THE weather halted Yorkshire trials on Saturday and Sunday but not the West Leeds club's fifth novice and beginner's trial at Post Hill on Saturday where 41 competitors, in three classes, braved heavy conditions on the hillside woodlands.

Chris Hunt won the main course class with a fine single figure score of just seven penalties.

Judicious section plotting in all three classes produced low winning scores but a rain shower just as the riders headed for section one did take its toll with quite a lot of maximums.

Of the eleven hard route contenders only Hunt managed to avoid a stop.

Mick Kettlewell topped the 50/50 from Mick Clarke and David Wilkinson with Over 60s Falcon rider Neville Painting almost paddling his way round on a score of 72.

Batley's Paul Hobson topped the Beginners class riding one of his many TLM Honda machine, presumably the 260cc version.

The West Leeds organising team are now gearing up for the national White Rose Trial on September 8.

Results: Main course: Novices: Chris Hunt (Gas Gas) 7, Jeff Prior (Vertigo) 38, Jake Walker (Montesa) 40. Over 40s: Steven Fowler (Beta) 22, Peter Field (Gas Gas) 27. Over 50s: Kevin Alderson (Vertigo) 45, Nigel Cockerham (Vertigo) 62, Geoff Thorne (Vertigo) 85. Over 60s: Chris Johnson (Sherco) 28, Dave Lamin (Vertigo) 61, 50/50 course. Novices: Ryan Donnelly (Beta) 96, Morgan Kurowski (Beta) 118. Pre-65: Mick Clarke (Ariel) 27.

Over 40s: Matthew Morrett (Gas Gas) 74, Andy Wilson (TRS) 79, Over 60s: Mick Wilkinson (TRS) 20, Neville Painting (Montesa) 72. Twin Shock: David Wilkinson (Fantic) 47.

Beginner's course: Novices: Gareth Mitchell (Beta) 44, Nigel Plews (Beta) 50, Over 40's: Simon Cassidy (Montesa) 79. Over 50s: Nick Maffin (Beta) 26, Ged Fallon (TRS) 36, Over 60s: Paul Hobson (Beta) 12, Mike Frizzell (Beta) 36, Steve Wicks

(Sherco) 45. Pre-65: Steve Rayner (Triumph) 15, Keith Normington (Triumph) 31 Youth Class C: Jack Pullan (Beta) 46.

Meanwhile, Spanish teenager Pau Martinez just maintained his dominance in the F.I.M Youth European Trials Championship, Ancelle.

Right on his heels was 13-year-old Harry Hemingway. The Yeadon-Guiseley Motor Club member and Beta UK rider, the youngest in a field of eighteen contestants, posted an opening lap of just twelve penalties.

The 33c heat wave fatigued many of the youngsters. The altitude also put the pressure competitors, officials and the parents.

The highest section was 1,750 metres above sea level.

After the first lap the energy levels dropped and two costly fives put Hemingway one penalty ahead of Brighton's Gas Gas hope Jack Dance, who surmounted the heat barrier to take a safe third place.

Scottish hopes rested on Ben Dignan who tied with Buxton's Harry Turner and lost the tiebreaker for fifth place.

Team Hemingway''s Factory Beta ran perfectly in the heat and altitude and the Michelin Xlight tyres delivered all they promised. The tall order for Harry Hemingway is to beat Ben Dignan next weekend at Brezova in the Czech Republic who holds a five championship advantage over Harry H. It will be the difference between third place in the final points tally, or not.

Results: 1 Pau Martinez (Spain) Vertigo) 31, 2 Harry Hemingway (GB) Beta UK 32, 3 Jack Dance (GB) JST Gas Gas 33, 4 Enzo Rossi (France) Scorpa 41, 5 Harry Turner (GB) JST Gas Gas 43, 6 Ben Dignan (Scotland) Gas Gas 43, 17 Harry Bowyer (Gas Gas) 95, 18 Owen Chestnut (Isle of Man) 100.

Standings: 1 Pau Martinez 300, 2 Jack Dance 240, 3 Ben Dignan 180, 4 Harry Hemingway 175, 9 Harry Turner 112.22 Owen Chestnut 16, 23 Harry Bowyer 12.