2005 RAC BRITISH AUTOTEST CHAMPIONSHIP BULLETIN NO. 1
This is to advise that the JCS Kegworth Premier Loughborough
Autotest, organised by Loughborough Car Club, will now be held on Saturday
3rd September 2005. This date change has been sought in accordance with
MSA Regulation B8.4(c).
May I take this opportunity to thank all registered contenders
for their understanding and support.
30th June 2005
Round 4 - Hartlepool &
DMC, 26th June.
Home win for Paul Swift
This event took competitors to the North
East for the annual visit to Hartlepool. The event is held in the shopping
precinct car park with excellent viewing for spectators on an elevated
walkway. It was another hot sunny day and the underground parking provided
a useful area to cool off. The area is limited allowing two tests to be
laid out at a time. Three runs were completed before lunch followed by
two runs at a different pair of tests in the afternoon. Hartlepool and
District Motor Club make everyone very welcome and provide lots of awards.
The local favourite was Paul Swift (Mini Special). He did not have things
all his own way when he collected a penalty and handed the lead to Duncan
Wild (ABS Freestyle) after four tests. By lunch Paul was back in the lead.
Paul had to leave early to go racing at Croft later in the day so he completed
his afternoon test before everyone and left not knowing if he had done
enough to win. This was not in doubt as neither Malcolm nor Duncan could
close the gap. Dave Mosey brought the Mini for Adele and him to drive.
Although quick, Dave collected several penalties which kept him out of
contention... It looked as though Duncan was going to collect his second
runner-up spot of the year but the gremlins returned and on test nine
the top nearside wishbone broke. Cue Dave Cook who had finished his runs
and out with the welder again. A quick weld of the broken part on the
car were all that there was time for as the event was almost over. With
the marshals waiting five minutes at the end Duncan put the repair to
good effect and clipped 0.3 seconds off his first run to finish fourth,
just behind Dave.
Gavin Dickson threw the Nova around the confined car park to good effect
to take the saloon class while Steve Morten held off the challenge of
Dave Cook to win class E. Helen Perren and Adele Mosey battled for the
ladies prize with Helen taking the class. A nice touch from the organisers
was to give each of the three ladies a bunch of flowers. Stuart Perren
took the Secretary of the Meeting award for best turned out car, his homebuilt
Retrotester which also finished fifth overall and third in class.
Round 3 - Maidstone & Mid Kent MC, 4th June.
Gone to the Dogs
The Demon Tweeks Direct BTRDA Autotest Championship
moved to the South East for the Maidstione and Mid Kent MC event on Saturday
4th June. Paul Swift took the first of two well deserved wins in the weekend
in his usual Mini Special.. This win puts him in the lead of the MSA Championship
after three events. By contrast the battle for second was much closer.
The wide open tests at the Sittingbourn Stadium were a reel challenge
with no real advantage to any type of car. Some tests had a slippery gravel
surface while others provided more grip. After two rounds of four tests,
Duncan Wild (ABS Freestyle) was 0.1 seconds in front of Chris Atkinson
(Subaru Buggy) with Malcolm Livingston (Lotus 7) less than a second further
back. The final round of tests were decisive with Chris loosing time on
the last test which he said was due lack of sleep following the birth
of their first baby, Charlie. This let Gordon Holmes (Westfield) through
to fourth, his best result of the year. Although Malcolm kept a clean
sheet he was unable to dislodge Duncan from second. This was the first
event this year that the ABS hasn?t suffered a mechanical breakage. Roger
Holder (Mini), winner of the event two years ago, also suffered from penalties
but took a well deserved fifth. One unfortunate driver was Dave Sowman
who drove down from Yorkshire only to have his car fail on the first line
of the first test. This problem has been recurring this year and no one
could find the fault so Dave headed North.
The event started at noon to give the long distance travellers time to
reach the South East. The event was run very slickly with awards presented
by 4pm. This gave everyone time to clean up and enjoy an evening at the
Dogs organised by the Maidstone Mafia.
Results: Overall; 1 P Swift (Mini Special) 746.9; 2 D Wild (ABS Freestyle)
798.5; 3 M Livingston (Lotus 7) 800.2; 4 G Holmes (Westfield) 810.4; 5
R Holder (Mini) 811.6; 6 C Atkinson (Subaru Buggy) 815.4
Class: A. B Bridge (Mini) 920.5; B. R Holder (Mini) 811.6; C. D Stephens
(Nova) 882.5; D K Lower (Escort) 1069.8; E S Morten (Striker) 853.2; F.
M Livingston (Lotus 7) 800.2; G. P Swift (Mini Special) 746.9
Round 2 - Bolton le Moors
CC, 24th April
Paul Swift in his Mini Special
pulled out all the stops to take a comfortable, although lucky win on
the third round of the Demon Tweeks Direct BTRDA Autotest Championship.
