Round 9 Report

An amazing 27 drivers competed at round 9 held at the dramatic Knighton Sand Pit.

Despite not being able to enter the deep sand section, the simple course proved popular and produced some tight competition.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc (a sump guard and rear 4-point cage are permitted). Nissan Micras are a popular choice in this class.

Keith Thomas led the flock of Micras, finishing 13th place overall, however, it was James Robbins in his class1 Citroen C1 who took the class 1 award and finished 9th place overall.

Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc (a sump guard and rear 4-point cage are permitted).

Steve Glass and Sue Mitchell were left to battle it out for class honours in their Ford KA after father and son duo of Barry and Kevin Richardson’s Suzuki Ignis broke down.

Steve and Sue offered to let them continue in their car demonstrating the true clubman spirit of our club.

Sue was rewarded and super happy with her first ever class win.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc (must look like a road going car).

Home of the stripped out hot hatch, this class is very competitive. 

Charles Gilby just managed to stay ahead of his son Joel Gilby, who was also competing in the Youth championship sponsored by Jake Ellis sunglasses. Finishing in 11th place overall in his class 3 car and taking the Youth award was Vinnie Whittington, but class 3 honours and 5th place overall went to James Mcenry is his rapid Ford Fiesta.

Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc (must look like a road going car).

There was some serious Subaru machinery on display in class 4 and with their advantage of all wheel drive they were all fighting for the top spot. Podium sponsor Luke from Pro-Tek just missed out on presenting himself with a prize by finishing 4th place overall and Wayne Hole in his front wheel drive rally Ford Focus tried to ruin the Subaru party but finished in a very respectable 3rd place overall. However, it was Jon Barrett who not only took the class win but also stood on the top step of the podium with a dominating display of power and car control in his rally Subaru – Clubby.

Fastest lady of the day was Cathy True in her class 4 BMW mini cooper S.

Class 5 is for single seater specials, limited production vehicles or cars that don’t fit in the other classes.

Ben Ash competed in a special that the club had not seen for years and was originally built by Terry Steel, however, his day was cut short when his MR2 powered single seater developed engine problems and had to retire.

On his final run of the day Andy Williams in his motorbike powered special was trying hard to catch Jon in his Subaru, but a slight mistake found himself off the racing line and on the marbles. Andy still took the class win and finished 2nd place overall.

Thank you so much to everyone who helps make these events happen, especially to the club members who help set up and pack away all the equipment.

The next event is a sealed surface event, held in the top carpark of the Ventnor Botanic Garden.

Here are some amazing images of today’s action from Allan Marsh

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