The 2017 Winter Series Championship:
Various - Isle of Wight
Very many thanks to all the Landowners who allowed us to use their superb venues, making the 2017 Winter Series possible. Thanks also to EVERYONE who helped out during the year - Course Setters, Observers and to all those behind the scenes - Top effort by all.
The Duver Cup:
Haslett Sand Pit, courtesy of Mr Glen Draper
The final round of the IOWmcc’s 2017 Winter Series Trials Championship was held at Haslett Sand Pit, courtesy of Mr Glen Draper. We would like to thank Glen for allowing us back to this excellent all weather venue. Very many thanks also to the course setters; Nick Symes and Calvin Wright along with the Observers who give up their time to help the keep the trial running along smoothly.
There were two new members to the Club this week - we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Father and Son duo; James and Thomas Lovell Kaye. We hope they both enjoyed the trial and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future. Returning to the Club today were two more riders; Steve Groves, following an absence of the best part of thirty years and Adam Brodie after a more modest break of just five years! – welcome back guys.
Riding conditions were excellent - despite the gloomy wet weather forecast, the Haslett sand held up very well providing much more grip than we normally expect – only one short spell of light drizzle spoiling the otherwise perfect winter conditions. Just two Expert competitors battled for the top spot. In the end it was Jim West that claimed the honours finishing with a miserly loss of seven dropped marks. James Stay was forced to settle for the second spot on fourteen. There were no less than seven Intermediate class riders which proved to be a very close contest between Andy Steele and Adam Brodie. Two marks separated these two - sections one and two were the pivotal sections. Ben Read put in a confident performance to secure the third place from Shaun Harris in fourth.
The equally well contested Novice group of riders provided the closest battle of the day which resulted in a win for Paul Kent. Section eight proved to be the decider - from Ben Brodie who was only a single mark behind in second place. Phil Chase, three more adrift, claimed the third spot with Dan Flux in fourth. Scott Milton (Clubman Class) completed the day for a loss of fourteen, taking another maximum ten Championship points. Course setter, Nick Symes - the only Twin Shock rider, finished with the lowest total of the day with a loss of only three marks, cementing his dominance in the class.
The ever improving Joe Taylor stole the show in the Adult Beginner class, finishing on a total of just four – the second lowest score of the day. Gary Jones must be pleased with his second place finish that left Finlay Lockhart in third – after rushing around to complete, following some annoying carburation difficulties. Three Youth riders in action toay, headed up by Jos Wright (Youth Expert) Jos put in an excellent performance despite the challenging final two sections. Alfie Haydon continues to impress in the Youth Novice class finishing with a total of just twenty-one, beating all but three of his adult counterparts. New member, Thomas Lovell Kaye (Youth Beginner) started out very well but was forced to retire due to bike reliability problems.
The Club next meet on Boxing Day for the Annual Father and Son Trial – don’t be put off by the name, it’s open to all, a chance to take part in a ‘fun’ trial. Not part of the Championship but prizes are on offer for the best fancy dressed Adult and Youth riders. 26th December at Shorwell Chalk Pit, courtesy of Mr Ralph Cook. Please note, the earlier than usual, start time of 11am.
The Matthew Russell Memorial Cup:
The Matthew Russell Memorial Cup Trial was held at Nodewell Farm, Totland courtesy of the Morgan Family. The Club would like to thank them for welcoming us back to this brilliant venue - for this very special trial. We would also like to thank Ross and Alfie Haydon, Simon Morgan & Keith Jacobs for setting eight excellent sections, the Observers and Club photographer, Viki Taylor - all their efforts are very much appreciated. Matt was a popular and a well-liked member of the Club. He was an accomplished Intermediate class rider who tragically and suddenly lost his life at the age of just twenty-nine. The ‘Matt Russell Cup’ is awarded annually to the best Intermediate rider at this trial.
