BRADFORD Motor Club was in top gear on New Year’s Day and ran their first club championship trial at scenic Deer Park, high above Bingley.

The long green meadow a direct contrast to the tree-shrouded Howden Wood at Silsden where Boxing Day trial was staged.

There were 61 competitors plus a full complement of observers with ten sections tested all classes.

Sam Boocock won championship route riding his Sherco from expert James Duxbury and Phil Hancock while Alice Minta ran off with Youth Class A.

Neil Savage surfaced from Barnsley to take Clubman A from course plotter Anthony Ayrton of Barnoldswick, who was giving his works replica Montesa 4rt an airing.

Andy Walters cleaned 30 sections to grab Clubman A where Class C boy Will Sagar claimed an amazing fourth place and Lucy Ayrton won her first Class A youth laurels.


Championship course

Experts: James Duxbury (Vertigo) 13.

Inter: Sam Boocock (Sherco) 7.

Novices: Phil Hancock (Vertigo) 31, Phil Howlett (TRS) 52, Matt Rushton Gas Gas) 95.

Youth Class A: Alice Minta (Scorpa) 37, Max Chadwick Beta) 49, Ethan Chapman (Scorpa) 124.

Clubman A:

Inter: Anthony Brown (Gas Gas) 20,

Novices: John Bannister (Beta) 19, Adam Elliott (Beta) 37, Richard Crabtree (Vertigo) 60.

Over 40’s: Neil Savage (Gas Gas) 5, Anthony Ayrton (Montesa) 7, Neil Sharp (Gas Gas) 28.

Youth Class A: Martyn Pratt (Beta) 56.

Clubman B:

Novices: Benjamin Whitham 37, Stephen Addy 46 mc, Jonathon Jackson 46. (All Beta).

Over 40’s: Andy Walters 19, Peter Hollingworth 24, Martin Pratt 31. (All Beta).

Youth Class A: Lucy Ayrton (TRS) 49.

Youth Class B: Jonnie Fannon (TRS) 101, Charlie Petty (Beta) 112

Youth Class C: Will Sagar (Beta) 34, Zachary Sellers 118, Oliver Petty 146. (All Beta).


Over 40: James Crabtree (Beta) 16.

Youth Class B: Harvey Blacka (Gas Gas) 4.

Youth Class C: Jimmy Crabtree 13, Bradley Crabtree 18, Bobby Crabtree 30. (All Beta).

* The Ilkley Motor Club kick started the trials season on Sunday at Dob Park, Otley, where almost 100 competitors from all over the British Isles contested the annual New Year trial.

British class champions, European and British youth champions, a Scott Trial winner and many leading Yorkshire names enjoyed a 'new look' trial.

Nick Pullan and Adrian Tate worked hard to plot 18 sections, many of which were longer than usual.

The prime sections only extracted two penalties from winner Richard Sadler of Leyburn.

Ironically, they were in the dry parts of Brown’s Wood rather than the quagmire at the bottom of Dob Park.

The Green course, Clubman A and B, started under the trees at the top of Brown's Wood where very long and steep climbs got the show on the road.

The next three sections, the top path and bottom road, require the attributes of a mountain climber to flag and mark out.

The ninth and tenth sections navigated the slippery stream bed at the extreme west end of the wood.

The expert contenders plus seven top level youths attacked Dob where the penultimate section was cleaned on both visits by Sadler.


Championship course

Experts: Richard Sadler (JST Gas Gas) 2, Ben Hemingway (Beta) 11, Dan Hemingway (Beta) 15, Tom Minta (Scorpa) 16.

Inter: Charlie Smith (Beta) 40, William Tolson (Beta) 75, Danny Cockshott (Montesa) 84.

Novice: Sam Ludgate (Jotagas) 33.

Youths: Harry Turner (Gas Gas) 24, Harry Hemingway (Beta) 29, Jack Dance (Gas Gas) 35.

Clubman A: Philip Alderson (TRS) 12, Graham Tales (Montesa 2rt) 20, Richard Mellon (Vertigo) 21, Anthony Ayrton (Montesa) 29, Gary Pears (Scorpa) 31.

Youths: Harvey Taglione (Gas Gas) 50, Henry Stephenson (TRS) 56, Charlie Crossland (Beta) 75, Jasper Fox (Beta) 85.

Clubman B: Neil Gaunt (Vertigo) 10, Phillip Hammond (Sherco) 21, Paul Jackson (Honda) 21, Darren Mitchell (Beta) 22, Chris Greenwood (BSA) 27.

Youths: Max Dance (Beta) 77, Arran Sherwin (Beta) 80, Lucy Ayrton (TRS) 111, Harrison Lightfoot (Beta) 112, Freddie Stephenson (TRS) 120.