Summers Set for Silverstone

Anyone in the Northamptonshire area this weekend would do well to pay a visit to Silverstone Racing Circuit on Saturday as one of the top stars of British Hillclimbing is participating in his first ever circuit race at the cathedral of motorsport.

Alex Summers Lola T140

Lindsay Summers watches over the Lola in the Shelsley Walsh paddock in May 2012!


Young charger Alex Summers, who finished a remarkable fourth overall in the BHC and claimed the coveted Hillclimb Leaders Championship, will be participating in the Derek Bell Trophy race which is a part of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Finals day.

The Derek Bell Trophy is a series of races run at HSCC events for Formula 5000 and Formula 2 cars built between 1967 and 1979, but also features Formula Atlantic, Classic Clubmans, Formula 3 and Formula Ford 2000 cars. Due to the range of years covered by the series, there is an interesting mix of powerful cars some with slicks, some with treads and some with wings, some without.

Tenbury Wells based Alex will be driving his Father Richard’s beautiful 1968 Lola T140. The Chevy V8 engined car was built new in 1968 for American race team owner Carl Haas.

Richard has been driving the car in DBT events this season (when the hillclimb calendar has allowed), but this is Alex’s first circuit race in the car, although he has competed in the cigar-tube stunner before


It will be great to see how the talented youngster gets on against a competitive field of experienced roundy-roundy racers.

All being well, we will be there to see his progress and will let you all know how he got on early next week!

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