The entry rules for this year’s Rotax Grand Finals in Sarno, Italy, are to be relaxed. Mini and Micro Max competitors from all countries will be able to take part. In the past, these two classes have only been open to the host country. However, in several countries, including Britain, the Mini Max engine is used for older Cadet-aged drivers. Therefore UK Mini Max racers are still likely to be offered places in the Junior Max class for the World Finals.
Having missed the opening round of the championship, reigning champions Roland Uglow and Laura Wilks won the recent Walsingham Sporting Trial in Hampshire at Head Down following a close battle with Simon Kingsley.
After the first round of eight new hills in a new area in the vast site, Uglow tied for the lead with Richard Sharp. However, after a further round, Kingsley had climbed up to tie with Sharp, three points behind Uglow.
Two disastrous hills for Sharp just after lunch dropped him out of the reckoning to fifth place in the end, but top intermediate class. This left Uglow and Kingsley to battle for the trial over the remaining two rounds, but BTRDA championship chairman Kingsley could only close a further point and had to settle for second behind Uglow.
George Watson completed the podium 11 points behind.
Phil Haines won the Clubmans’ section in his Facksimile with a score that would have put him in the top five of the national runners.
Duncan Stephens won the Peter Blankstone sporting trial at Shelsley Walsh for the second time and became the fourth different winner in the first four rounds of the BTRDA Sporting Trial Championship on his first outing of the season.
Stephens took the lead over the first round of eight hills from Ian Veale and Uglow.
During the second round, Uglow slipped up and dropped two fives, while Veale closed within a point of the lead as the bracken became more slippery.
Josh Veale climbed up to third with Stuart Beare and Boyd Webster two points further back.
The final round saw Stephens absorb the pressure from Gold Star winner Ian Veale. Josh Veale let a couple of points slip away to slide to fourth overall behind Webster.
Reigning British champion Mark Hoppe won his local Woolbridge Motor Club’s Golden Springs Car Trial last Sunday, the opening round of the MSA, BTRDA and ASWMC championships.
Hoppe had an overheating engine in his Citroen Saxo from the start and withstood pressure from fellow local Nick Cleal (Saxo) to win the event for the third year in a row on its 50th running.
Cleal led Hoppe by a single point at lunch and with one hill to go, they were tied on points. Hoppe scored one less point to win the class and event.
750MC March 6 Walsingham, Hampshire 1 Roland Uglow (Crossle) 15 points; 2 Simon Kingsley (Crossle) 17 points; 3 George Watson (Hamilton); 4 Peter Fensom (Hamilton); 5 Richard Sharp (Cartright); 6 Stuart Beare (Sherpa Indy).
MAC March 13. Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire 1 Duncan Stephens (Crossle)19 marks; 2 Ian Veale (Sherpa) 23 marks; 3 Boyd Webster (Crossle); 4 Josh Veale (Sherpa); 5 Julian Fack (Crossle); 6 Kingsley (Crossle).