BHC Season Review Part 11 – Trevor Willis

As we approach the end of our 2013 British Hillclimb Championship Season Review we move on to look at the real heavy-hitters in the series, and the two drivers who have dominated top-line hillclimbing since 2010.

Trevor Willis OMS 28

Trevor proudly wore the ‘Number 1′ on his OMS-RPE 28  for 2013.

 

Runner-up in this years Championship was the man who really hit some mighty highs in 2012. He had a new car to shake down at Prescott back in April, but as always Trevor Willis was up to speed incredibly rapidly and was soon fully in the groove with his Powertec/RPE V8 powered OMS.

2nd – Trevor Willis (246 points)

Prior to the dizzy heights of 2012, when a rich vein of late season form saw Trevor Willis claim the ultimate prize in our sport, Trevor would have seen his results and final BHC placing as a serious result. These days however, the only thoughts of this hard trying driver are on the outright championship win.

Having won the series, Scary Trev as his rivals call him, immediately sent his victorious OMS 25 out to pasture and started work on the next project. His 3.2 litre RPE/Powertec V8 was installed into a brand new chassis from Steve Owen, along with his Hewland JFR gearbox and the new package was revealed at the Prescott season opener. The reasoning behind the switch to the new, lower nose OMS chassis (which visually resembles the front of the CF09-style tub with the rear bulkhead and roll hoop of the 25) was in order to make gains in overall weight, centre of gravity and also visibility from the cockpit. The 28 also features a different front suspension arrangement, while retaining a similar rear suspension to the previous 25.

Trevor Willis OMS 28

Trevor was bang on the pace with his new car at Prescott in April (thanks to Our Correspondent).

 

After a difficult opening round at Prescott, Trevor turned things around to the extent that he took his maiden win with the car at Barbon Manor in early May and, a spin at Harewood in Round 6 aside, began an impressive run of podium finishes as he was narrowly pipped by Scott Moran week in and week out. It was looking like being a run-away title for Moran Jnr up until June Doune. Trevor coped with some very difficult Scottish weather better than anyone and began a run of 3 wins in 6 rounds, which culminated in stealing the Bouley Bay hill record from Wallace Menzies’ grasp. Then the Moran’s missed Wiscombe, Trevor took a win and a second in Devon, but the GR61X crew returned for Craigantlet and Scott began his unbeatable run to the title.

The final Doune of the year saw Trevor on the ragged edge as ever, as he tried all he knew to achieve the impossible and continue his title challenge to the Loton finale, but it was not to be and he had to accept defeat.

As always Trev will keep his plans close to his chest and few of us will really know what he is upto until Prescott in April! Rumours that he is going to convert the OMS to blown/Hayabusa power seem to be short of the mark. We expect to see a re-developed version of the OMS-RPE 28 for 2014.

 

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