Carnfunnock Country Park hosted Larne Motor Club’s new look clubman Autotest sponsored by SKC Music. To help promote Autotesting to beginners LMC decided to simplify the tests to encourage new-comers to the sport. McCartney Motors also have donated a trophy for the best beginner over the two clubman events which will be presented at our Dinner Dance in November.
The tests had each manoeuvre numbered in the order the driver was to complete them and one test was all forward and the other only had two simple reversing manoeuvres. The new direction for this event also brought uncertainty for LMC as we were unsure if this simplification would actually attract new faces to Carnfunnock.
As the competitors started to arrive it quickly became clear that the new direction was appealing to both new and seasoned drivers, and a fun filled night was ahead. 15 Competitors signed on to start the event with 10 of them beginners. The ten tests of the evening saw a few pylons clattered but there was great enjoyment to be clearly seen in the faces of all competitors and spectators.
Seasoned autotesters Gareth Dillon and Michael Workman changed wheels to a Nissan Micra to have a stress free evening and a welcomed return to a LMC Autotest saw Harold Hazzard bring his Nissan Sunny out to play.
It didn’t take long for the beginners to quickly become competitive amongst each other. Dual entry Scott Leitch and Arthur Peoples in a Toyota Starlet had a close battle throughout the night with Scott keeping a close eye on Arthurs time. Even though he apparently wasn’t trying and was just out to have fun, Arthur narrowly defeated Scott, however their bromance remained intact.
The Mazda MX5s were also fighting hard against each other especially Mal Haveron and Richard McCartney. Mal took an early lead of 9.2s which in the end was too much for Richard to claw back. Mal was the fastest beginner of the evening with a slight margin of 2s from Richard. In another MX5 Christopher Irwin’s first event came to early finish with a broken flywheel, hopefully the 4 tests he managed to complete had given him the bug to try another autotest. Other beginners Jay White, Kenny Nixon and David Crothers also had an enjoyable evening throwing their cars around.
The overall victory of LMCs second autotest of 2014 went to the Blair house once again although this time it was young Andrew Blair who brought his Nova to the end in the quickest time. Larne MC would like to thank SKC Music, McCartney Motors and Carnfunnock Country Park for their support of this event.