UK Autograss Championship Season Review – Ladies

Here is part 2, Ladies, of the roundup of the 2017 UK Autograss Championship.

Class 1

Mathematically the championship could still be decided at round five in Stroud, however it was a big gap to be closed. Hannah Hinton (IK225) had been strong all year, taking two final wins at Bredon Hill and Ludlow, and another good weekend at Stroud saw her secure the championship.

Defending champion, Linda Lawlor (NW143) needed a high scoring weekend to beat Hannah for the title, but it wasn’t quite enough at Stroud. Linda’s highest scoring weekend was at her home track, North Wales, where she took the final win.

Third and fourth places in the championship was a close battle, Chloe Reynolds (SC630) and Lacey Law (SR24) had both been consistent throughout the series and were both improving throughout. Chloe held onto third and Lacey settled for second.

Bethany Embling (C535E) only competed in rounds one and five where she was very strong and took the win at the final round, whilst the round one win went to Bex Green (SC14).

Championship positions:

1st IK225 Hannah Hinton 881 2nd NW143 Linda Lawlor 688 3rd SC630 Chloe Reynolds 573 4th SR24 Lacey Law 554

Class 2

Hannah Hinton (NASA25) won her second championship in this class, despite not winning a final across the series.

Jess Roberts (SC126) was the strongest competitor over the first half of the championship, with two unbeaten rounds and another final win, but dropped down to second in the championship when she did not compete at rounds four and five.

Having a strong second half of the series was Wendy Joyce (WS222) taking the wins at North Wales and Stroud which saw her jump from sixth in the championship after round four to take third.

Fiona Mauchland (CS44) was consistent throughout the series which saw her in a close fight for third place in the championship, but had to settle for fourth behind the charging Wendy.

Championship positions:

1st NASA25 Hannah Hinton 695 2nd SC126 Jess Roberts 602 3rd WS222 Wendy Joyce 557 4th CS44 Fiona Mauchland 534

Class 3

Jo Thompson (Y51) took the wins at the first four rounds, which secured her the title after round four, which was a good job after a problem plagued round five saw her only finish one race.

The fight in the championship was for second place, Donna Brown (CM4) took the win at Stroud for her highest scoring round but it wasn’t enough to get in front of Shell Sumners (R169) who had been consistent all series.

Sharon Douglas (L13) took fourth in the championship, but her bid for the title ended at round three, which was her last round and no points were scored.

Championship positions:

1st Y51 Jo Thompson 707 2nd R169 Shell Sumners 572 3rd CM4 Donna Brown 544 4th L13 Sharon Douglas 162

Class 4

Mandy Kennedy (SB6) was the only competitor in this class, moving from Stock Hatch after round one. Over the series she had great races with the class six’s and stock hatch’s.

Championship positions:

1st SB6 Mandy Kennedy 516

Class 5

Going into the last round the top three in the championship could still win the title, however it was going to be a hard job for those in second and third.

Diane Heath (E10) started Stroud with a good lead in the championship and taking her fourth final win of the series she secured the title.

It was the positions of second and third which changed over the weekend. Barbara Harper (M11) had her highest scoring round at Stroud to move ahead into second place in the championship, whilst Cat Mumford (B20H) dropped down to third after only scoring points on Saturday.

Natalie Green (R420) finished the championship in fourth, with a win at Bredon Hill, however it was rounds one and five that were here highest scoring over the series.

Championship positions:

1st E10 Diane Heath 738 2nd M11 Barbara Harper 519 3rd B20H Cat Mumford 483 4th R420 Natalie Green 476

Class 6

Tina Hilton (ST46) took the first win of the championship, as well as the win at Ludlow, however these were her only two rounds which meant that she finished third in the championship.

Leanne Quick (P17) took the win at round two after a close race with fellow club member, but this was the only round that she competed in and therefore didn’t feature in the final championship trophy positions.

Toni Humphries (IK331) changed class from a class two at round four in North Wales, however this didn’t stop her from taking the final two wins of the championship and these high scoring rounds jumped her up to second place in the championship.

Kristina Hall (SR888) won the championship, despite not winning a final, through consistency and competing in all five rounds.

Louise Rowley (WS24) was quick throughout the championship, however was plagued with problems at each of the rounds she competed in and therefore only managed to finish the championship in fourth.