Shaun Harris rode very well to claim the win in the Intermediate class from last year’s winner Andy Scott-Jackson, who was forced into second on this occasion. Sections five and six proving decisive. Tony Russell (Matt’s Dad) was on hand, accompanied by Simon Morgan, to present the Mathew Russell Cup – this unbelievably is Shaun’s first winning trophy! – very many congratulations to him. Chris Stay (TRS UK team rider) in a surprise appearance, took on the B route riding Nigel Crouch’s 1967 Greeves. It was great to see Nigel enjoying the day watching Chris ‘float’ the rather heavy Greeves around the tricky sections for a loss of just thirty marks, in what was a top gesture – very good stuff Chris, well done.
There were just three Expert riders this afternoon, headed up by the West Brothers. Will took the top spot, eleven ahead of Jim in second. James Stay was a few more marks adrift but secured a solid third place finish. Once again James had to endure reliability problems with his bike. Scott Milton, the sole Clubman class rider went into his final lap having dropped just three marks, he was very frustrated to loose seven more on that final lap – never the less he still managed to complete the trial with the second lowest total of the day.
The Novice group of riders proved to be the most popular class of the day and provided the closest battle for the first place. Ben Brodie just about managed to keep ahead of Keith Jacobs for the win, sections one and five were pivotal. Phil Chase took the third spot from the improving Dan Flux in fourth. Another improving rider, Joe Taylor, this time in the Adult Beginners class put in a very confident performance completing the trial for a loss of only eleven marks – excellent effort Joe. Relatively new rider, Gary Jones should also be pleased with his second place finish to earn himself seven Championship points.
Three Youth riders taking part today, headed up by Youth Expert rider; Jos Wright. Jos found some of the sections a bit of a challenge but despite this he finished well to take the points. Young Alfie Haydon (Youth Novice) once again put in an excellent performance, as did Harrison Crickmore (Youth Beginner) who finished with the lowest score of the day, a miserly seven dropped marks – very well done lads, keep up the good work. The full results can be found on the Club website in the results section.
The Club next meet for the Duver Cup on Sunday December 3rd. The venue is still to be confirmed, all the details can be found on the Club website once finalised. All the info regarding the 2018 Wight Two Day (open) Trial can also be found here. Entries are now being taken – send your entry in sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
The Guy Fawkes Cup:
Godshill Park Farm
The Guy Fawkes Cup trial was held on Sunday 5th November at Godshill Park Farm, courtesy of Mr Angus Baird. The Club would like to thank Angus for welcoming us back to this superb trials venue. Angus also provided us with the use of his ATV which was put to good use by the course setters and used to ferry the Observers to their sections – what a fantastic host! It has been just over a year since we were here last and therefor a certain amount of cutting out was required! – Many thanks to Geoff Taylor, Simon Newnham, Mike Taylor, Malcolm Hawkins, Will West, Jim West and Shaun Harris, who between them cleared the way to set eight very good and challenging sections. We would also like to thank the Observers and Club Photographer, Viki Taylor for all their time and effort – very much appreciated guys.
The Club would like to extend a very warm welcome to new member – Finlay Lockhart. We hope he enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing him again in the near future.
Will West just about claimed the win in the Expert class from Brother Jim – only two marks separating the two. Will completed the trial with the lowest total of the day finishing on twenty-seven. James Stay once again had some mechanical issues to overcome but never the less he secured a solid third place. The very well contested Intermediate class of riders proved to be a clear win for Ben Read. Ben finished twenty-one ahead of Shaun Harris in second with Andy Scott-Jackson in third. Stuart Gummer was forced into fourth spot with course setters Malcom Hawkins, Geoff Taylor and Mike Taylor claiming the 5th, 6th and 7th places respectively. Scott Milton, the only Clubman class rider, posted a competitive total to earn himself another ten Championship points.
Ben Brodie put in a confident ride, despite the tricky riding conditions, to take the win in the Novice class – Ben finished the trial eight marks clear of Paul Kent in second with the improving Dan Flux in third. The Twin Shock class was headed up this time by returning rider, Stewart West, with a twelve mark advantage from Nick Symes in second – sections two and seven proving to make all the difference. The Club’s oldest rider - 79 year old John Townsend, piloted his rather heavy BSA in true British fashion, claiming the maximum points in the British Bike class – top effort John.
