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Giles Greenslade wins Northern Trial in
his Class Four Beetle
It was Beetles all the way as
Nicola Wainwright was second. It was neck and neck when they came to the
last section at Sandale, both Giles and Nicola on clean sheets. They both
stopped in the ruts at the two marker, victory going to Giles on special
test times. It was a tough trial for the higher classes who had to contend
with both tough tyre pressure restrictions and some fearsome restarts.
Competitors enjoyed a wonderful day in The Lake
District with wonderful weather and fantastic views. Up until the last
section at Sandale all the sections were in forestry. However, there were
a variety of surfaces to challenge competitors.
the arrow to see Simon Groves and Emma Robilliard
flying up the last forestry stage at Widow Hause. The reverse back down
was a little hairy for some and there were a couple of near roll overs.
Overall winner Giles Greenslade exiting Lothwaite Side. Giles
maintained his clean sheet until the last section at Sandale.
John Blakeley checks
out Robin Barlows ex - Richard Shirley Dellow. Robin came down from
Aberdeen but retired on Widow Hause with a broken axle.
Class 8 winner Dean
Partington, pictured on Routen Rump by Dave Cook, tackling one of the
many restarts presented to the higher classes.
Class Seven winner
Tristan White was one of only three re-starters to go clear on Sandale
(picture by Dave Cook)
Competitors left the well-appointed start in Wigton on a cold,
but bright and clear day, for the 16-mile run out to the first forestry
section. It was to prove one of the most difficult of the event, needing
plenty of ground clearance, and only six cars were to go clear, including
both Giles Greenslade and Nicola Wainwright who were to finish first and
second overall. Class 8 didn't feature here, as they had a difficult
restart, as they did on most of the remaining sections, along with class
seven on some of them. The lower classes were to enjoy a no-restart day!
Come the third section at Falcon's Crest there were only three
clean sheets left, Bill Bennett losing his here and only Adrian Dommett
was left to challenge the two Beetles.
Adrian's hopes disappeared at Ladyside, a horrible muddy affair,
without much real gradient but a huge lump to surmount. Class eight had an
impossible restart just before the hump. However, nobody told Dean
Partington and he went clean. So did Sticker Martin (Escort) and Dave
Haizelden (Golf GTi) as well as the two battling Beetles.
Some of the morning sections were a little rough, especially
Little Cockup which had a fearsome left hand bend with deep ruts. It was
possible to approach this at speed. Tony Young went clear but without a
skid the front panel of his Beetle acted as a mud plough, pushing it back
so he couldn't open the hood.
The afternoon forestry was higher up the hillside. This meant
fantastic views, less mud and more rocks, of the small loose variety. The
leading cars went clear on all of them. With a more solid base, the
sections weren't so rutted and ground clearance became less of an issue.
There were some issues on the final forestry section at Widow Hause where
it was necessary for clears to reverse down. With no real ruts, it was
very easy to get sideways and a couple of cars came close to rolling over.
Last on the agenda was Sandale, everyone's favourite. There was
another impossible restart for class eight, with seven having to join in
as well. Once again, nobody informed Dean Partington he wasn't supposed to
get away and he went clean, being joined by Mike Chatwin (Troll) and
Tristan White (Class 7 Imp).
Although the lower classes didn't have to restart it was
certainly a tough section with the ruts getting deeper and deeper with
every passing car. Both Giles and Nicola stopped at the two, to lose their
only marks of the day, victory going to Giles on Special test times.
Adrian Dommett and Bill Bennett both came out of the top but I am sure
they won't mind me saying that hero status on Sandale 2008 is awarded to
Harvey Waters and Dave Millar who dragged their diffs though the clag and
Colin Perryman in his BMW, all showing how it could be done in a low slung
The day ended for many with a super meal back at the finish where
competitors relaxed and told of their enjoyable day. The only cloud was an
issue with tyre pressures on Sandale. They weren't checked and the feeling
was this was abused by at least one competitor in class eight. I hope that
this didn't disappoint organisers Martin Willis and Chris Veevers too much
and we can all return for another excellent Northern trial next year.
Greenslade (VW Beetle)
Haizelden (VW Golf GTi)
Dommett (Wolseley Hornet)
Martin (Ford Escort)
Wainwright (VW Beetle)
Aldrian (Austin 7)
Tristan White (Imp)
Partington (DP Wasp)
Tushingham (Royal Enfield)
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