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whether I can do it. In this car at this hill, it’s all about the mid­dle of the run.”

Hare­wood star Richard Sped­ding thrust the tiny GWR Rap­tor to fastest qual­i­fy­ing time. Mo­ran had taken only fourth best as the cars came to the start of the open­ing show­down.

First away was Paul Le Mes­surier in the Lemtech co-built with brother Ian. He set a de­cent time which for­mer Val des Ter­res run-off win­ner Chris Guille could not sur­pass and another Guernsey driver Nick Saunders spun out af­ter Ter­res House gate.

Mo­ran set such a pace af­ter qual­i­fy­ing fourth that Men­zies, War­wick and Sped­ding could not match him. Wil­lis had only qual­i­fied sixth fastest and a pair of fifths meant no re­peat of his Bouley suc­cess.

In the fi­nal en­counter, War­wick was fastest qual­i­fier but Mo­ran, run­ning im­me­di­ately be­fore, set a win­ning time. How­ever, two sec­ond places for the Guernsey Air­port fire­man was great re­ward and he rose to 11th place in the stand­ings af­ter only two events, al­beit tem­po­rar­ily as these will be his only point-scor­ing runs. Given the time and bud­get he could achieve so much more.

There were more points for Alex Sum­mers as he moved back into the top 10. With a cou­ple of in­ter­est­ing guest drives on the hori­zon he may yet re­tain a ‘num­ber’.

Nei­ther of the driv­ers of the fac­tory Gould had com­peted on ei­ther is­land for some time. Eynon Price had not driven in Guernsey for five years, while Sean Gould’s last ap­pear­ance was in 1988. They took some time to es­tab­lish their pace but could be happy to be well-sited in the top 10 over­all.

By his high stan­dards, Wal­lace Men­zies might con­sider two fourths be­low par, but his cur­rent third over­all must be as­sured.

Mo­ran now has a 21-point gap over Wil­lis, who will be look­ing to claw back most of that amount at Wis­combe Park as Mo­ran will be ab­sent.

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