The 2018 S3 Parts Championship series is really into its stride now with the opening four rounds packed into just four weeks.
We have already had the North Berks club’s Wallace Cup and the Westmorland club’s Milnthorpe Cup over the last two weeks and this Sunday it is the turn of the Stratford -upon-Avon club who will be running their long-running Colmore Cup Trial as the third round of the popular series based on traditional trials.
The Colmore will start, as last year, at The College Arms, Lower Quinton (CV37 8SG) and, while regulars will recognise the route of the road-based course, this year will ring the changes with some new sections which is always good.
This includes a return to Cotstone Quarry for the first time in almost 30 years where a couple of sections will be included. The organisers have attracted an entry of over 80 riders with around 30 Experts, 50 Clubmen plus three Non-Championship riders who will be gunning for the Colmore Cup Premier.
The trio are Dan Thorpe, Ross Danby and Tom Minta riding Gas Gas, TRS and Scorpa, respectively. The Experts will see the top three riders from the opening to rounds doing battle once again with Leyburn’s Richard Sadler on an S3 hat-trick if he can lift the Colmore to go with his Wallace Cup and Milnthorpe max-points rides.
Series leader Richard will face fellow Yorkie, Beta rider and pal Guy Kendrew plus Sherco’s defending S3 Parts champ Luke Walker. These three have yet to be deposed from the podium.
They will have plenty of opposition though: Eastbourne’s Tom Moss having had several good rides, plus Yorkies Sam Yeadon, Thomas Housecroft and Chris Pearson. Midland centre rider Ben Sprigg also usually goes well at the Colmore.
The Clubman is a lot harder to call, although veteran Southern centre ace Dave Clinkard will surely be in the mix as will Sheffield’s Darren Wasley. A surprise omission in the entry list though is current series leader Simon Hiscock.
The series features the usual 9am start with Congleton Clubman Sam Atherton first man away which may – or may not – prove to be an advantage!