Ro­tax Fi­nals

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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).

MARCH 16 2016

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