On the evening when the country remembered the antics of a certain Guy Fawkes south west hillclimbers celebrated the 2016 Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S Wiscombe Park Championship on the occassion of the annual awards presentation.
Having come close to taking the premier award in recent years Audi A3 driver Anthony Wright received the championship trophy and £300 from Mike Potter of Bridge Tyres and Wheels having defeated last years champion Ian Ingleheart (Westfield). The Plymouth driver received the Eric Moxom Memorial Trophy and £100 whist third place finisher Andrew Forsyth reflected on a season in which he and his Westfield Megabusa was only defeated on a single outing.
KTM SMR rider Paul Jeffery took home the Sir Nicholas Williamson Trophy for winning the Nationa Hill Climb Association's Wiscombe Championship.
Former motor cyclist James GIbson was crowned Young Driver of The Year following his first full season in a single-seater racing car with his OMS Hornet.
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.
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.
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.
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The autumn Wiscombe experience is on Saturday November 26th for the annual End of Season Clear-Up.
Time to put the hill to bed for the winter so some light work duties such as sweeping the track, clearing the drains and other associated tasks.
A social event combined with some 'green gym' activities.
Coffee and biscuits provided at mid morning with a rustic lunch (used to be called a 'ploughmans') towards the end of the session.
If you are able to attend please contact Peter Isaac so he can monitor the numbers.
Work gets underway at 09.00.
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.