Wicked Wiscombe!

The fabulous, rustic Wiscombe Park venue in East Devon hosted it’s annual British Hillclimb Championship weekend in changeable conditions at the weekend.

Wiscombe Park Hillclimb

A rare sunny view of Wiscombe Park!

 

After wet and dry practice runs on the Saturday, Sunday started overcast but dry, although the twisting, most tree-lined course remained damp after overnight rain.

In the first Championship shoot-out Wallace Menzies used the mighty power of the Cosworth XD which is bolted to the bulkhead of his DJ Firestorm to blast up the two shutes of the 900m hill and claim the opening win. Top qualifier Trevor Willis had to settle for second place, but was still happy as the nine points he gained helped improve his championship position against the absent Scott Moran.

Fresh from his Guernsey record, Jos Goodyear improved from a lowly qually slot to round out the podium in the GWR Raptor. Having solved his practice traction problems, the turbo-charged GR59 of Paul Haimes was fourth ahead of Tommy New and Ed Hollier.

Other notable occurences from the first run-off were the non-qualification of Alex Summers due to a shaft failure in qually and Brian Moyse who made the cut for his first ever Run Off in the supercharged GR59 he shares with his son Simon.

The second timed runs produced a typical Wiscombe afternoon with occasional showers affecting runs, and none more so than in qualifying for the final Run Off of the weekend. Cornishman Paul Crute was embarrassed to have caused the delay (due to losing the front wing from his ex. Roy Lane Pilbeam MP58-01) which meant that the Unlimited Class runners had to run in significantly worse conditions than the earlier runners.

This allowed Paul Haimes to qualify top of the pile in what was by far the best showing so far for the Gould Turbo. All eyes were on Trevor Willis though, on slicks in very damp conditions the reigning champ pulled out a run which was the equal of his amazing wet qualifier at Prescott at the back-end of last year. Trevor set a strong 42s run and qualified 8th, later he said “I wasn’t sure I was pushing hard enough through The Esses, but then I decided I was!”.

Back on level terms in the Run Off, Will Hall and Willis set the early pace. Later runners Summers (with a new shaft installed), Goodyear and Haimes challenged hard though. Willis held on for the win ahead of Summers, Haimes, Hall and Goodyear who was disappointed with fifth place.

Tony Hunt (Force PC) and Paul Alexander (Pilbeam MP62) took advantage of the changeable conditions to qualify for their first Run Offs of the season, but elected not to take their runs. Brian and Simon Moyse also both qualified again, meaning that (along with Haimes) Gould GR59s made up 25% of the qualifiers this weekend!

These results mean that Willis heads to Craigantlet next weekend with a 5 point championship lead over Scott Moran and Menzies now heads Roger Moran for third by 8 points.

Comments

  1. Andy kittle says:

    Getting very interesting there’s nobody running away with it

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