Curran leads BTRDA charge at Blyton Park
Organiser: BTRDA Where: Blyton Park, Lincolnshire When: October 16 Starters: 48 Former BTRDA Rallycross champion Kieran Curran mastered both wet and dry conditions to claim victory at the penultimate round of the Clubmans series at Blyton Park as the dominant force of 2016, Tommy Graham, retired in practice with a blown engine in his Ford Escort Mk2.
Curran led the Supermodified final from lights to flag to remain unbeaten at Blyton in his Vauxhall Corsa.
The Irish driver was pushed hard for the duration by Toyota MR2 man Marc Jones, while Chris Ransley completed the podium on his debut in a new BMW Compact.
British RX frontrunner Todd Crooks qualified on the front row for the final but was forced to withdraw with a suspected head gasket failure in heat three. Experienced BMW Mini driver David Bell was fourth in the final, ahead of the Peugeot 106 of David Attiwell.
In the new-for-2016 Production 4x4 division, former British Championship Supercar racer Mike Manning claimed victory in his Subaru Impreza as class graduates Ian Shelley and Eddie Gibbs both succumbed to mechanical problems in heat two.
The Production category final was won by Peugeot 106 driver James Orton, while reigning BTRDA champion John Ward finished second and Richard Todd climbed from winning the B final to make it a Peugeot 106 podium lock-out.
Fred Ling had his best rallycross outing to date at the wheel of his Citroen Saxo by qualifying fourth for the A final and finishing fifth, behind Michael Labedz. Juozas Meskauskas finished sixth in his Citroen C2.
Newcomer Jaidon Bennett was victorious in his first event, winning the Junior category final in his SEAT Arosa, just ahead of British Championship competitor Morgan Wroot, racing a Suzuki Swift.
Another newcomer, Laura Boak, completed the podium.
Chris Farrell provided plenty of entertainment in his rear-wheel-drive Ford Escort in the Historic category to qualify on pole position for the A final and win the event from Peugeot 205 campaigner Ryan Stutchbury. All-rounder Vince Bristow used his venerable BMW 318i to finish on the podium, while Escort driver Shaun Buckley scored fourth ahead of the Mini of George Edwardes.