Trials returned home with a real bang, as over eight thousand passionate British fans flooded through the gates for the Trialsworld Grand Prix Great Britain that took place at Hawkstone Park last weekend. Without a round of the FIM Trial World championship on the UK mainland since 2000, the public's response to the return of this specialised and spectacular sport was simply sensational as a record crowd packed into the sandy Shropshire venue.
Riders from as far a field as Japan and Poland did not disappoint the assembled and highly charged audience as they performed almost gravity defying acts to conquer the fifteen awesome hazards plotted by Martin Lampkin and his team. Course Manager Harry Lampkin and his assistants worked late into Saturday night to ensure that the hazards were perfect for Sunday's trial as the British weather played havoc with ground conditions.
Expectations were high as Britain's very own multi World champion Dougie Lampkin vowed to go all out for a home victory despite only having a slim chance of taking the title this year. However the fairytale home coming seemed not to be happening as Lampkin completed the first lap down in third place. But with a sea of fans urging him every inch of the way, and each of his closing successes rewarded by a chorus of air horns, Lampkin fought back like a true hero and in a way any Hollywood blockbuster would have been proud of.
Lampkin found it hard to contain his emotions as he stepped on to the winners' podium, the deafening applause was British passion at its very best. However the noise was not reserved just for Lampkin, as recently crowned World Junior champion James Dabill also got his fair share of applause as he signed off in this supporting category with yet another victory. Ross Danby and Sam Haslam made it a really great day for the Brits as they took second and third places respectively in the 125 class at their home GP.
The return of World trials to its home land had been two years in the planning, and the resulting event was more than worth all the time, effort and investment that had been put into the project, thanks to the British public making it a truly great sporting occasion. L+M Events would like to thank each and every one of you.
L+M Events would also like to say a special thank you to all those that contributed to bringing trials home. Whilst it is impossible to name all the individuals that played their part, each and every one of you can take pride in the role you played. A special mention must go to Ron Eddings and the Bradford Motor Club, as without their army of workers.