By Barry Lindsay
The second round of the Autotest championship was held at Longpark Farm for the first of our grass tests. Ian Robinson was running the tests and had 10 new routes.
First & third tests were marshalled by Michael Lindsay. Geoffrey was quickest with 38 sec, followed by Barry & Richard on 40 sec then Neil T & John S on 41 sec. On the re-run Richard, John S & Barry were tied on 38 sec, George & John R got 40 sec.
Test two and four were marshalled by Ian Robinson, Neil T getting quickest with 58 in the fiesta. John R & Geoffrey got 1m 01 followed by Richard & Barry on 1m04. On the re-run Neil T Barry & Richard were quickest with 58sec.
Positions after Test 4
1 Barry Lindsay 9 Nigel Harkness 3m 37
= Richard Clark 3m 18 10 Kenton Pattison 3m 45
3 Geoffrey Harkness 3m 20 11 Helen Gibbon 3m 47
4 John Stynes 3m 22 12 Neil Varah 3m 52
5 John Ross 3m 24 13 Kieron Stynes 3m 54
6 George Edminson 3m 34 14 Mike Hebson 3m 56
7 Neil Thomlinson 3m 35 15 Andrew Graham 4m 06
8 Eric Ritchie 3m 36
Tests 5 & 7 were on the ground of 1 & 3, Barry quickest with 56 sec, ahead of Geoffrey & Neil T on 57 sec then Richard & Andrew both on 58sec. On the re-run Barry got the time down to 55 sec, John S got 56 sec, then John R on 57 sec followed by Geoffrey, Nigel & Richard on 58 sec.
Tests 6 & 8 were a flowing tests through narrow gates of cones. John S & Barry both got 56 sec, ahead of both Geoffrey & Richard on 57 sec. On the re-run John S & Neil T got the time down to 55 sec. Richard got 56 sec then Barry on 57 sec.
Final two tests were over a bigger area with longer straights the tight slalom and a couple of 360 turns.
Final two tests. Barry got 1m 07 followed by Neil T on 1m08. Then Geoffrey 1m 10 and Mike & Eric on 1m12. Final test saw Nigel & Geoffrey get quickest with 1m 06, George got 1m 07 with the high revving Micra followed by John S & John R on 1m 08.
1st Barry Lindsay 9m21 (1) 9th Andrew Graham 10m33 (0)
2nd Geoffrey Harkness 9m27 (0) 10th Neil Varah 10m37 (1)
3rd Richard Clark 9m37 (1) = Mike Hebson 10m37 (2)
4th John Ross 9m41 (0) 12th Eric Ritchie 10m38 (0)
5th Jon Stynes 9m44 (0) 13th George Edmondson 11m00 (3)
6th Neil Thomlinson 9m53 (3) 14th Helen Gibbon 11m13 (1)
7th Nigel Harkness 10m08 (0) 15th Kieron Stynes (1jnr) 11m59 (3)
8th Kenton Pattison 10m28 (0) ( ) = Number of cones
Championship Points (top ten)
1st O Barry Lindsay 27 6th O Geoffrey Harkness 12
2nd R Andrew Graham 19 7th O Neil Varah 10
3rd R Jon Stynes 18 8th O Richard Clark 10
4th O Nigel Harkness 15 9th R George Edmondson 9
5th R John Ross 15 10th R Mike Hebson 8
O = Open class R = Road Car Class
Thanks to Joe and Neil Thomlinson for the field, which they had to delay the man with a tractor & plough for a few days just so we could compete. Thanks also to Michael, Caroline & Ian for marshalling.
****Next Event ( Weather Permitting) 9th June, let Barry Lindsay know of your entries then you can be informed of any postponement.****