Cooper starts season in fine style at Wimbledon

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The 2016 Superstox season got underway at Wimbledon as it hosted the London Championship.

Jason Cooper was our only local driver, following the non-start of Matt Carberry.

Heat one saw him come home fifth, this followed by sixth during his second outing.

However, better things were in store for the final which resulted in victory, although it was the very last lap before this was achieved and the title won.

So, a good start to a programme that will see the Safari Landrover Engineering Challenge get underway at Wimbledon on March 13.

Cooper secured second in this series last year behind Ben Marjoram, and will surely be a strong challenger once again.

Round two will be staged on March 27, when Great Yarmouth opens its 2016 programme with a meeting that will also decide the outcome of the East Anglian Championship.

Last Saturday, Foxhall Stadium hosted an open practice night, with a good selection of teams taking advantage of the opportunity to get cars set up.

These included Matt Carberry’s team from Stanton, who came away very pleased with the evening’s work.

CAR TRIAL

With just two more rounds to go, the battle for top honour in the Anglia Motor Sport Club Trials Challenge remains as close as ever.

Citroen Saxo drivers, Robin Howard and Andy Mount, are still separated by just two points, with the advantage to Howard.

Bury’s Dick Lines has an 18-point lead over Marcus Keeble in class one, while Mount’s consolation comes with a clear lead of class two.

Christopher Pettitt and Ben Cutting tie for second place, but are well down on points.

In class three, Richard Leggett is third, just seven points down on the leader, David Harvey.

Barry Redmayne leads class four, and is still in with a chance of overall victory as he is only seven points away from Howard.

Geoff Hodge holds second place, with Peter Hanman third.

AMSC

With just two round of the Anglia Motor Sport Club Trials Challenge left to run, competitors will be looking towards the following AMSC Autosolo and Targa Rally contests.

Both will be decided over six rounds, with the Autosolo getting underway first, when Sporting CC of Norfolk hold the first of their two contributions on April 3, with a meeting at Scottow Enterprise Park.

Further rounds will be organised by Eastern Counties Motor Club (one) and also one from Cambridge CC, with the final round on October 23, one of two in the hands of West Suffolk MC.

Chelmsford MC is due to get the Targa Rally Challenge underway on April 24, the first of their two events.

The remaining four will see West Suffolk MC, Sporting Car, Wickford AC and King’s Lynn & DMC providing one each.

All these events are aimed at the club-level competitor and provide an excellent way to enjoy motor sport at a very competitive price, hence they are proving very popular.

DIARY DATES

Short Circuit. Foxhall Stadium, Saturday, 6.45pm.

Stock Rods; Bangers.

Rallying. Donington Stages, Donington Park, Sunday.

Dukeries MC, Jelf Motorsport.com/AEMC Championship.

Rallycross. Croft Circuit, Darlington & DMC, Sunday.

Round one of the MSA British Championship and Retro Rallycross Championship.

COMING SOON

Short Circuit. Mildenhall, March 12; Wimbledon, March 13.

Rallycross. Blyton, March 13.

Car Trial. Lamarsh, March 20.