BRI­TISH HILL­CLIMB CHAM­PI­ONSHIP WIL­LIS DOU­BLES UP IN JER­SEY

Bri­tish Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship: Bouley Bay, Jer­sey

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in­side the old record and 0.91s quicker than Men­zies had man­aged a few mo­ments ear­lier.

Wil­lis said: “On some days every­thing is right, car, tyres and driver and this was one of those.”

Within 90 min­utes of the fi­nal set of class runs, the sec­ond en­counter was ready to un­fold with the same quick­est three in ac­tion. This time Wil­lis would go first. He stunned the spec­ta­tors with a time in­side the old record and set Mo­ran and Men­zies the stiffest of chal­lenges.

Mo­ran could not bet­ter Wil­lis but was still within the old record, so that would give each an ex­tra point. On the fi­nal run of the day, the ques­tion was could Men­zies top the lot? How­ever, at the first bend his left rear scraped the Vic­to­rian brick­work bor­der­ing the track and his tyre be­gan to de­flate. He recorded the slow­est time of ei­ther run-off and no points were scored as a re­sult.

Chan­nel Is­lands driv­ers were well in the hunt, with Jersey­man Ja­son Mourant tak­ing a best-yet third and Guernsey’s Dar­ren War­wick fifth and fourth. Will Hall had a bet­ter event than re­cently with sixth and fifth but would have to miss Guernsey (see re­port be­low) af­ter be­ing called home on fam­ily busi­ness.

Sped­ding, fourth in round 19 with the Rap­tor prov­ing so suit­able for the tight con­fines of the sea­side hill, was sixth in the next round.

Last sea­son’s cham­pion, Alex Sum­mers, had one of his rare 2016 out­ings, run­ning in his par­ents’ 1100cc DJ Fire­hawk. And he was in good form, low­er­ing the 14-yearold class record by 0.83s and was even quicker in the run-off.

Wil­lis was a fast starter

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