Wonderful Wiscombe – The Class Runs

As well as the exciting National Run Offs, there was great variety and intense battles amongst the classes.

Willis’ top qualifier took the Unlimited class ahead of Scott Moran and Menzies.

Tony Hunt set a 38sec time on the way to victory in a very small 2-litre division ahead of Cornishman Paul Crute and the beautifully prepared ex. Works Pilbeam MP62 of the Alexander family.

Yet again, the battle of the day came from the 1600s. Messers Adams, Hall, Lee, Price, Goodyear & Spedding put on a stunning sub-record battle to decide the class. The GWR Raptor of Wiscombe debutant Adams eventually left with the record to give his Leaders Championship hopes a boost.

Most observers would have predicted that the previously unbeaten combination of Adam Steel & the Martlet Suzuki would clean up amongst the 1100s. However, they would have reckoned without the inspired Dave Uren. Driving on his own this weekend, Uren hustled the GSXR powered Force HC to the top in a stunning time to take the win by 0.25s from Steel who recovered from a broken shaft on Saturday afternoon.

 

The big Sports Libre class featured the exciting 4×4 turbo Ford Puma of former rallycrosser Mike Manning, however for once Manning’s car wasn’t the most exciting in the class, and nor was it the fastest. Cornishman Doug Bennett brought his AMAZING Sylva Striker to Wiscombe and fought his way to the top to pip Manning to the win. Doug wasn’t the fastest Sportscar at the event though, that honour fell to the 1600cc Force LMP of Graham Wynn.

Doug Bennett's wild Sylva Striker

The day’s closest battle came in the big Mod Sports class as Pete Turnbull (Porsche 911 GT3) and George Hopkins (MG RV8) did battle. Pete lead George by 4/100ths first time up, and both went slower on the 2nd runs. They were still only 6/100ths apart though.

There was a very rare occurrence in the big road car class as Roy Bray was beaten at Wiscombe. Roy had brought along his 2nd string Subaru Impreza, described by Roy as “a standard road car” (yeah, right!) and lead the way for most of the weekend. However, on Sunday ‘Jovial Gent’ Tim Painter was inspired. He stormed past Bray to take the win and leave co-driver Andrew Fraser languishing in 3rd. Painter & Fraser had been to the Porsche driver training centre at Silverstone in the week for some tips on getting the best out of their 997 Turbo. I guess that means that Tim was the one who listened to the instructor…

Other class winners were Peter Knight, Gary Pitt, Charlie Martin, Martin Perry, Geoff Twemlow, Mark Mortimer, Daniel Cowley, Terry Griffin, Simon Neve, Ian Yeo, Graham Blake & Andy Russell.

The BHC results tables have been updated (prior to confirmation from Speed Championships Ltd) and further gossip from the hill will follow this week.

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