Local drivers go well at Cumbria event

Andrew McKinney fromTandragee
Andrew McKinney fromTandragee

Five NI crews journeyed to Cumbria for the finals of the BTRDA national sporting trials championships and came back with quite a haul of trophies.

The sport – commonly known as ‘mud plugging’ – sees drivers take on a series of tests which involves off-road hill climbs whilst negotiating 13 strategically placed gates.

The NI competitors from the Sporting Trials Car Club (STCC) recently took on the best drivers from across Britain at the finals at Gale Hall in the Cumbrian hills near Penrith.

At the prize giving dinner at the North Lakes Hotel, Penrith, the local crews were delighted to pick up some silverware. Andrew McKinney (Tandragee) and his passenger Chris Millar finished ninth in the Gold Star and won the E F Lawrence Trophy as the top NI competitor. Harry Barr (Sandholes) and passenger Peter Frost won the Rex Chappell Trophy after finishing runner up in the Silver Star, missing out to the winner by a single point. Geoff McKay (Ballynure) and passenger Alan Mackey won the Bill Pinkney Trophy for being the highest placed debutant in the Silver Star class. Two times winner of the Gold Star Brian Edgar (Donaghadee) was one of the favourites to win overall, but a broken half shaft on his fourth hill ended his challenge.

For more information go to http://www.sportingtrialscarclub.co.uk