12th March 2017

Peter Blankstone

Event Report

Stephens and Wilks battle to end

Peter Blankstone Sporting Trial

MAC

Shelsley Walsh

MSA, Reis BTRDA, Reis ASWMC

32starters

Duncan Stephens and Andy Wilks had an epic daylong battle in their Crossle’s at Shelsley Walsh for the Peter Blankstone Sporting Trial.

The first round saw Wilks take the lead with a couple of fantastic trickles, but Stephens was biting at his heals despite not using the car this year, and a best second round saw him take the lunch lead by three points which was immediately thrown away afterwards.

The last hill saw Stephens battle tirelessly for two points to tie with Wilks and take the win on count back for the third time in a decade at the historic motorsport venue. Wilks awaits his first national win, which will surely be seen this year with new car. Ian Veale grabbed third also on a tiebreak from Simon Kingsley who takes the lead in the British championship just two points behind. Peter McKinney won the intermediate class with fifth overall another point behind, from Stuart Beare who finished eighth.

Reigning Reis Motorsport Insurance BTRDA Gold Star champion Josh Veale finished a close sixth and best live axle car from Steve Courts. The novice class was won by Alan Baker and his partner Hillary Carrott, whose birthday it was, by a single point in nineteenth from Pat Henson.

  1. Duncan Stephens / Tristan Veale, Crossle, 31
  2. Andy Wilks / Mark Smith, Crossle, 31
  3. Ian Veale / Sandy Veale, Sherpa, 33
  4. Simon Kingsley / Jo Edwards, Crossle, 33
  5. Peter McKInney / Zoe Chilton, Crossle, 34
  6. Josh Veale / James Washer, Sherpa, 37
  7. Julian Fack / Meg Marrion, Crossle, 43
  8. Stuart Beare / Katka Bucicova, Sherpa Indy, 47
  9. Peter Fensom / Liz Fensom, Hamilton, 48
  10. Paul Price / Kate Kirk, CAP, 50

 

Photo courtesy of Calvin Talbot, CSTArtworks of Duncan Stephens from today.

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