Arthur Debenham’s motor sport column: Club’s annual awards round off good season
West Suffolk Motorsport Club held their annual awards presentation evening last Friday, a well-attended event at Scutchers Restaurant, in Long Melford.
It really rounded off what had been a very good year for the local club, and came on the back of rising membership and a well-received competition programme.
Club president Mike Read was on hand to present the following awards —
2016 Overall Champion WH Vevers Trophy: Marcus Keeble.
Rally Driver Cup: Andrew Scott.
Rally Navigator’s Cup: Andrew Smith.
Off Road Trophy: Chris Judge.
Autosolo Trophy: Vini Cruz.
Trials Trophy: Christopher Pettitt.
Sprint Trophy: Paul Braddock.
Best Lady Competitor: Laura Christmas.
Junior Award: Thomas Pettitt.
Marshals Trophy: Keith Pettitt.
All Rounders Trophy: Awarded by the committee to a person competing, marshalling and helping to organise events, Ben Cutting.
Splinters Trophy: The person having the most fun from their motorsport, Rebecca Lockwood.
Norman Greenway Rose Bowl : The person who has put considerable effort into the club over the year, Vini Cruz.
On Wednesday, March 15, the club will host the 2016 AMSC Targa Rally Awards, at Horringer Community Centre, followed by an interclub quiz, starting at 7.30pm.
Having made a successful foray into the 2016 Flanders International Rally Challenge, Johnnie Ellis now plans a full season of events in this competition, which seems to be attracting considerable interest from UK crews.
Last year, Ellis took his Thetford International entered Subaru Impreza to victory in the four-wheel drive category of the Challenge, and hopes to improve on this with outright victory this year.
The Impreza has now been replaced by a Mitsubishi Evo 10, a left-hand drive version that has been built in Holland.
Prior to the start of the FIRC, he plans to take in some testing at Blyton Park in Lincolnshire, followed by a shakedown event in Holland this month.
This year, the FIRC has been extended to seven rounds, commencing with Rally Salamandre on April 22-23.
The ORC Canal Rally, on May 27-28 will unfortunately prevent the car being displayed at the Motor Sport Show on the Angel Hill.
Other drivers who have been attracted to the Belgian scene include former winner of the Historic category of the FIRC, Wickhambrook’s Keith Pettitt.
He may fit in some rounds of the 2017 campaign with the Ford Escort Mexico, but no news yet of fellow WSMC competitors, Henry Hardiment and Martin de Vere Packford.
With two rounds remaining, Christopher Pettitt has extended his overall lead of the AMSC Trial Challenge, to 17 points over Robin Howard, who currently leads Class B.
Dick Lines and son Robin hold sway in Class A, as does Cliff Morrell in Class C.
Tim Hanman has a three-point advantage of Barry Redmayne in Class D, with father Peter in third spot.
The next round will be held at Wattisfield, with West Suffolk Motor Club on March 19, with the final in the hands of Falcon MC at Ivinghoe on March 26.
Autotest. Snetterton, Sporting CC of Norfolk, Saturday.
Entries include Dick and Robin Lines in their Toyota Yaris.
Short Circuit. Mildenhall, Saturday, 6.30pm.
1300 Stock Cars, Bangers.
Wimbledon, Sunday, 5.30pm.
Stock Rods, Classic Hot Rods, Junior Rods, Bangers.