GOULD WINS ON RIVET DEBUT
Organiser: Marches 4x4 When: 7/8 May Where: Bovington, Dorset Championships: Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship, Freelander Challenge, BCC Trophy Runs: 12 Starters: 38
Martin Gould took his Buxton 4x4 Rivet to a British Cross Country Championship win on his first event with the car after a tough battle with Justin Birchall and Ryan Cooke.
Birchall led early on but such was the level of competition that after four runs he was only one second in front, with Cooke and Gould tied for second.
Run five saw Gould move into the lead for the first time, a position he would maintain to the end of the event. Cooke ended the event in second after Birchall took a maximum following a roll. Steve Smith completed the top three in his JRG Clio V8.
“The event has been a lot of fun,” said Gould. “We had a great battle and it’s a shame Justin rolled his car. The course was very hard on both car and driver, it was a real challenge so I’m delighted with the win.” Results 1 Martin Gould/ Simon Kerfoot (Buxton 4x4 Rivet) 1h16m00s; 2 Ryan Cooke/ Darren Cooke (Milner LRM-1) +1m48s; 3 Steve Smith/john Griffiths (JRG Clio V8); 4 Richard Wynne-williams/ Ian Jones (Lofthouse Freelander); 5 Andy Powell/ Evalda Kazla (Simmbugghini); 6 Justin Birchall/ Louise Birchall (Lofthouse Freelander); 7 Neil Davey/tony Barley (Yamaha YXZ1000R); 8 Alan Thomas/ Mike Moran (Warrior Indy); 9 John Thorne (Yamaha YXZ1000R); 10 Paul Harris/ Karina James (GSR Maxilight).