Round 10 report to follow soon Posted on October 4, 2022October 13, 2022 by Kevin Richardson Ventnor Botanic Garden hosted round 9 of the Isle of Wight Car Club’s forward only autotest championship. Despite only the top car park being usedm a fast flowing yet challenging course was created. 27 drivers enjoyed a sunny day of motorsport and the competition at the top could not have been tighter. Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc. Junior drivers Tyler Hayes and Chloe Dawson along with Nigel Dawson had a great time trading placed in their shared Ford Fiesta, however, it was James Robbins who took the class win in his Citroen C1 and finished 9th place overall. Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc. Sue Mitchel and Steve Glass managed to scrape the passenger door of their Ford KA on a rock flower bed, however, neither of them are admitting, or know who cut the corner a little too tight as the damage was only noticed later in the day. Laura Gates and Emma Hobbs were not only competing in class two but in contention for the fastest lady of the day award, however, Louise Wren took that title in her class 2 Puma. Wayne Hole knew he had to put in a good performance as he will not be able to make the Healey Weekend. The IOWCC championship allow competitors to drop their 2 lowest event scores in both sealed and unsealed events, this means even if you miss a few events, you can still be in with a chance of a trophy at the end of the season. Wayne certainly did put in a good performance and wowed the spectators as he posted the fastest time of the day, deservedly taking maximum class and championship points. Shane Parry also in class 2 was only 0.1 of a second behind Wayne in his Class 2 Ford KA. If that was not tight enough Class 3 was even closer. Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc. Chris Greenen always struggles to get his classic mini 1275GT started in the morning and today was no different. Club members were enthusiastically trying to push start the little mini up and down the pits. Thanks to an extra push from Steve Glass the mini sprung into life. Chris and Dave Goodwin in his classic mini again traded places but Chris pipped Dave to the class win and the third step of the podium buy only 0.05 of a second and Chris was only 0.09 of a second behind Shane. So, the top 4 places were within 0.24 of a second of each other. Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc, and this battle was just as tight. James McEnery piped Cathy True to the class win by 0.34 of a second and finished 7th place overall. Class 5 is for specials or limited production cars, Robbie Cooper was campaigning his ex-grass track mini and despite using old standard road tyres finished 14th overall. Thank you so much to Ventnor Botanic Garden for the use of their stunning carpark and offering some amazing food from the Plantation Room Café. The next event is a double header unsealed surface event at Knighton Sand Pit on the 23rd of October, please see our website for more information www.iowcc.co.uk.