12th May 2019

Wolverhampton & South Staffs Motor Club – Staffordshire Knot Autotests

Event Report

The fifth round of the championship was held at the Road King Truckstop near Cannock, where a warm, sunny day saw a concentrated event conclude with some surprising results. Three tests were laid out, each to be attempted five times on a new concrete parking area, and there were surprises on the first round, where Ian Chapman (Xmoor Riot 1700) held a 4 second lead over Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special 1600) thanks to Livingston having collected a 5 second penalty on the very first test. Sports cars held 3rd, 4th, and 5th, despite both Willie Keaning (Striker 1800) and Chris Chapman (Striker 1700) having collected a 5 second penalty each, whilst Dave Evans (Striker 1600) remained penalty free. The second round saw Livingston gain the lead from Ian Chapman, whilst Chris Chapman retained 5th place despite collecting a penalty on the 4th test, overhauling Dave Evans in the process. Paul Fobister (Fobby Special 1600) remained in 4th place, and both he and Chris Chapman were coming under pressure from Dave Fox (Mini 1600), just 2 seconds behind.

Lunchtime saw Willie Keaning now holding a 3 second lead over Malcolm Livingston, despite having to change a gearbox part way through the third round, with Ian Chapman and Paul Fobister holding station in 3rd and 4th. However, Chris Chapman had collected another penalty, allowing Dave Evans into 5th place overall by just 1 second. Warren Gillespie (Nova 1600) held a commanding lead in the Saloon Car class, but the Mini class was now being led by young newcomer Charlie Lower (Mini 1380) following Dave Fox collecting a maximum penalty on test 9. Steve Morten spent lunchtime changing his gearbox after it failed on test 8, leaving him in 11th place overall.

The two afternoon rounds passed without further drama, but Ian Chapman retained 3rd overall despite collecting another 5 second penalty, whilst Chris Chapman mounted a determined charge which would see him overtake Dave Evans on the 4th round, and Paul Fobister on the last round. Warren Gillespie’s dominant win in the saloon class saw him take 7th overall, but he was only 5 seconds ahead of the Mini class winner Charlie Lower, who is still classified as a novice, who was just 2 seconds ahead of Dave Fox. Malcolm Livingston had closed the gap to Willie Keaning to only 2 seconds, the irony being that Malcolm’s engine was one bought from Willie two weeks ago, and left the question on everyone’s lips being “who was the last Scot to win a championship event?” It may not be long before Willie repeats this landmark result.


1st        Willie Keaning                    RAW Striker 1800                              531.4 secs

2nd          Malcolm Livingston         Lindsay Special 1600                        533.7

3rd           Ian Chapman                     Xmoor Riot 1700                               542.7

4th           Chris Chapman                  RAW Striker 1700                              566.9

5th           Paul Fobister                      Fobby Special 1600                          567.5


Demon Tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship 2019 Scores;-

1st       Chris Chapman                     RAW Striker 1800                              87 pts

2nd      Willie Keaning                       RAW Striker 1800                              82

3rd           Paul Fobister                      Fobby Special 1600                          77

4th           Ian Chapman                     Xmoor Riot 1700                               72

5th           Warren Gillespie              Nova 1800                                           67


Event Details

Regulations for the fifth round of the BTRDA Autotest Championship are now available.



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