Race Against Time

Several members of the British Hillclimb community clubbed together last week and achieved the impossible.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex Summers at Loton Park in the DJ Firehawk (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


When Alex Summers suffered a rare off in the very rapid supercharged DJ Firehawk during second qualifying at Les Val des Terres 10 days ago a race against time began.

The red rocket had left-hand suspension damage and, possibly more seriously, some damage to the blower of the howling Hayabusa engine.

As soon as he heard about the incident, DJ Racecars boss Del Quigley got into the workshop back in High Peak, Derbyshire and started machining parts for the rebuild. DJ completed new wishbones and a sidepod for the car in double-quick time, although they were slightly let down by a local paint shop which meant that the fresh pod was unpainted for Wiscombe.

Engine builder Mark Fisher at GreenHill Racing was also a star in getting the car back on track. He turned the engine around in a single day and got the motor up to DJ’s base quickly enough for it not to hold up the rebuild of the car.

Alex’s Father Richard wished to publicly thank everyone involved for pulling out every stop possible in not just getting Alex to Wiscombe, but also having a very competitive car there.

Despite a broken shaft off of the line in first qualifying at the Devon hill, Alex recovered to reward his helpers hard work with runner-up spot in the second shoot-out.

Well done guys, that was some serious effort!

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