Stay edges a six pointer
In one of the closest finishes of the season to date, Chris Stay (TRRS) effectively scored a "six pointer" when he beat his main rival Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) by a single mark in a dramatic finish to the ACU Expert Class at round seven yesterday. By snatching the win in the closing stages, Stay now goes to the final double header in six weeks time holding a four point advantage over his main rival after the lead changes hands several times over the three laps of thirty six sections at Brimham Rocks.
However, it was local hero Martin Crosswaite (Montesa) who lead at the end of the first lap having lost just two marks and he extended this advantage on the second tour and set off on the final twelve testing sections with a ten point advantage over Stay.
By his own admission arm fatigue set in and three consecutive failures midway through the lap demoted him to third on the day.
After thirty four sections Thorpe (pictured at an earlier round) held a three point advantage but a knocked out marker on section eleven ruined his chances.
Lakes Trial winner Sam Yeomans (Gas Gas) finished the day in fourth, ten marks adrift from his main rivals, with Brad Bullock (Beta) in fifth just ahead of Danny Gamble (Sherco). Gwynedd Jones (Beta) finished seventh, his lowest finish of the season whilst Aldis Blacker (Gas Gas) continued his run of form to take eighth ahead of Emma Bristow (Sherco) and Joe Collins (Montesa).
Tomorrow and Wednesday we will give a full report on the ACU Trial 2 and ACU Trial GB classes.
The final rounds of the Championship will take place at the Bob McGregor Academy in Scotland in the middle of September.