Quick on the clutch

Tauranga Motorcycle Club hosts rounds nine and ten of the 2008 Beta North Island Trials Championship on September 13 and 14.

Tauranga’s Phil Shilton will have to use all his clutch, braking and balancing skills when he competes in the final two rounds of the 2008 Beta North Island Trials Championship.

Both days of the event will be held on Allen Meredith’s farm at the top of No. 4 Rd, Te Puke.

These are the final two events of the North Island championship series and riders are coming from all over the North Island to compete.

The event will cater for all grades of rider from social to A-grade, with a total of six different grades taking part.

Francis Sydenham of the Tauranga Motorcycle Club says the Western Bay motorcycle trials scene has a number of younger trials riders that are rapidly becoming very competitive and giving many older riders ‘a real hurry-up’.

The challenge in trials riding events is not speed but to complete a marked section over varying obstacles without ‘dabbing’ or putting a foot on the ground. Points are lost over the day and the winners are the riders in each grade that lose the least points.
At the A grade level the competition will be fierce, with only 10 points separating Wellington’s Carl Robson, Tauranga’s Phil Shilton and Auckland’s Paul Barnes.
At Intermediate level Auckland’s Peter Boettcher has an unassailable lead but Tauranga’s Kevin Gundry has an outside chance of earning a third place trophy if he can gain a four point advantage over Rotorua’s Alastair Neville.
Paul McLeod from Te Puke has a comfortable lead over Tauranga’s Warwick Merriman in the President’s class.
The venue will use some sections which have been used before on day one, and day two will take in all new terrain, including rocky rivers, tree roots and slippery banks.
Saturday’s activities start at 10am and Sunday starts at 9.30am. Both days finish around 2.30-3pm. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. The event will be signposted from No. 3 Rd and SH2, Te Puke.


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