ONE A PIECE FOR MENZIES AND UREN
One man's disappointment provides a another man's delight. Such is the way of sport. Round twenty three of the Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship at Wiscombe Park saw both of these emotions. Abject disappointment for Trevor Willis who suffered a broken nearside rear wheel as he exited The Esses on a 'hot' run which at the split time just prior to the incident was the best seen at that stage of the meeting. The OMS 28 clattered into the bank on the approach to the Sawbench hairpin breaking the suspension and not only bringing the Worcester driver's day to an end but also, in all likelyhood, his bid for championship honours in 2016.
Wallace Menzies was the driver to make the most of the situation taking a ten point haul from the first Run Off ahead of the fleet GWR Raptor of Richard Spedding and Dave Uren with his turbocharged Suzuki 1.3 litre powered Force PC.
More success was waiting around the proverbial corner for Uren in the form of a victory in the round twenty four Run-off. Having qualified second fastest the Force was hustled to the top in 35.58 seconds to take the win ahead of the Gould GR55 of Wallace Menzies. Spedding was on the podium again, a mere two tenths of a second in arrears of the Scotsman.
WRIGHT STAYS TOP
Leading the Wiscombe Park Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S series prior to the national championship weekend Anthony Wright knew it was important to at least maintain his advantage at the top of the table ahead of Andrew Forsyth.
Wright returned home to Wellington after two rapid days of rapid and effective driving in his Audi S3 with a lerger margin to Westfield Megabusa pilot Forsyth.
With three round remaining the deficit between the leading duo is now 3.24 points with Simon Neve moving into third place in his Mitsubishi some seven points in arrears.
As befits the 500 Owners Association meeting Fastest Time of the Day was claimed by the fleet motorcycle engined Martlet ASI of Adam Steel.
Steel was never head
ed, eventually claiming overall honours with a second climb of 38.71 seconds which was just under one second faster than his first attempt. In fact the Steel/Martlet combo were alone in breaking under the 40 second mark.
Olivia and Liam Cooper battled to stay on terms with Steel with Olivia eventually defeating her other half 40.18 seconds to 40.34.
The large vintage class was won by Tony Lees aboard his AC/GN Cognac following a battle with \the Riley of Rob Cobdon and the ERA of Nicholas Topliss.
The enthusiatically driven 1948 Hornet Jap of Alistair Dent claimed the fastest time for a 500 racer with an ascent of 50.59 seconds.
Contemporary machines were also part of the meeting including the Westfield SEi Megabusa of Andrew Forsyth who claimed victory in the Road Going Saloons and Sports Car (after 1970) class on a time of 42.40 seconds.
The rapid Tommy Hodges took the motorcycle FTD aboard his Team GV Honda CRF. With a first climb of 43.55 scconds the Taunton rider improved second time out to secure the win on 42.42 seconds.
Paul Jeffery took the win in the 750 cc division hustling his KTM SMP to the top in 43.21 seconds whilst Alex and Isaac Warren ruled supreme against the pairing of John and Isaac Warren on the family Suzuki trike. The winning margin 1.55 seconds.
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Following-on from a double victory at the start of the season Mike Lee consolidated his position as the fastest driver at Wiscombe Park with two further Fastest Times of the Day at the Torbay M.C. and Wildlife Autosport events.
A best climb of 37.06 during the Saturday meeting was not to be improved upon with the OMS 2000M pilot peaking with a time eleven hundredths of a second slower the following day.
Anthony Wright powered his effective Audi A3 to two class wins with competitive times which keep him at the top of the Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S Wiscombe Park championship ahead of fellow double winner Andrew Forsyth. The Westfield Megabusa driver 1.47 points in arrears after four qualifiers.
Jonathan Wright occupies third place despite spinning his Volkswagen Golf GTi on the approach to The Gate during the Wildlife meeting.
Mitsubishi Evos reigned supreme in the large engine division of the Road-Going Series Production class with the Evo 6 RS of Stephen Moore taking the honours on Saturday and the Evo 4 RS of Simon Glover achieving the same twenty-four hours later.
National champion Paul Jeffery rode his KTM SMR to overall victory on the first day of the meeting with a best of 42.52 but had to give best to Tommy Hughes the next day when the Taunton rider took his Honda to the top in 41.37 seconds.
The Vintage Sportds Car Club's annual visit to Wiscombe Park is the highlight of the season for a number of enthusiasts and no wonder if when you consider the sight and sound of Tom Walker taking his 1930 Amilcar-Hispano Special to Fastest Time of the Day.
The mighty 11760 cc machine scaled the 900 metre course in 47.41 seconds. The fastest climb in the vintage category went to Tony Lees in his AC/GN Cognac just twelve hundredths in arrears of the FTD time.
In the Pre-War classes Nicholas Topliss proved fastest in his 1938 ERA 4D on 47.58 seconds.