Motorsport - Hollier's 7 Up
9:06am 17th September 2013
The final two meetings of the year at Wiscombe Park yielded unrivalled success for Ed Hollier. The Pilbeam MP62 driver has been on form all season with the Suzuki Hayabusa powered machine and a scintillating season just got better. Hollier set the pace from the first morning practice run and was never headed on his way to a best climb of 36.30 seconds which put him over eight tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival, former Wiscombe park Champion Mike Lee with his OMS 2000M.
With the final car meeting of the year complete the following day the National Hill Climb Association brought a healthy entry of motorcycles to East Devon to close the season. Wet and windy conditions challenged the riders but in no way deterred them from giving of their best as they battled to be in the fastest ten riders and thus qualify for the Top Ten Run Off.
In the up to 250 c.c. class Mark and Tom Short claimed first and third on their Hondas providing ‘the bread’ of the sandwich to ‘the meat’ of Duncan Fisher and his Yamaha who finished second. Mark took the win with his first climb of 45.98 seconds. A deterioration in the weather, and therefore worsening track conditions meant the second runs did not yield the usual improvement of times. Fourth place was taken by James Gibson on a Honda.
The 750 Class saw a repeat of the first and third scenario. On this occasion Tom took the victory with a time of 42.20 seconds on his Honda CRF and Peter Short claimed third on a similar machine on 42.67. In the Top Ten Run-Off Peter turned the tables on Tom setting a time of 44.30 seconds to take second place behind the inspired Jimmy Hodges on his Team GV Honda CRF. Tom was just under one second in arrears and took fifth.
Weymouth duo Jon Stadden and Tom Clifford did not set a time with the Jacob’s Suzuki so were denied the opportunity of replicating their success of earlier this season but Tom did claim a second place in the two wheel drive three wheeler (sidecar) category as passenger to Alex Warren with a time of 49.65 seconds on the Suzuki Trike.
In the one wheel drive class the Yamaha of Nigel and Kirsty Glover made a best climb in 56.69 seconds to finish third fourteen hundredths of a second ahead of fellow Portanders Kevin and Sara Dewell aboard their supercharged Windle outfit.
The third Woolbridge Motor Club speed hill climb event at the Manor Farm Holiday Park in Charmouth takes place this weekend. Sponsored for the second year by ViewFrom Publishing the event has attracted a good quality entry especially in the racing car divisions where it is expected the winners of the two meetings will come from.
Dave Sims defends his 2012 crown in the Ralt RT33/34 he shares with his father Roy. The Torbay duo will face stern opposition from the Johns, Opie and Burton in their older two litre Ralt RT3 as well as Yeovil’s Ian Cameron who took a victory at Manor Farm earlier this year and Roger Cock, also from Yeovil and a previous winner in his Pilbeam MP54.
There will no shortage of spectacle in the over 1800 c.c. Sports Libre class with Bill and Matt Oliver campaigning their Mazda RX7, complete with seven litre engine, against the five litre V8 powered Pilbeam MP43 sports racer of Rod Thorne. The Charminster driver competing for the first time this year. Shillingstone’s Andrew Forsyth gets to drive the machine on both days of the ViewFrom hill climb weekend.
The Rally car class sees Craig Moore from Lyme Regis take his Ford Cortina GT up against the Vauxhall Corsa of Forrest Eyles whilst Sherborne’s Graham Virgo, a recent winner at Wiscombe Park, will face Roger Coote (Ginetta G4) and Chris Davis (Lotus 7) in the 1400-1800 division of the Road Going Specialist Production Car class. Vingoe drives a Caterham Superlight ‘R’. The larger capacity split of the Specialist Production Class features the Sylva Riot of Stewart Green from Frampton who will take on the rapid Westfields of Mike Williams and the class record holder, Andy Cawsey.
Another Westfield pairing, that of Geoff and Graham Blake, return to the track following recent damage to the car. The Weymouth duo will target a win in the Modified Specialist Production class whilst Geoff will seek to regain the class record which is currently held by Welshman Mike Rudge.
Of particular interest to those who favour cars from yesteryear will be Rory Weaver’s Riley 1.5. The Weymouth driver will take his sixties machine up against more contemporary opposition in the Road Going category.
Admission: Saturday £6. Sunday: £6.
Accompanied children under 14 FREE. Car Parking FREE.
Transfer to the competitor's enclosure FREE. Catering available.
Location for sat Navs: DT6 6QL