The Adult Beginner class was won by the improving Joe Taylor with a very convincing performance from new member, Finlay Lockhart in second with Gary Jones in third. Youth riders, Jos Wright (Youth Expert) Alfie Haydon (Youth Novice) and Harrison Crickmore (Youth Beginner) all took the maximum ten Championship points in their respective classes – despite being unopposed all three of them posted really competitive scores – very well done lads, keep up the good work.
The full results are available from the Club website: www.iowmcc.co.uk where you can also find all the details for the 2018 Wight Two Day (open) Trial – 21st and 22nd April 2018, entries are now being accepted for what promises to be another top South coast trial. The next Club trial is on Sunday 19th November when we meet for the Matt Russell Memorial Trial, at Nodewell Farm, Totland - at 12 noon.
The Ted Phillips Cup:
Hawthorn Manor Farm
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the tenth round of the 2017 Winter Trials Championship at Hawthorn Manor Farm, Chale, courtesy of Mr. Fred Colson. The Club would like to thank Fred for welcoming us back to this excellent venue. Very many thanks also to Mark Coombes who set six top sections, making good use of the hilly terrain and of course to the Observers that trekked up to the sections to ensure the trial ran smoothly – top effort by all. The weather was mostly favourable, just a few blustery showers to contend with but storm Brian had already left its mark, with a deluge of rain on the Saturday, making for some tricky conditions for the riders to contend with.
There were just two Youth riders taking part today, headed up by Jos Wright in the Youth Expert class. Jos managed to negotiate the challenging ground conditions to complete the trial. His result from today sees him crowned as the Youth Expert 2017 Winter Champion – very well done Jos, brilliant achievement. Young Alfie Haydon put in another top drawer performance in the Youth Novices. Alfie completed the trial for a loss of just thirty-one marks, beating all but one of his Adult counterparts – keep up the good work Alfie.
The Expert class was emphatically won by Will West, who dropped only thirteen marks, thirty-six clear of second place finisher James Stay. James did however have problems with his bike and a few lost spanners to deal with. Third spot was taken by Mick Brown with Simon Newnham finishing in fourth on this occasion. The well contested Intermediate group of riders proved to be another clear win, this time from Ben Read, Ben managed to complete the trial with a cushion of nineteen - from Andy Steel in second. Geoff Taylor should be very pleased with his third place on today’s challenging sections.
It was great to see course setter - Mark Coombes back on his bike, on leave from his British Championship, support duties. Mark rode the B route as a Sportsman (no championship points) with what was the third best score on this route – good stuff Mark, we hope to see you at the next trial. Scott Milton, the sole Clubman rider, finished the trial with an excellent total of forty - superb effort by him.
The Novice class once again proved to attract the largest entry and was won this time by Ben Brodie, the clear winner from second place rider, Phil Chase. Martin Moore should be pleased with his efforts to take the third spot, only two more behind Phil. Dan Flux should also be pleased with his ride, finishing in fourth, only one more mark adrift. Nick Symes found things quite lonely (as the only Twin Shock competitor) despite riding unopposed he finished with the second lowest total of only sixteen dropped marks.
The Club next meet on Sunday 5th of November at Godshill Park Farm. The usual start time of twelve noon applies. The Club is pleased to announce that the 2018 Wight Two Day Trial will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of April next year. All the details can be found on the Club website. Please make a note in your diaries as you will not want to miss this top South Coast trial which attracted one hundred and thirty-five riders earlier this year.
