Wonderful Wiscombe – Top 12 Run Offs

Under occasionally threatening skies, the British Hillclimb Championship’s only visit of the year to the heart of the Westcountry saw points leader Scott Moran extend his points advantage with 2 Top 12 Run Off wins.

The Run Offs

Moran displayed an unlevelled amount of controlled aggression during the Run Offs, beating OMS 25 driver Trevor Willis to the win each time. Willis chased really hard, and had a huge moment on approach to The Gate in the 1st battle for points, somehow making it to The Esses while carrying a massive amount of speed. Trev qualified fastest for the 2nd Run Off, but settled for a circumspect approach and good points having seen Scott’s time.

Tom New, winner in Guernsey a fortnight ago, continued his great recent form to grab the final podium spot each time with a series of personal bests. The Team NewMerrick Gould-Judd was neat, tidy & deceptively quick throughout to claim his 2nd & 3rd podiums of the year. 

In a remarkably symmetrical series of results, Wallace Menzies, Lee Adams, Roger Moran & Will Hall finished 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th respectively in each Run Off. The Scottish chargers, Menzies & Adams were particularly impressive over the lower sections of the hill. Menzies’ Cosworth XD launched the DJ out of Wis Corner and fired it towards Bunnies Leap at unprecedented speed on every run, whereas Adams was charging over Bunnies absolutely flat all day on Sunday and carrying massive speed into The Gate.

It was also good to see a couple of local South West drivers in Wiscombe Run Offs again. Tony Wiltshire qualified his newly acquired V6 Gould with PBs both times. Wilt took the final point 1st time up, but a scrappy 2nd attempt was finally aborted when he realised that he wasn’t going to get round Martini without incident! Undoubtedly the most successful driver in the region so far this year, OMS driver Mike Lee was somewhat outgunned by his ‘carbon-tubbed’ rivals at this National round. However he dug deep, set a PB, and sneaked into the 2nd Run Off to claim 11th ahead of the non-finishing Wilt.


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