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Report from Round 4 of the Link Up Ltd MSA British Autotest Championship.

The Firefly Autotest is a new edition to the MSA Championship calendar run by Whitchurch Motor Club at Shrewsbury Livestock Market, the event was also raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and over £160 was donated on the day. Dave Evans driving his Blitz Special became the fourth winner from four events, in doing so took his first ever MSA victory and on his home event.  Pre-event favourite Richard Pinkney had a nightmare start and picked up a maximum time on the opening test, but a stunning run of fastest times in class, saw him overhaul Stephen Morten by Test 10 and winning the class by 9.9 secs after 15 tests and finishing 2nd overall, Morten rounding off the podium to consolidate his Championship points lead.
Lee Valentine bounced back after mechanical problems at the previous round to win Class B in his Vauxhall Nova, Rob Rolston took Class A in his 1380 Mini and Class E leader Kevin Hardwick in his Peugeot 205 had to settle for second behind the MX5 of Mike Biss.

Event Top 3
1st Dave Evans Blitz Special
2nd Richard Pinkney Caterham 7
3rd Stephen Morten Raw Striker
Report from Round 3 of the Link Up Ltd MSA British Autotest Championship, the Juniper Autotest organised by CSMA.

Ian Chapman driving a Sylva Riot took his first outright win at MSA Championship level at the Juniper Autotest at the MK Stadium in Milton Keynes.  Paul Fobister in the Haigh Special went into the final run of 3 tests only 1.6 seconds behind Chapman, but was unable to match the pace, finishing 2nd overall and 1st in class was Fobister's best MSA result to date.
There was disappointment for Chris Chapman, who had led the event from the start, only for the handbrake to fail resulting in a maximum time penalty on Test 12, dropping him out of contention for the win.  Roger Holder had borrowed Gavin Dickson's Nova for the day and set a blistering pace in Class B, finishing 3rd overall and only 5.2 seconds off FTD.

Event Top 6
1 Ian Chapman Sylva Riot 759.2
2 Paul Fobister Haigh Special 762.3
3 Roger Holder Vauxhall Nova 764.4
4 David Evans Blitz Special 769.5
5 Stephen Morten Raw Striker 771.1
6  Chris Chapman Raw Striker 775.2
Report from Round 2 of the Link Up Ltd MSA British Autotest Championship.

Richard Pinkney opened his 2013 account with a dominant win at the Foxley Autotests organised by Herefordshire MC, Pinkney driving a Caterham 7 finished 56.3 seconds clear of the Raw Striker of Chris Chapman with the Blitz Special of David Evans just 0.4 sec behind in 3rd. Championship leader Stephen Morten dropped to 4th overall after a penalty on Test 13, but retains his championship lead.
The dry dusty conditions seemed to favour the rear wheel drive cars and Lee Valentine was the first of the front wheel drives in his Nova winning Class B and 9th overall. 

Event Top 6
1st Richard Pinkney Caterham 7 818.1
2nd Chris Chapman Raw Striker 874.4
3rd David Evans Blitz Special 874.8
4th Stephen Morten Raw Striker 875.9
5th Paul Fobister Haigh Special 891.8
6th Keith Walton Locost KW7 897.7

Report from Round 1: The Jon Mackenzie Autotests organised by Hagley & District Light Car Club.

Stephen Morten took his first MSA FTD in his Raw Striker, Stephen snatched victory from the Mini Special of Roger Holder on the penultimate test of the day as conditions dried out.  Ian Chapman (Sylva Riot) had a strong final run to finish off the podium just 2.1 seconds adrift.
Lee Valentine was the top saloon winning class B and 4th overall in the Nova. Gavin Dickson returning to the sport, reacquired his old Nova and was quickly getting back on the pace ending the day in 7th overall.
Howard Everingham won the Mini class from Rob Rolston, while in class E Road Going Cars, Duncan Stephens romped home ahead of Kevin Hardwick and Mike Biss who missed out on second in class by just 0.1 seconds.

Event Top 6
1st  Stephen Morten Raw Striker 1132.2 secs
2nd Roger Holder Mini Special 1136.3 secs
3rd Ian Chapman Sylva Riot 1138.4 secs
4th Lee Valentine Nova 1142.9 secs
5th Chris Chapman Raw Striker 1161.3 secs
6th Paul Fobister Haigh Special 1161.4 secs