The BTRDA Sporting trials committee run two training days a year, to allow new drivers the opportunity to learn from current experienced drivers the techniques needed, to master the dark art of trialing.
With Shelsley Walsh waterlogged following the miserable start to the year chief instructor Julian Fack hastily moved the event to the excellent Apley Manor site, which recently hosted the Geoff Taylor trial. The participants ranged from those with no experience and no car to those drivers who are new to the sport but had acquired a car of their own. The days activities looked at the very basics of fiddle break use (a unique aspect of trialing) to control the car, through to how they can be used to control traction and then how throttle control can be added into the mix to get the cars from bottom to top of the sections. Participants were also taught how to walk and read the terrain that they were driving on, and also important safety points to think about when navigating the sometimes steep terrain.
The added benefit of the day was to allow those who already own cars the opportunity to glean expert advise and guidance from some of the very best engineers and drivers in the business in how to get the best out of their machinery and steps to take to improve their cars.
A huge thanks must go to all our current driver that gave up their time and cars to look after the sports budding participants. We look forward to seeing many of those that attended at a trial soon.
Picture Credit: Huge thanks to Joe Sharp for the fab photographs from the day.
Note: Bonnets were off of some cars to allow participants to see the pedal box in some cases.
The training days are triple focused, firstly as a means for interested parties to sample our very esoteric sport, in order to see if it is for them before investing in any kit.
They get to drive state of the art cars with top drivers (often previous Champions), and generally share a car with just one other person, so it is a very “full on” day.
Secondly as a means of ensuring safety for newcomers to the sport (like an ARDS course), BTRDA insist on this before they can enter a National B trial.
And thirdly as a help for newcomers to shake down their cars, and their driving techniques. Not only that but they can compare their own kit with current state of the art cars, which is invaluable.