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Ian Wright ended his championship winning season in a fitting manner by winning the Gloster Sporting Trial. Without a victory since September, Ian found the conditions to his liking as he powered his way to victory. Wet conditions underfoot met the 32 starters, and as the day wore on and intermittent rain showers broke up the dull conditions, the early grass disappeared and engine revs began to rise on an enjoyable day’s sport at this super site. Josh Veale and Roland Uglow led the way early on with Josh holding a slender point lead at lunchtime on 17 with Roland on 18 and Ian Wright two points further back on 20.

The runners and riders headed back up for the afternoon with all to play for and as more drizzle fell everything was to change. Josh Veale was the first to drop out of the running with a metallic bang seeing his day end on the back of a tow rope with 3 hills to go. This meant he dropped back to 8th but still picked up the Red Live Axle award. Roland also struggled in the afternoon as he hit some hills at the wrong time and picked up a couple of big scores, to mean he didn’t quite do enough to defend his title, but still came away with the Red Independent Award, finishing on 42. Ian Wright didn’t have the perfect afternoon but made some great climbs when it mattered and found himself on top of the pile for the 6th time this season, finishing on 36. Boyd Webster made the long trip worthwhile to complete the podium finishing five points shy of Roland on 49.

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