63 Car Club Autotest & 2023 RALLYSCORE Scottish Autotest Championship Final Results
63 Car Club Autotest 24/09/23
The 4th round of the 2023 RALLYSCORE Scottish Autotest Championship run by 63CC was held at Dallochie on 24/09/23. Of the 7 entries there were 5 registered contenders taking part over 8 varied tests. To start with the surface was very grippy but as the day went on some parts got extremely slippy causing a few problems.
James Morrison took FTD in his Mini Special but was pushed all the way by Neil Morrison in a similar car. The battle for 3rd was very close all day, with Martin Gillespie in his MX5 only beating Paul Davidson in the Seat Mi by 1.3 seconds.
It was a battle of the MX5s for the last 3 places, Brian Morrison did well in his first event with the car, followed by Colin Rae who was struggling for grip, Ronnie Gillespie finished 7th despite missing some of the last tests.
James Morrison – Mini Special – 279.4 – 1st Overall
Neil Morrison – “ “ – 290.2 – 2nd “
Martin Gillespie – Mazda MX5 – 294.8 – 3rd “
Paul Davidson – Seat Mi – 296.1- 4th “
Brian Morrison – Mazda MX5 – 322.8 – 5th “
Colin Rae – “ “ – 338.0 – 6th “
Ronnie Gillespie – “ “ – 7th “
We were due to have another 2 rounds to count towards the Championship, but due to circumstances beyond our control, these have had to be cancelled.
At the moment there seems to be the same problem that Rallying faced last year – too many being held on the same weekend across the country, possibly discouraging people from travelling to other events, maybe this could be discussed between all the Clubs before 2024.
What is very clear is the fact that the All Forward Autotests / AutoSolos are getting full entries, while the traditional Autotests are sometimes struggling to attract double figure entry lists. I believe there is still a place for the traditional Autotest format, but these events could also incorporate an all forward elemement to encourage new entrants into the sport, this would involve a bit more work with paperwork and on the day but may be the way forward.
2023 RALLYSCORE Scottish Autotest Championship Final Results
Thanks very much to our sponsor Oly McCollum / RALLYSCORE for his support this year, I hope all of those who used his App found it useful and you will use it again, to those who did not try his App – maybe you should try it.
This years Overall Championship will now be decided over the best 3 3 scores from 4 and the Class awards will be the best 2 rounds.
Congratulations to James Morrison, winner of this years championship, it was very close and was only decided at the last round, Martin Gillespie was a worthy runner up, only 2 points behind James.
This years championship
The final standings are –
James Morrison – 92 points
Martin Gillespie – 90 “
Ronnie Gillespie – 79 “
Oly McCollum – 60 “
Paul Davidson — 58 “
Colin Rae – 51 “
William Orr – 29 “
Charlie Brown – 27 “
Daniel Rae – 26 “
Gary Clark – 24 “
1st Overall – James Morrison
2nd Overall – Martin Gillespie
1st in Class 1 – Paul Davidson
1st in Class 3 – Martin Gillespie
1st in Class 5 – James Morrison