Lee Peck won the March Hare Trial in his Kraken with the only clean sheet.
March Hare winner Lee Peck looking at happy at Ivinghoe. At this stage a number of competitors were on zero but Lee had the only clean sheet, if not a clean car, at the Finish (Picture by Dave Cook)
Cliff Morrell took a photo of some very clean cars at the start. That would change at Section One "Alans Challenge"
After a year off the March Hare returned for 2015 in ideal trialling weather. It had been wet in the week leading up to the event, but it was dry on the day and the rain would hold off until the journey home!
Richard Irvine restarts his Liege on Water Tower. Richard finished 9th overall after loosing eleven marks spread across three of the Ivinghoe sections (picture by Dave Cook)
After a successful restart on Water Tower John Cavendish passes photographer Don Stringer on Water Tower although this photo was taken by Dave Cook
The early sections were centred about the BOAT's to the south east of Luton Airport. Some of these were very wet, but pretty straightforward, although there were quite a few penalties on Norton Street Lane after sliding into the restart boards. Barry Redmayne became the first of three retirements in his Class Eight Liege when the diff cried enough on the way to the first section.
After a special test came section seven. This started downhill, so competitors could build speed to traverse the mud at the bottom of the hill so they could reach the stony but slippery track. The leading contenders didn't have any problems, but around a third of the entry stopped, either on the turn onto the track or higher up on the track itself.
David Hunt is usually seen alongside Nigel Jones but drove his Suzuki X90 on The March Hare (Picture by Dave Cook)
Nigel Jones looking happy as he finished above David in the results (Picture by Dave Cook)
Veteran Reg Taylor in his Ford Ka at Ivinghoe (Picture by Julian Robinson)
Julian Robinson pictures Nicholas Saddler just before his drive shaft let go.
There were four sections and a special test at Ivinghoe, not the same place the March Hare has used the last couple of years as there was a motorcycle event taking place there. So this year the hills were across the road at Falcons PCT venue. The leading contenders did well here but most had a problem on either hill 10 or hill 12, all except Lee Peck in his Kraken in Class Eight and Liege Owners Club Chairman Mark Endley in his Class Seven Liege who were now the only two remaining clean.
The water has had its effect on the councils resurfacing and the lane has deteriorated back to a nice trials hill. Falcon didn't risk a restart here for fear recovery would take too much time, so most of the entry went clean. It wasn't FWD or Suzuki X90 friendly though and a few needed a tow, including veterans Reg Taylor (Ford Ka) and Cliff Morrell (Peugeot 205).
Past winner Jim Mountain dropped just one mark to finish second overall. If it wasn't for that one point he would have won as he was faster than Lee on the Special Tests (Picture byDave Cook)
David Jackson had a good trial in his Fiat engined FPS, dropping three marks to finish third overall. He is seen here getting away from the restart watched by Chief Official Peter Mountain (Picture by Dave Cook)
Emma Robilliard found the restart on Hill Farm was harder than it looked and watched by Simon Groves and her youngest couldn't get away (Picture by Mike Hayward)
Martin Redmond was another who found the Hill Farm restart challenging in his rare NSU (Picture by Mike Hayward)
The final section was just across the road. Another BOAT that water erosion makes more competitive every year. Clerk of the Course Arnold Lane had drained some of the water the week before but there was still a fair amount flooding the first 50 yards of the track. Further up the hill Peter Mountain had a restart waiting. This was to decide the trial when Mark Endley failed to get away. That would give Lee Peck an overall win if he could succeed, he did and won the March Hare Trial in his self constructed Kraken.
The trial wasn't over for Cliff Morrell who had another puncture on Hill Farm. He tried to limp to the finish but it wasn't possible and had to get a lift back to the Markyate Truck Stop to get his trailer.
See the full results here
First published on Classical Gas 10th March 2015