Reports from the Hartlepool Championship Autotest and the Alwoodley MC Fern Furnishing Autotest.
Hartlepool Championship Autotest
Steven Ferguson took a dominant victory at the Hartlepool Championship Autotest at Seaton Carew. The tests seem to suit the front wheel drive cars and there was a titanic battle between the Novas of Paul Mooney, Mark King and Lee Valentine, Mooney unfortunately breaking a driveshaft on the final test of the day dropping him down to 5th overall leaving King to take the class by just 0.2 sec from Valentine. Richard Pinkney in the Caterham was unable to challenge for the win, but 2nd overall and a strong class win kept him in touch at the top of the table.
Event Top 6
1. Steven Ferguson Mini Special 753.2
2. Richard Pinkney Caterham 7 782.3
3. Mark King Nova 788.3
4. Lee Valentine Nova 788.5
5. Paul Mooney Nova 804.8
6. Trevor Ferguson Striker 806.5
Fern Furnishing Alwoodley Autotest
Richard Pinkney took his revenge from the previous day and set a blistering pace to seal his second win of the year, Steven Ferguson uncharacteristically picked up a couple of penalties, but was unable to close the gap to Pinkney, who himself had four penalties. David Thompson found his form again after a poor day by his standards the previous day in the Nova taking the class win and 4th overall, which returned him to the top 3 in the championship. Paul Mooney would have challenged for the class, but picked up a maximum time after another driveshaft failure early on in the event. David Fox had a blistering last round to win Class A in his Mini, beating Rob Rolston by one second. Brian Sharpe won the Road Going Class in his Daihatsu after some overnight Heath Robinson repairs to the cooling system, using a domestic water pump and an inverter as a new water pump could not be sourced.
With two more round to run dropped scores will now come in to effect and the championship is likely to be decided at the next round.
Event Top 6
1. Richard Pinkney Caterham 7 626.8
2. Steven Ferguson Mini Special 639.6
3. Trevor Ferguson Striker 667.9
4. David Thompson Nova 680.4
5. David Evans Blitz Special 683.1
6. Chris Chapman Raw Striker 698.0