Rupert North borrowed a Citroen Saxo, changed from his usual class two and drove superbly all day with a brilliant second round, in challenging conditions, to take a fabulous class and overall win at the Gaby Mohr trial. North has faithfully campaigned his Rover Mini for 19 years, and jumped ship in a gutsy move to challenge Shawn Franklin, who could only manage third in class. Trevor Moffatt challenged North all day but a poor fourth round dropped him behind. New dad Philip Buckle took a big front wheel drive class win from Mark Hoppe who managed the last three hills with a broken CV joint salvaging the MSA Class award. Dave Oliver was once again sublime with another class win from Steve Courts.
North was ecstatic to finally take the British championship, only leading it after the last round. In a strange car he showed pure British champion class to take his third overall win of the year.
Gaby Mohr Car Trial
Wolverhampton and South Staffs Car Club
MSA, BTRDA, ASWMC, CMSG Championships
- Rupert North, Citroen Saxo, 69%
- Trevor Moffatt, Vauxhall Corsa, 73%
- Philip Buckle, Citroen Saxo, 74.5%
- Dave Oliver, Hillman Imp, 75.8%
- Shawn Franklin, Citroen Saxo, 107%
- Mark Hoppe, Citroen Saxo, 107.3%
- Ray Jacobs, Citroen Saxo, 112.7%
- John Wadsworth, Ford KA, 116.8%
- Steve Courts, Hillman Imp, 118.8%
- Simon Harris, VW Golf GTI, 130.9%
The last qualifying round of our 2017 championship takes us to the rolling countryside to the west of Bridgnorth, where Wolverhampton & South Staffs CC will be running the Gaby Mohr Memorial Trial on the site first used last year, and indeed is the venue and organising team for our Grand Final on 1st October. All the more reason to experience the venue and enjoy the trial put on by the winners of last year’s Best Event award.