JACK PEACE DRAWS LEVEL.
In devastating form, Jack Peace (Sherco) drew level to the top of the Trial GB standings with a clear win in the St David's Trial which was round two on Sunday. The opening round winner, Toby Martyn (TRRS) finished second, thirteen marks adrift, whilst Billy Green (Scorpa) made his first visit to the podium for 2022 in third.
Peace took the lead as early as section five on the opening lap. A traditional stream with an awkward angled rock step half way up unsettled his main rivals and by the end of the first lap the Sherco rider was two marks ahead of Martyn, but a single time penalty halved that advantage.
At the end of the day in the podium presentation, Martyn divulged that his was still in X Trial mode, but gracefully acknowledged the convincing win that Peace had put together.
Sections nine and ten in the ravine at Washers Weir stopped the entire entry although gallant attempts were made. Number ten, which featured a large undercut rock step out of the stream in the first part of the section defeated every attempt, although it was the same layout as in previous years. The winter wash of water made the step about six inches higher than the past which made the difference. Peace effectively tied up the win in the final pair of sections closer to the start area with a three lap total of just four dabs. Martyn shed ten and Green secured his third place with a loss of six.
Jack Dance (GasGas) kept in touch for a podium position on the first lap of the twelve section course, but whilst his main rivals marginally reduced their second and third lap scores, Dance was unable to improve and had to settle for fourth at the end of a tough day.
The series now takes an early summer break until the third round in the Lake District at the end of May.