The penultimate round of the 2015 MC Blinds Autocross Championship took place in Latton on Sunday. The competing crews were welcomed by a fresh but pleasant day weather wise and treacherous and slippery conditions under foot.
With the club championship sown up by Castletara man Joe Smith in his Pinto engine escort the autocross championship was still to play for with Smith and Alan Pickens both on perfect scores it would be a case of who blinks first in the race for the title.
On the day it would be first blood to Chris Snow JNR. Running with the DMRR sequential box in his Civic for the first time as a trial he was really getting to grips with it posting the fastest time on the opener. Technical problems halted Smith’s progress on the first run and would leave him without his safety net for the rest of the day of having one good time to fall back on. Alan Pickens would be the only other car to go sub 3:20 on his first run as the conditions made live tricky for all involved.
On the 2nd run it would once again be Snow that would lead the way with Joe posting a time on this run 2nd fastest and Pickens 3rd. Latton regular Ollie Mc Cormack would make his presents known on this run with 4th fastest ahead of new man Marty Gallagher in his newly acquired Fiesta R2. In the buggies it would be Sean Coleman’s neat and tidy approach that would net him a fastest time by 5 seconds on the opening run ahead of Martin Connolly who was pushing hard for a win to keep his Club championship hopes alive.
In the Junior category it would be John Mc Cabe who would lead the way all day. The Civic keeping it’s nose out infront of a posy of Starlet’s being directed by Jason Black and Aaron McIntyre. Nial Mc Gaughern was getting to grips with his new Civic only to have a slight blot of his copy book on the opening run when he slid on and mounted the bank after the main straight, only time loss and blushes were the damage obtained this time. A little worse for Anthony Mc Donald in the form of a big moment when his Nova hit a bank and sustained a hard landing back onto terra firma, after being checked out by a doctor Anthony soldiered on only to have his final run cut short when the car cried enough and ground to halt and costing him any chance of making amends for two lost runs.
Back at the front it would be Chris Snow JNR who would take a well deserved win in tricky conditions ahead of Joe Smith who still retains his command over the championship with the final round at Christmas. Alan Pickens keeps the pressure on though by taking maximum class points again with a 3rd overall. With Shane Marron, Justin Smyth and Thomas Melia taking the other class wins on the day and Sean Coleman taking the buggy win ahead of championship sponsor Mickey Conlon in his “Black Beauty”
The final round of the MC Blinds 2015 championship will take place in Latton on Sunday the 27th of December with a big entry and big crowds it is usually a great day out for all the family to shake off the post Christmas blues!