By Barry Lindsay
Following a disappointingly wet summer which had seen two grass autotests cancelled an extra event was added at Longtown Auction. But despite the minimum entries not being met the event went ahead.
Two fresh cars were being débuted at this event. Neil Thomlinson had stripped out his sisters old fiesta and had also talked his dad Joe into having a go at driving. Barry Lindsay had put the 1.4 running gear back into his old rally shell to use for auto testing.
Test 1 John was quickest with 1m16 despite concerns how tight it was for the big car and quite tight test. Neil T was happy with the fiesta on 1m21 then Barry on 1m 29. Geoffrey got a wrong test.
Test 2 was the re-run. Neil T was quickest with 1m13 followed by Neil V on 1m 16 then Barry on 1m17 now with a working handbrake.
Tests 3 & 4 were timed by Ian Robinson. Nigel was quickest with 1m31 ahead of Neil V & Geoffrey on 1m 38 the newcomer Joe getting 1m 40, then on the re-run Neil V was quickest on 1m 23, followed by Nigel on 1m 29 then Barry on 1m32.
Positions after test 4
1st Neil Varah 5m 55
2nd Neil Thomlinson 5m 56
3rd John Ross 5m 59
4th Barry Lindsay 6m 06
5th Nigel Harkness 6m 23
6th Geoffrey Harkness 6m 25
7th Joe Thomlinson 6m 39
The routes were changed and another two all forward flowing tests both run twice. Test 5 & 6 manned by Michael Lindsay. Barry was quickest in a need to regain some lost time with 44 sec. Neil T, Joe and John all tied on 47 sec. On the re-run Joe had quickest time of 43 but the final cone was hit dropping ten seconds. Barry & Neil T both got 44sec, then John & Nigel on 46.
On test 7&8 Barry got 55 followed by Nigel & Geoffrey getting 56. Neil V got lost and although back tracking to get it right dropped time getting 1m42.
The second run Neil V got it all correct being quickest with 55, Barry got 1m 02 then Geoffrey & Neil T on 1m 05.
The final two tests were both tests joined up and resulted in a faster test.
Barry got 57 followed by Nigel on 57 then Joe, Geoffrey & John on 59.
The second run Nigel went quicker with 55 the John with 58 then Neil V and Joe on 1m 02.
1st Barry Lindsay 106 11m 32sec
2nd John Ross Mazda 11m 50sec
3rd Neil Thomlinson Fiesta 11m 55sec
4th Nigel Harkness Corsa 12m 04sec
5th Geoffrey Harkness Corsa 12m 15sec
6th Neil Varah 206 12m 26sec
7th Joe Thomlinson Fiesta 12m 37sec
Championship Points after Four rounds
Barry Lindsay 60,
Geoffrey Harkness 38,
Nigel Harkness 37,
Neil Thomlinson 33,
John Ross 31,
Richard Clark 25,
Neil Varah 24,
Todd Brown 15,
Thanks to Ian Robinson & Michael Lindsay for Marshalling. Phil Jobson for arranging the use of the Longtown Auction Carpark.
(Images © B. Lindsay / N. Harkness / Spadeadam Motor Club 2012)