January 11th, 2018.

A trio of Brits made the long trip down to the penultimate round of the French Sand Championship at Grayan et l'Hopital last weekend with all three posting top 20 finishes in a very competitive field of 169.

Sheldon Seal, Harry Miller and Harry Walker made the 1000 mile round trip from Calais to the south-west coast to the north of Bordeaux, with Seal posting the best result in seventh, with Walker in 13th and Miller 16th.

Seal battled into the top ten after a first lap crash and a longer than planned pit stop when he thought his Yamaha was losing water. He also snuck another place in the closing stages when Romain Couprie retired from a podium place with mechanical problems on the tenth and penultimate lap of the two-hour race.

It was a welcome result for Seal, who was battling for the series lead after the first two rounds, but slipped down the championship after DNF's in the past two rounds.

Walker was forced to start from 124th on the grid and in the fourth wave because he was making his first appearance in this year's series. However, a strong, incident free run saw him climb steadily through the field, and he was closing on the riders ahead at the flag.

Miller put in yet another sterling ride and ironically his consistency would probably have seen him around the top ten of the championship by now had he taken out a French licence at the beginning of the series and thereby qualifying for points.

The race was won by France's Jeremy Forestier, who was 38 seconds ahead of Belgium's Randy Naveaux, with Holland's Mike van Grinsven third. Forestier now leads the series by 77 points, from van Grinsven, and looks favourite to take the title at the final round at Le Touquet on the 26th of January. However, with 150 points available for victory and with all rounds to count, Forestier will be praying he does not suffer his first DNF of the year now that van Grinsven, who set the fastest lap again at Grayan, is right back to his best!

As usual, Le Touquet will feature a big British entry and with the event free to spectators, why not cross the Channel to cheer them on and get in a bit of early season action?

Pictured: Miller: Harry Miller put in another excellent top 20 ride