A TOP-CLASS entry entertained the crowds at Harwood Dale’s Low North Camp last weekend for Scarborough and District Motor Club’s centre championship round.
As ever there a strong entry from local riders featuring national stars Andy Chilton, Dan Peace and Jack Howell from Whitby.
Challenges from the centre included top Scottish six-day rider Ian Austermuhle and Guy Kendrew.
Current champion for the centre was Simon Kershaw, who received his trophy from the event prior to its start receiving rapturous applause for his efforts in 2010.
Simon was keen to shine albeit from a lengthy delay due to other commitments over recent months.
Joshua Sprintall the local ace who pushed Kershaw all the way in the championship in 2010 riding his Gas Gas 300cc Raga was also in action.
Sprintall is one to watch this year, with the Low North Camp venue in particular suiting his aggressive riding style.
With challenges from seasoned expert David Pye and Gaz Collinson making up the field, who were all in the hunt for the 2011 centre champion award.
As expected heavy rain overnight proved a challenge for a Dave Chilton inspired course, with helpers Pat Gallway, Dave Wilkinson and Gary Collinson all chippin in to suit all riding abilities.
With sections starting on a muddy bankside, the riders were eased into the trial as this challenge wasn’t too testing.
It was then onto the next section where technical skill was clearly required.
A mixture of tight turns muddy bankside and a drop into the water for the experts it took marks from all classes.
A superb ride by Guy Kendrew, losing no marks, set the standard early on.
With section three being a steep bank side approaching a tight muddy turn, it was Austermuhle who pulled back the marks on Kendrew, dropping a single mark to his rivals two.
Andy Chilton rode clean to the end flags though in frustration he made a careless dab. The section did take its casualties further down the field.
With very few mistakes from the top riders on the day, it was Kendrew who took the victory with three marks lost to Austermuhle’s six.
A fine ride from Sprintall to finish third on eight to make it a great event to follow for spectators.
Clubman riders also took on a challenging course and the A class riders finished closely-grouped as expected.
Scarborough rider and former expert man Colin Bailey was pipped to the post by Andy Lockwood by two marks.
There was another solid performance from another home ace Paul Lamplough, who is riding in preperation for his Scottish six-day event in May.
He finished the day on 28 in 13th position.
The youth class was as expected won by Peace, followed by Joe Clements and in third place Matt Ackerly, all coming from the Scarborough club.
Wins for Zac Collinson in the C class and Dave Coulson the best Youth Novice the event finished, with all riders happy and smiling despite the showery weather on the day.
Thanks must go to the course plotters and the ladies in the tea hut for providing superb catering for the event.