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Link Up Ltd MSA Autotest Championship, Round 7, Loughborough Autotest.

Alastair Moffatt rounded off the 2010 season with his fifth FTD of the year, but he was made to work hard for it by the ever improving Richard Pinkney. Pinkney flew out of the blocks taking a 9 second lead over the first round and increased his lead to just over 10 seconds by the lunch halt.  The weather then intervened and a shower of rain swung the advantage to the front wheel drive Mini Special of Moffatt, who closed the gap to 3.8 seconds and after round 4 had opened up a 4.5 second lead.  By this time the sun was out and Pinkney was able to get the power down in the Caterham as they entered the final round of three tests and threw down the gauntlet with the fastest time on test 13, Moffatt made an uncharacteristic mistake picking up a 5 second penalty in his bid to match Pinkney’s time and handing over a lead of 2.4 seconds to Pinkney, the two were only a tenth apart on the penultimate test, and set identical times on the final test, but it was not to be Pinkney’s day and he picked up a penalty, which left Moffatt to take the spoils by just 2.7 seconds.

In the classes Rob Rolston took his sixth Class win of the year in the Mini (Class A), Dave Fox took a surprise class win in the Nova (Class B) after David Thompson took a maximum after a mechanical failure on the penultimate test. Pinkney took the sports car class, but was followed home by Chris Chapman in the Raw Striker, the junior driver having his best ever result in MSA Championship with 3rd overall.  Mike Sones took the Specials class and Roger Holder won the Road Going class in his Honda Civic, a result which netted him 5th overall in the Championship.

Event Top 6
1.            Alastair Moffatt               Mini Special       764.3
2.            Richard Pinkney             Caterham 7        767.0
3.            Chris Chapman               Raw Striker        815.9
4.            Mike Sones                     Mini Special       834.8
5.            Stephen Morten              Raw Striker        835.5
6.            David Evans                    Blitz Special       841.9

Provisional Final Championship Positions Top 6
1.            Alastair Moffatt                55pts
2.            Richard Pinkney              52pts
3.            David Thompson             50pts
4.            Rob Rolston                     50pts
5.            Roger Holder                   50pts
6.            Lee Valentine                  46pts


Round 6: Owen MC Crimson Dynamo.

Richard Pinkney picked up his second FTD of the year when he won the Crimson Dynamo Autotest, Pinkney was favourite with the newly crowned MSA Champion Alastair Moffatt not competing, but made life difficult for himself when he wrong tested on test 2 and picked up a maximum. This dropped him to 9th overall after the first round of tests.  Dave Evans was having a good run in the Blitz Special and held a slim overall lead after the second round, although Pinkney was closing fast and had already recovered to 4th.  The third run of tests proved crucial as Evans and Ian Chapman wrong tested and Pinkney leapfrogged into the lead, second was now held by David Thompson in the Nova.  The final three tests were the longest of the day and Thompson set the fastest overall time on the first run, keeping the pressure on Pinkney, who then rose to the challenge and set fastest times over the final two tests. Thompson remained in second overall which was a stunning drive in the Nova and the best result by a saloon car for many years and Duncan Wild just holding on to 3rd on the final test, with third to 6th just covered by 0.7 seconds.  Pinkney’s win has now secured 2nd overall in the Championship, with the final podium position to be decided on the final round on September 5th.

Event Top 6
1.            Richard Pinkney             Caterham           638.5
2.            David Thompson             Vauxhall Nova   655.0
3.            Duncan Wild                   ABS Freestyle    680.8
4.            Malcolm Livingston        Lindsay Special  681.0
5.            Keith Walton                  Locost KW7         681.3
6.            Dave Evans                    Blitz Special        681.5

Championship Top 6
1              Alastair Moffatt                Mini Special      54pts
2              Richard Pinkney             Caterham 7         52pts
3=           David Thompson              Nova                   50pts
                Rob Rolston                    Mini 1380             50pts
5th           Lee Valentine                 Nova                    46pts
6th           Roger Holder                  Honda Civic         40pts    

Final Round Sept 5th Loughborough CC.


Round 5 of the Link Up Ltd MSA Autotest Championship, organised by Alwoodley MC.

With two rounds left to run,Alastair Moffatt has clinched his third successive Link Up Ltd MSA Autotest title with victory at the Alwoodley MC Autotest.  Moffatt’s closest rival Richard Pinkney was only 1.2 seconds adrift after the first two rounds of tests, but a penalty and a maximum due to mechanical failure on the next round , dropped him out of contention for the FTD he required to take the championship to the next event.  Moffatt was lucky to survive a driveshaft failure, with the Mini Special making it to the end of the test, enabling repairs to be made before the next test.   Ian Chapman had his best event of the year and was heading for the runner up spot, only to be pipped by the recovering Pinkney, who snatched second overall and the sports car class win on the very last test of the day.

