Neil Mackay finally returned a winning performance.
After a torrid couple of years of reliability Neil Mackay returned to winning ways to win the Ivinghoe Car Trial, which he won two years ago in contrasting conditions. Conditions proved extremely dry this year and Mackay won despite the fuel pump faultering on the last round, nearly handing the advantage to Rupert North who won two weeks ago but finished third overall.
Shawn Franklin won the new car class after a better afternoon, helped by Trevor Moffatt just clipping a post as hills were tightened. Moffatt tied with Simon Harris on points. Franklin was extremely happy to be highest placed British championship contender in second overall.
The battle of the day was in the rear wheel drive class with Nigel Weeks making least mistakes and beating three ex multiple champions to take the class win on a tiebreak from Barrie Parker, with Steve Courts a point back and Mark Hoppe another point back. Parker was left ruing a costly wrong route just after lunch having being pointless at the time, dropping a huge six on the spot. Barry Redmayne won the strongly supported clubman section in his Liege.
1 Neil Mackay, Citroen AX GT, 87.3%
2 Shawn Franklin, Citroen Saxo VTS, 95.8%
3 Rupert North, Rover Mini, 97.9%
4 Nigel Weeks, Hillman Imp, 98.2%
5 Barrie Parker, Westfield Sei, 98.2%
6 Trevor Moffatt, Vauxhall Corsa, 106.3%
7 Simon Harris, VW Lupo, 106.3%
8 Steve Courts, Hillman Imp, 107.1%
9 Mark Hoppe, Dutton Melos, 116.1%
10 Chris Judge, Citroen Saxo, 179.1%
Now established at their Ivinghoe site, Falcon’s popular Spring Trial from the experienced trials club is one not to miss! As always, early entries will be appreciated.