Photos by Paul Smith
It was a bright sunny day that greeted the 35 drivers that made the trip to Hutcross for Round 2 of the MC Blinds Autocross Championship 2015. With a number of crews travelling a long distance to be there it was gearing up to be another competitive day for all involved. A returning Mervyn Wedlock with a new engine would be the man to make in roads on the first run catching everyone on the hop to take a 5 second lead on the rest of the rally cars with only 3 buggies beating his time.
As the second run got under way it was clear that Mervyn who was double driving the car with his son Mark was very much enjoying his return to the track after a break, with Mervyn once again taking a fastest time with Mark getting ever closer and local ace Joe Smith holding station in 3rd in his trusty pinto escort. Anthony Masterson was impressing a lot of people with his run to 4th. Chris Snow JNR was having a troubled day with his Honda Civic struggling to deliver the power he required with a throttle posistion sensor not allowing the car to rev out fully.
In the class battles it was an interesting day as always with a number of drivers trying for the win, in Class 1 it was business as usual for Alan Pickens who took his little Nova to an impressive victory over Anthony Mc Donald.
Class 2 and it was Noel Cooke who was keeping everyone else in his wing mirrors as he took the win after run 2 but not after Brendan O’Reilly gave him a wake up call on the first run. Kevin Mc Goey brought his Suzuki Swift home in 3rd ahead of Michelle Mc Crory on her debut at the track.
Class 3 and it was Shane Marron who returned to top form by taking the win after a troubled run of luck recently. In saying that he was pushed hard by Adrian Foley in his Nova with Foley coming to within three tenths of a second at the end after what was a spirited drive by the pair. In 3rd place was Wayne O’Reilly in his Escort.
Class 4 saw Chris Snow JNR take a commanding lead even due to his problems ahead of Aidan Nicholl in his 205 who was having a good run keeping up as best of the rest turning a few good times to keep his championship dreams ticking over. In 3rd was Brian Smith in his Toyota Corolla who was getting back into the swing of it after a bit of a break.
Class 5 saw current champions Joe Smith in his escort to continue the business as usual aspect to the class, a bit of a change was he was being chased down hard by Anthony Masterson in his escort in a commited effort to try and take the class win at the end of the day with Colette Rooney coming home 3rd and top Lady on the day.
Class 6 and it was Mervyn Wedlock who was winning the Wedlock family feud ahead of his son Mark in the newly engined escort with the pair trading fairly closely on the times after Mervyns shock and awe tactic on the first run. This continued for the day in an overall aspect aswell with Mervyn taking the overall win over Mark at the end of the day with Joe Smith taking 3rd place to go with the class win.
In the buggies it was championship sponsor Mickey Conlon who was ruling the roost on the day. In fact such was Mickey’s pace that he would have won the event overall if the buggies were eligible. In 2nd place was Padraig Egan who regrouped after a failed first run when he had a mechanical issue. 3rd was Martin Connolly who proved he can be effective is either the navigator or drivers seat when he pulls on the overalls.
In the Juniors it was John Mc Cabe who put in a commanding run to win the class ahead of Stephen Reynolds who is getting used to his new Honda Civic. Niall Mc Gaughern finished up 3rd in his Peugeot 205.
So with Mervyn Wedlock proving there is still life in the baby blue car yet around the track it could make things very interesting for the rest of the year. Next up is Round 3 on April the 12th.
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