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FDMC Autumn Antics Slalom, October 2012

(Pictures by Richard Field)

This report is in two sections; for more pictures, and results, click 'Page 2', below.

This won't take long...

Among the many kinds of help, which go into motorsport events like the Autumn Antics, here's one of the more unusual - the removal of some protruding studbolts, which were in the cars' path on test area 3, thanks to Andrew Dudley. With that completed, the event could get under way, blessed with sunny weather, and an entry including both regular competitors and new faces.

After six different timed tests, with three runs through each and the best two times to count, the fastest time of day was set by Roger Dudley with his Mini based Scamp kit car (as is something of an annual tradition), but first-time entrants Dave and Toby Cook from Maidstone and Mid Kent MC made a strong impression by finishing second and fourth overall in their Nissan Micra, with Toby at the wheel in this picture.

Driving their familiar Citroen AX GT 1.4, Emma and Richard Olsen were competing in Class A, where Richard finished first in the class, while Emma took home the ladies award. Rachael Roberts was sharing Barry Simpson's Citroen Saxo VTR 1.6, in Class B, and in the PCA event for young drivers, Anna Prescott was driving the family 1300 Mini, which father Paul had used at Maidstone and Mid Kent MC's AutoSolo the day before.

In Class C, for the larger cars, Ian Mepham from Chelmsford MC showed how a BMW 318iS can be thrown around the challenging Deepcut tests, to steal this class from its regular leader Kevin Lower in his Escort Mk 2 RS2000. How hard were they trying? Well, these two finished just six seconds apart..... and half a minute ahead of the rest of the class. In Class B, FDMC members Matt Rowland and David Ley were sharing Matt's Peugeot 106 GTi, with David coming out ahead - borrowed cars always seem to go faster!

For more pictures, and results, see PAGE 2

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