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THE STIG DRIVES WISCOMBE

'The Stig' comes to Wiscombe Park. No not that 'Stig' (Top Gear etc etc) but the 'Stig' -  1984 World Rally Champion (runner-up the following year) and seven times victor of the Swedish Rally not to mention the Lombard RAC Rally of Great Britain in 1983.

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Now domiciled in England, the rally legend will lead a star studded cast of rally drivers including double British Champions Russell Brookes and David Llewellin not forgetting Jimmy McRae and the first ever Ladies World Rally Champion, Louise Aitken-Walker in the Lombard Rally Bath.

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FRENETIC FINALE

The final three car meetings of the 2018 Wiscombe Park season were blessed with fine weather which contributed to the excellent motor sport in the Five Clubs and MG Car Club meetings.

With the end of the season in sight the drivers with champinship aspiration re-doubled their efforts.

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At the end of the nine round Wiscombe Park Hill Climb Championship sponsored by Tillicoultry Quarries it was two time champion Ian Ingleheart who took the title with his Westfield SEi-Cosworth having amasssed 88.36 points ahead of another previoius champion Anthony Wright on 87.95. The Wellington driver, in Audi Quattro, gaping third placed Jonathan Langmead (Lotus Elise) by 1.31 points.

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With Empire Evo2 pilot Ben Wheeler absent from the events at the beginning of the month, the door of opportunity was left ajar for Andrew Forsyth to claim double victories in his OMS CF04 but at the MG Car Club meeting normal service was resumed with Wheeler claiming FTD (his seventh of the season) on a climb of 36.70 seconds leaving the class win to Forsyth on 37.27.


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AND ANOTHER DOUBLE FOR BEN WHEELER

The National B permit event which ran in parrallel with the British Champinships saw another two FTDs for Ben Wheeler and his Empire Evo2.

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The wet conditions provided a challenge to all competitors but Anthony Wright made the most of the opportunity in his Audi A3 Quattro to extend his lead in the Wiscombe Park Hill Climb Championship sponsored by Tillicoultry Quarries to 7.28 points.

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The 2016 Champion now has Ben Wheeler as his nearest challenger with Lotus Elise pilot Tony Wiltshire in third place. The Empire and Lotus duo seperated by just 2.15 points.  Simon Neve (Mitsubishi Evo 6RS is next up 1.63 ahead of Roy Bray with his Ford Escort Cosworth.

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ANOTHER DOUBLE FOR BEN WHEELER

Two days of action packed motor sport with the Torbay Motor Club and Wildlife Autosport saw the Kilmington Empire driver repeat his April feat at Wiscombe Park with a brace of victories at the wheel of his Evo 2.

The meeting, which benefitted from glorious weather, saw Anthony Wright maintain his position at the head of the Tillicoultry Quarries sponsored Wiscombe Park Hill Climb Championship with reigning champion Ian Ingleheart moving up to second place with Lotus Elise pilot Jon Lanmead securing the
third slot.

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The service should be available at all Wiscombe events but follow the link below and, subject to a useable 3G broadband signal you will be able to see the times just after they have actually been posted at Wiscombe.


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SHORT LEADS THE WAY

The National Hill Climb Association meeting brought the curtain down on the 2018 season at Wiscombe Park with Exeter surveyor Tom Short taking the fastest climb in the Top Ten Championship Run-Off astride his Aprilia SXV on a time of 40.51 seconds having secured victory in the national championship even before he took to the track.

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Track condition were ideal with records being re-written including that in the 250 cc class where Glyn Poole (pictured above) set a new benchmark with his Honda CR of 41.59 sces.

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Those at the event witnessed the top ten finishers in the 2017 championship competing as well as posing for a commemorative photograph.

WILLIS 1 - MOURANT 1

The long dry British summer provided great expectations for a superb weekend of speed hilllcimbing at Wiscombe Park and the prospect of spectacular motor sport and a new hill record during the course of the championship run-offs. The weather gods however had different ideas with rain and wind descended on Devon but the British Hillclimb Championship still delivered the spectacle.

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Reigning champion and series leader Trevor Willis was dominant in the first Run-Off claming ten points with a climb of 41.46 seconds ahead of Jason Mourant who used the torque of the mighty 4.0 litre Judd V8 to scale the testing East Devon course a mere 12 hundredths of a second in arrears. Scotsman Wallace Menzies was unable to replicate his Wiscombe victory of one year ago and slotted into third with the Gould GR55M-Cosworth on 41.97.

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The ever competitive Richard Spedding took fourth place at the wheel of the Les Mutch GWR Raptor to keep his championship tally moving forward.

In the second stanza Willis improved his time to 41.41 seconds but that was not to be enough to gain a second victory with both Jason Mourant and Richard Spedding eclipsing the mark with 40.97 and 41.27 second climbs respectively.

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