Double Joy for DJ Boys!

A wet Shelsley Walsh this weekend saw a new marque stand at the top of the hillclimb podium. After a promising start to the season for both of their ‘red cars’, DJ Racecars finally clinched a Run Off win thanks to Alex Summers’ DJ Firehawk first time up. That Wallace Menzies repeated the feat with his newer V8 DJ Firestorm on the drier afternoon run was simply the icing on the cake.

Wallace Menzies in his DJ Firestorm at Shelsley Walsh

After an overcast but mostly dry practice on Saturday, Sunday saw drizzle through most of the day, but the strenth of the rain varied and this meant some slightly unusual qualifying results. The main one saw a delighted Dave Uren in top qually spot for the 1st Run Off in his 1100cc Force. Dave had set a good run on a drying track, then sat in the top paddock as the rain returned and a parade of racing Jaguars climbed the hill.

Dave Uren in his Force HC at Shelsley Walsh

The remaining runners qualified in the wet with Trevor Willis setting the pace ahead of 2-litre class leader Summers, Menzies and Scott Moran.

The Run Off was run in drying but very slippery conditions. It looked like the Scots might steal a march on everyone as Menzies and top 1600cc qualifier Lee Adams came to the line on Inters, but then Summers surprised everyone by going out on slicks. He slithered off of the line, but once he was going he was really on it. 29.20 seconds later he crossed the finish to deny Moran the win.

With the rain slowing in the afternoon, class times came down for all bar a few classes and by the 1600s times had really start to improve. Will Hall took a good win in the Force PC to reinforce his Midland Championship lead, with Lee Adams 2nd and Eynon Price charging through to 3rd after a frustrating weekend.

Summers took the 2 litre win ahead of Ralt driver John Chalmers who was as smooth as ever in the wet.

Top qualifier and big class winner was Scott Moran who pipped Willis by a few hundredths, while Menzies looked on from 3rd place.

Trevor Willis in his OMS 25 at Shelsley Walsh

Times tumbled further in the afternoon Run Off as the track was in the best condition it had been all day. Chris Merrick salvaged a fifth place after a difficult weekend for Team NewMerrick finising a quarter of a second behind Hall. Scott kept the championship scoreboard ticking over with another podium finish, narrowly being beaten by Willis. But Menzies had already set 27.67s time that would stand as FTD. He stormed the historic Worcestershire hill to finish 12 hundredths clear of the field and complete a fantastic day for Andy Smith & Del Quigley of DJ.

Check out our updated results section for more details.

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