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Exeter 2015 Class 0
 

It was a comparatively straightforward Exeter for Class 0 this year.

21 of the 51 Starters awarded Blue Hills Tin Medals.

Dave Cook captures Ross On Wyes Vic Lockley and Neil Forest getting away from the start line on Gatcombe Lane on their way to a Blue Hills Tin (Picture by Dave Cook)

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Michael's Trial in Class 0

The weather was kind to competitors on this years Exeter, which started at the Haynes Museum for Class 0. The first competitive section wasn't very far as it was in the car park where the first observed test was sited. With no class award at stake in Class 0 this shouldn't have been a problem, but Dellow Register Chairman Nick Woollett lost his Tin here when he was penalised for over running a line.

Through the Night

The first observed section was the tarmac restart at Windwhistle Hill, which proved the most problematic of the night time sections and there were nine failures. The other sections in the dark were pretty straightforward for the cars, but didn't prove so easy for those on two and three wheels and all but three of these picked up penalties.

Breakfast and Tarmac

Taking place not long after the shortest day means it is a long night for Exeter competitors so the stop at Crealey Park for breakfast was very welcome. Several competitors were reported for signing in early but no penalties were issued on this occasion.

After refuelling body and machine there was a fair drive to the first daylight section at Windout Hill for a restart on a steep, twisty, tarmac road after competitors watered their wheels in a Ford just before the startline. For whatever reason half a dozen people missed the section, which was a shame as it proved quite challenging. It was cold and the water dragged up from the ford was approaching freezing, making for slippery conditions and Colin Biles, Verdun Webley and J Adams in his wonderful old Volvo lost there BH Tin.

No Time Penalties at the Finish

The remainder of the sections didn't cause many problems for the cars but Penhales Plantation and Frenches weren't motorcycle friendly and D Shaw lost his Blue Hills Tin on these.

Unlike the main trial there weren't any time penalties for Class 0 competitors who were free to enjoy there evening and reflect on an enjoyable Class 0 trial.

Published 16 February 2015

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