Kieren triumphs in autotest debut

WESTON Motor Club organised their All-Comers Autotest event on the Old Airfield.

WESTON Motor Club organised their All-Comers Autotest event on the Old Airfield.

Autotesting is about the cheapest form of motor sport with entry fees never more than around �20 and where you can use your everyday motor car.

The All-Comers was intended to attract old members and new to this popular form of motor sport where good car control while driving around a tight course defined by plastic cones, is of the utmost importance; and that is just what it did.

The event welcomed 21 competitors, the best entry Weston MC has had for an Autotest for quite some time, of which four were new members driving in a motor sport event for the first time. Drivers were using various models of car from the ubiquitous Mini to a sublime Nissan Skyline with Peugeots, Vauxhalls, etc. making up the mix for a day of action and huge enjoyment.

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Competitors were challenged with eight demanding tests, with two runs at each and the best time to count. Times were close as the drivers sought to drive as fast but as neatly as possible to avoid touching the cones.

At the end of the day the top three cars were covered by less than five seconds and the overall winner was Kieren Simmons of Banwell driving a Vauxhall Astra 1800 on his first-ever Autotest event. Kieren was closely followed by Stuart Bliss in a Peugeot 205 GTi and Colin Knott in his deceptively quick Proton Coupe1800.

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The quickest lady was Jan Knott in her husband's Proton and the best newcomer in his first-ever motor sport event was Richard Purvey who shared the Astra with Kieren.

The day concluded with a barbaque and many competitors vowed to be back again for the next event on October 4.

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