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Elder continues to top autocross leader board


By Jean Gunn

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An action shot of Gary Elder taking off in his Mini Special at last Sunday's autocross at Towerhill, Thurso. Elder was the overall winner and is topping the season's leader board. Picture: Willie Mackay
An action shot of Gary Elder taking off in his Mini Special at last Sunday's autocross at Towerhill, Thurso. Elder was the overall winner and is topping the season's leader board. Picture: Willie Mackay

Halkirk driver Gary Elder once again took the fastest time at the latest Caithness Autocross Club event – the sixth of the season.

Driving his Mini Special, Elder finished with a time of 1.18.34 minutes, closely followed by Lenny Humphries in his yellow buggy on 1.21.06. Third overall went to Jack Scott Bamber with his MG-ZR in class 4, the 1701cc unlimited, with a time of 1.24.10.

Forty cars entered on the day providing some clever manoeuvring, fast gear changes and slick control on the fast, very dry 450 yard grassy course. The autocross was held at Towerhill, Thurso East, by kind permission of James Anderson, last Sunday (September 6).

The juniors in the 1000cc class had nine competitors with only 70.44 seconds separating their times as Ryan Henderson driving a Yaris took top spot in a time of 1.33.75. Jack Ryan with his Yaris was a fraction behind on 1.33.78.

Cheques for £500 were presented by junior drivers to three local groups at the sixth autocross of the season. In the front row Nicola Donn (left), can be seen presenting a cheque to Christine Lord, of the Scottish SPCA Rescue & Rehoming centre Balmore, while Immy Durrand hands over £500 to Jacqueline Keith and young George Coghill of Halkirk Playgroup, and Ryan Henderson presents the cheque to club chairman Lenny Humphries for Caithness Klics young carers. Looking on are several drivers and mechanics. Picture: Willie Mackay
Cheques for £500 were presented by junior drivers to three local groups at the sixth autocross of the season. In the front row Nicola Donn (left), can be seen presenting a cheque to Christine Lord, of the Scottish SPCA Rescue & Rehoming centre Balmore, while Immy Durrand hands over £500 to Jacqueline Keith and young George Coghill of Halkirk Playgroup, and Ryan Henderson presents the cheque to club chairman Lenny Humphries for Caithness Klics young carers. Looking on are several drivers and mechanics. Picture: Willie Mackay

Angus Manson in his MG-ZR continued to power his way to first place in the 1001-1400cc class with a time of 1.35.25, while Ronald Gunn, in a Toyota MR2, once again took the rear-wheel drive class in a time of 1.25.57.

The road-legal MOT class was won by Gavin Sutherland with a Rover on 1.30.16, and Liam Mackay scooped top spot in class 10 the 4x4 unlimited with an Audi TT with a time of 1.29.18.

A series of successful events have meant that Caithness Autocross Club have been able to present cheques to three local charities – handing out a total of £1500.

At the sixth autocross £500 was presented by the junior drivers to the Scottish SPCA Rescue & Rehoming Centre at Balmore, Halkirk Playgroup and Caithness Klics young carers.



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