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CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE
FOR SHOWDOWN

The Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb and Leaders Championships will be the focus of attention at Wiscombe Park next weekend (July 29/30).

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The only visit of the series to the south-west promises to deliver an interesting battle with nine drivers from last year's top ten finishers being present to do battle including former champion, current leader and joint Wiscombe record holder Trevor Willis. The OMS 28 - 3.2 RPE  driver has enoyed both highs and lows at Wiscombe but will be keen to build on his current thirty three point lead over Richard Spedding in his 1.6 Suzuki powered GWR Raptor.

Local driver Ed Hollier, who finisged ninth in the 2016 series, will target two qualifications to the Top 12 Run-offs in a bid to maintain a similar position this year and to improve on his third place in the Leaders Championship.

Competitors from Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands will be giving their all in this the highlight of the Wiscombe Park season.

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Supporting the national championship contenders will be an entry of saloon and sports cars, Austin Sevens, two classes of Porsches and a class of Mini variants.

Local competitors will have their own classes on both days with the British Championship runners taking three practice runs on the Saturday with two qualifying runs and the two Top 12 Run-Offs on the Sunday.

'Early Bird' discounts are available until Thursday July 27th via the link on the righthand side of this page.
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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If you can't get to Wiscombe you can now follow the action from your home computer via the South West Timekeepers live feed.

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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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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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