DANBY DRAWS LEVEL AT MID POINT IN TRIAL 2
Current Champion Ross Danby (TRRS) has closed the points gap and drawn level with Andy Chilton (Scorpa) after the fifth round took place at a very dry and dusty Low North Park on Sunday. His closest title rival Chilton, suffered two maximums which made up his ten mark score during the thirty six section event, whilst winner Danby lost single marks on the first two laps and could afford a single fiasco third time round at the hardest section - number ten, a series of climbs laced with tree routes. Chilton's downfall was section six, twisting over dry grippy boulders where he under estimated the middle part of the section and crashed out for a five, but recovered well and cleaned all the remaining sections.
In third place Jack Dance (GasGas) suffered a maximum on his second visit to section three, another boulder strewn section which spoilt his chances of a maiden class win and his five other single dabs lost him the tie break for second.
Avoiding maximums was Tom Minta's (Scorpa) key to finishing fourth with laps of 4-4-3 which put him three marks ahead of Ben Dignan (Vertigo) in fifth whose triple mastery of the dreaded section ten gave him a single point advantage over first round winner Alexz Wigg (Vertigo) who suffered two maximums on the second lap of the race for sixth.
Dec Bullock (Beta) fought back from incurring two maximums on his first lap, one on zone three and the other on ten, but parting with just four singles for the remaining two laps brought him back into contention with seventh. Admitting to preferring harder sections Sam Haslam (Honda) was a single mark adrift in eighth, ahead of Duncan MacColl (Beta) who recorded his best finish of the 2021 series in ninth, aided by a near perfect last lap. Chris Stay (TRRS) continues to score good points to round out the top ten and maintain his championship tenth position.
Although some sections turned out easier than most would have liked, the Clerk of the Course Pat Galway used sensible routes to avoid some very large steps and the results show just one tie break was required out of the seventeen riders in the Trial 2 class.
Tomorrow we will give a report on the Trial GB Class.