Sport­ing Trial: Gold Star

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Dun­can Stephens Re­sults

Or­ganser: BTRDA When: Jan­uary 7 Where: Starters: 43 Crewk­erne, Som­er­set

Josh Veale won the BTRDA Sport­ing Tri­als Gold Star for the sec­ond time in three years at his home site in Crewk­erne Som­er­set on Satur­day, while Nick Speed won the Sil­ver Star for sec­ond tier driv­ers, re­peat­ing his suc­cess of two years ago.

Forty three crews bat­tled over the 30 sec­tions set by out­go­ing cham­pi­ons Ian and son Sandy Veale. With reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger James Washer, Josh Veale had bor­rowed his fa­ther’s car for the day, hav­ing only driven it com­pet­i­tively once be­fore two years ago, an event he also won.

Veale led all day, with a su­perb first round on a high scor­ing day fol­low­ing some mag­nif­i­cent trick­ling and blast­ing as con­di­tions changed on the mas­sively long chal­leng­ing hills.

Si­mon Gracey, with young son Sa­muel pas­sen­ger­ing, was the near­est challenger but a poor sec­ond round dam­aged his hopes of a maiden Gold Star. He fin­ished 14 points be­hind.

Reign­ing dou­ble Bri­tish cham­pion Roland Uglow had a ter­ri­ble first round that left him down in 15th place, but then was best for the rest of the day to climb up to third over­all with Laura Wilks pas­sen­ger­ing.

John Fack, who won the last qual­i­fy­ing event and reg­u­larly stars at the fi­nal, made a cou­ple of mis­takes that stopped him chal­leng­ing the podium with the un­for­giv­ing con­di­tions.

An­drew Mckin­ney trav­elled from across the wa­ter with his ex-brian Edgar Gold Star­win­ning Crossle and fin­ished fifth just ahead of Ju­lian Fack and com­mit­tee chair­man Si­mon Kings­ley, all win­ning awards for best com­peti­tors from re­gions.

In the sec­ond tier of com­peti­tors in the Sil­ver Star, Speed had a great day in his Crossle to fin­ish 15th and win the cat­e­gory. Colin Flash­man sprung a sur­prise by push­ing him hard fin­ish­ing sec­ond and 20th over­all on his first at­tempt at the fi­nal. Tom Mckin­ney was third in his Concord.

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