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CELEBRATIONS FOR WHEELER, SHORT AND INGLEHEART.

The finale to the 2017 season at Wiscombe Park saw the final qualifying round of the Wiscombe Park Championship as part of the MG Car Club event and a round of the national series of the National Hill Climb Association.

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The attrocious weather conditions endured the previous weekend were still prevalent in East Devon which led to the curtailment of the MG meeting and a re-prograaming of the motorcycle event twenty four later.

But through the challenging conditions came some worthy performances including the second FTD in two weeks for Ben Wheeler with his Suzuki powewred Empire Evo 2. The Kilmington driver did more than enough on his first climb to take the premier award with a climb of 45.11 secs.

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The event also confirmed Ian Inglheart as the 2107 Wiscombe Park Champion in his Westfield-Cosworth. The 2015 winner being only the second driver to take a second win in the series. The Plymouth driver finishing over five points clear of runner-up Ben Bonfield in the Austin Mini he shares with his father Tony.

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The following day the weather conditions continued to provide a challenge to both competitors and organisers but Bideford's Pete Short was undeterred as he claimed FTD durng the Top 10 Run-Off with a climb of 45.34 seconds on his KTM. Honda CRF rider and current champion Tommy Hodges took second just over half a second in arrears. Paul Jeffery aboard his KTM SRF slotted into third and takes his tenth national series win as a result (subject to official confirmation).

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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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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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FTDs FOR BEN WHEELER AND JACK ELLIS

Two days of championship hillclimbing saw weather from two seasons with a warm and tranquil Saturday meeting being followed by torrential rain the consequences of which limited the Sunday event to just one competitive run.

With ideal track conditions prevailing Ben Wheeler took his second victory with his Empire Evo 2 in only his fifth event with the Suzuki powered machine. Chased by Rod Thorne (Pilbeam MP43 and Andrew Forsyth (OMS CF04) the Kilmington driver put in a best climb of 37.21 seconds against the sports racers 37.95.

Twenty four hours later and the conditions were somewhat challenging. Continuous heavy rain widened the opportunities for success and Subaru Impreza Jack Ellis took full advantage utilising the four wheel drive of the Japanese saloon to take FTD with a climb of
45.37 seconds.


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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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