In the classes Rob Rolston had an easy class win after Howard Everingham broke his Mini early on and retired from the event.  Lee Valentine was the best of the Novas and 7th overall.  Mike Sones won the Special class and Brian Sharpe collected his first MSA Class win in the Road going class in his Daihatsu Charade.

Event Top 6
1.            Alastair Moffatt                Mini Special       615.3
2.            Richard Pinkney              Caterham 7        653.8
3.            Ian Chapman                   Raw Striker        654.7
4.            Mike Sones                      Mini Special       669.2
5.            Stephen Morten              Raw Striker         670.3
6.            Duncan Wild                    ABS Freestyle    678.8

Championship Top 6
1.            Alastair Moffatt               54pts (2010 Champion)
2.            Lee Valentine                 46pts
3.            Richard Pinkney             41pts
4.            David Thompson             40pts
                Rob Rolston                   40pts
6.            Stephen Morten              36pts


Round 4 of the Link Up Ltd MSA Autotest Championship.

Richard Pinkney driving a Caterham took the first sports car win on a MSA Autotest since the end of 2007, when he held on to take victory by the narrowest margin of 0.1 sec at the Knutsford and District MC Tim Sargeant Memorial Autotest at Wrexham.

Pinkney kept a clean sheet and was only quickest on 3 of the 15 tests, as he battled with Alastair Moffatt and Stephen Wild.  It was Wild who took the early initiative and held a slim lead after the first two rounds after the third round Moffatt held the lead, with only 4 tenths separating the three drivers.  Moffatt was again quick on round 4, but a penalty on test 12 was costly and Pinkney had been close behind on the times and saw himself with a 1.4 second lead over Wild with Moffatt just half a second in arrears in 3rd.  Pinkney  was quick and clean to hold off the flying Moffatt, who picked up second overall, with Wild back in third, a penalty dropping him back from the leading pair.  Pinkney’s win keeps the championship alive, but he requires FTD’s on the final three rounds to stop Moffatt from clinching his 3rd successive MSA Autotest Title.

In The Classes, Rob Rolston won the Mini Class, David Thompson took another class win in his Nova and 6th overall, with Pinkney taking the FTD award, Stephen Morten won Class C in the Raw Striker, Alastair Moffatt won Class D and Roger Holder won the road going class in his Honda Civic.

Top 6 Positions
1st           Richard Pinkney              Caterham          629.1
2nd          Alastair Moffatt                Mini Special      629.2
3rd           Stephen Wild                  ABS Freestyle    637.5    
4th           Malcolm Livingston         Lindsay Spec     659.8
5th           Stephen Morten              Raw Striker        671.4
6th           David Thompson             Vauxhall Nova   675.0

Championship Top 6
1st           Alastair Moffatt                43pts
2nd          DavidThompson              40pts
3rd           Lee Valentine                 36pts
4th           Richard Pinkney              31pts
5th           Rob Rolston                     30pts
                Roger Holder                   30pts


Link Up Ltd MSA Autotest Championship.
Hartlepool Championship Autotest.

Alastair Moffatt made it a hat trick of wins in 2010, when he took FTD at the Hartlepool Championship Autotest.  This year’s event had moved to the seafront at Seaton Carew, the test sites overlooking the beach providing a pleasant backdrop, along with good viewing for spectators.  Moffatt’s day did not start well though, when a throttle cable broke on the opening test, this allowed the 2007 Champion Paul Swift to take an early lead, who then promptly had a wrong test on the test 2.  This allowed Mike Sones to take the lead, but by test 6 Moffatt  had put in some stunning times to overhaul Sones and regain a lead which he was to steadily increase to win by nearly 29 seconds from the Vauxhall Nova of David Thompson, with Mike Sones finishing in 3rd.

Event Top 6
1.            Alastair Moffatt                Mini Special        558.2
2.            David Thompson             Nova                    586.9
3.            Mike Sones                     Mini Special        593.0
4.            Malcolm Livingston        Lindsay                594.0
5.            Henry Moorhouse           Mini Special        599.3
6.            Stephen Morten              Raw Striker         603.4

Championship after Round 3.
1.            Alastair Moffatt                33pts
2.            David Thompson             30pts
3.            Lee Valentine                 27pts
4.            Chris Chapman               21pts
5=.          Rob Rolston                    20pts
                Richard Pinkney            20pts
                Roger Holder                 20pts


Alwoodley MC Fern Furnishing Autotest
25th July 2010

The above event is now back on (subject to MSA Permit approval) after a late deal to secure the use of Sherburn Airfield, near Leeds. Regulations for the event will be posted or emailed early next week and will be available to download from this website.


