Philip Buckle won the Wyre Forest Car Trial in a borrowed Citroen Saxo despite three car failures in his class. Neil Mackay pushed Buckle initially but total electrical failure in his ageing AX after lunch halted his challenge and similarly Ray Jacobs’ gearbox failure halted him, enabling Buckle to clean up ahead of British champion Rupert North.
Mark Hoppe took yet another BTRDA Spoon and the MSA bonus point with least errors in the rear wheel drive class with second overall; brother in law Shawn Franklin came from behind in the last round of eight hills to win the new car class with a stunning round. Barrie Parker and Henry Kitching lead the class during the day with a huge class battle between all three.
Similarly the rear wheel drive class saw the leading four covered by just five points. John Charles nearly surprised all but for a costly six points just before lunch hindering him to third. Dick Glossop dropped a costly seven during the first round resulting in fourth in class with Steve Courts upholding Imp honours with second in class three behind Hoppe.
Despite a broken driveshaft in his Corsa, Dave Walker managed to take third in the front wheel drive class a point ahead of the immaculate VW Golf GTI of Richard Harrison.
- Philip Buckle, Citroen Saxo, 74%
- Mark Hoppe, Dutton Melos, 80.7%
- Shawn Franklin, Citroen Saxo, 89%
- Barrie Parker, Fiat 600, 97.7%
- Henry Kitching, Vauxhall Corsa, 101.5%
- Rupert North, Rover Mini, 104.1%
- Steve Courts, Hillman Imp, 104.8%
- John Charles, Liege, 112.9%
- Dick Glossop, Liege, 121%
- Trevor Moffatt, Vauxhall Corsa, 122.5%
Early entries to this popular trial will be appreciated by the organisers. The orchard setting with fabulous views from the paddock area are but the start, for the natural features of the site give “rise” to some of the best and most challenging sections you might wish for!