The Frank Pragnell Cup:
Bembridge Down, Courtesy of Mr Rob Taylor
Bembridge Down played host to the Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club on Sunday 1st October for the Frank Pragnell Cup. The Club would like to thank Mr. Rob Taylor for welcoming us back for the use of this stunning venue. Very many thanks also to Geoff Taylor and Rory Stephens who braved the rain on the Saturday to clear the way and set eight superb sections, the all-important Observers and Viki Taylor, Club Photographer, who battled constantly with the very poor light conditions but still managed to produce some great images – Top effort by all. The riders managed to complete almost two laps before the rain began falling on the chalky down land, despite the challenging conditions, the sections held up remarkably well and provided the riders with an excellent trial.
Will West led the way in the Expert class with an excellent performance to finish with the lowest score of the day - just eight dropped marks. James Stay recorded a ‘dream’ final lap, adding only a single mark to his total helping to secure a solid second place from Jim West in third. Jos Wright (Youth Expert rider) deserves a mention at this point – Jos tackled the exact same route as his adult counterparts on the very tricky Expert course. He had a mixed day and was disappointed with his score - but top marks to him for what was a valiant effort, braver than most of us! However the day ultimately belonged to Simon Newnham, who with today’s fourth place finish earned himself the 2017 Winter Series Expert Championship. Simon consistently posted solid performances - particularly during the first half of the year to take the Club Expert title - very many congratulations on what is a great achievement.
Meanwhile, the Intermediate class produced another clear winner, this time it was Ben Read - who finished fifteen marks ahead of Alan Gosden for the top spot. Andy Scott-Jackson manged to hold off a strong challenge from Shaun Harris to seal his third place finish. Course setter, Geoff Taylor was going well until an unfortunate but spectacular crash on section seven forced him to retire. Thankfully Geoff and his bike suffered no lasting damage. Scott Milton (Clubman class) was also forced, reluctantly, to retire after his clutch lever snapped clean in half whilst attempting that difficult seventh section.
The very well contested Novice class of riders provided the closest contest of the day. Ben Brodie and Phil Chase’s scores were tied after the four laps of eight sections. Ben was awarded the win notching up just one more clean than Phil – very well done to both riders. Third place went to Paul Kent who forced Brian Brockwell into fourth, with a four mark cushion. Dan Flux should be very pleased with his fifth place finish, this being his first attempt on the more difficult C route following his step up from the Beginner class – very well done Dan.
The Club next meet, towards the end of this month, for the Ted Phillips Cup on Sunday 22nd of October. Start time of 12 noon applies. All the details will be available from the Club website: www.iowmcc.co.uk once finalised.
The Medina Cup:
Shorwell Chalk Pit
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held The Medina Cup Trial (the eighth round of the 2017 Winter Trials Championship) on Sunday 24th September at Shorwell Chalk Pit. The Club would like to thank Mr. Ralph Cook for welcoming us back to what is a brilliant trials venue. Thanks also to Mark Coombes - who set eight excellent and challenging sections. As well as the usual four routes, Mark was responsible for adding some ‘near British Championship’ standard deviations. If that wasn’t enough he also manged to organise all the Observers, their chairs and even a packed lunch for all of them. Top effort Mark – you can come again! Scott Milton added some rather sweet treats to the Observers lunch box’s to help keep them going through the afternoon – great idea Scott. Very special thanks to all eight Observers who kindly gave up their time that helped to keep the trial running smoothly, especially the younger contingent: Annalise Coombes, Ella Stay and Oliver Salter – all were very much appreciated. We were also pleased to see Nigel Crouch, who was on hand to offer his support to all the riders.
The super hard route was added to help Club rider, Chris Stay, in his preparations for next weekend. Chris will be taking part in the final two rounds of the 2017 British Trials Championship. He will be travelling up to Scotland, competing in the Expert class. In his first full season back on his bike, he has made an incredible journey that has led to some top sponsorship deals from the TRS UK Trials Team and BVM Moto. Chris completed today’s trial for a loss of forty-two, He was accompanied by George Gosden - between them they provided us all with some excellent spectating. On behalf of everyone at the IOWmcc, I would like to wish Chris all the very best for the coming weekend and we all look forward to seeing him progress even further up the rankings during the 2018 Championship.
