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Danny Gamble

West Leeds Motor Club. Stan Pitts Trial

A total lack of entries failed to prevent the West Leeds Motor Club from running the annual Stan Pitts Trophy Trial at Halton Gill on Sunday. Nigel Crowther and his team spent Saturday plotting the fourteen section trials route through waist deep heather and bracken on near vertical terrain. Peter Walton arranged catering for the hungry hordes and was dismayed to say the least when just twenty trials riders arrived. The British championship in Devon plus events at Reeth and Bradfield was the main reason for the low number despite the fact that the Stan Pitts Trial was a Yorkshire centre championship event. The trial route headed west from Bill Wilkinson's pasture to a rocky ravine shrouded by dense growth. All the hard route riders failed except Sam Yeadon who was out on an ex Neil Gaunt 300 fourstroke Beta loaned by Joel Sadler. Sam will collect a new Acklam Beta this week identical to the machine he was riding. The top three experts managed to foot out during the three laps. The course then headed up onto the moor for the open stream section then half a mile east to an identical gully as the first and where the penalties climbed. The sixth stopped all the experts. The final seven sections tracked the stream in Wilks with a finale on the Waterfall where Wendy Yeadon was observing, and sunbathing until the rain arrived. The final two more or less decided who won what. Gamble was well away on his Sherco while Yeadon was getting to know the traits of his four stroke engine power. Jackson was in a tie-breaker mode with John Lydamore who lost out in the last section with a 3-2-1 score. Hardisty was in dabby mode, nine prods compared with six from Beecroft so those new lenses seem to be working well for Chris. Cracking trial- shame about the numbers.The victor was Glasshouses electrician Danny Gamble over Centre champion Sam Yeadon who was test riding a demonstrator Beta machine. Andrew Jackson won Clubman A on a tie-breaker. Clubman B went to Rawdon engineer Chris Beecroft who was competing after a recent optical operation and out for the first time. Chris claimed he could see the section a lot better.

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