BRI­TISH HILL­CLIMB CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Wil­lis beats the weather at Lo­ton

Bri­tish Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ed­die Walder Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Ha­gley & District Light Car Club When: 11/12 Starters: 141 June

Trevor Wil­lis re­in­forced his rep­u­ta­tion as a rain­mas­ter as he raced to his first dou­ble vic­tory of the sea­son at a rain-af­fected Lo­ton Park. But de­spite his 20 points on the day, he barely dented the se­ries leader’s ad­van­tage as Scott Mo­ran was sec­ond on each oc­ca­sion, ex­er­cis­ing cau­tion to en­sure a good haul.

Cur­rent third place man Wal­lace Men­zies took that po­si­tion each time but had to work hard to keep ahead of Will Hall, who is grad­u­ally over­com­ing is­sues with his pow­er­train as the year pro­gresses and was a con­sis­tent fourth both times.

Be­hind those four there was a sat­is­fy­ing scrap amongst the 1600cc cars and two-litre forced-in­duc­tion cars. On the day it was a pair of the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1600s which were best of the smaller cars with Richard Sped­ding and Eynon Price re­vers­ing their fifth and sixth places in both rounds, al­though Hall moved ahead of Sped­ding in the charts.

With the works Gould set-up to per­fec­tion, Price was driv­ing alone as car builder Sean Gould suf­fered an un­pleas­ant work-re­lated hand in­jury mid­week that may keep him out for a while. Sped­ding is prov­ing the un­ex­pected suc­cess of the year in the tiny GWR Rap­tor.

Best of the forced in­duc­tion cars again was Dave Uren but sev­enth was his best po­si­tion as he could not de­feat Price and Sped­ding and he lost out once to an­other quick 1600 driver, Ed Hol­lier, in the first en­counter. Hol­lier’s car does not have the ad­vanced fea­tures of the all-car­bon Gould or the small-scale of the GWR, but the chas­sis de­liv­ers the Ot­tery St Mary driver a lot of points for its price.

The wet course var­ied in mois­ture dur­ing the day from plain soak­ing to slip­pery and there were a num­ber of de­lays as the re­sult of cars skid­ding off. Worst af­fected was Jersey­man Ja­son Mourant, who did some heavy dam­age to his ex-tom New Gould by crash­ing out af­ter the fin­ish in Q2 and tak­ing the right-front cor­ner off the car de­spite hav­ing set a run-off qual­i­fy­ing time. He was not able to take his place in the shoot-out.

Martin Jones, an 1100 class run­ner, won the divi­sion for the first time and also qual­i­fied for his first ever run-off and with a non-starter and non-fin­isher man­aged to take a maiden Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship point.

Colin Satchell con­tin­ues at the head of the Lead­ers’ chart but was com­pre­hen­sively beaten in his class by lo­cal track spe­cial­ist Steve Bailey, who drives an im­mac­u­lately pre­pared but el­derly Ford Es­cort Mark One with enor­mous panache. Bailey’s su­perb time was bet­ter than three-times and reign­ing Mid­land Hill­climb cham­pion Mike Turpin could man­age in an­other class driv­ing his fast and well setup supercharged Vaux­hall VX220.

Wil­lis was a dou­ble win­ner

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