Stunning Shropshire Sunday

 What a truely amazing event we saw at Loton Park last weekend!

Loton Park Hillclimb

 

It has been a long time since I have seen so many records set, by such a large distance, and by such a large variety of cars without the hill having been resurfaced.

The two points scoring Top 12 Run Offs for the British Hillclimb Champion were full of hot competition.

The first Run Off was started by the shared cars of Roger Moran and Lee Adams, and this was the start of the suprises… After nipping at his heels so far this season, Jos Goodyear dominated Lee Adams this weekend. Moran Senior put in a very low 45s to claim the bottom step of the podium whilst Adams put in his slowest run of the day for a disappointing sixth place finish.

 

Having demolished Adam Fleetwood’s record in qually, 2-litre star Alex Summers went even faster in the run off for fifth place.

Adams’ team mate Goodyear, who had qualified a superb third overall, suffered a huge missed gear at the bottom of Cedar Straight and (like Adams) put in his slowest run of the day but still nailed fourth position.

 

Trevor Willis was the penultimate runner and put in a stunning charge up straight with sparks pouring out of the aero tunnels to claim second overall.

Championship leader Scott Moran had broken the outright hill record in qualifying, but didn’t need to repeat that when it mattered for points. Having seen Willis’ time fall half a second shy of his new record he put in a controlled run and claimed the 10 points for the win.

 

The second points battle started in incredible fashion. Lee Adams really go this act together in second qually pipped Goodyear, meaning that Jos ran before him in the Run Off.

Both of the Raptor drivers had qualified ahead of Roger Moran, so Roger ran first and was well chuffed with a 44.66s PB. But then came Jos…

Goodyear put in one of the most perfect runs ever seen in British Hillclimbing and there was an audible intake of breath from the entire paddock as his time was displayed. 43.82s was 2.74s under his class record at the start of the day, and 4/10ths under Scott Moran’s new outright hill record, and set with only 1600cc of suzuki power!

 

One by one the cars failed to get close to Jos’ stunning effort. Jos looked stunned, Barry was celebrating, Jnr was pacing back & forward….

OMS 25 driver Willis had qualified down in fifth but he charged through when it counted, beat the previous hill record and claimed a podium spot.

With two cars left to run Lee Adams came to the line knowing that he needed a good result, for his own piece of mind if nothing else. Lee was stunning on the technical bottom section of the hill, but he left his braking just too late at Triangle and rotated on the apex of the tricky right hander. He was so wound up that he leapt out of the car, picked it up to turn it around and drove straight back in to paddock!

Scott Moran rolled to the line as the final runner of the day and had to dig as deep as he has ever had to before… A beautifully smooth run (despite a sluggish start), and a committed charge up the straight saw the clock stop on 43.52s to take FTD, another outright hill record and (most importantly) 11 more BHC points.

 

Goodyear may have been slightly disappointed that he didn’t claim the victory that his run deserved, but he certainly didn’t show it. He was exstatic with his performance, and so he should be.

Speak Your Mind

*