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Tyas has the edge in slippy Falcon club trial; ski instructor francis revels in conditions for class victory.

Byline: BARRY ROBINSON Motorsport Correspondent sport@examiner.co.uk

HUDDERSFIELD Falcon kicked off their Club Championship series on frozen ground at Horn Hill - clerk of the course Bill Swallow giving the green light.

Ten sections had been plotted in the old quarry workings at New Mill, taking in rocks, frozen drops and climbs.

On the Championship Course. it was experience triumphing over youth with Simon Tyas and Ben Robinson putting one over the chasing duo of youth riders, Charlie Smith and Will Tolson.

In fact, things couldn't have been tighter at the top with Tyas eventually taking the win on a tie-break decider from Robinson.

Section Three was the first real tester with steep downhill turns leading to a tight uphill turn before the final rocky climb.

Smith aced this for just a single mark loss, while Tyas struggled in totalling nine.

Tyas bounced back, though, on the tree-root covered turns of Section Six with the best performance, Robinson losing the chance of the win by totalling six.

It was a smaller than usual entry on the Clubman A course, however.

Part-time ski instructor Ben Francis showed he's at home in the white stuff with a comfortable win over Jeff Prior and Chris Tolson.

For the Clubman A riders, Sections Two, Four, Six, Eight and 10 were hard course options, with Section Two being the first to test.

This had a long, twisting descent to a fallen tree which then led on to a steep climb with a wall of death turn to the ends.

Prior was best with a total of six. He was also the only one of the Clubman A riders to manage a feetup ride on Section Six.

Tolson was the only other rider to come close with a single mark ride on his final lap.

On the Clubman B course it was another fantastic performance from the ever-improving youth rider Charlie Crossland.

Winning last time out he continued where he left off with another overall best performance, claiming some very experienced scalps on the way.

It was close at the top, though, with the tie-break decider going in his favour as runner-up Nick Eagleton also had the same final total of 25 marks lost.

Rounding out the top three was Eagleton's normal sparring partner, Chris Greenwood, a further four marks adrift.

Crossland was clearly riding well, looking untroubled almost all day, with only Section Eight nearly proving to be his undoing with a last-lap fail, when he lost the front wheel on one of the icy turns. Only one rider completed the White Course, that being young Alanna Eagleton and, although struggling in the wintery conditions, she stuck to the task in hand and claimed a well-deserved finish.

Results. Championship Course: Inters: 1 Simon Tyas (Gas Gas) 26, 2 Ben Robinson (Jotagas) 26, 3 Sam Rhodes (Gas Gas) 64.

Novices: 1 William Tolson (Beta) 38, 2 Curtis Johnson (Sherco) 50.

Over 40s: 1 Andrew Jackson (Beta) 59, 2 Martin Beardsall (Sherco) 61.

Youth Class: Charlie Smith (Gas Gas) 32.

Clubman A: Novices: 1 Ben Francis (Gas Gas) 40, 2 Jeff Prior (Vertigo) 48.

Over 40s: 1 Chris Tolson (Beta) 49, 2 Richard Beever (Montesa) 61, 3 Dave Morley (Sherco) 80.

Clubman B: Novices: 1 Dean Lunn (Sherco) 55, 2 Nick Hammerton (Gas Gas) 66, 3 Robert Barrett (Sherco 81.

Over 40s: 1 Andy Foot Gas) 34, 2 Steve Farrington (TRS) 51, 3 Martyn Pinder (Gas Gas) 156.

Over 60s: 1 Philip Dyson (Gas Gas) 81, 2 Ian Macmillan (Gas Gas) 111.

Twin Shock: 1 Nick Eagleton (Honda) 25, 2 Chris Greenwood (Honda) 29, 3 Paul Hobson (TLM) 76.

Youth Class C: Charlie Crossland (Beta) 25 m1s.

White Route: Youth Class D: Alanna Eagleton (Beta) 168.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2018
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