Walsall MCC Trial
Sunshine for the whole weekend welcomed riders to Brook Farm near Leominster for the last two rounds of the Pete Flower Memorial Trial organised by Walsall Motor Cycle Club on 21st and 22nd July. The sections were in and out of the brook and inevitably became muddy as the bikes brought water up with them. Ryan Shaw found little to trouble him and won the Expert class with a loss of 13 marks. The rest of the Expert class found things a little more tricky with Andy Bolton on 52, Martin Neary on 59 and the rest some way behind.
Only two riders elected for the Clubman route, where riders ride some expert and some novice sections. Bill Myers came first on 62 with Lee Beaman on 75.
The Novice class more closely contested and was won by Fred Savage on 27 with Jon Cropper second on 29 and Bruce Bolton third on 30.
By Sunday morning the sections had dried out again, some had been altered and 28 riders turned up. Andy Bolton managed to improve his Saturday score by 20 to 32 but this time was beaten by Ed Dain who dropped 5 less on 27. Alan Nicklin was third on 37.
The Clubman route proved to be the most popular with modern bikes and twin shocks choosing this route. David Jones, riding a Cub, dropped 13 marks to win the Twin Shock A class and Danny Pugh on a 250 GasGas won the Clubman class having lost 16.
In the Novice class Jon Cropper and Fred Savage changed places with Jon on 14 and Fred on 20. Bruce Bolton was again third on 24. All improving on their previous day’s score. The Twin Shock B was won by Gavin Andrews on his Drayton Bantam who lost 13 while Jim Pickering on a BSA Bantam dropped 18.
Two riders completed the Beginners class with Neil Roberon having an enjoyable ride on his Bantam and losing 1 and Nathan Anson completing the course for 58.
With these results Bruce Bolton has won the Pete Flower Trophy this year.
A big thanks to the observers, the land owner and all the rest of the Bolton family who worked hard to make this a great weekend.