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2019 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON STARTS HERE

Time to get organised!

The regulations and entry form for the 2019 Tillicoultry Quarries Wiscombe Park Hill Climb Championship are published and can be accessed via the links below.

As per last year, those wishing to register for the championship and compete for the sizeable prize fund have two options:

1) Register online when you make your entry for the Woolbridge Motor Club meetings on April 27/28.

2) Download and fill-in the registration via ths website and post as instructed on the form.

If you choose the second option then you can download the documents from the Championship page of this website.

HAIL CHAMPION INGLEHEART

As Lewis Hamilton took his fifth world championship Plymouth's Ian Ingleheart claimed his third series win at Wiscombe Park.

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The BDA powered Westfield pilot mounted a late charge to claim the title ahead of another previous champion, Anthony Wright  campigning his Audi A3. Lotus Elise driver Jon Langmead took the final 'podium' position ahead of David Foster (Leyland Mini), Jonathan Wright (VW Golf) and Ben Wheeler (Empire Evo2).

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In addition to honouring the successful drivers the evening included celebrations to mark sixty years of speed hillclimbing at the East Devon venue.
SHORT LEADS THE WAY

The National Hill Climb Association meeting brought the curtain down on the 2018 season at Wiscombe Park with Exeter surveyor Tom Short taking the fastest climb in the Top Ten Championship Run-Off astride his Aprilia SXV on a time of 40.51 seconds having secured victory in the national championship even before he took to the track.


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Track condition were ideal with records being re-written including that in the 250 cc class where Glyn Poole (pictured above) set a new benchmark with his Honda CR of 41.59 secs.

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Those at the event witnessed the top ten finishers in the 2017 championship competing as well as posing for a commemorative photograph.

WILLIS 1 - MOURANT 1

The long dry British summer provided great expectations for a superb weekend of speed hilllcimbing at Wiscombe Park and the prospect of spectacular motor sport and a new hill record during the course of the championship run-offs. The weather gods however had different ideas with rain and wind descended on Devon but the British Hillclimb Championship still delivered the spectacle.

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Reigning champion and series leader Trevor Willis was dominant in the first Run-Off claming ten points with a climb of 41.46 seconds ahead of Jason Mourant who used the torque of the mighty 4.0 litre Judd V8 to scale the testing East Devon course a mere 12 hundredths of a second in arrears. Scotsman Wallace Menzies was unable to replicate his Wiscombe victory of one year ago and slotted into third with the Gould GR55M-Cosworth on 41.97.

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The ever competitive Richard Spedding took fourth place at the wheel of the Les Mutch GWR Raptor to keep his championship tally moving forward.

In the second stanza Willis improved his time to 41.41 seconds but that was not to be enough to gain a second victory with both Jason Mourant and Richard Spedding eclipsing the mark with 40.97 and 41.27 second climbs respectively.

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THE STIG DRIVES WISCOMBE

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Stig Blomqvist took to the track at Wiscombe Park in front of a large crowd of rally car enthusiasts during a display of iconic rally cars that was the Lombard Rally Bath 2018. Glorious blue skies contributed to a memorable day which in addition to the 1984 World Rally Champion saw another World Champion in the form of Louise Aitken-Walker.

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Add in Jimmy McRae and David Llewellin as previous British Champions with their Opel Manta 400 and Group A Audi and the scene was set for a evocative day.


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FRENETIC FINALE

The final three car meetings of the 2018 Wiscombe Park season were blessed with fine weather which contributed to the excellent motor sport in the Five Clubs and MG Car Club meetings.

With the end of the season in sight the drivers with champinship aspiration re-doubled their efforts.

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At the end of the nine round Wiscombe Park Hill Climb Championship sponsored by Tillicoultry Quarries it was two time champion Ian Ingleheart who took the title with his Westfield SEi-Cosworth having amasssed 88.36 points ahead of another previoius champion Anthony Wright on 87.95. The Wellington driver, in Audi Quattro, gaping third placed Jonathan Langmead (Lotus Elise) by 1.31 points.

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With Empire Evo2 pilot Ben Wheeler absent from the events at the beginning of the month, the door of opportunity was left ajar for Andrew Forsyth to claim double victories in his OMS CF04 but at the MG Car Club meeting normal service was resumed with Wheeler claiming FTD (his seventh of the season) on a climb of 36.70 seconds leaving the class win to Forsyth on 37.27.


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