Kitching retains his BTRDA Gold Star
Organiser: BTRDA Where: near Yeovil, Somerset When: October 23 Starters: 17
Henry Kitching retained his BTRDA Gold Star with a faultless drive at Woolbridge Motor Club, a venue that had previously been used as a sporting trials site, near Crewkerne.
Kitching made the long trip to Somerset from Yorkshire as favourite to add to his British championship last month, but overnight found the gearbox leaking oil, which left him troubled. The long, slippery grass helped Kitching immediately open out a decisive class lead, which he extended to 25 points during the day over Mark Hoppe.
Meanwhile, Trevor Moffatt had his own tussle with Nick Pollitt, who he beat by 12 points to secure the runner-up position in the Bronze Star.
In the front-wheel-drive class, there was an intriguing entry with two normal new-car class competitors switching to try and boost their Silver and Bronze Star chances.
Rupert North has become the man to beat in this class this year, but Shawn Franklin immediately had him under pressure. Thereafter a super day-long battle ensued swinging both ways, which Franklin finally topped by six points superbly. However, North was content with the Silver Star runner-up position.
The rear-wheel-drive class has had numerous overall and class winners this year, so a very tight battle was expected. Barrie Parker was completely off form from the off, but recovered slightly during the afternoon, leaving him with just the Mac Hazlewood trophy for most qualifying points during the year.
Meanwhile, Steve Courts stamped his authority from round one and slowly pulled away as the grass dried in the sunshine to net him the Silver Star. Results Woolbridge Motor Club Trial 1 Henry Kitching (Vauxhall Corsa) 73.6 per cent (Gold Star winner); 2 Steve Courts (Hillman Imp) 86.0 per cent (Silver Star winner); 3 Shawn Franklin (Citroen Saxo); 4 Mark Hoppe (Citroen Saxo); 5 Rupert North (Rover Mini); 6 Dave Oliver (Hillman Imp); 7 Trevor Moffatt (Ford Ka); 8 Kevin Roberts (Dutton Phaeton) (Bronze Star winner); 9 Nick Pollitt (Vauxhall Corsa); 10 Dave Walker (Vauxhall Corsa).