Barbara Armstrong is a true ambassador for women in motorsport, she has climbed the ranks steadily and impressed all who she meets or races for with her likeable personality, sense of humour, determination and above all, sheer talent that outclasses many around her (of the opposite sex!). In her debut year racing Porsches she achieved numerous top three finishes and silenced any critics who may have thought she was not cut out for the job.

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Solway Car Club double header - Autotest 3rd & 4th July 2010

The Double header has been split in two this year due to extreme July weather conditions on Sunday morning which meant we had to cancel Sunday’s test. Part 2 will now be held at The Fell on the 18th  July.

Run 1 - With a good long course competitors were assured of a stern test and it wasn’t long before cone penalties started to make an impact with no less than 11 competitors picking up penalties on the first run! Richard Dickson being the worst offender his fastest time destroyed with 2 cones, the Subaru slightly longer than his usual 205. Mark Grierson in the Buggy started with the 2nd quickest time but a cone put him back to 3rd o/a behind his father Murray also in the Buggy.
The big surprise of the first run was Chris Adams in a Corsa taking the overall lead, splitting the times of Mark and Murray and keeping them both honest. Billy Hunter was hanging on in 4th spot so too was the Nova of Barbara Armstrong     also closely followed by Wullie Paul in another Nova. The junior ladies was another hard fought contest between Lauren Hyslop and Lauren McMath the latter getting the better of her competitor in the early stages, as for the boys Scott Peacock seemed up for it as he was giving his dad Donald a run for his money in his Civic. Another junior determined to give his dad a fright was T J McCarney in the Nissan, in only his second test he was going well and having a good close battle with young Stewart Dodds in the Metro. These two swapped times all day with T J finally coming out on top by less than 3 seconds to claim 2nd male junior.

Run 2- saw Richard get a clear run to claim fastest time 121.61 closely followed Mark and Murray then Barbara only 4 seconds slower than Richard. Donald Peacock finally decided to wake up and join the party with a very impressive 127.03 bringing him right into contention for class 1 honours. Billy Hunter lost 5 seconds to Barbara this time round and the Ford driver now starting to struggle with the pace of the Nova. Class four’s Hamish Kinloch was now looking to make up for lost time and was going well, but after a wrong direction in test one he was struggling. Stewart McNabney, Richard McNicol, Tont Marchbank, Graham Henderson and Joanne Newbigging all hit various problems on this test showing just how difficult the tests were.

Run 3 -  and the Subaru of Richard’s was quickest again although the Buggy boys did seem to be getting the measure of the Subaru driver with less than half a second separating the three of them. Billy Hunter was 4th quickest just in front of the trying Donald Peacock in the Polo. Even more competitors fell foul of the course this time round with problems for Paul McKie in the KA, Steven Saunders Astra, Jack Parker jnr in the rear wheel drive fiesta, Tom Jardine Fiesta, Callum Anderson 205 and Angus Lawrie in the Corsa all having mechanical problems of sorts.

Run 4 - and Murray produced his run of the day to be quickest by 1.5 seconds from Mark. Richard was third quickest closely followed by Barbara, Billy and Gordon Clendinning who was having a disappointing day by his standards in the 205. For some strange reason the cones started to fly again with 9 penalties received by various competitors. One of the hardest hit was Chris Adams who picked up one cone penalty on this run and two on the last too send him spinning down the leader board. Scott Peacock consolidated his lead at the front of the junior boys with a committed drive while the same could be said for Lauren McMath who was now well ahead of Lauren Hyslop due to the latter having mechanical problems.
The long testing track was now having a major affect on the field with quite a few competitors not coming out for this run.

Run 5 -the final test and with Murray out in front by two seconds he made the fatal mistake of going safe thinking it impossible for Mark to make up the deficit! How wrong he was, Mark scorched round in what was the fastest time of the day 117.87 to take the lead and win by 0.5 of a second. Barbara got down into the 120 mark with a great last run to take 3rd o/a 1st class 2 closely followed by Richard 4th o/a 1st in class 6  who’s early cone penalty came back to haunt him. Donald Peacock’s stirring drive bagged him 5th o/a and 1st in class 1. Son Scott won the junior boys followed by T J and Stewart. Lauren McMath won the girls from Lauren Hyslop.