David Trace was the Series 9 champion.
From Birkenhead, he first appeared in the first episode of Series 9 following the conclusion of Championship of Champions II. He beat all opponents placed before him to become an octochamp — the first since Darryl Francis in Series 6 — and the very clear #1 seed for the final rounds (with more than twice as many points as the #2 seed, Geoffrey Taylor). There, he contested close games against Anne Tipp and David White on his way to the grand final, where he faced off against Mick Keeble. 74 – 70 down going into the conundrum, he brilliantly unscrambled CABANARCH into CHARABANC in two seconds to become champion of Series 9 and remain undefeated.
Trace returned for Championship of Champions III, where he defeated Cathy Morgan and Darryl Francis in close encounters to set up a moutherwatering encounter with Series 10 champion Harvey Freeman in the final both contestants played well, and the score going into the crucial conundrum was 107 – 105 in Trace's favour — however, the result would turn against him in this instance, as Freeman unscrambled PURSUEPAT in a second and a half to become the champion of champions and put an end to Trace's winning streak.
Trace returned to Countdown for the Supreme Championship, and seemed to have lost none of his edge as he beat Russell Byers and Richard Campbell in his first two games, but he came unstuck against Allan Saldanha, losing 34 – 45.
|Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions III
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|405||9/04/1986||P||Tony Jenner||44 – 61||David Trace||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||87|
|406||10/04/1986||P||Susan Crafer||24 – 48||David Trace||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||73|
|407||11/04/1986||P||Paul Kaye||25 – 35||David Trace||Eve Pollard||Catherine Clarke||74|
|408||14/04/1986||P||Wendy Marks||27 – 58||David Trace||Eve Pollard||Catherine Clarke||74|
|409||15/04/1986||P||John Bratley||35 – 56||David Trace||Eve Pollard||Catherine Clarke||80|
|410||16/04/1986||P||Gloria Jones||20 – 59||David Trace||Eve Pollard||Catherine Clarke||94|
|411||17/04/1986||P||Denis Baines||28 – 55||David Trace||Eve Pollard||Catherine Clarke||73|
|412||18/04/1986||P||Lynn Blackburn||17 – 51||David Trace||Eve Pollard||Catherine Clarke||72|
|438||26/05/1986||QF||Anne Tipp||34 – 52||David Trace||Gyles Brandreth||Della Thompson||74|
|442||30/05/1986||SF||David White||34 – 49||David Trace||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||73|
|444||3/06/1986||GF||Mick Keeble||74 – 80||David Trace||Gyles Brandreth,|
|597||24/06/1987||CQF||Cathy Morgan||57 – 61||David Trace||Sally James||Della Thompson||72|
|600||29/06/1987||CSF||Darryl Francis||55 – 58||David Trace||Sally James||Della Thompson||73|
|601||30/06/1987||CGF||Harvey Freeman||115 – 107||David Trace||Sally James||Della Thompson||127|
|M17||24/7/89-28/7/89||Masters 1||Dick Green||88 – 112||David Trace||N/A||Catherine Clarke||138|
|M71||6/8/90-10/8/90||Masters 2||David Trace||82 – 92||Peter Evans||N/A||Mark Nyman||129|
|1881||14/11/1996||eQF||David Trace||68 – 63||Russell Byers||Barry Cryer||Susie Dent||82|
|1885||20/11/1996||eSF||David Trace||46 – 36||Richard Campbell||Tom O'Connor||Catherine Stokes||72|
|1887||22/11/1996||eF||David Trace||34 – 45||Allan Saldanha||Tom O'Connor||Catherine Stokes||70|
|Championship of Champions Runners-Up|
I : Joyce Cansfield | II : Peter Evans | III : David Trace | IV : Tony Vick | V : Gino Corr | VI : Chris Waddington | VII : Damian Eadie | VIII : Kenneth Michie | IX : Pete Cashmore | X : Kate Ogilvie | XI : Chris Wills | XII : Mark Tournoff | XIII : Charlie Reams | XIV : Dan McColm