Andrew Perry back in the reckoning in Ulster Trials championship

Andrew Perry
Andrew Perry

Andrew Perry regained the lead of the Ulster trials championship on Saturday when he won the seventh round organised by the Banbridge club at Dechomet near Dromara.

For Perry this was his sixth success from six starts so far this season. He’s now two points clear of Stuart McClurg in the title race.

There was an encouraging turn-out of 77-riders for the annual Jimmy Robinson memorial trial which Perry dominated from the outset leaving McClurg and Jonny Lunney to fight fort second best.

Perry completed the first two laps of a drier than anticipated hillside course for a loss of just two penalties while McClurg and Lunney were level on 12.

For the second half Perry added seven more faults as did McClurg while Lunney lost his composure by dropping a further 14 penalties.

That meant a comfortable win for Perry with a final score of nine followed by McClurg on 19 and Lunney on 26.

In the chase for the championship Perry has 120 points, McClurg has 118 and Lunney 92.

Phil Hanlon, a former Ulster and Irish champion, headed grade C while Stephen McKee didn’t put a foot wrong on his way to winning the D grade.

In the youth division where the prizes were sponsored by Lunneys Electrical, Phil Hanlon’s sons Jake and Josh were also in winning form to complete a family treble.

Another member of the Hanlon clan, Stuart whose dad Mervyn was clerk of the course, was fifth in the experts’ class while his sister Michelle was11th in the D grade.

At the other end of the age spectrum Eddie Henderson, he was 70 yesterday, was 22nd in the D grade for a loss of 73 marks.

Eddie of course is a leading Knock club member and the registrar for the Ulster Championship. He is also responsible for the club’s website.


Experts: A Perry 9 marks lost; S McClurg 19; J Lunney 26; C Brown 30; S Hanlon 72; R Sailes 72.

Grade C: P Hanlon 10; S McCallion 38; M Fay 40; J Heenan 48; R Davidson 51; G Mackey 59.

Grade D: S M,cKee 0; T Scott 7; M Drennan 9; G Robinson 10; R Jennings 11; B Young 11.

Youth Division (Class A) J Hanlon 18; C Brown 61; A Lennox 78; J Waring 147.

(Class B) J Hanlon 7; F Morrison 11; A Dunlop 23; G Taylor 28; R Pyper 54.

(Class C) C Bailie 28; R Morrison 33; R Gazzard7; R Dugan 43; S Roberts 89.

(Class D) Z Andrews 18. (Class E) S Gallagher 51; G Henderson 63.

The Off Road section of the Mid Antrim Motor Club will promote the next round of the Irish championship, the Shane Cup trial on Saturday.

Unfortunately the popular Parkmore Forest venue in Glenariff Glen is not available to use this year due to the larch tree disease.

The trial will now be held at Shilnavogy Hill, near Slemish Mountain.

Clerk of the Course Willie Dickey and his band of helpers have been working hard to secure the use of this venue and extending it to give more sections for this Irish championship event.