CAR TRIAL

Kitch­ing re­tains his BTRDA Gold Star

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Dun­can Stephens

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).

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