Josh Veale took his first victory in his freshly(ish) developed Sherpa as he pipped newly crownded Gold Star champion Roland Uglow and British Champion Ian Wright to the top spot at the Peter Blankstone Sporting Trial.
High Engine revs and big gears were the order of the day after heavy over night rain left the bracken slopes of Shelsley Walsh in excellent trialling conditions. Ian Wright made the early front running in the first round dropping 24 points to open up a 7 point lead over both Roland and Josh who sat in joint second position on 31. John Fack ever present at the top end of leaderboards kept the pressure on the top three to sit in 4th on 34 points lost with twin brother Jerome rounding off the top five also on 33.
With conditions starting to improve slightly it was clear that which section you started on was key. However, this had to be taken advantage of and Ian continued to drive well in conditions the that him and passenger Kiel relish, maintaining their healthy position at the top of the leader board with another nine points dropped leaving them on 33 at lunch. Josh and Roland still couldn’t be separated in joint second both dropping a round best of seven to move slightly closer to Ian on 38. John Fack held station in 4th position with Julian Fack replacing brother Jerome in the top five.
As so often is the case everything was to change as we moved through round 3. Ian Wright made a couple of uncharacteristic errors to slip back into the final podium position and leave the fight for the victory down to Roland and Josh. A round best of four allowed Josh to take a comfortable six point victory over Roland in the end and take home the Peter Blankstone overall prize. John Fack held station in 4th position as he had done all day and with no other Facks left to take a turn in 5th position Paul Price had an excellent 3rd round to snatch the spot.
Bob Packham had an excellent day to finish top Live Red in 7th overall, with Andy Wilks again taking home top spot in the Blue Independent class. A super drive from Ian Fullwood in the tough conditions gave him a comfotable victory in the Blue live class with another superb display from Darren Underwood saw him continue his dominance of the Rookie Class.
This editors advice for anyone wanting to take part in this event next year. Give Tristan Shelsley Veale a call and get him to be your passenger as he has taken the overall passengers award at this event for the last three years.
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The Midland Automobile Club (Est. 1901) Limited will organise a National B Permit Sporting Trial on Sunday 10th March 2019 at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Shelsley Walsh, Worcester, WR6 6RP
All vehicles must comply with MSA Technical Regulations and with the National Trials Car Formula