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HPE Construction Autotest Championship

Peter Wright

This year’s HPE Autotest Championship was made up of monthly autotests and production car autotests and a single autosolo.

There was healthy competition for overall and class awards and regular entries of between 25 and 35 drivers on each event. Most of the events were held on sealed surfaces with three being held on grass during the summer.

Millom’s Peter Wright (Mini) held on to the top spot in the FWD autotest class despite not contesting the final round with a 31 point advantage over Craig Stamper (Peugeot) in second position. David Agnew (Porsche 911) managed his second tied position this year but this time with Roger Pope of Cockermouth (Mini) with whom he tied for third place.

The FWD PCA class saw Steve Palmer of Maryport (Nova) leapfrog over Geoff Rae in the final event and take the top position with a seventeen point advantage. Dave Garner (Clio) took third spot with young Ben Rae coming just 4 points behind to give him the fourth place.

The RWD PCA class was dominated by Phil Hodgson of Penrith in his Mazda MX5 who won the class comfortably exactly double the number of points of second placed Rob Iveson from Shap (MX5) who narrowly managed to stay ahead of Brian Iveson by two points.

Terry Peat made the Specials class his own with 4 unchallenged class wins.

The autosolo championship was limited to just the single event this year which was a little unfortunate as the one event that was put on was enjoyed by all who took part in it. Hopefully there will be a series of autosolos in 2019.

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