Ian Wright ended his championship winning season in a fitting manner by winning the Gloster Sporting Trial. Without a victory since September, Ian found the conditions to his liking as he powered his way to victory. Wet conditions underfoot met the 32 starters, and as the day wore on and intermittent rain showers broke up the dull conditions, the early grass disappeared and engine revs began to rise on an enjoyable day’s sport at this super site.
Josh Veale and Roland Uglow led the way early on with Josh holding a slender point lead at lunchtime on 17 with Roland on 18 and Ian Wright two points further back on 20. The runners and riders headed back up for the afternoon with all to play for and as more drizzle fell everything was to change. Josh Veale was the first to drop out of the running with a metallic bang seeing his day end on the back of a tow rope with 3 hills to go. This meant he dropped back to 8th but still picked up the Red Live Axle award. Roland also struggled in the afternoon as he hit some hills at the wrong time and picked up a couple of big scores, to mean he didn’t quite do enough to defend his title, but still came away with the Red Independent Award, finishing on 42. Ian Wright didn’t have the perfect afternoon but made some great climbs when it mattered and found himself on top of the pile for the 6th time this season, finishing on 36. Boyd Webster made the long trip worthwhile to complete the podium finishing five points shy of Roland on 49.
As many will be aware there was still a British Championship to be decided on the day in the Live Axle Championship. Arthur Carroll held the upper hand prior to the day and closed his season and the championship off in style finishing in 7th overall taking the Blue Live award and the Live Axle Championship. Congratulations Arthur. Pat Henson took the Blue Independent class award in a super 11th Overall. Darren Underwood once again took home the Rookie award finishing in an excellent 21st position.
Congratulations to all the winners. We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone in a months time at the Gold & Silver Star final at the same venue.
Set in a fantastic hillside bowl with sweeping views across Gloucestershire this site represents an ideal trials venue and a favorite site for many. The last BTRDA championship trial of 2018 and one certainly not to miss with this event normally looked back on as one of the best events of the year. Drivers can expect their full range of skills to be tested and with it the last chance to gain them all important qualifying points for the BTRDA Gold and Silver Star final, due to take place just down the road in Bristol just a month later. This event always has a big entry and a great atmosphere so make sure you get your entry in. The Club look forward to seeing you there.
Regs and Entry available for download.