Loton Members Practice

Well, here we go! Can it really be nearly six months since we were all at Loton Park watching Trevor Willis and Team OMS score their first ever British Hillclimb Championship?

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Trevor Willis returns to the Loton paddock as British Hillclimb Champion

 

The time has now come, and this weekend many hillclimb folk will be rolling in to Loton’s deer park venue again, this time for the first mainland Speed Hillclimb of the 2013 season.

Or will they? As I write, on Tuesday evening, Loton Park is still under a heavy blanket of snow which was deposited there last weekend. There will be a ‘pitch inspection’ on Thursday when a decision to run the event will be taken, but until we hear otherwise let’s assume that all is well in Shropshire…

The Easter Loton event has always been the traditional curtain-raiser for the season, and for many years was always the opening round of the BHC. A very healthy entry seems to have been received by the Hagley & District Light Car Club, with many of the more organised BHC contenders using the event as a shakedown.

Saturday sees Wallace Menzies (DJ Firestorm) and Will Hall (Force WH) in the big class, with Richard Spedding and Eynon Price (shared Force PC) in the 1600s.

The Moran family will roll out the Gould GR61X in the unlimited class on Sunday, with Alex Summers joining the fun in the 2-litre class with his record-holding DJ Firehawk.

Lots of attention will be focused on UK Changes boss Steve Day who will be making his hillclimb debut with the ex. Lee Adams GWR Raptor, Steve will be looking for as many runs as possible over the two days as he acclimatises to the wee beasty!

There are a few other interesting car & driver combos out on the hill over the Easter break… The first is ex. Force PC driver Charles Williams who is making his first appearance in the ex. Rob Stevens OMS SC1 which he has purchased from Westcountryman James Moore, the formerly Gulf coloured car is now a lovely shade of red and Charles will be sharing it with Tim Cross. Felix Summers, brother of 2-litre pace-setter Alex, will be out for his first run in the family ex. Tomlin/Jenkins OMS CF97.

These practice days are sure to be highly entertaining for competitors and spectators alike so why not pop along, especially as it is only ¬£5 admnission WITH a complimentary entry list. We reckon that’s a bargain!

Don’t forget to check out www.hdlcc.com and www.uphillracers.com for news on how the track inspection goes on Thursday.

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