The June Autotest was held at Longpark in a different field, the field had been unused since finishing combining last autumn. The surprise on faces as people saw the field. The wild growing grass in places would be almost knee height.
Two test sites were set out and with a good entry of 16 competitors and we were pleased to see new faces.
Test 1 Geoffrey was quickest with 1m00, Barry on 1m03, Nigel & newcomer Alec Broughton on 1m04 then Helen, George & newcomer Paul Lowry on 1m05. Richard Clark & Robert Johnstone both got wrong tests.
On the re-run the grass was now flattened and the route was more visible so times tumbled. Geoffrey again quickest with 58 sec. Nigel & Richard on 59 sec then Barry 1m00 and Helen 1m01.
Test 3 was a longer test and a bit tighter, Geoffrey & Richard were quickest with 2m03, Nigel on 2m07 then Eric on 2m09. Mike Hebson & Paul Lowry both got wrong tests.
On the re-run Nigel was quickest with 1m 51 from Barry & Alec on 1m52, George on 1m55, John S on 1m56. Wrong test for John Ross. While Robert Johnstone retired with overheating engine.
Positions after test 4
1 Nigel Harkness 6m 01 9 Eric Ritchie 6m 48
2 Barry Lindsay 6m 07 10 Keiron Stynes 7m 04
3 Geoffrey Harkness 6m 13 11 Pete Johnston 7m 13
4 George Edmondson 6m 13 12 John Ross 7m 15
5 Alec Broughton 6m 23 13 Mike Hebson 7m 37
6 John Stynes 6m 23 14 Andrew Graham 7m 54
7 Richard Clark 6m 31 15 Paul Lowry 7m 59
8 Helen Gibbon 6m 35
Test 5 was manned by Ian and was over the top of test 1&2. Not only was the new route going to challenge people, but there wasn’t a route to follow in the trampled grass…
Barry was quickest despite running first through the long grass with 1m12, Geoffrey got 1m14, Richard on 1m18, then Alec , George & Nigel on 1m19. Wrong tests for Eric & John S.
On the re-run test 6, Barry set the same time 1m12 as did Geoffrey 1m14. Andrew got 1m18, then John R, Nigel, George & Mike all got 1m19. Wrong tests for Richard & Alec.
Test 7 was slightly trickier manned by Michael. Quickest was John S in the mini with 1m 06, Alec & Richard got 1m07 then George on 1m10. Wrong tests for Pete, Geoffrey and Mike.
Test 8 On the re-run Barry got 1m03, Geoffrey got 1m04 then John S on 1m06 then John R on 1m07. Wrong test for Mike.
Tests 9 & 10 were run together like a super special, two cars setting off at the same time to see who is the quickest not just on the clock.
On test 9 Richard was quickest with 59sec ahead of George & Barry both on 1m01 then Nigel & Geoffrey on 1m03
On test 10 Barry was quickest with 58sec, Richard on 1m01 then Mike, George & John S on 1m02
1st Barry Lindsay 12m54 8th Alec Broughton 14m18 *
2nd George Edmondson 13m15 9th Helen Gibbon 14m18 *
3rd Nigel Harkness 13m23 10th John Ross 14m23
4th Geoffrey Harkness 13m31 11th Eric Ritchie 15m06
5th Richard Clark 13m43 12th Andrew Graham 15m14
6th John Stynes 13m51 13th Pete Johnston 15m20
7th Keiron Stynes 13m53 14th Mike Hebson 15m47
*= Tie Breaker Fastest on first test
Thanks to Joe & Neil for the field, Michael & Ian for marshalling and Caroline for doing the results.
NEXT EVENT 28th JULY – Pirelli Car Park