The Expert class attracted five riders, headed up by brothers Will and Jim West. Will took the top spot with the second lowest total of the day, a miserly eleven dropped marks. Jim finished in second place with James Stay just holding out for third. Rob Howard was forced to settle for fourth, just one more mark adrift. Championship leader, Simon Newnham finished fifth to earn himself another crucial three points. Meanwhile in the Intermediate class it was Ben Read that stole the show from Shaun Harris in second. Shaun was probably a bit jet lagged after only arriving back in the UK at midnight the night before! Geoff Taylor was forced to retire after just three sections following a gearbox problem.
Scott Milton, the lone Clubman rider, completed the day with a total of thirteen. An excellent performance from him. Brian Brockwell seems to have blown away the cobwebs taking the win in the Novice class. Ben Brodie must be happy with his performance, to finish second, just three more marks behind. Phil Chase took the third place, another three behind. Twin Shock specialist Nick Symes, despite riding unopposed, recorded the lowest total this afternoon with only six dropped marks – very well done Nick.
The Club welcomed a guest rider, Alex Russell, who was taking part in the Pre65 class. He managed the tricky sections for a loss of just twelve. We hope he enjoyed his time on the Island and we look forward to seeing him again in the future. Mike Attrill was the only finisher (in a field of four) in the Adult Beginners. Mike completed the day for a loss of twenty-nine to claim the ten Championship points. Just two Youth riders today – Jos Wright (Youth Expert) and Alfie Haydon (Youth Novice) both took on the rocky sections well to take the maximum Championship points in their respective classes – very well done lads, keep up the good work.
The Club meet again, next weekend, for the Frank Pragnell Cup at Bembridge Down, courtesy of Mr. Rob Taylor. Geoff Taylor and Rory Stephens will be setting the course. Access/parking will be via the top entrance, off Culver Down. The usual start time of 12 noon applies. Observers will be very much welcomed!
The GES Cup:
Sweetwater Brook, courtesy of Mr Trevor Strickland.
The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club’s Winter Series Trials Championship resumed on Sunday 3rd September at Sweetwater Brook, Calbourne. The Club would like to thank Mr Trevor Strickland for not only welcoming us back to this superb venue but also for clearing the eight foot high (in places) undergrowth – very much appreciated. Thanks also to Calvin and Jos Wright for setting six excellent sections, at very short notice – great effort guys.
The weather conditions were quite fitting for the start of the second half of the Winter Series - cold, windy and very wet! Rider numbers were lower than expected but considering the conditions and being the last weekend of the Summer holidays, somewhat understandable.
Just two Experts in action this afternoon. James Stay and Simon Newnham. It was really good to see Simon Newnham back after the Summer break – but it was James who recorded his first Expert class win since his return to trials competition. James managed the slippery conditions well to finish with a total of just sixteen marks. Simon, no doubt a bit rusty, finished not too far behind to claim a good second place. The Intermediate class saw a convincing win from Alan Gosden who also handled the tricky conditions well to complete the trial with the second lowest score of the day. Geoff Taylor took second spot, Geoff seemed to struggle on section five, where he lost more than half of his total.
The well contested Novice class provided the closest battle of the day between Ben Brodie and Paul Kent. Ben eventually emerged as the winner with a two-mark advantage from Paul, section six proving pivotal. Brian Brockwell held off a good challenge from Phil Chase to claim the third place. Nick Symes was the only Twin Shock rider, despite riding unopposed he managed to finish with the lowest total of the day, loosing only six marks – very well done Nick, great effort. Joe Taylor and Dan Flux finished first and second in the Adult Beginner’s. Joe’s riding has improved markedly since switching from a two to a four stroke machine. Dan’s confidence also continues to improve with every outing. Gary Jones was frustrated with his bike, that simply refused to start - eventually it burst back into life but only well after the trial had started. Dan then, understandably, decided to treat this afternoon as a practice session only.
