64 riders turned up to a fresh, frosty Wickenby for round 2 of the club championship. Course plotters had been out on the Saturday and marked out 8 sections that avoided most of the mud caused by Land Rover events at this popular Lincolnshire venue. Again Mick Ash showed his ability in the mud to ride all the 40 sections for the loss of 14 marks, his nearest rival Robin Cobb had an equally good ride finishing on 20 marks. The event obviously suited the big pre-units who recorded marks lost in the 20’s, unusually Mick Grant had quite a high scoring day for him but still thought it was one of the best trials that the club had put on at this venue. On the 50/50 route the intermediate riders consistently lost marks on the 4 hard route sections, Mark Francis riding the big Matchless won his class on 35 marks lost, only to be pipped at the post by Paul Kirkby riding his Cub for the loss of 34 marks. Mick Dawson did a great job on the Rigid Bantam struggling with his worst section the Steps of section 5. On the clubman route George Middleton showed how good he is in the mud losing just 5 marks, chased home by Pete Kitching who won the two-stroke class on 6 marks.
The club had quite a few new riders turn up at the venue, some of them found it quite tough going for their first time out, hopefully they will return for another ride at Benniworth Walk Farm, we can’t guarantee that it will be mud free but it is a very nice ride round a wooded plantation, so hopefully see you in April. MG.