Competitors were greeted by a very wet Kensworth at
Falcon’s BTRDA round. Fortunately it had been dry for a few days before so
Clerk of the Course Arnold Lane was able to lay out some competitive sections
using the full extent of the venue.
The first hill was at the far end, by the memorial seat to the late John
Barber. This was the hill that was to decide the event. Because of the
conditions it was a pretty simple straight climb, but there was a little bit
of adverse camber on the gentle bend just after the start. It was necessary to
have quite a bit of momentum to traverse this without slipping sideways and
most of the entry didn’t make it.
In the well supported Clubsport category Duncan Welch managed to clean the
section on each of the three rounds, in his well known Classic Trials prepared
Class 8 Austin Healey Special, rather than the Peugeot 309 he drove on The
Gill Morrell. Ross Nuten managed it OK on the first two rounds but not the
third time. This gave Duncan Best Performance on Index in Clubsport with Ross
taking the class C win.
This class was well supported with no less than 8 Marlins, plus two more in
the National B BTRDA event. Mike Hinman was the “Marlin Winner” dropping 99,
just behind Roger Dudleys Melos which was 2nd in Class C.
The Clubsport event had a nice selection of cars and drivers, including Reg
Taylor in his well prepared Anglia, Andrea Lane sharing Dave Smith’s ex –
Robin Howard Marlin and new members Mark and Michael McPharland in a Scamp.
This makes the third Falcon Scamp I know off as both Roger Dudley and Neil
Bray have one tucked away in the garage.
Malcolm Brown was best on Index in the BTRDA event, dropping 47, even
though Simon Harris had a lower score on 38 to win Class A ahead of Robin
Howard on 42. There was a real ding dong Marlin battle in National B class D,
between Dave Smith and John Ludford, who traded scores all day, with Dave just
getting the edge at the end to head John by one mark.