Alwoodley MC Fern Furnishing Autotest

Despite attempts to secure a suitable venue for the forthcoming Autotest, sadly negotiations have stalled at this late stage.

With little prospect of finding a venue fitting of a MSA/BTRDA round I have taken the decision, with much regret, to cancel the event this year.

I apologise for this and rest assured that I will be doubling my efforts to find a venue for our ANCC/ANWCC round on 12 September and for both events in 2011.

I shall be obliged if you will kindly circulate this note around your registered competitors.


Nick Middleton
Clerk of Course

Results from the Hartlepool Autotest are currently provisional an updated championship table will be published soon.

Round 2 of the Link Up Ltd MSA Autotest Championship.

Alastair Moffatt  took a convincing victory at the CSMA Juniper Autotest.   Moffatt driving his Mini Special came home 21.1 seconds clear of the Caterham of Richard Pinkney, who had suffered a couple of driveshaft failures.  Simon Echlin in another Caterham rounded off the top 3 a further 16 seconds back.

Rob Rolston took his second class A win of the year in his 1380 Mini and David Thompson was a clear winner in Class B, the Nova driver also netting a top 5 finish.  Richard Pinkney took the Sports car class while Duncan Wild in the ABS took Class D honours and Jim Puller won the Road Going class in his Nissan Micra.

The CSMA event was drafted in to this year’s championship after the Bolton Autotest and the Kent Driver Autotest had to be cancelled due to venue issues.  The 2010 Championship will now consist of 7 rounds with the best 5 to count.

Juniper Autotest Top 6
1.            Alastair Moffatt                Mini Special        716.1
2.            Richard Pinkney              Caterham 7         737.2
3.            Simon Echlin                   Caterham 7         753.1
4.            Duncan Wild                    ABS                    771.0
5.            David Thompson              Nova 1600           775.6
6.            Ben Morten                      Raw Striker         776.5

Championship Top 6
1             Alastair Moffatt                22
2=           Rob Rolston                     20
               Richard Pinkney              20
               David Thompson              20
5=           Lee Valentine                  18
               Brian Sharpe                   18


The CSMA Juniper Autotest has been added to the 2010 MSA Autotest Calendar to replace the Kent Driver, which was unfortunately cancelled to to venue restrictions. The event always runs in conjunction with the Kent Driver, which runs on the Saturday with the CSMA event running the following day. The event will take place on June 6th at The Library at Barnfield Heath, near Hatfield.

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Unfortunately we have currently lost two rounds from the 2010 Championship. The Bolton Autotest, which was to have used a new venue had to be called off after travellers had taken over the car park and there was insufficient time for the land owners to evict them from the site. Bolton Le Moors CC are looking in to arranging another date and if it is acceptable to all championship contenders the event will then be rescheduled.

The Maidstone and Mid Kent MC Kent Driver Autotest has been cancelled as the owners of the venue are in the midst of a planning application and therefore do not want the club to use the venue until after the planning matter has been sorted. Another venue was being discussed, but time has now run out, so the organising team have called it a day for 2010.

Rest assured both events should be back in 2011.

The number scoring rounds will drop in line with Regulation 5.5.


Round 1 Foxley Autotests – Herefordshire Motor Club

Reigning double MSA Champion Alastair Moffatt clinched FTD at the last gasp in his bid to win his third consecutive MSA Autotest title.

Moffatt was pushed hard all day by Richard Pinkney in the Caterham, with Pinkney holding a 0.9 second lead after twelve tests, both drivers had their best round over the final 4 tests, but it was Moffatt who found that little bit extra with a couple of stunning times to win by 5.2 seconds.

Rob Rolston overcame some electrical gremlins in his Mini to win Class A, while David Thompson from Ireland making his MSA debut in the Vauxhall Nova dominated Class B and finished a fine 8th overall. Richard Pinkney took Class C honours and with Alastair Moffatt taking FTD the Class D award went to Duncan Wild in the ABS Freestyle. Class E was dominated by Roger Holder in a Honda Civic, the 2003 MSA Champion making his return in the Road Going Class and finished an excellent 17th overall.

Event Top 6.
1.            Alastair Moffatt                Mini Special       838.1
2.            Richard Pinkney              Caterham 7        843.3
3.            Malcolm Livingston         Lotus 7                875.3
4.            Ian Chapman                   Raw Striker        891.1
5.            Duncan Wild                    ABS Freestyle    893.4
6.            Keith Walton                   Locost KW7         897.5

Championship Top 6
1st           Alastair Moffatt                11pts
2nd=        Richard Pinkney             10pts
                David Thompson            10pts
                Rob Rolston                    10pts
                Roger Holder                  10pts
6th=        Lee Valentine                    9pts
                Brian Sharpe                    9pts