Championship positions:

1st SR888 Kristina Hall 523 2nd IK331 Toni Humphries 333 3rd ST46 Tina Hilton 260 4th WS24 Louise Rowley 199

Class 7

Nicola Mackenzie (CA141) took the first win of the series at an unbeaten round at Trent, however this was the only round that she competed in.

Clare Horner (M60) took the next two wins including an unbeaten round at Ludlow, and with three more high scoring rounds, she secured the title at Stroud.

It was Jo Thompson (Y55) who took the last two wins of the championship, but only joined the class for these two rounds and therefore could only manage third in the championship.

Clare’s closest title rival was Terri Mumford (62F), but despite five high scoring rounds she had to settle for second in the championship.

Defending champion Emily Barrett (R10) had a couple of problematic rounds which saw her drop back from the title fight, however was able to hold onto third place in the championship.

Championship positions:

1st M60 Clare Horner 830 2nd 62F Terri Mumford 632 3rd R10 Emily Barrett 4th Y55 Jo Thompson

Class 8

The championship fight wasn’t over between the leading two, however it was going to take a high scoring round for Cat Mumford (160F) in second place and a low scoring round for Clare Horner (M62) in first.

Round four winner, Cat, settled for her second place in the championship, allowing her brother Mike to concentrate on his own title bid on the Sunday of Stroud.

This allowed Clare to take her second unbeaten round of the series, her third final win in the class and secure her second championship title of the year as well as the highest point scoring lady title.

Round one was won by Cloe Smith (S46D) in a three way battle between herself, Clare and Cat, which saw her pinch it on the line, however not competing at round four saw her drop to fourth in the championship.

Third place in the championship went to the ever improving Abi Shields (N24) who had her highest scoring round at Stroud.

Championship positions:

1st M62 Clare Horner 979 2nd 160F Cat Mumford 740 3rd N24 Abi Shields 586 4th S46D Cloe Smith 499

Class 9

This was of only a few titles decided before we got to round five, and this was because second place didn’t compete at round four. Up until then it had been a battle between the two ladies from Invicta Kent. It was Dru Hollingsbee (IK111) who took the title, including all five final wins as well as three unbeaten rounds.

Helen Rummery (IK214) finished the championship in second, however she never made it easy for Dru over the year.

Louise Back (M24) missed the first two rounds, but was a strong competitor in the remaining three and finished the series in third.

Brooke Irving (SL99) only competed in the first two rounds, who again was another strong competitor and ended the championship in fourth.

Championship positions:

1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee 942 2nd IK214 Helen Rummery 598 3rd M24 Louise Back 367 4th SL99 Brooke Irving 223

Class 10

Going into the final round at Stroud, the first two positions were separated by only one point with third place only three points behind them.

Defending champion, Diane Heath (E111), took the first win of the championship at Trent and went into the final round leading the title race however she ended the weekend second in the championship.

It was Kelly Bishop (YS37) who overcame Diane from second place, taking two heat wins over the weekend to jump ahead to take the title, despite not winning a round over the series.

Gina Lee (R98) was another who hadn’t won around, but consistency over the series saw her finish the championship in third.

Fourth place went to rounds two and three winner Jemma King (R99), however despite these two strong rounds she didn’t compete at rounds one and had a non-scoring round at Stroud.

Terri Mumford (60F) only competed at the last two rounds, and took the win at her first in North Wales. Whilst Megan Booth (SR46) took the final win of the championship.

Championship positions:

1st YS37 Kelly Bishop 693 2nd E111 Diane Heath 680 3rd R98 Gina Lee 658 4th R99 Jemma King 272

F600

The championship could still have been decided at the last round at Stroud between the only two entries in the class however neither of them were there to compete.

Susan Dawson (SL103) had got her campaign off to a good start with the first win at Trent, However it was then Georgia Garnett (T692) who took the next two wins, with Susan not competing at round three.

Susan then came back at North Wales to take the final win, however this wasn’t enough, and Georgia held onto the title for another year, with Susan finishing second.

Championship positions:

1st T692 Georgia Garnett 623 2nd SL103 Susan Dawson 478

Stock Hatch

Lisa Hills (WS500) was crowned champion and was the only driver to complete the championship after fellow stock hatch driver Mandy Kennedy (SB6) changed classes after the first round. But despite this the two still enjoyed some good races together as well as with the class six’.

Championship positions:

1st WS500 Lisa Hills 550 2nd SB6 Mandy Kennedy 194

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