It could have been very different had Paul broken his gear lever at a
more critical part of the second test. Malcolm Livingston in the Lotus
7 was unable to match Paul?s times as he battled with Duncan Wild (ABS
Freestyle) for second spot. The position was finally settled on the fourth
set of tests when Duncan hit a high kerb a glancing blow. Although the
impact did not appear too great it took the front suspension off the ABS
resulting in immediate retirement. This elevated Roger Holder (Mini) into
the top three.
The closest battle was between the Novas of Gavin Dickson, David Mosey
and Ken Sturdy. First to falter was Gavin with a broken CV joint then
with a gap of only a tenth of a second going into the last test Ken got
out of position leaving Dave Mosey with the class win and fourth overall.
The event was held in warm weather on the M61 Services near Bolton. Three
tests were laid out and they provided a fitting challenge for this event
which also counted towards the MSA British Autotest Championship.
Results: Overall; 1 P Swift (Mini Special) 804.2; 2 M Livingston (Lotus
7) 835.4; 3 R Holder (Mini) 860.6; 4 D Mosey (Nova) 881.3; 5 J Wilson
(Westfield) 885.7; 6 K Sturdy (Nova) 886.7
Class: A. S Johnson (Mini) 948.2; B. R Holder (Mini) 860.6; C. D Mosey
(Nova) 881.3; E. M Livingston (Lotus 7) 835.4; F. P Swift (Mini Special)
Round 1 - Herefordshire
Motor Club, Foxley Autotests, 3 April
Malcolm and Viv Livingston, sharing the
Lotus 7 which is driven to each event, took top honours on the second
round of the Demon Tweeks Direct BTRDA Autotest Championship. Malcolm
led from the start to take his first FTD of the season, having missed
the first event when he was Clerk of the Course. Viv was the fastest lady.
Paul Swift (Mini Special) was paying the penalty of a night out with joint
clerks of the course, Alistair and John Moffat. He made a slow start with
an early penalty which put him 10 seconds behind Duncan Wild (ABS Freestyle).
The gap was still ten seconds at lunch but it was a different story in
the afternoon when the gap was closed to a second after round three and
finally Paul took second place from Duncan. Mixing in with the sports
cars and specials was Roger Holder in his Mini. Fourth place and a class
win was Roger?s reward for his efforts.
Chris Atkinson was challenging for a top position but withdrew from the
last run of tests to accompany his friend Paul to Hereford Hospital. Paul
had his leg badly cut when there was a collision between Anthony Preston?s
Mini and Chris?s Buggy on the road between tests. Paul was stitched up
and allowed home on Sunday evening. Fortunately there were no broken bones.
We wish him a speedy recovery.
Dave Cook found the Alfa Buggy suited the fast flowing tests on the Foxley
estate and won his class from a lucky Stephen Morten (Striker). Steve
had a rear suspension arm bend and when straightening it he found that
the bracket on the axle was broken. Bob Barker, Gordon Holmes and Steve
made a speedy trip to Bob Barker?s house, about 20 minutes away where
the offending bracket was re-welded. The three returned to complete the
tests in quick succession. Gordon finished second in class and Bob fifth
During the day the paddock looked more like a busy service area. Several
cars suffered breakages, not least Duncan Stephens with his new Nova.
It refused to run when turning right. After much head scratching a fuel
problem was identified, just in time to complete the final two runs at
each test. Unfortunately the maximums during the morning put him well
out of the running. Gavin Dickson (Nova) kept up his 100% class winning
record this year with an excellent drive. Father Cecil Dickson withdrew
his entry so that he wouldn?t damage the buggy he is about to trade in
for a Northern Irish prepared Westfield which he says will be used for
AutoSOLOs as well as Autotests.
The event was well received by the competitors who enjoyed the dry weather
and challenging tests. Well done to the new Clerks of the Course.
Results: Overall; 1 Malcom Livingston (Lotus 7) 945.2; 2 Paul Swift (Mini
Special) 956.7; 3 Duncan Wild (ABS Freestyle) 966.1; 4 Roger Holder (Mini)
977.7; 5 Gordon Holmes (Dutton) 761.0 6 Dave Cook (Alfa Buggy) 766.7;
7. Graham Powell (Harrison) 1034.6; 8. John Wilson (Westfield) 1035.2;
9. Gavin Dickson (Nova) 1036.4; 10. Mike Biss (Nova Special) 1057.9
Classes; B Roger Holder (Mini) 977.7; C Gavin Dickson (Nova) 1036.4; E
Dave Cook (Alfa Buggy) 1028.8; F Malcolm Livingston (Lotus 7) 945.2 ;
G Paul Swift (Mini Special) 956.7.