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Fourty three crews arrived at an unseasonably dry Frocester site to contest the 2018 Gold and Silver Star final. Ten long sections were laid out across the deceptively dry site and with the threat of rain looking slim it looked like a low scoring day was in store. Roland Uglow and John Fack running two cars apart set the early pace in round one of the 2018 Gold Star, with Roland’s two marks dropped closely followed by John’s three. Richard Sharp matched John’s score to sit in a tie for second with Bryan Walker a point further back on four with Ian Veale completing the top five on five.

The trial then became a serious test or nerve with all hills clearable but with still enough tricky spots to catch out the unwary. Five drivers in the Gold Star kept a clean score card through round two and critically Roland was one of these retaining his spot on top of the leaderboard at lunch time. John Fack fell foul of the tricky finish on hill 10 to record a further two marks and slipped a little further away from Roland but retained a share of second position. Ian Veale was now the man who had moved into that tie for second courtesy of a clear round with Richard Sharp and Bryan Walker dropping back slightly after scoring five and three respectivly.

Tyre pressures were put up at lunch time and sections tweaked in an effort to get scores tumbling but the levels of grip didnt reduce as desired and no less than nine drivers in the Gold star recorded a clear round and critically that included the top three at lunch time which meant that Roland becomes the 2018 Gold Star champion with John Fack finishing second on countback from Ian Veale.

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