Windwhistle Motor Club finally managed to run their inaugural national Car Trial, the Spring Trial after two postponements due to wet ground. Conditions were contrastingly bone dry but forty tough sections taxed all the crews with form man Mark Hoppe continuing to rack up the overall wins in his Dutton Melos. Hoppe led all day to open up an appreciable lead and finish on nearly half Barrie Parker’s score in the rear wheel drive class, Parker reverting to his Westfield after a year. Meanwhile Henry Kitching won the new car class in his Corsa, having travelled from Yorkshire the morning of the trial. The front wheel drive class saw Garry Preston claw back a first round deficit to Neil Mackay to stamp his authority over the five exhausting rounds. Preston opened up a twenty point lead over Rupert North and his infamous Mini, who had a daylong tussle with Simon Harris who had foregone his faithful Golf GTi for a diesel Lupo.
- Mark Hoppe, Dutton Melos, 72.6%
- Garry Preston, Fiat 127, 83.0%
- Henry Kitching, Vauxhall Corsa, 100%
- Rupert North, Rover Mini, 122%
- Trevor Moffatt, Vauxhall Corsa, 126%
- Barrie Parker, Westfield, 128%
- Simon Harris, VW Lupo, 129%
- John Charles, Liege, 153%
- Neil Mackay, Fiat Panda, 164%
- Richard Harrison, Fiat 127, 185%
After last year’s snowed-off event, we are looking forward to this event, new to our championship. What with the challenge of a new site for us and the scenic location – we can’t wait! Not only that, this is day 1 of our weekend of trials in this area, with Woolbridge MC’s Golden Springs Trial the following day.