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Round 5: Tim Sargeant Memorial Autotest,organised by Knutsford & DMC

Paul Fobister driving his Haigh Special took his first FTD at an MSA Autotest round. Fobby led from the first round of tests after Richard Pinkney had a gearbox failure on the opening test of the day and picked up a wrong test penalty, Dave Evans also collected a pylon on the opening test and suffered a damaged gearbox on the last round, but completed the last two tests with a gaping hole and no oil in the box to just hang on to second place from a hard charging Pinkney, who recovered to win his class and collect the final podium position.

Roger Holder took 7th overall and the Class B win in his road legal Toyota Starlet after a problem with the Vauxhall Nova that he had planned to use for the event and championship newcomer Warren Gillespie from Dumfries in only his third ever MSA round took 2nd in Class B and 8th overall.

Round 4: Firefly Autotest, organised by Whitchurch MC

Richard Pinkney took his third FTD of 2014 at the Whitchurch MC Firefly Autotest in Shrewsbury. Championship leader Paul Fobister in the Haigh Special took the early lead after the first round of tests, but Pinkney took control after the second round and went on to win by 16.2 seconds ahead of Fobister who was the only driver not to  pick up any penalties.  Chris Chapman had a strong drive in the RAW Striker, a bad opening round saw him drop over 14 seconds to the leaders, but some very consistent times saw him climb back up to third overall.  The fast improving Keith Walton had another good event and picked up another 4th overall in the Locost KW7.

Dave Cook was the best saloon car bringing his Nissan Micra home 10th overall, with his son Toby Cook just one place behind double driving the same Micra.


Round 3: Juniper Autotest organised by CSMA NEL Group.

Richard Pinkney took his second FTD of 2014 at the Juniper Autotest in Milton Keynes. Pinkney in his Caterham led from the off, but was being chased by the ever improving Chris Chapman in the Raw Striker, the latter putting in some very quick times and closed the gap to 3.5 seconds after the second round of tests, Pinkney responded with some sublime driving to win the event by over 28 seconds, with Chapman settling for 2nd place.  

Dave Cook won the saloon class in his Nissan Micra and netted 10th overall finishing just ahead of his son Toby Cook.  

The joint Championship leaders Paul Fobister and Dave Evans both had days to forget finishing 6th and 7th overall, allowing Pinkney who missed the last round to claw back valuable points.


Round 2: RAW Foxley Autotests, organised by Herefordshire MC

Dave Evans took FTD in very changeable conditions in his Blitz Special at the Foxley Autotest. Paul Fobister was the early leader in the very slippery conditions until Test 7, when he forgot where he had to go and dropped 19 seconds, Evans moving up to second overall behind the flying Malcolm Livingston in the trusty Lotus 7, who then made a uncharacteristic wrong test and handed the lead to Evans.

Chris Chapman was 4th overall in the RAW Striker and the husband and wife team of Stuart and Helen Perren had their best results of the season in the Retrotester Special, with Stuart 5th and Helen 9th overall.

Roger Holder took Class B in the Nova and 6th overall, but without the four penalties accumulated over the day it could have been a Top 3 finish. 


Round 1 Jon MacKenzie Autotests organised by Hagley and District Light Car Club.

Reigning Champion Richard Pinkney opened his 2014 account with FTD at the Jon MacKenzie Autotest held on the Curborough Sprint course. Pinkney driving his Caterham 7 totally dominated the event winning by 58.2 seconds.  Paul Fobister in the Haigh Special took the runners up spot and the Specials class after a close battle with the Blitz Special of Dave Evans, the latter closing to within 4 seconds over the last round of tests and in the process overhauled Keith Walton to take the final podium step by just 1.1 seconds.

Roger Holder took Class B honours and 5th overall in his Nova ahead of the similar Nova of Lee Valentine, the latter having picked up a 30 second penalty on the opening round of tests and finished just 30.2 seconds behind Holder.  MSA Championship newcomers Warren Gillespie and William Keaning made the long trip from Scotland to compete in their first major Autotest event and showed a lot of potential finishing 5th and 6th in Class B.