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Action is fast and furious at Bilbster

By Matt Leslie

HERE was drama at Bilbster during round six of the Caithness Autocross Club Championship as Craig Manson stepped on the gas to produce a flying finish to deny Peter Campbell.

Out of all the events taking place, every eye was turned on the Class Three (1401cc to 1700cc) and in particular the eagerly anticipated duel between Craig Manson and Peter Campbell.

Campbell drew first blood as his Peugeot 206 flew around the track to lead Manson by one second after the opening race.

However, in race two, Manson stormed back in his Peugeot 106 and blitzed the track to eclipse Campbell by three seconds as the two put up combined times of 160.69seconds and 163.53sec respectively.

Rally driver Colin Baxter (169.22sec) pipped John Taylor (171.08sec) to third.

Earlier, Jack Malcolm (15) was once again top in the Class One (up to 1000cc) event as he fought off determined challenges from Louie Harness and Kian Campbell.

In Class Two (1000cc to 1400cc) Angus Manson showed his switch to the 1400cc MG ZR was a wise move as he took the win in 173.60sec. Andy Sutherland (70) from Brora finished in second in his Ford KA – his first autocross race in 50 years.

The 2000cc Ford Focus of Andy Sutherland from Forss won the Class 4 (1701cc to unlimited) event in 153.25sec. The 4x4 class saw the Cosworth powered Mk1 Escort of James Mackay take the prize.

As ever the Escort is amazing to watch and if you manage to get close to the car, you soon find out how much dirt it throws up.

Mackay narrowly finished ahead of Craig Manson to take the second overall fastest time of the day on 158.53s.

The club is planning another Autocross event this month to end the season.

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