Single mark scores dominated Red Rose Classic MCC’s penultimate trial of the year, with some excellent performances across the classes. Robin Luscombe’s one dab on section three was enough to clinch class C on his Cub, but John Maxfield, riding a Bantam, was right behind him on two. Third place went to Stewart Ormesher, also on a Bantam, with a fine eight marks lost.
Former world champion Yrjo Vesterinen was also in excellent form, dropping just two marks on Bultaco to take the honours in class T. Stephen Jarman (Honda) finished as runner-up on eight, with Chris Gascoigne (Bultaco) in third on 11 marks.
Phil Clarkson and his Ariel were in a class of their own in Ae, with just a single dab after four laps of ten sections at Pendle Hall Farm, near Padiham. That put him seven clear of second-placed Mal Cocking (BSA) on 19. Tim Baker, on another Ariel, took third with 29 marks lost.
Class Ce was all about Steve Thomas, who also had just one dab all day on his Bantam, with Mick Whitlow (Cub) second on five marks, three ahead of third-placed Maurice Brayford (DOT). Just five marks separated the top three in class Ce, with Malcolm Bell (Bultaco) seeing off rivals Mark Wilson (Honda) and Chris Forshaw (Montesa) with 13 marks.
The only entrant in class D was Eric Atkinson, who scored 61 on his James.
Red Rose’s final championship trial of the year is on Sunday, December 3 at a new venue, Ramsgreave Hall Farm, near Blackburn. Nearest postcode is BB1 9DQ, starting at 10.30am.
The club would like to thank the clerks-of-the-course, Andrew Scott and Andy Hesketh, the landowner and the observers.