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CHAMPIONSHIP JOY FOR SPEDDING AND MENZIES

Man in form, Richard Spedding took his third successful Run-Off victory at Wiscombe Park hustling the fleet GWR Raptor to victory with a climb of 34.66 seconds ahead of Alex Summers who really maximised the strengths of his DJ Firestorm to finsh ahead of championship leader Trevor Willis and Will Hall.

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Problems with the Raptor's paddle shift on the second Run-Off caused the Barnsley driver to loose engine braking and brought about contact with the scenery. This allowed Wallace Menzies to take his first victory of the season and with his new Gould GR59M. A winning time of 34.50 seconds defeated Willis and Hall with Summers, Mourant and Ed Hollier (on his local hill) rounding out the top six.

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5 OUT OF 5 FOR THORNE

The Wiscombe Park season continued with a double-header of action from Torbay Motor Club and Wildlife Autosport (May 13/14).

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The Torbay event, sponsored by prestige car supplier HR Owen Ecurie, provided Rod Thorne with the first of a further two victories to take maintain his 100% strike rate in 2017 Wiscombe Park meetings.

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In the Wildlife Autosport event (Sunday) the garage proprietor did come under more pressure from the single seater brigade with over 2 litre single seater class winner Dave Gardner (Pilbeam MP62-Vauxhall) closing to within three tenths of a second of the outright winner. Andrew Forsyth was also in the mix in his OMS CF04 has he makes further progress with his familiarisation of the Suzuki powered racer.

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CHAMPIONSHIP 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.

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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.

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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 Andrew Forsyth.
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THREE IN A ROW

Rod Thorne continued his winning ways in the 2017 Wiscombe Park season by claiming the Harry Foster Trophy at the 500 Owners Association meeting. Thorne was unchallenged on his way to victory with a climb of 38.73 seconds. The Pilbeam pilot the only driver to break under the forty second barrier.

Olivia Cooper finished in front of her husband Liam to claim the honours in the upto 1300 cc Sports and Racing Car class. The Exeter driver gaining a best time of 40.59 in her Force HC.

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Greg Lerigo took the class for Riley cars with a first climb of 51.38 seconds to defeat Alex Hewitson whilst Stephanie Wilton powered her Cooper Bristol to victory in the VSCC category on a time of 48.38. After problems on her first run Sue Darbyshire attacked the hill for her second climb and drove into second place.

Historic racing car class honours went to Alistair Dent (Jap engined Hornet) in the pre 1954 division with Nick Reynolds (Cooper Mk9 Jap) taking the class for machines built after 1954.

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Tom Short set the pace in the motorcycle classes with victory in the 501-750 cc division aboard his Aprilai SXV with a time of 41.56 seconds.

Ian Guy and Jed Pilmour Brady were victorius in the sidecar category taking the LCR Suzuki to the top in 45.41 seconds.
DOUBLE TOP FOR ROD THORNE

The partnership of Rod Thorne and his Pilbeam MP43-Rover V8 proved unbeatable at the first two meetings of the new season. Single-seater drivers Stuart Browne (OMS 25) and Dave Gardner (Pilbeam MP62) had to give best to the sports racer pilot who put in his best climb of 37.88 seconds in the Sunday meeting.

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Anthony Wright, the reigning Wiscombe Park Champion, was unable to use his useual Audi A3 so waa offered a drive by his brother Jonathan in his Volkswagen Golf GTi and the consequence was a battle between the Wellington pair which led then to first and second in class with the owner of the car holding the advantage.

The large capacity Road Going Series Production class saw Exeter garage proprietor Steve Clarke take a brace of victories in his Subaru Impreza with a best climb of 42.42 seconds.

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Peugeot 205 drivers Jason Tunnicliffe and Ant Astley entertained the crowds on both days with a frenetic battle which yeilded one victory to each driver.

Another driver to claim two wins over the weekend was former Bridge Tyres and Wheels Wiuscombe Park Champion Ian Ingleheart. In addition the Plymouth Westfield BDA pilot raced to the top of the 2017 championship standings with a points haul of 29.41, a mere .22 of a point ahead of Thorne who in turn heads Steve Clarke by 0.68 of a point.

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