Danby regains red plate in ACU Trial 2
With only two failures out of thirty six sections, Ross Danby (TRRS) won the fifth round at Lustleigh in Devon on Sunday and in doing so regained the Red Plate as class leader.
All of the sections on the compact Kelly Farm course were long and technical, but it was the seventh and eleventh which took most marks from the class.
Sam Connor (Beta) made a dramatic last lap bid to wrestle the top spot - and the coveted red plate - away from Danby with a mere seven marks lost, but the damage had already been done with earlier laps of eighteen and sixteen. Despite picking up two time penalties Tom Minta (Scorpa) slotted into third with his only failure being recorded early on the opening lap. Recording "cleans" in half of the thirty six sections (three laps of twelve) was only enough to place championship leader coming into the event Richard Sadler (Gas Gas), into fourth despite trailing Danby by just a single mark after the first lap of rock strewn sections.
In a close contest, Luke Walker (Sherco) slotted into fifth at the end of a tough day which put him just ahead of Sam Haslam (Gas Gas) who recovered well from a poor first lap to record the only other single figure lap on his third tour. Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) returned to the series having missed three rounds, to take seventh in a close tussle with James Fry (Sherco), whilst local hero Joe Baker (Sherco) just edged out Mitchell Brightmore (Gas Gas) who completed the top ten.
As the series now takes a six week summer break we will post a closer look at the ACU Trial GB class tomorrow.