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The re­vival of the Chateau Impney hil­lclimb has been an overnight success, build­ing from an idea for 2015 to a run­away hit in 2016.

With around 200 pre-1967 cars com­pet­ing in an ar­ray of classes, this is a re­vival event that puts com­pe­ti­tion first and it is all the bet­ter for that.

The hil­lclimb in the grounds of the Droitwich ho­tel is a proper test and a strong crowd en­joyed the park­land set­ting over a week­end in July.

Just as they did in 2015, the For­mula Ju­niors were at the head of the ac­tion, but this time Martin Jones took his 1600cc Brab­ham BT21B up the hill in 40.50s on Sun­day morn­ing for the fastest time of the day.

The SRC Challengers class, for driv­ers who hadn’t fin­ished in the over­all top 10 in the past 10 years, had one of the great­est battles in re­cent mem­ory. Mit­subishi Lancer E9 driv­ers Scott Mc­com­bie, Alas­dair Gra­ham and Ross Macdon­ald and Subaru man Iain Wil­son were all in con­tention, but it was Mc­com­bie who took the spoils, claim­ing two class wins through­out the year. There was just 10 points sep­a­rat­ing the top four driv­ers. Gra­ham did how­ever take the Group N class ti­tle, with Wil­son the vic­tor in Class 11.

Grant Inglis had a par­tic­u­larly good year in his Mk2 Es­cort, win­ning the closely fought Class 8 bat­tle and also notch­ing up the Scot­tish 2WD Cham­pi­onship with co-driver Robert Gray. Fel­low Ford Es­cort driv­ers Andy Chalmers and John Mcil­wraith took the Class 5 fight right down to the wire, but sen­sa­tion­ally both men re­tired from the Gal­loway Hills Rally that ended the sea­son. It was Chalmers who took the cham­pi­onship by just a sin­gle point.

Thomas Gray – 2015 SRC Ju­nior cham­pion – was im­pres­sive in 2016, notch­ing up three class wins in his Ford Fi­esta R2 with Dave Rob­son on the notes. Don­ald Pea­cock took the 205 Cup and the Class 3 ti­tle in a strong year, while An­gus Lawrie pow­ered his Vaux­hall Corsa to the Class 2 spoils ahead of Grant Macrae. He star­tled a lot of peo­ple in his lit­tle Peu­geot on his way to sec­ond in class and the SRC Ju­nior ti­tle.

Caro­line Carslaw guided her Fi­esta ST to the Class 7 cham­pi­onship and the Ladie­stro­phy, while Matthew Thom­son won the in­au­gu­ral Subaru Cup for Gc8-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Im­prezas, de­spite some rapid pace from El­gin’s Scott Mutch.

Chateau Impney: back with a bang

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