GOULD TAKES A VERY RARE VIC­TORY

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ed­die Walder Re­sults

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

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