Report by Mike Sones on Round 1 the Jon MacKenzie Autotest organised by Hagley and District LCC
11th March 2018
A dry, cold day greeted the 26 competitors at Curborough Sprint Course for the Jon MacKenzie Autotest, the first round of the 2018 BTRDA Autotest Championship. Four tests were laid out round the circuit, all to be attempted four times, and it was Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special) who continued as he finished last year by taking the lead after four tests, despite picking up a five second penalty on the third test, from 2016 champion Alastair Moffatt (Mini Special 1430) and 2017 champion Richard Pinkney (Caterham 7 1600). John Moffatt (Westfield 1800) was just five seconds behind Pinkney, with Dave Mosey’s Mini 1430 a further four seconds back.
The lunchtime scoreboard, after six tests, showed Livingston having a 3 second lead over Moffatt, with Pinkney now 7 seconds further behind. Mosey had overturned his four second deficit to a five second lead over John Moffatt, but was still 12 seconds behind Pinkney. Two significant retirements before lunch were Chris Chapman (Striker 1700) and Warren Gillespie (Nova 1600) who both suffered terminally broken gearboxes, Chapman on the very first test, Gillespie on the fifth test whilst leading the class.
The eight afternoon tests saw John Moffatt pick up a five second penalty, but the other top four drivers kept clean sheets to the finish of the event, only Mosey being delayed with temporary brake failure, found to be caused by a collapsed wheel bearing. Livingston held on to beat Moffatt by two seconds, with Pinkney a further nine seconds back. Mosey held a comfortable fourth over John Moffatt fifteen seconds behind in fifth place.
1st Malcolm Livingston Lindsay Special 1600 889.1 secs
2nd Alastair Moffatt Mini Special 1430 900.5
3rd Richard Pinkney Caterham 7 1600 903.8
4th Dave Mosey Mini 1430 927.2
5th John Moffatt Westfield 1800 942.7
Results for the 1st Round of the BTRDA Autotest Championship can now be downloaded.