The four ACU Trial GB Champions were crowned on Saturday when the final round took place near Matlock.
Iwan Roberts (TRRS), Ross Danby (TRRS), Sam Yeomans (Vertigo) and Jack Dance (Gas Gas) all collected their respective Gold plates in a nail biting finish, especially in the Trial 2 and Expert classes.
Former Trial 2 World Champion, Roberts was under no pressure to perform well in the main category, having taken maximum points in the two previous rounds in Devon, so it was left to the World contenders to battle for the round win, with Dan Peace (Sherco) just edging out Toby Martyn (TRRS) by a single mark when the provisional results were announced shortly after the finish. Despite showing his class in tough conditions, James Dabill (Beta) could only manage third, just three marks adrift.
Danby controlled the Trial 2 class from the start, shedding just four single marks on the opening two laps, before an unexpected failure on section five on the final tour. However, this was still enough to secure a three point winning margin over Richard Sadler (Gas Gas) whose runner up position hoisted him into third in the overall standings. Danby's closest rival prior to the event, Andrew Chilton (Scorpa) kept the pressure on posting laps of 4-8-6 to finish third and maintain second in the championship.
The ACU Trial 125 class was a formality for Jack Dance (Gas Gas) who maintained an unbeaten record throughout the four rounds and also posted the lowest score out of all the Trial 125 and Expert class riders. By virtue of setting the best lap score on the first lap of the race Harry Turner (Gas Gas) snatched second place in the series over his arch rival Harry Hemingway (Beta).
Many eyes were on the competitive ACU Trial Expert class where Sam Yeomans (Vertigo) managed to overturn a three point deficit going into the event and took the title by a single point, which he set up with a miserly one mark lost on the first of three laps at Dudwood Farm. Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) tried in vein to claw back a five mark deficit, but a final lap of just three marks was not enough at the end of the low scoring event. Seven times Ladies World Champion, Emma Bristow (Sherco) took the lower step on the podium after edging out Tom Affleck (Sherco) on a most cleans tie break.
It should be noted that as Covid 19 prevented the use of the punch card system the results remain provisional for a further five days.
We will look at each class in depth over the next four days.