Motorsport - Runner Up For Thorne
11:29am 14th May 2012
(Updated 6:33am 16th May 2012)
Looking to claim his second victory of the season at Wiscombe Park Rod Thorne appeared to be on track with a best practice time of 38.27 seconds in his V8 powered Pilbeam MP58 single-seater racer. However Ed Hollier, who was to be the Frampton garage proprietors nemesis, was a mere one hundredth of a second in arrears with his new mount for the 2012 season the Suzuki Hayabusa powered Pilbeam MP62.
The first of the official timed runs saw Thorne and his three and a half litre Judd powered car scale the Wiscombe track in 38.36 seconds. Advantage Thorne by 00.25 seconds. The 1600 c.c. machine of Hollier having no answer to the challenge at this stage but later in the afternoon the tables were turned with Hollier completing the 900 metre course in 37.36 with Thorne unable to improve. Both drivers return to Wiscombe Park this weekend (May 19/20th) for a re-match and a further two events.
With no separate sports racing class Hayley Thorne and Colin Pook, campaigning the Pilbeam MP43 sports car, were included in a combined racing car and sports car category. Hayley in only her second outing at Wiscombe in the car (her first in dry conditions) recorded a best of 46.16 whilst the experienced Pook claimed a best climb of 42.51.
The motor cycle classes saw the first Wiscombe appearance of Portland pairing Kevin and Sara Dewell on their Windle Suzuki sidecar outfit. Although more accustomed to riding solo the duo steadily improved their times during the course of the day to achieve a best of 57.56 seconds and claim a fourth in class.
This weekend will see a full programme of motor sport spread across the two days with a variety of machinery in action, from road-going saloons and sports cars through the modified categories, including B.M.W.s, Subaru Imprezas, and Mitsubishi Evos to the racing car divisions. There will also be one make categories for MG on Saturday as well as TVR, on both days.