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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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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.
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CHAMPIONS NIGHT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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