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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).

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