DANBY REDUCES POINTS DEFICIT.
By winning the Trial 2 class on both days at rounds seven and eight, Ross Danby (TRRS) has reduced the points deficit to Andy Chilton (Scorpa) to two points, with just the final round remaining.
On a very testing first day at Llanbedr the three laps of twelve sections extracted fifty nine marks off the current Champion, with Chilton the only rider in touch, just one mark in arrears. However, Chilton made the effort to snatch the best lap bonus point on his final tour of the event, so the points gain for Danby was limited to two.
It was sections six, seven and eight on the rock strewn wooded hillside which took most marks with every second of the one minute time allowance being required over the technical sections. Where footing was the norm, Danby pulled out two single dab rides on his second lap which gave him the advantage. However, this was short lived as he maxed out twice on the very next section higher up the mountain, where Chilton recorded two cleans and a one.
Jack Dance (GasGas) finished a comfortable third to maintain a similar position in the series, whilst Tom Minta (Scorpa) eventually got the better of Sam Connor (Beta) for fourth after sustaining a massive crash mid way round the first lap. James Fry (Sherco) finished sixth, just three marks adrift, whilst Duncan MacColl (Beta) got the better of Hugo Jervis (Beta) for seventh after a tie break. Oliver Smith (TRRS) fought back from a disasterous second lap to snatch ninth from Sam Yeomans (Vertigo) in tenth.
As in the other classes, round eight at Hafren on Sunday was an easier event and concentration was key. Danby set out his intentions with three laps of 7-8-3 which set himself up for the win and importantly the final lap three was the best for the all important bonus point. Chilton went 12-5-5 to finish a comfortable second. Once again, Dance finished a safe third and local hero, Hugo Jervis (Beta) recorded his best result of the season for fourth. This time Fry got the better of Minta to post his season best result and haul himself up to seventh in the standings. Following on, only seven marks separated Connor, MacColl, Chris Stay (TRRS) and Smith to round out the top ten.
With just one round remaining at the end of October, this class is now effectively a winner takes all race for the title between Chilton and Danby, providing they outshine the rest of the talented field. They have both won three rounds each, so the best lap point may become crucial at Matlock.