Our chairman, Huw Gwyn Jones, and our Competition Secretary, Jamie Jones, worked extremely hard to ensure that the Kennings Autotest actually happened. With problems securing an appropriate and affordable venue, Andrew Crighton at Trac Môn/Anglesey Circuit came to the rescue with just over a week to go with an agreement for the use of the area around the office. Although the Circuit was also hosting a Track Day, it was deemed possible for the Autotest to go ahead without any conflict. This avoided the cancellation of the event and would ensure that the contenders in the various championships would not miss out on the opportunity to garner some points.
After the few days of mixed weather that followed the recent heatwave, the sun was shining strongly again and there were amazing views of Snowdonia and the Rivals to be enjoyed – quite a contrast from the experience of the previous Kennings in the wind and rain of February 2017.
Scrutineering completed, the sixteen National B and seven Clubman PCA starters had their first look at the diagrams and an opportunity to walk the test sites. The National B drivers were allotted four runs on each of Tests A, B and C, whilst the PCA competitors had four runs on sites A, C, D and D2.
From the outset the fastest times in the National B event were being set by Malcolm Livingston of Bridgnorth (Lindsay Special 1600), Dave Evans of Whitchurch (Blitz Special 2000) and David Mosey of Leeds (Rover Mini Special 1430), all competing in Class D. They eventually finished in that order, with Livingston ahead of Evans by just 4.4 seconds after 12 tests, with Mosey 7.0 seconds further back in third – two 5 second penalties costing him a place.
Class C was even more hotly contested between three Yorkshiremen Ian Chapman (Xmoor Riot 1700), Chris Chapman (RAW Striker 1700), Stephen Morten (RAW Striker 1800) and Scotsman Willie Keaning (Sylva Striker 1800). Unfortunately for Keaning, he recorded a wrong test on his third run on Test C, which put him out of contention. The class was won by Ian Chapman by 4.3 seconds from Morten, with Chris Chapman just 3 seconds behind. Again, errors made a difference, with two five second penalties costing Morten the class win.
The saloons of classes B and E did not have an easy day on the whole. C&A member Dafs Roberts lost time to the class leaders throughout the day, whilst locals Lee and Elis Matthews suffered from an intermittent electrical fault causing an engine cut out mid test; this turned out to be a loose wiring connection. Father and daughter Warren and Kelsey Gillespie’s day almost came to an end when the front nearside wheel adopted a funny angle and almost came off their Vauxhall Nova on an early run on Test C. A welder was required to effect a repair and a couple of phone calls located a local who could do the necessary, but it was a bit of a wait before he arrived and completed the job. The Nova was then pushed hard to catch up with the rest of the field and complete the round of tests. Their patience and perseverance paid off, with Warren Gillespie winning Class B and Kelsey taking the best novice prize.
In the Clubman PCA there were spirited performances all round and, although each competitor dropped their worst time out of four at each test site, a number of maximum score came into play. At the end of the day the overall spoils went to Phill Roberts with Annabelle McDermott as passenger in a Ford Ka, winning by only five seconds from the Ford Fiesta of Ben Jones and Guto Roberts, with the Fiesta of Will Hughes and Caian Williams a further 48 seconds adrift in third.
Congratulations to all the award winners and well done to everyone else who competed on the day. Grateful thanks to all the officials, marshals and timekeepers who ensured that the event ran smoothly. Full results available below.
National B Autotest Award winners:
Fastest Time of the Day - Malcolm Livingston (Lindsay Special) - 652.7 seconds.
1st Class B - Warren Gillespie (Vauxhall Nova) - 722.6.
1st Class C - Ian Chapman (Xmoor Riot) - 675.0.
2nd Class C - Stephen Morten (RAW Striker) - 679.3.
1st Class D - Dave Evans (Blitz Special) - 657.1.
2nd Class D - David Mosey (Rover Mini Special) - 664.1.
Best Novice - Kelsey Gillespie (Vauxhall Nova) - 849.3
Best C&AMC - Lee Matthews (Vauxhall Nova) - 851.0
Clubman PCA Award Winners:
1st - Phill Roberts/Annabelle McDermott (Ford Ka) - 821 seconds.
2nd - Ben Jones/Guto Roberts (Ford Fiesta) - 826.
3rd - Will Hughes/Caian Williams (Ford Fiesta - 874.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event will now be held at Trac Môn/Anglesey Circuit and NOT at Mona Industrial Estate.
The Kennings reverts to it's August date this year and will now be held at Trac Môn.
The National B Autotest is a qualifying round of the following championships:
2018 demon tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship
BTRDA Allrounders 2018 Championship
ANWCC Autotest Championship
ANWCC All-rounders Championship
Matthews Auto Salvage Welsh Autotest Championship
Glynne Edwards Memorial Championship 2018
Relevant C&A Motor Club club championships.
Regulations & Entry Forms
Supplementary Regulations and Entry Forms are now available here:
2018 Kennings National B Autotest SRs
2018 Kennings National B Autotest Entry Form
2018 Kennings Clubman Autotest & PCA SRs
2018 Kennings Clubman Autotest & PCA Entry Form
Clerk of The Course
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