The weather held
good for Falcon's first autotest of the year despite some rain in the
preceding week. This rather caught out land owner Neil Bray as the grass
grew rather rapidly but he kindly ran a gang mower round the paddock area
before the competitors arrived.
Clerk of the Course Peter Manning had
organised some good tests, using his "one after the other - two at a time"
format. Keith Pettit was fastest on the first one and stayed in the lead
throughout the day, setting FTD 9 seconds ahead of David Manning. David
was actually quicker than Keith on a couple of tests but dropped more than
five seconds on test six to assure Keith's victory.
As usual Keith's Mini had to work
very hard, with a number of drivers, amongst them Jonny Tovey who won the
Peter Mountain was the quickest open
car in his Mk1 Dellow while David Smoley and Roy Howarth struggled to find
grip in their Westfield.