GOULD TAKES A VERY RARE VICTORY
Organiser: Lothian Car Club (Edinburgh) When: September 17/18 Starters: 121
For the last three years, Doune has staged the deciding event in the British Championship title chase on this penultimate event of the series. This year brought the end of that run.
With champion-elect Scott Moran missing the rounds, the morning run off followed a familiar story of Trevor Willis ahead of Wallace Menzies, ensuring that Willis cannot now be caught for second overall this year.
A third place for Sean Gould was something of a forecast for what would happen after a drizzly Q2. The damp had an effect on positions but, come the second encounter, conditions were equal.
First to run, Gould set a time that nobody could beat. He gained his second run-off win 28 years since his first at Fintray in June 1988. This is the longest period between victories in the history of the competition.
Gould, who took a 26-year break from competition, said: “I knew this was a ‘now-or-never’ situation and the car was sliding all the way to the top on a damp surface. Still I am surprised at the win!”
With his 18-point score, Gould has a larger lead than before over 1600cc rivals Ed Hollier and Eynon Price (Gould’s co-driver) in the seventh, eighth and ninth positions but these still cannot be settled until next weekend’s season finale at Loton.
As often at Doune, locals featured in the scoring with twice Scottish Hillclimb and Sprint champion Les Mutch gaining a career-best 13 points despite car troubles in practice. The GWR constructor and twice British champion made his first appearance since 2008 this time sharing with customer Richard Spedding.
Whilst Graeme Wight Jr qualified for the first run, he was unable to take his run as a fragile engine mount needed to be conserved for Spedding’s points-scoring chances and the Yorkshireman is 15 points clear in fourth overall. Dave Uren, his rival for that place, crashed out in the first encounter but managed third in the damp final shoot-out.
Jerseyman Jason Mourant, attempting to hold on to the number 10, made his Doune debut but was somewhat spooked.
He gained only one point but is still only two points ahead of 2015 champion Alex Summers, who will guest drive in the formidable Gould-cosworth HB of Graham Wynn in the finale in a week’s time at Loton Park.
Gould returned to the winner’s circle after nearly three decades