Chris Chapman (RAW Striker) started the event in the worst possible fashion by collecting a maximum penalty on the very first test when a fuel line broke. The event was held at Bobbington Airfield near Wolverhampton on Sunday. Richard Pinkney (Caterham 7) took the lead after three tests, with Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special) and Dave Fox (Mini) in the next two places. John Moffatt (Westfield Seven) was fourth overall with a hard-charging Scot, Willie Keaning (Nova), in a deserved fifth place.
After 9 tests the lunchtime scoreboard showed that Pinkney held a slender 9 tenths of a second lead over Livingston, who had a comfortable lead over Moffatt now in third place, Fox having incurred a maximum penalty, with both Dave Evans (Blitz Special) and Alastair Moffatt (Mini Special) recovering from a shaky start taking fourth and fifth places. Keaning was holding on to sixth place, but being caught by a remarkable recovery by Chapman who was now seventh overall.
The first of the six afternoon tests saw Pinkney in trouble with a broken gearbox, whilst Livingston, his own car now shedding fan belts, carried on at undiminished pace, with Alastair Moffatt overtaking his brother for third place, and both Evans and Chapman also demoting John Moffatt to sixth place. Pinkney changed his gearbox with the help of other competitors, and in time to complete the last five tests in a master class demonstration of fastest times to take the win by 14 seconds. Livingston took a five second penalty but comfortably held on to second place, with Alastair Moffatt, Evans, John Moffatt, and Chapman all holding station. Fox recovered to take seventh place ahead of the consistent Keaning
Round 5 of the BTRDA Autotest Championship