Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground was the warm and sunny venue for the final round of the Demon Tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship on Sunday. Loughborough Car Club had laid out three test sites, each to be attempted six times by the 17 competitors. Of the leading competitors, both Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special 1600) and Chris Chapman (RAW Striker 1700) collected a 5 second penalty on just the second test, whilst Dave Evans’ Blitz Special 2000’s challenge faded away with 3 penalties during the second round.
Richard Pinkney (Caterham Seven 1600) and Dave Mosey (Mini Special 1430) both collected penalties on the third round, and at the halfway point, Dave Mosey had a slender 2 second lead over Richard Pinkney and Malcolm Livingston, who were in turn a further 4 seconds ahead of Chris Chapman. In the salon car class, Warren Gillespie (Nova 1800) held a 26 second lead over Toby Cook (Micra 1300) who was a further 4 seconds ahead of Mark Thornton (Nova 1800).
The afternoon tests saw the only mechanical failure of the day when Warren Gillespie broke a driveshaft on test 12. He just retained his lead in the saloon cars by 1 second, changed the shaft, and carried on at undiminished speed. The leading contenders continued penalty free except for Chris Chapman and Dave Evans who collected a penalty apiece on round 5, leaving Malcolm Livingston with a half second lead over Dave Mosey, and Richard Pinkney a further 3 seconds back in third place. The drama of the day was reserved for the very last test, where Dave Mosey collected a 5 second line penalty, dropping him to finish 2 seconds behind Pinkney.
The final placings saw Malcolm Livingston take overall honours by 3 seconds from Richard Pinkney, with Dave Mosey a further 2 seconds back. Chris Chapman was another 8 seconds behind, with Steve Morten, who was penalty free all day, finishing in 5th overall. Warren Gillespie won the saloon car class by 18 seconds from Toby Cook, who just beat Mark Thornton by 3 seconds.
1st Malcolm Livingston Lindsay Special 1600 695.0 secs
2nd Richard Pinkney Caterham Seven 1600 698.6
3rd Dave Mosey Mini Special 1430 700.2
4th Chris Chapman RAW Striker 1700 708.8
5th Steve Morten RAW Striker 1800 722.7
Demon Tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship Final Scores;-
1st Malcolm Livingston Lindsay Special 1600 137
2nd Dave Mosey Mini Special 1430 135
3rd Dave Evans Blitz Special 2000 132
4th Chris Chapman RAW Striker !700 121
5th Richard Pinkney Caterham Seven 1600 116
Results for the final round of the BTRDA Autotest Championship are now available.