Josh Hanlon Wins The Jimmy Smyth Memorial Trial

Torrential rain prior to the start of the event did not deter the 81 riders who took part in the first running of the Jimmy Smyth Memorial trial which was run at Upper Shilnavogy over 4 laps of 10 sections and was the 3rd round of the Mid Antrim Michelin Trial Series.

12 Riders battled it out for the overall win in the Expert Elite Grade. At the half way stage of the event Chris Brown led on 16 marks with Josh Hanlon following behind on 20 with Matthew Millar 3rd on 22 marks lost. Things turned around with Josh posting a second card of 8 marks lost to Chris’s 14 meaning Josh took the overall win on a total of 28 marks lost. Stuart McClurg came from 4th place at the half way stage to take 2nd on 30 marks lost with the leader at the half way stage Chris Brown finishing 3rd on 32 marks lost.

A tight battle for semi expert honours result in a tie break for 1st place between John Millar and Gareth Mackey both on 20 marks. In the end the result went Millar’s way, John having the most cleans 26 to Gareth’s 25. Brian Mcloughlin was 3rd on 28 marks lost.

Three marks separated the first three in the clubman class. Stephen Pyper beat Philip McClurg by one mark for the class win, 6 to 7 with Ryan Sailes who looked set for the win going into the last lap 3rd on 9 marks lost.

The biggest grade on the day was the sportsman grade with 9 marks covering the first 9 riders. Andy Higgins took the win on 1 mark lost, Ross McCullough was second on 2 marks lost with Alistair Galloway 3rd on 4 marks lost.

Youth grade winners were Youth A  Jordan Nixon, Youth B Jay Pyper, Youth C Dylan Smyth, Youth C Small Wheel William Mclernon, Youth D Samuel Maxwell, Youth E Ethan Gawley.


Michelin Series Standings After 3 Rounds

Stephen Pyper 40

Alistair Galloway 35

David Glasgow 31

George Robinson 26

Cameron Grieve 25

Jamie Chambers 24

James Chambers 22