Organisers Arnold lane and Cliff Morrell had the god of the
weather on their side for Falcon's Brickhill Trial on 15th October. There
had been a fair bit of rain during the preceding week. But it was dry for
the setup on Saturday and a calm, pleasant day for the trial itself.
Competitors were to see some different sections, as Brickhill also gets
used by some of the local 4WD clubs and the wood in particular was heavily
rutted. However, for every section they damage they open another one up so
it doesn't work out too badly.
There was an early morning disaster when the catering
van didn't show but this was soon forgotten once the event got underway.
The early morning dew made the grassy sections very slippery and Dave
Smith took an early lead in his Tempest, with John Parsons snapping at his
heels. Brickhill master Mike Pearson had an uncharacteristic bad morning,
battling with Simon Robson for third place. As the day wore on there was
more and more grip and the organisers progressively tightened things up.
This certainly suited JP who was able to put the power and grip of his
Type 4 engined Buggy to good effect in the sandy areas.
Dave held onto his lead and went into the last round
having only dropped 20 marks, five fewer than JP. Then there was a gap
before Mike Pearson, Simon Robson, Geoff Hodge, Ross Nuten and Keith Oakes
who were all within five points of each other. It looked as if Dave was
home and dry but everything was to change when an inspired JP went clear
on all but hill six while Dave lost a succession of marks on five of the
eight hills and Mike Pearson went clean on everything.
So JP was the overall winner, followed by Mike Pearson
who won the award for Best Falcon and Geoff Hodge who won the class.
Elsewhere, Mark Tompkins won the other Clubsport class and David Holmes
the national B event.
1st Overall Nat B
||David Holmes (Fiat
| Class Winner
||Robin Howard (Citroen AX)
|Best Overall on Index
||John Parsons (VW Buggy)
||Mike Pearson (Dellow
|1st Class 4
||Geoff Hodge (RDT Special)
|2nd Class 4
||Dave Smith (Tempest)
|3rd Class $
||Ross Nuten (Delow Mk2)
||Tim Denison (Marlin)
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