Lee’s Three Clubs Double

In 2011, Charmouth Hillclimb won our award for Venue of the Year. Last weekend saw the venue host it’s first events of the year and our 2011 Driver of the Year Mike Lee was on winning form again. Rupert Barker has kindly sent us this report:

Mike Lee OMS 2000M Charmouth Hillclimb

Mike Lee took two more Charmouth FTDs (thanks to Tel T Photography)


 Mike Lee dominated the inaugural running of the Three Clubs Charmouth Hill Climb on Saturday and Sunday ,16th and 17th June, setting Fastest Time of the Day on both days.

Co-promoted by Torbay, Burnham-on-Sea and Taunton Motor Clubs, the two days of competition were very different, with the weather on Saturday gradually deteriorating throughout the day until rain intervened in the early afternoon, whereas on Sunday the competitors enjoyed unbroken sunshine almost to the end and a third timed run as a result. 

Lee’s only timed run on Saturday was enough to secure the top spot, with Dave Sims’, sharing the 2-litre Ralt RT33/34 SRD with his father, being the only other driver to break into the 27 second bracket, just one tenth of a second adrift, and threaten Lee’s dominance.  Roy Sims, Launceston’s Paul Crute (Van Diemen FR94), Stuart Browne (OMS SF2) and Mark Mortimer (Mallock Mk 18) all set sub-30 second times in their pursuit of the leading pair but could not get near enough to stand a chance of matching their times.

The event was delayed when Truro’s Roy Bray spun his Escort Cosworth shortly after the first corner and dislodged part of the protective barrier at the track edge, necessitating lengthy repair work before the event could resume. As the weather inexorably closed in after lunch many drivers elected not to venture out on the increasingly sodden track for a second timed run and so their morning’s efforts decided the awards. 

Sunday dawned fair and sunny and it was quickly ‘business as usual’ at the sharp end of the time-sheets, with Lee’s first effort of 27.73 seconds again proving enough to secure FTD, followed by Dave Sims’ with identical second and third run times of 28.47 seconds; Stuart Browne was once again the ‘best of the rest’ in their efforts to take the fight to Lee and Sims.  Yeovil’s Ian Cameron (Chaplin Hornet) set a sub-28 second time in practice but was unable to replicate the performance on his timed runs, spoiling his afternoon by rearranging his front wing assembly against the scenery.    

Dave Sims Ralt RT33/34 Charmouth Hillclimb

Dave Sims chased Lee all weekend (thanks to Tel T Photography)


Other drivers to complete the double, winning their class on both days, were Jonathan Wright (Wellington) in his VW Golf Mk 1, Bideford’s Melvyn James (Sylva Stryker), Neil Coles in his Westfield Megabusa, Clive James (Peugeot 205), Torbay MC members Gordon Iles from Clevedon (Vauxhall Tigra) and Stewart Lillington (Vauxhall Astra), and Poole-resident Tim Clarke (Audi Quattro). 

In the up-to 1100cc racing car category, Woolbridge Motor Club pairing John and Andrew Forsyth entertained onlookers with plenty of low-grip opposite-lock action in their double-driven 500cc Alfa-Dana, with Andrew beating his father on both days. Joining the growing band of sons who ignored the diplomatic requirements of Father’s Day were James Potter in the Bridge Tyres and Wheels sponsored Subaru Impreza WRX and Exeter’s Jan Yeo (Lo Cost), both surpassing their parents’ achievements on consecutive days. Another notable success was Crediton’s Kevin Frost, who took the D1 class honours on Sunday after several seasons’ development of his self-designed and built KMD Sports Special. 


James Potter Subaru Impreza Charmouth Hillclimb

James Potter in the family Impreza (thanks to Banned PR)


Steve Harris took the honours in the DEWS Speed Series class with his 1300 cc Mini on Saturday but had no answer to Fareham’s Mike Mark (Morris Mini Cooper) who exacted revenge on Sunday by just 2/100ths of a second.

 Thanks a lot for the report Rupert, we really must get to an event at Charmouth soon…

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