LEE MAINTAINS MOMENTUM
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.
GOOD EARLY START FOR LEE
Two sunny and dry days provided a weekend of first class spedd hillclimbing at the Woolbridge Motor Club organised meetings.
Over 100 drivers took to the track each day in a variety of cars, from road-going through modified categories for saloons and sports to the rapid sports racers and single-seater racers.
The events, sponsored by The Midweek Herald newspaper, saw multiple winner from last season, Mike Lee in his Suzuki powered OMS 2000M continue his form to take a brace of victories with his best time of 37.48 seconds being set on the final day.
The experienced Stuart Browne appeared with his new mount, an OMS 25, nd progressively went faster throughout the weekend to take a class victory and the runner slot behind Lee in the Sunday meeting. OMS PR pilot Andrew Short achieved a similar result the previous day.
Anthony Wright made a good start to the seasson and made a positive impact on the Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S Wiscombe Park Championship to lead the championship table following the first two events from Andrew Forsyth (Westfield Megabusa) and reigning champion Ian Ingleheart.
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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.