Early bird tickets will be avalable soon for the 500 Owners Association meeting on May 6th. On-line ticket purchases for the Vintage Sports Car club event (May 7th) are available at the club's website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.