Stevens’ Stunner!

One of the oldest National Hillclimb records in the book was erased last weekend at Prescott’s Midland Hillclimb Championship round.

Rob Stevens Force SR4

Rob Stevens demolished record at Prescott (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

Driving the supercharged mega-horsepowered ‘purple-peril’ Force SR4, Rob Stevens has been going faster and faster in recent seasons. Having stepped up to the Unlimited Capacity Sports Libre class for 2013, one of the tasks he has faced has been to re-write Martin Bolsover’s quite incredible Prescott class record from 1984.

Having clinched the BHC title with a Hart-powered Pilbeam MP50 in 1982 & 1983, Bolsover had planned a quiet year for 1984 so he entered the BHC in a Pilbeam MP43 sports racing car. That idea didn’t last too long as a streak of records country-wide and some remarkable Run Off performances saw this quite incredible driver claim a BHC trebleĀ and in doing so becoming the first, and so far only, driver to claim the title in a sportscar.

Martin Bolsover Pilbeam MP43

Martin Bolsover in the Guyson Pilbeam-Hart MP43 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The class record that Martin set at Prescott has stood ever since, despite the best efforts of Jim Robinson, David Grace, David Render, Christian Mineeff, Bill Bristow, Matt Harrison and many others over the years. Until now.

For the record, Rob got under the previous target of 39.88s on his second practice run of the weekend, but then had to wait until the end of the day to break it officially and set 39.48s on his final class run.

 

This record is especially impressive as the blown ‘busa in the Force that Rob shares with his mate Adrian Britnall had suffered a catastrophic failure last time out at Loton Park and had required extensive surgery and transplants in order to be ready for Prescott at all, and the duo suffered even more agro during Saturday practice when an oil pipe blew off and dumped 9 litres of coolant onto the track!

Great stuff Rob, we reckon you are quicker when you have all these distractions!!

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