The sixth round of the championship was held at the Grove Street Car Park in the centre of Coventry as part of the weekend-long Coventry Motofest. The warm, sunny weather was lost on the event, being held underneath one of the big flyovers of the inner ring road which was providing the arena for many of the other motor sport activities. Three tests were laid out, each to be attempted eight times with stops for lunch and afternoon tea (!) on a sloping site, and all used the solid concrete columns as course markers, in addition to the kerbs around the site and the usual road cones. Alastair Moffatt (Mini Special 1400) held a narrow 0-3 second lead over Willie Keaning (Sylva Striker 1800), who in turn was 0-6 second ahead of Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special 1600) after the first three tests. After six tests, Livingston had caught Keaning for second place, but the time margin between the three was still in the tenths of seconds, with Paul Fobister (Fobby Special 1600) just 10 seconds behind in 4th place.
Lunchtime after nine tests saw Moffatt with a slender 1 second lead over Livingston, Keaning now trailing Livingston by 12 seconds, having collected a penalty on test 7, and suffering a costly hesitation on test 8, with Fobister a further 12 seconds back. Behind Keaning in the sports car class, Steve Morten (Raw Striker 1800), Dave Evans (Raw Striker 1600) and Ian Chapman (Xmoor Riot 1700) were covered by 10 seconds in their own private battle, albeit 30 seconds down on Keaning, and the Minis of Charlie Lower (Mini 1380) and Bob Milligan (Mini 1275) were leading their respective classes. The saloon car class was being led by Warren Gillespie (Nova 1800) by just 7 seconds from Murray Walker (Nova 1600), Gillespie going on a penalty collecting spree all morning.
The pattern continued over the next three rounds, with Moffatt and Livingston trading tenths of seconds, but now with a 20 second lead over Keaning, whilst Fobister was a further 30 seconds behind. The other sports cars had established some parity amongst themselves, with Evans taking an 8 second lead over Chapman, and Morten a further 3 seconds back. Gillespie was paying for his collecting penalties all day, Walker was now leading the class by just 1 second!
The two afternoon rounds reflected the pace of the day. Two cars had already retired from the competition, and Gillespie continued to collect penalties, and now Walker collected some too, resulting in Gillespie winning the class by 8 seconds. The Minis continued on their way, but the road-going version of Milligan suffered over-heating problems and collected a couple of maximum times, but they both won their class. Another to start collecting penalties was Ian Chapman, who trailed Evans and Morten by 20 seconds, despite Morten breaking a front wishbone on one test and replacing it mid-round. The biggest break, and least costly, occurred three tests from the finish when Keaning broke his gearbox and collected a maximum penalty. As is the norm, three other competitors set to and helped change the box in good time for Keaning to retain his 3rd place overall. Moffatt found some extra speed over the last three tests, and finished just 4 seconds ahead of Livingston.
1st Alastair Moffatt Mini Special 1400 1079-8 secs
2nd Malcolm Livingston Lindsay Special 1600 1084-2
3rd Willie Keaning RAW Striker 1800 1137-5
4th Paul Fobister Fobby Special 1600 1149-9
5th Dave Evans Raw Striker 1600 1182-5
Demon Tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship Scores;-
1st Willie Keaning RAW Striker 1800 100 pts
2nd Paul Fobister Fobby Special 1600 94
3rd Chris Chapman Raw Striker 1700 87
4th Ian Chapman Xmoor Riot 1700 86
5th Warren Gillespie Nova 1800 80
Regulations for the sixth round of the BTRDA Autotest Championship can now be downloaded