Prescott Practise Prattle

The 2011 British Hillclimb Championship action kicked off at Prescott in Gloucestershire today with practise runs taking place for the competition proper tomorrow.

Glorious sunshine greeted competitors all day, but unfortunately the track surface wasn’t quite in tip-top condition… Ralph Pinder’s Peugeot 205 had a oil leak early in the run, the oil got onto the rear tyres, and Ralph rolled the car under the bridge at Orchard Bend. Our correspondent was on hand to capture the aftermath at the scene !

Ralph Pinder Prescott April 2011

The big talking point in the paddock though centred around the single-seater classes. As well as the expected, enlarged, 3.2l Powertec V8 engine, Trevor Willis has a brand new OMS 25 chassis. Trevor will need to get a handle on the car quickly if he is to mount a championship challenge.

The 1600cc runners were undoubtedly the stars of practise with the 4 all amongst the fastest runners overall. Lee Adams tied with Scott Moran for the fastest time in the GWR Raptor with Will Hall, Eynon Price and Richard Spedding all in close company with their Force chassis.

Former unlimited class Pilbeam runner Jos Goodyear returned to hillclimb action after a year working for Drayson Racing in the American Le Mans Series. Driving his DJ Firehawk in the 1600 class, Jos was absolutely loving the handling and feel of the bike-engined car.

Former Midland Hillclimb Champion Rob Stevens returned to the hills with his familier Force SR4 sports-racer. For 2011 though Rob has supercharged the Hayabusa engine. Still running in the 2000cc Sports Libre class, Rob will certainly be a serious contender for honours once he gets to grips with the new package.

The 2010 stars of the jovial 2000cc Specialist Road class were back for more banter in 2011. Joy Hoyle & Dave Wilson have the familier pink Caterham-Vauxhall ready for action again and Dave will certainly be loudest in the paddock even if he can’t be quickest in class. Father & son team Allan & David Warburton have some new gimmicks on their Caterham-K Series for this year, as you would expect from DTA engine management wizard Allan, with a new flat-shift system installed. David seemed to be struggling though, he seems to be gripping his stick and becoming retarded !

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