Scott scoops Firbank win

Scott scoops Firbank win

It was a disappointing entry for Westmorland’s Clubman Trial at Firbank on Easter Monday, perhaps because of the appalling weather that morning that should have forced all to stay at home.

However, 23 hardy souls ventured out to tackle the four laps of ten sections, which, because of the change in the conditions from Good Friday when they were set out, to Monday, made some more difficult than anticipated. Sideways, chilling rain opened the action with stream sections with muddy exits, followed by turns on bankings and also the infamous hill climb at the venue, which extracted the greatest number of marks from the entry.

Andy Walters on a 200 TLR over from the Leeds area had the best result with just three marks lost on the hill, with Matthew Edmondson needing five marks and Andrew Scott six over the four times they attempted the slippery climb.

In fact it was Bantam twinshock mounted Scott who took the standard Clubman class win by the narrow margin of a single mark from Edmondson, with youngster Aaron Oliver, by virtue of one more clean, getting the third place position over veteran Peter Woof, on an EM, one of the very best Clubman riders in Cumbria some years ago.

Seven riders in the entry decided to go for the Clubman Easy route with Andrew Emmerson the best on 22, but spare a thought for 10 year old Elliot Cooper who struggled around on his 80 Beta to lose 125, but he was out there, with the men, doing his best and come the future, he will remember the days when he was determined to make it to the end.

Full results are on the results page and Kitch pictures will appear soon. The weather didn’t stop Eric, at an advanced age from photographing three trials over the Easter holiday.