A cloud covered Foxley Estate just West of Hereford, the scene of a former American Airforce Hospital, welcomed competitors to the second round of the championship on Sunday. With four test sites set out, each to be attempted four times, the competition promised to be a lot hotter than the weather, and so it proved to be after the first round. Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special) held a slender 1 second lead over the sports car of Willie Keaning (Striker) who in turn was 1 second up on Chris Chapman (Striker). Such was the pace of the first round that the two Mini Specials of Alastair Moffatt and Dave Mosey had already suffered a maximum score with broken driveshafts, but that just suited Paul Fobister in his revitalised Fobby Special, lying just a second behind John Moffatt (Westfield). The second round would hold further troubles. Malcolm Livingston’s run came to a dramatic end when his engine dropped a valve, ending the day, and then Chris Chapman’s Striker broke the gearbox, but that would get changed during lunchtime to enable him to continue.
The lunchtime scoreboard had Alastair Moffatt (Mini Special) holding a 3 second lead over Willie Keaning (Striker) who was revelling in the conditions, and he a further 2 seconds lead over Paul Fobister (Fobby Special). John Moffatt (Westfield) was a further 4 seconds back, and he had a relatively comfortable 12 second margin over Dave Mosey (Mini Special) and Chris Chapman (Striker). In the saloon car class, Warren Gillespie (Nova) held a 100 second lead over his daughter Kelsey, whilst Charlie Lower was all alone in the Mini class.
The 8 afternoon tests passed off without any further incidents, just Willie Keaning and John Moffatt collecting a single penalty each. With only two weeks until the next round, Malcolm Livingston is faced with an expensive engine rebuild, whist Chris Chapman needs to look at a gearbox rebuild and an engine ignition problem. Steve Morten needs a rear axle rebuild, having broken a half shaft on the last but two test, but Willie Keaning and Paul Fobister will be delighted to continue where they left off at Hereford.
1st Alastair Moffatt Mini Special 1400 1013.0 secs
2nd Willie Keaning RAW Striker 1800 1025.8
3rd Paul Fobister Fobby Special 1600 1033.1
4th John Moffatt Westfield 1800 1041.9
5th Dave Mosey Mini Special 1430 1049.9
Provisional Demon Tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship 2019 Scores;-
1st Alastair Moffatt Mini Special 1400 38 pts
2nd Dave Mosey Mini Special 1430 35
3rd Willie Keaning RAW Striker 1800 33
4th Chris Chapman RAW Striker 1700 31
5th Paul Fobister Fobby Special 1600 31
Results for the second round of the BTRDA Autotest Championship are now available