Following hot on the heels of the opening round of the 2019 ACU S3 Parts National Trials Champs – courtesy of the North Berks faithful last weekend with the Wallace Cup – the Westmorland Motor Club follow-up immediately with Round Two this Sunday, March 3.
And just like the Wallace, the WMC promoted Milnthorpe Cup has a bumper entry with over 140 hopefuls heading into the Lake District where they will be treated to a 40-section, single-lap epic in and around the Lythe Valley near Kendal, excellent trials country.
Guy Kendrew, Dan Thorpe, John Crinson and Chris Stay filled the first four places in the Experts class at the Wallace and all are entered in the Milnthorpe, a fair trek for Chris from the Isle of Wight.
There is a cracking Expert entry of over 40 contenders, travelling from all corners of the UK in cluding Scotland with Craig Houston, Andy Anderson and Joe Dawson in the frame. Local Northern centre riders hoping to stick a spanner in the works include Will Brockbank, Darren Brice and Stephen Dixon.
The two leading Clubman from the opening round, Richard Fraser and Thomas Fraser (no relation) are both in the entry ready to do battle but it will be a different trial this Sunday and there could well be a new class winner. Local boy Rob Shuttleworth always does well here.
The Over 40 class also features top contenders Darren Wasley and Phil Houghton who will be sure to feature although there is a shock contender here in the shape of John Shirt Jr. Stir in Phil Alderson and Kiaran Hankin and there is some skill on show.
Just two non-championship riders are in the frame to challenge for the Milnthorpe Cup victory overall and they are Richard Sadler and Andy Chilton. The start venue is the same as last year at Bowland Bridge LA11 6NN and will be flagged all the way from the A590 at Gilpin Bridge Hotel. The trial will comprise one large lap containing 40 separate sections set over around a dozen groups.
Antony Brockbank will have spent the best part of a week marking out. With such a large entry to get round and home before dark, remember the start time is a bright and early 9am – so get those alarms set!