Alan Ede won the recent Spry Trophy Sporting Trial organised by Launceston and North Cornwall Motor club in extremely wet conditions.
The club had sourced a new venue near Crackington Heaven, Bude. Ede dominated all day with his usual fully committed style to take his maiden outright win. Fellow Kincraft driver James Tancock struggled with a poorlyperforming high revving engine and a flat battery but managed to finish second, although he was disappointed.
The podium was completed by Alan Murton in his self-built car. He appeared to run out of gas at the end of the day with Jon Moores in fourth. Mark Seward had borrowed Jerome Fack’s BTRDA Silver Star-winning car he built but retired at lunch with two flat tyres.
For the second time in two months, the Toyota Starlet of Donal Healy and Denis O’donovan beat the usually allconquering Subaru Imprezas to take top place in the Skibbereen 100 Isles Navigation Trial based in Innishannon.
At the finish of the 85-mile route, they had a single mark in hand over Alan and George Shinnors, with third place going to defending National champions Pakie Duffy and Evin Hughes to increase their points lead.
Novice class winners Brian O’mahony/amy Gallwey had a very good run to fourth place overall, with Timmy Hayes and Finghin O’donovan taking the Beginners’ class.
The 2016 BTRDA Autosolo Championship kicked off with a close battle at Demon Tweeks’ premises in Wrexham. After the first six tests, father-and-son Nick and Dan Darkin tied for the lead in the shared Vauxhall Nova. Overexuberant driving by Nick on the wet surface wiped out the finish of test nine, handing the initiative to his son who went on to win by 4.1 seconds. Third and fourth were class winners Xavier Brooke in a Lotus Elise and Jamie Yapp (Vauxhall Nova SR).
Results Spry Trophy Sporting Trial
Organiser Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club Where Bude When January 24 1 Alan Ede (Kincraft) 81 marks; 2 James Tancock (Kincraft) 94 marks; 3 Alan Murton (BAM); 4 Jon Moores (MSR); 5 Mike Wevill (Crossle). Skibbereen 1000 Isle Navigation Trial Organiser Skibbereen and District Car Club Where Innishannon, County Cork When January 30/31 1 Donal Healy/ Denis O’donovan (Toyota Starlet) 6 marks; 2 Alan Shinnors/ George Shinnors (Subaru Impreza) +1m; 3 Pakie Duffy/ Evin Hughes (Impreza); 4 Brian O’mahony/amy Gallwey (Impreza); 5 Owen Murphy/ Daire Hayes (Subaru Forester); 6 Trevor O’callaghan/ Patrick O’leary (Impreza); 7 Peter Farrell/ Shane Farrell (Impreza); 8 Andrew Beamish/ Lisa O’dowd (Impreza); 9 Andrew Whelton/ Cyril Maguire (Toyota Avensis); 10 George Swanton/ David Swanton (Vauxhall Vectra). Semi-experts: 1 Peter Farrell/ Shane Farrell; 2 Andrew Whelton/ Cyril Maguire; 3 George Swanton/ David Swanton. Novices: 1 Brian O’mahony/amy Gallwey. Beginners: Timmy Hayes/ Finghin O’donovan.
New Year Autosolo
Organiser Knutsford and District Motor Club Where Wrexham When January 31 1 Dan Darkin (Vauxhall Nova) 507.2 marks; 2 Nick Darkin (Nova) 511.3 mark; 3 Xavier Brooke (Lotus Elise); 4 Jamie Yapp (Vauxhall Nova SR); 5 Andy Williams (Nissan Micra); 6 Stephen Mather (Renault Clio) 552.8. Classes: A Yapp, B Dan Darkin; D Brooke; E Phil Clegg (Haynes Kit Car).