For those not familiar with the Major's Memorial Trial format, here's a description :
Typically the trial takes place over 2 days in 2 separate woods on the Eastnor Estate, with 10 sections in each wood, all off a major track that circuits inside each wood.
A minor disadvantage of the huge woods we have access to is that dependant on which we're using there is some travelling to get from the camp site to the trial start area ( involving trailering the cars on public roads) & the start areas are at least 0.5 miles from the trials sections.
However, our visitors appear to think its worth the minor inconvenience !
The teams entered are divided into multiple Groups – typically with around 4 teams / 12 drivers in each Group. These Groups are then divided, with half competing in 1 wood on 1 of the days & the other half in the other wood. On the 2nd day, the Groups swop over to compete in the other wood.
Due to the quantity of teams entered, we normally have between 6 & 8 Groups of drivers – so 3 or 4 Groups in each wood. Each Group starts the day at a different section, usually separated from the other Groups by 1 or 2 trials sections so that 2 Groups shouldn’t normally overlap at any point during the day.
Due to the quantity of drivers & Sections & distance from the Start area, lunch is always taken “on the hoof” to ensure finishing each day at a reasonable time.