With heavy rain forecast for the afternoon, the 54 riders didn’t hang around and the early birds were rewarded when section 6 cut into a mark taking rut. Only winner Mark Feather (Ariel) out for a rare ride and Club two stroke champion John Maxfield (Bantam) avoided penalty here and all dayl. To avoid the possibility of the weekend’s earlier rain flooding the stream, all the sections were set at the top end of the valley.
With Mark’s perfect score, the other Pre-Units had to battle it out for the remaining podium places. Mick Clarke never hangs around on his Ariel and took second on 6 with the improving Johnnie Cooke, also Ariel mounted, losing a further mark. Gary Marshall continued his excellent form on his TRW Twin to easily beat John Feather (Ariel) to the rigid class win.
In the battle of the twins, Nick Shield brought his excellent Triumph for a rare visit and took the class losing only 3 with similarly mounted Andrew Sharp only a couple of marks adrift.
With Maxfield taking top honours in the lightweights, Tony Calvert (Cub) had Lee Sagar (Bantam) for close company with the pair losing 5 each. The older rider rule saw Tony take the tie with Andy Littler (Cub) in 4th dropping 7.