The September autotest was held near Calthwaite, with the new venue, thanks to Colin, Patricia & Sam Trotter. We had an entry of 18 crews, with 10 newcomers, 4 juniors and 4 ladies on the list.
Fastest on the first test were Barry Lindsay & Colin Trotter on 59 seconds. Followed behind by on 1m 1second; Jon Ross, Jon Stynes, newcomer Carl Barnett. The first person of the day to “kiss a cone” was newcomer Mark Salisbury.
Test 2, a repeat of test one, and once again, Barry & Colin shared fastest time, 56 seconds. Carl on 57 seconds was next, then Jon Ross, Jon Stynes, Helen Harkness and Mark. The first wrong test of the day went to Mike Burke, with Sade Burke also hitting a cone on that test.
Test 3 Barry lead with 50 seconds. Closest behind was Colin with 52 seconds. Then David Garstang, Nigel Harkness and junior newcomer Jamie Barnett all on 53 seconds. A wrong test for Lizzy Burke on this one.
Test 4 The fastest time of 50 seconds was shared by David, Barry and Colin. Mark was close behind on 51seconds, then Sam Trotter and Jon Stynes on 52 seconds. This test caused problems for both Mike & junior newcomer Martyn Petry, both getting wrong tests.
Test 5 and Barry had obviously had his Weetabix that morning, as once again, he had the fastest time of 1m14. Closest to him was Colin on 1m17. Then David on 1m18. Another wrong test for Mike, and another cone for Sade.
After 5 tests top 10 looked like this:
1st Barry Lindsay 4m49 = 5th Nigel Harkness 5m08
2nd Colin Trotter 4m54 7th Carl Barnett 5m10
3rd David Garstang 5m04 8th Martyn Petry 5m11
4th Helen Harkness 5m07 9th Jamie Barnett 5m12
=5th Jon Stynes 5m08 10th John Ross 5m13
Test 6 Barry was fastest again with a 1m12. The competition in the Barnett’s car must have been heating up with both Carl & Jamie getting the next fastest time of 1m14. Then a whole bunch of folk getting 1m15; David, Helen, Andrew Jeffrey (Jay) and Mark. Unfortunately, this was to be newcomers Mark & Veronika’s last test of the day as they had to leave early. We also lost Colin Trotter at this point, when the Micra’s gearbox decided it had had enough.
Test 7 The fastest time went to Barry, with 1m05, a second behind was David on 1m06. Then Nigel on 1m08 and Helen on 1m09, John Ross and John Stynes sharing times again on 1m10. Cones for juniors, Jamie and Sam.
Test 8 With 1m03 was Barry, next Helen with 1m05. Carl on 1m06 and David and Nigel on 1m07. No wrong tests or cones for anyone on this test.
Test 9, and it was decided that this would be the last test of the day, so it was now all or nothing! David took the fastest time on this test with 1m02 seconds, followed by Helen and Barry on 1m03. Followed by Carl and Nigel on 1m05, and Jon Stynes on 1m06. A cone for Jay and a wrong test for Mike.
1st Barry Lindsay 9m12 1st O/A
2nd David Garstang 9m34
3rd Helen Harkness 9m39 1st Road car
4th Nigel Harkness 9m44
5th Carl Barnett 9m48 1st Newcomer
6th Jon Stynes 9m59
7th John Ross 9m59
8th Martyn Petry 10m09 1st Junior
9th Kieron Stynes 10m12
10th Jamie Barnett 10m03
11th Lizzy Burke 11m01 1st Lady
12th Jay 11m21
13th Sam Trotter 11m21
14th Sade Burke 12m43
15th Mike Burke 12m43
Thank you to the marshals, Michael Lindsay, Graham Petry, Dylan Jones, Geoffrey Harkness & Bob Hill. Thanks to Caroline Lodge for the results. Big thanks to Colin & Sam Trotter for the venue and to Patricia Trotter for the cakes… and thank you to everyone who came along and made it an enjoyable afternoon! 😊