By the narrowest of margins, Sam Yeomans (Vertigo) clinched the ACU Trial Expert Championship by a single point from his arch-rival, Dan Thorpe (GASGAS) at Matlock on Saturday.
In a relatively low scoring event, the tall Vertigo rider set himself up for the win and put his main rival, Dan Thorpe (GASGAS) under pressure with a near faultless opening lap to put himself five marks ahead, which he maintained to the finish of the 36 section event.
Again by the narrowest of margins, Emma Bristow (Sherco) took third position with consistent laps of 4-6-6 to head off Tom Affleck (Sherco) by a single clean. Both completed the course without a single failure or footing, losing singles or twos in their score of 16. Consistent point scorer, Lloyd Price (GASGAS) kept in touch for a podium finish until near the end when a final lap of 10 dropped him to fifth, but this was enough to stay well clear of Bradley Bullock (Beta). Gwynedd Jones (Beta) maintained his 100 per cent scoring record in seventh, while Chris Alford (Scorpa) completed the top eight with a score of 35.
The more remote section six, an easy looking twisting section on the banks of a stream was one of the major mark stealers as the initial few meters dug out and became difficult to attack.
An entry of 34 entered the class and all of them completed the course with the top 27 staying in double figures over the 36 sections.