Top Turnout to Tommy’s Trial
Entries for the Tommy Brady Memorial Trial were slow in arriving for the Lakes GTRC event at Red Scar on June 3, but come the morning, there was a cracking 70 strong entry of local riders all keen to ride in memory of the small Irishman who made such an impact within the sport during his time as a rider and latterly as a regular observer.
If Tommy had been there, no doubt he would have been embarrassed about the fuss and we can picture him saying ” What is all this fuss about, you must have got the wrong person, somebody else is still to come” – all said in his inimitable Irish brogue. But the event was in his memory and his passing was a sad loss.
Four laps of 12 sections was the set up on the day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with some tough sections for the Hard course riders. Really on a roll these days is Tom Swindlehurst who won but Craig Seward wasn’t far behind, both riders along with third place Owen Gilchrist having taken part in the British round some five days earlier.
It’s some while since John Gornall has ridden in the Northern Centre and he showed that he has not lost his touch by losing just five marks over the Clubman course to take the win from Neil Crayston and Richard Taylor whilst David Clegg, Ephy Wilson and Craig Asbridge took the top three places over the Easy course.
A few riders rode the Twinshock category and John Maxfield, over from his home town in the Yorkshire Dales of Grassington saw off the challenge of Nick Shield with regular twinshock man Andrew Scott was third.
Numerous prizes were on offer to riders, and those together with an excellent trial surely made the day a memorable one in recognition of the late Tommy Brady.
Full results are linked from the Home page with Eric Kitchen pictures available very soon. The delay in providing this report is due to our man having been to the Isle of Man TT.