Kitch­ing and North on top

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Henry Kitch­ing won the first part of the Welsh Car Trial week­end at a very wet Cymru to be­come the sev­enth win­ner in the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship this year.

Kitch­ing slowly opened a de­ci­sive lead over Mark Hoppe in the New Car class as con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rated with heavy rain.

It was Kitch­ing’s first win since claim­ing the Gold Star last Oc­to­ber. York­shire driver Ru­pert North, who usu­ally ex­cels in North Wales, fin­ished sec­ond and dropped the low­est marks.

The rear-wheel-drive class saw a close bat­tle be­tween Dave Oliver, Bar­rie Parker and Nigel Weeks. They were cov­ered by less than 10 points with Oliver win­ning.

Ru­pert North won the HCC Car Trial near Prestatyn, in slip­pery con­di­tions. North dom­i­nated his Small Car class to win by nearly 100 points.

Kitch­ing and Hoppe con­tin­ued their close class bat­tle and, af­ter 22 hills, were tied for po­si­tion, but two star climbs by Kitch­ing gave him the class and sec­ond over­all. Dave Walker fin­ished an en­cour­ag­ing third in class.

1 Henry Kitch­ing (Vaux­hall Corsa) 75.7 per cent; 2 Ru­pert North (Rover Mini) 89.9 per cent; 3 Mark Hoppe (Citroen Saxo); 4 Dave Oliver (Hill­man Imp); 5 Bar­rie Parker (West­field SEI); 6 Nigel Weeks (Hill­man Imp); 7 Richard Pain (Toy­ota Star­let); 8 Kevin Roberts (Dut­ton Phaeton); 9 Tim Beard (Citroen Saxo); 10 David All­man (Citroen Saxo).

Or­gan­iser: Guernsey Mo­tor Cy­cle and Car Club When: July 16 Starters: 100

On the south­ern out­skirts of St Peter Port, with the seafront start­line and prom­e­nade pad­dock, Val de Ter­res is the Monaco of Bri­tish mo­tor­sport.

A larger field than on Jer­sey two days ear­lier and a road re­open­ing time of 1730hrs, pre­sented a chal­lenge that was met, matched and beaten by the or­gan­is­ers.

But af­ter win­ning twice on Jer­sey on Thurs­day, Trevor Wil­lis met his match in the form of Scott Mo­ran, who de­liv­ered one of his hillclimbing lessons to the usual sus­pects – with the ex­cep­tion of lo­cal su­per­star Dar­ren War­wick, who pushed him all the way to the fi­nal short straight and tight fin­ish­ing bend.

There was no record­break­ing run-off pace in ei­ther round as the pub­lic road – a main bus route – was dusty af­ter re­cent heavy rain had left dirt on the sur­face.

Fol­low­ing Mo­ran’s vic­tory in the opener, ahead of sec­ond-placed War­wick, the win­ner said: “There is a 26s run in this car: it’s all about

War­wick pushed Mo­ran Andy Pri­aulx, Mo­ran and War­wick Bri­tish Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship: Val de Ter­res, Guernsey

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