Benstead registers first win after 14 years

THE greasy slopes at Barnacles and rocky contours of St Germain quarry hosted 37 riders for the eighth round of the Guernsey Motor Cycle and Car Club trials season.THE greasy slopes at Barnacles and rocky contours of St Germain quarry hosted 37 riders for the eighth round of the Guernsey Motor Cycle and Car Club trials season. The juniors rode at Barnacles in the morning. With expert rider Sammy Bott not even making the start line due to mechanical problems, Ben Le Page took full advantage to take the win and close the gap in the championship. James Rihoy took the win in the intermediates, with Hannah Sarre grinning from ear to ear as she took the fine scalp of sister Aimee in the cadets. A broken chain for Rhian Le Page would see Dan Clark take full advantage and victory in the yellow route. Despite riding trials for 14 years, Andy Benstead still had not registered a win in the sport. This week would see his luck change, though, as he earned a well-deserved maiden victory in the Clubman’s.

Clubman winner Andy Benstead riding his pre-65 Triumph Tiger Cub. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 1296443)
Clubman winner Andy Benstead riding his pre-65 Triumph Tiger Cub. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 1296443)

THE greasy slopes at Barnacles and rocky contours of St Germain quarry hosted 37 riders for the eighth round of the Guernsey Motor Cycle and Car Club trials season.

The juniors rode at Barnacles in the morning.

With expert rider Sammy Bott not even making the start line due to mechanical problems, Ben Le Page took full advantage to take the win and close the gap in the championship.

James Rihoy took the win in the intermediates, with Hannah Sarre grinning from ear to ear as she took the fine scalp of sister Aimee in the cadets.

A broken chain for Rhian Le Page would see Dan Clark take full advantage and victory in the yellow route.

The pre-65s saw the consistent Mark Corlett taking the win ahead of Andy Benstead who, despite riding well, was clearly saving himself for the senior trial in the afternoon.

The senior trial commenced at 1.30pm and with temperatures hovering around 2C the riders were eager to get going, although a very testing section 10 at St Germain quarry would soon have the riders warmed up.

Although Tom Scott won in the expert class, a host of schoolboy errors would see him amass some 56 points over his nearest competitor, Ian Le Patourel, who with a touch more grit and determination could have seen Scott off in this class.

Despite riding trials for 14 years, Andy Benstead still had not registered a win in the sport.

This week would see his luck change, though, as he earned a well-deserved maiden victory in the Clubman’s.

With just four points between them, a disconsolate Brian Torode had to settle for second spot ahead of Dominic Crowshaw, who rode the wheels off his new Ossa Trials bike to take third.

Brian Le Page will be very pleased with his ride as he registered his highest position of the season so far, with Will Le Lievre finally getting himself into the top spots in fifth.

Elisha Benstead is invincible at the moment as she notched up her fifth win in the novice premier class, although her win did not come easy as, just one point behind, Rod Smith mustered up some long overdue form to take the second place.

Neil Cohu, who continues to show his worth in this class, rode excellently to take the third from experienced Dave Marwick who will very unhappy with his performance this week.

Ricky Stephens finally found some good form in fifth.

The novice section continues to attract the largest entry.

This week would see Shaun Sawbridge putting daylight between himself and the other competitors as he made it four wins from four as he looks to get his name of the coveted trophy.

Seven points separated the next four riders, which only serves to show how close the ability of the riders is.

However, it would be Dave Brouard who would be smiling at the end as he rode excellently to finish second ahead of third-placed Tony King, who will definitely be one to watch in the future.

A heavy cold put a dent in John Hancock’s title hopes this week as he took fourth place, with the in-form Dennis Le Prevost fifth.

The Twin Shock class would see Mark Corlett silence his critics as he ousted Dave De Garis from the number one spot to take a well-deserved win.

The next event will be at L’Eree, Chapelle Island and Lance’s on Sunday 3 February, 1.30pm start, with the juniors riding at Lance’s in the morning, 10am start.