New organisers Ed Nikel and David Smoley had a worrying
time prior to the event as it rained for several days and on Saturday they
even considered cancelling. Fortunately Kensworth’s upper slopes had been
very dry underneath and absorbed most of the water, leaving a fair amount
of grip, despite the rain that fell all day. There were 27 entries, which
was reduced to 24 on the day after a couple of non-starters, including
Mark Tompkins who dislocated his shoulder playing Rugby during the week.
Richard Tompkins was one of the drivers setting the pace
on round one, along with Geoff Hodge, Jack Williams and Roger Dudley in
Clubsport and Colin and Michael weeks in National B. All were driving rear
wheel drive cars; the ground conditions being against the FWD boys, even
though some of the sections were quite tight. Section six was the one that
really sorted things out. There was a very muddy patch on a steep
gradient, with a 90 right just after. Geoff Hodge was the only Clubsport
driver to negotiate the 90 right and even he couldn’t get past the five.
In National B Alun Lewis actually cleaned the section in his Marlin, the
only driver to do so.
At the end of round one Jack Williams was leading the
trial, having only dropped 10 marks, eight of them on the notorious hill
six. One mark behind came Colin and Michel Weeks and Geoff Hodge, all on
11. Robin Howard was on 12 and best FWD car, then Roger Dudley and Richard
Tompkins on 13. Roger had replaced the diff he broke at Brickhill and
straightened a steering arm as well. Richard was very pleased with his
Imp, now fitted with an ex-Ed Nikel engine.
Geoff Hodge had an excellent 2nd round, only dropping 10
marks (5 of them on hill six) giving him 21 at the lunch break. This was a
full nine marks less than Roger Dudley on 30, with Jack Williams and
Richard Tompkins on 31 and Simon Groves on 32 after an excellent second
In National B Michael Weeks and Robin Howard were equal
on 31. Robin running ballasted in class B on this occasion. Running
un-ballasted Colin Reid had the lowest 2nd round score in his Nova but
couldn’t pull back his losses on round one. Lunch provided the marshals
with some respite from the rain and they were able to shelter in an open
barn along with the chuck wagon, which Ed Nikel had thoughtfully arranged.
Unfortunately we had lost Alun Lewis during Round 2 when his yellow
Marlin’s engine wouldn’t run and he had to retire.
Mike Hinman put in a storming performance after lunch
and cleaned round three but couldn’t make up for his scores before the
break. Geoff Hodge continued an excellent drive to drop six to end the day
on 27. Jerry Hughes also had a really good last round of 11 and won the
Novice award. Jack Williams dropped 12 to win class D. Roger Dudley
slipped back but still won the Best Falcon award.
In National B Robin Howard had a really good third
round, dropping 7 to finish on 38, ten better than class rival Chris
Smith. Robins score for the day was 38, lowest in National B and second
only to Geoff Hodge overall. Robin had overhauled both Colin and Michael
Weeks who finished with 72 and 74 respectively. However, after the index
was applied National B honours went to Colin and Robin had to be satisfied
with a class win.
David Smoley produced a rapid set of results, enabling
everyone to get on their way before the darkness set in. Well done all for
a very good Falcon Guy Fawkes.