CHAMPIONSHIOP SUCCESS FOR WRIGHT
After challenging at the head of the championship table in recent years Anthony Wright has secured victory of the 2016 Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S Wiscombe Park Championship at the wheel of his fleet Audi A3.
A points total of 90.08 gave the Wellington driver a winning margin of 2.08 points to continue the history of close finished in the series.
Westfield BDA driver, and 2015 Champion, Ian Ingleheart claimed the runner-up position with less than a single point advantage over Megabusa powered Westfield pilot Andrw Forsyth.
TOM SHORT TAKES RUN-OFF AND FTD
Tom Short stamped his authority on the final Wiscombe meeting of the 2016 season in the National Hill Climb Association's national championship event.
A climb of 41.57 seconds in the Top Ten Run-off gave the Aprilai rider mximum championship points and Fastest Time of the Day.
LEE HUNTS A BRACE
Despite torrential rain during the Saturday meeting and a still slippery track the following day, OMS 2000M pilot Mike Lee claimed another two FTDs at the Five Clubs meeting on the first weekend of September.
The former British Leaders champion had to keep looking over his shoulder though for the second event saw local driver Ben Wheeler mount a stern challenge which took him to within fourteen hundredths of a second of the 'wiscombe meister'.
Wheeler in turn was very aware of Dave Gardner and his rapidly improving pace with the Pilbeam MP62. Returning to single-seaters, Gardner had not driven the car prior to the practice sessions of the Saturday meeting. Heavy rain during the afternoon prompted Gardner to sit out the final run (to do otherwise in a car which was not familiar would have been foolhardy) but he came back with a vengeance the following day to claim second in the 1600-2000 c.c. racing car division behind Wheeler.
James Gibson claimed a brace of clas wins in the up to 1100 .c.c division of the racing car class in his OMS Hornet a feat which James Hudson replicated as he secured double honours in the 1400-1800 capacity split of the Roadgoing Series Production category.
All the above will be in action again this Saturday (September 10th) as part of a 145 car entry amasssed by the MG Car Club. As one might expect the entry will include a mouth watreing selection of MGs spanning 60 years.
The following day sees the final event of the season which will be all about motorcycle action on both two and three wheels. The National Hill Climb Association meeting will feature a National Championship Top Ten Run-off for the fastest ten competitors as a finale to both the event and the season.
The entry includes Paul Jeffery, the reigning national champion, and another seven of the 2015 top ten.
THAT MAN LEE AGAIN
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.
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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.
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.