Mark Hoppe started his title defence in perfect style with victory at his home event, the Golden Springs Car Trial.
Hoppe trailed brother-in-law Shawn Franklin by a single point after the first round but soon moved into the class lead, which he consolidated during the rest of the drying day. In class 2 Barrie Parker led Simon Harris all day to win by 12 points. Roger Trevaskis had a great day to hold third in class and score his best result.
The rear-wheel-drive class saw Dave Harvey sneak ahead on the third round but slip up during the last round to slide behind Dave Robinson. Nick Cleal won the hotly contested clubmans section.
Results1 Mark Hoppe (Citroen Saxo) 76.4%2 Barrie Parker (Citroen Saxo) 83%3 Dave Robinson (Scimiter SS1) 97.5%
Provisional championship standings1 Mark Hoppe – 6 points2 Barrie Parker – 53 Chris Judge – 4