With the dew
on the ground the first round was all about finding grip on the wet grass.
This was a challenge to the less experienced drivers who could only watch
in awe as Mike Pearson and Colin Weeks both went round with only one
marked lost. Both on hill two, which finished in long wet grass on the
very steep slope by the John Barber memorial seat.
Mike then cleaned the second round, going into lunch with only one mark
lost. The front wheel drive classes were both the province of Fiat
Panda's. David Holmes leading in National B and Nigel Taylor Clubsport.
Richard Tompkins was leading the Imp class. Class 4 in Clubsport contained
more than half the entry and it was fellow Falcon stalwart John Parsons
who was chasing Mike Pearson with thirteen marks lost. Just behind came Ed
Nikel, enjoying his first run with 1600 power in his ex - Clive Booth
Dellow Rep. Ed still had the carb from the 1300 engine but even so the car
was running very well, pulling like train from low revs.
With glorious autumn weather the ground had dried out by the afternoon
and Clerk of the Course gave the sections a real tweak, incorporating
sharp turns across the slope to get the diffs working hard and seeking out
every bit of remaining damp ground. It worked and even Mike Pearson
dropped a flurry of scores to end the day with 23 just two in front of Ed
Nikel who had a storming afternoon.