Only two Youth riders braved the wet Sweetwater conditions; Jos Wright (Youth Expert) and young Alfie Haydon, Youth Novice. Jos was also largely responsible for plotting the Expert route and finished with a very competitive total. Alfie has only recently moved up from the beginner’s and he also should be very pleased with his performance. Both riders did very well to earn their respective ten Championship points – excellent effort lads.
The Club next meet on Sunday 24th September for the Medina Cup. The venue is still to be announced, please check the Club website: www.iowmcc.co.uk nearer the time for the full details.
2017 Pat Death Summer Series Championship Final Standings:
Shorwell Chalk Pit, Arreton Down, Limerstone Farm and Lee Copse
Very many thanks to the Landowners who trusted the Club with their land: Ralph Cook, A.Brown Farms, Geoff and Mary Case and Ann Gustar.
Thanks also to the course setters who all gave up their time to provide the sections, the Observers and all those that helped to clear up after each trial.
Pat Death Summer Series 4th Round:
Lee Copse, Bouldnor, courtesy of Ann Gustar.
The fourth and final round of the 2017 Pat Death Summer Series Championship was held at Lee Copse, Bouldnor, courtesy of Ann Gustar. The Club would like to thank Ann and family for welcoming us back to what is an excellent venue. We would also like to thank Mark Coombes who set eight brilliant sections, the Observers and all those that helped clean up afterwards. The Club would like to extend a warm welcome to Gary Jones who was taking part in his first ever trial. We hope he enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing him at future events.
Three Expert riders in action today, headed up by Rob Howard. Rob completed the trial for a loss of only six marks. James Stay and Jim West were involved in a very close battle for the minor placings – it was James who finished in second on fourteen with Jim just four more behind in third - sections one and three proving to make all the difference. Superb riding by all three. Both James and Jim were tied in second place for the series Championship – both with two second and one third place finish a piece - However, after applying the TSR23, B (b) rule, James Stay was awarded overall second with Jim forced to settle for third. The Expert class was won by Will West with his three wins from the previous three rounds.
The Intermediate class proved to be another very close affair this time between Shaun Harris, Malcolm Hawkins and Stuart Gummer. Shaun held his nerve to take the win, six marks ahead of Malcolm. Stuart finished in third just one more mark adrift. Both Shaun and Malcolm were tied in the overall standings before today’s ‘showdown finale’. Congratulations to Shaun who with today’s top effort, sealed his Championship win. Scott Milton, the lone Clubman rider, put in an exceptional performance to take the points and the Series title, with an excellent score of only six dropped marks.
Paul Kent was the clear winner in the very well contested Novice class from Brian Brockwell in second with Phil Chase in third. Phil Chase, however took the Novice Championship win, with a total of twenty-five from friendly rival Keith Jacobs in second with Steve Chase in third. Twin Shock specialist, Nick Symes proved to be the only competitor today in the Twin Shock class – his ten points from this afternoon’s efforts ensured his Summer Series win. Stuart Freeman did not take part today but he managed to score well in the three earlier rounds to finish second overall.
The Adult Beginner class, another well contested group of riders proved to be the closest contest of the day, just three marks between the first three! Ellie Attrill managed to keep her cool to finish the trial with the lowest score of the day – just a single lost mark. Joe Taylor finished just two more adrift to earn an excellent second place with Dan Flux just one more mark behind in third – Very well done to all three riders. Ellie also took the Summer Series win with Dad, Mike Attrill forced to settle in second place.
Two Youth competitors this afternoon, headed up by Jos Wright, Youth Expert, Jos earned himself another win to take the Series Championship – Very good effort Jos. Young Alfie Haydon, having already sealed the Championship in the Youth Beginner class chose today to have a try at the much more difficult Youth Novice route. Alfie finished with a brilliant score of sixty-seven – sounds like a big number but Alfie should be very pleased with this total.
Congratulations to all those Award winners in this year’s Pat Death Summer Series Championship.
The Club next meet on Sunday 3rd September when the main Winter Series resumes. Please keep an eye on the Club website where the full details will be available very soon, along with the full 2017 Summer Series Standings.
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