas) 8l, 0+26=26; P King (Honda) 8l, 2+33=35. Non expert: M Lewis (Sherco) 8l, 14+95=109; D Potts (Beta) 7l, 12+58=70. Novice: D Watkins (Montesa) 5l, 10+66=76. Enduro class awards: A Scrivens (KTM) 8l, 4+47=51; A Scudamore (KTM) 8l, 14+63=77; M Frost (KTM) 8l, 8+70=78.
Yeo Vale MCC South West Centre Championship Trial at Crewkerne, Somerset – Expert class awards: T Bushin 36 marks lost, S Mortimer 58, B Skinner 61, B Lovelace 69. Clubman expert: R Smith 20, K Bushin 30, H Pym 39. Clubman awards: N Andrew 11, P Jones 27, G Harding 29, R Gittins 32, A Muller 33, N Saffin 43. Pastmasters: M Champion 7, R Fry 20, L Wiggins 29. Novice: N England 2, T Godwin 2, N Higgs 3, T Crocker-White 3, J Glover 6, I Gill 7. Over 50 years awards: G Mackie 0, A Barnes 0, D Fry 1, S Thornhill 2, M Burge 2, M Jacobs 2, M Strang 2, M Cox 2. Pre 1965: N Smith 13, M Lillywhite 40. Twin Shock: C Green 3, S Keedwell 7, R Cant 72. Youth expert: J Baker 85. A class: J Glover 63. B class: T Hooper 57. B class (alternative route): G Marshman 14; J Church 47, R Faulkner 58, J Knight 58. C class: B Green 0, T Rendall 3, T Churchill 11, T Church 19, J Gill 61.