A wet and windy day greeted the 21 drivers to Hutcross in Latton for round 5 of the MC Blinds Autocross Championship. With previous days winner Mickey Conlon competing in Cork it left the path free for reigning champion Joe Smith to take another maximum score to help his Autocross and overall Club championships along for the year.
His life wouldn’t be made easy with Denn man John Mc Cabe getting to grips with his newly acquired Honda Civic and Chris snow JNR would as ever be on a big push to win outright honours.
On the opening run it would be too hard pushed by Snow as he would damage the Civic off a bank and spell and early retirement for the Oldcastle man.
It would be maximum attack from Joe on the opening run as he would go fastest overall by a couple of seconds in the wind and rain with John Mc Cabe 2nd and previous winner Mervyn Wedlock a close 3rd in his escort. Aidan Nicholl had a good showing on the opening run bringing his Peugeot 205 in 4th fastest in the cars.
As the day went on the script would remain the same with Smith going fastest through the remaining runs with John Mc Cabe 2nd fastest and coming home the winner in class. Nova man Alan Pickens would pip Mervyn Wedlock to 3rd overall with the wintery conditions suiting the little Nova. John Kelly would be the winner in class 1 in the mark 1 escort. Alan Pickens would take the victory in class 2 ahead of Noel Cooke. Adrian Foley lead the way in class 3 in the Nova ahead of Shane Marron and Peter Deery.
Class 6 and Mervyn Wedlock would take the class win along with 4th overall. Class 7 saw Sean Casey take the fastest time overall on the day in his Buggy ahead of Sean Coleman and Michael Casey.
In the Juniors Anthony Mc Donald took the win ahead of Andrew Moore.
With 2 rounds to go it would seem Joe Smith has control of his destiny in this year’s championships but with Michael Conlon returning for the next round the battle will be far from over for the 2016 MC Blinds Autocross championship which will reconvene in November