Stay opens with an Expert class win.
The journey from the Isle of Wight was well worthwhile for Chris Stay on Saturday when he won the ACU Trial Expert Class at the opening round at Hookwood. Trailing eventual runner up Ben Morphett (Montesa) and Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) after the opening twelve section lap, the TRRS rider upped the pace with just five single dabs on the remaining two laps, whilst his main rivals faulted with at least a "five" each.
In a planned low scoring category, the organising Hookwood Trials Club were pleased to see that no less than nineteen of the thirty five starters completed the three lap course with under fifty marks lost. However, it was sections three and five which were the major mark stealers. Threading through pine trees over slippery rocks in section three increased in severity as the mud carried onto the rocks, whilst section five situated in the sandpit, caused for pin point accuracy and confidence on the jagged rocks. Sam Yeomans (Gas Gas) finished fourth, ten marks adrift of the podium which included three maximums in the "Sandpit" but his last lap score of just six marks put him in front of Charlie Smith (Beta) who headed a tense battle with one mark separating the TRRS pairing of Lloyd Price and Tom Culliford, whilst Emma Bristow (Sherco) lost out on a tie breaker after a disasterous failure on the second section of the day. Joseph Collins (Montesa) and Richard Timperley (Gas Gas) completed the top ten which means all will carry good points into the second round, the St Davids Trial on the 19th May.
We will look at the ACU Trial 2 Class in depth tomorrow.