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Pilot raised issue before event (4,5)

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I believe the answer is:

time trial

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Here is my best explanation:

'event' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are singular nouns.
Perhaps you can see a link between them that I can't see?

'pilot raised issue before' is the wordplay.
'pilot' becomes 'trial' ('trial' can be a synonym of 'pilot'**).
'raised' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'issue' becomes 'emit' (I've seen this before).
'before' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'emit' written backwards gives 'time'.
'trial' put after 'time' is 'TIME TRIAL'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for time trial that I've seen before include "cycling event", "Race against the clock", "Cycling event" and "test".)

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