In-form Howell battles for honours at Charltons

Jack Howell competing at Charltons
Jack Howell competing at Charltons

The old adage ’better born lucky than rich’ rang true for Guisborough DMC on Sunday, hitting a fantastic day weatherwise for their East Coast Tyres Trial at Charltons.

Guy Kendrew and Port Mulgrave’s Jack Howell, both Beta mounted and in superb form, battled for honours, but Kendrew showed better consistency in the latter stages.

Unmatchable rides of seven lost over the awkward, steep roots of section two and just three on the twisting uphill climb on five gained him the win.

Howell had the satisfaction of being the only expert to remain clean on section nine.

Greg Winspear, head man at Peddlers, Marske, made a welcome return to the sport, edging the strong opposition of Alan Carr from Scarborough, Alan Williams, Middlesbrough and Tom Smith back to the minor placings to win Clubman A, although his slide back down the greasy hill climb without a tea trayfirst lap would have matched Lizzy Yarnold’s time in Sochi, but he collected himself well, making few mistakes after that.

Great Ayton’s Phil Mayfield just failed to clinch an intermediate win, giving best to John Benton by four marks.

Age and experience proved the vital ingredient in a relatively easy Clubman B class with Guisborough’s Chris Banks back to winning ways, along with Yarm’s Darren Johnson and Mike Watson from Marske all remaining unpenalised.

Results Expert: Guy Kendrew (Beta) 31, Jack Howell (Beta 45, David Pye (Gas Gas) 66.

Intermediate: John Benton (JTG) 57, Phil Mayfield (Gas Gas) 61.

C/man A: Greg Winspear (Honda) 27, Alan Carr (Gas Gas) 27. C/man B: Chris Banks (AM Sherco) 0, Darren Johnson (JTG) 0, Mike Watson ( Fantic) 0, Ken Maidman (Beta) 1, Shaun Trotter (Gas Gas) 2.

Youth B: Callum Williamson (AM Ossa) 20, Zac Collinson (Gas Gas) 25, Henry Jackson (Gas Gas) 96.

Youth C: Elliot Woodall (Beta) 22, Richard Pulman (Gas Gas) 66.