Motorsport - Blake Back To Winning Ways
11:27am 12th September 2012
Weymouth sports car duo Geoff and Graham Blake battled for supremacy in the Modified Specialist Production car class at the M.G. Car Club’s Wiscombe Park hill climb. At the wheel of the two litre Vauxhall powered Westfield it was Blake junior who set the pace in the morning practice session but on his first competitive run the car suffered clutch problems which prevented the previous Wiscombe Championship award winner to gain a fail which allowed his father to take the initiative with a climb of 45.63 seconds.
With the problem rectified Geoff attacked the testing 900 metre course to snatch the win on 43.40 seconds.
As usual it was the racing car divisions that yielded the fastest time with Ed Hollier adding to his brace of wins the previous weekend in his Pilbeam MP62-Suzuki Hyabusa scorching to victory in a time of 35.84 seconds. The 1100 c.c. racing car class saw Shillingstone’s Andrew Forsyth claim a third place in the Alfa Dana against behind the more contemporary Force 10 of Duncan Stewart and Ross Browne.
The following day the National Hill Climb Association took centre stage with a British Championship motorcycle meeting.
Jimmy Hodges set the track alight at Wiscombe Park at the weekend not only taking a class win but also claiming a maximum points haul for the British Championships.
The motorcycle mechanic, who claimed the British championship crown in 2010, started his winning ways in the 500 cc class. Aboard his 450 c.c. Honda GV CRF he set a first climb time of 40.84 seconds to take an early lead but improved his pace at the second time of asking securing the win with a 40.53 best. Apart from bringing victory in the class this time constituted a new outright hill record improving on the previous benchmark of 40.78 seconds. Tom Short claimed the runner-up slot with his 470 c.c. Honda CRF just under one second in arrears with Tommy Hodge collecting the third place award on 42.12 seconds.
The 750 c.c. category saw the initiative taken by Jimmy Hodges with a first climb of 40.99 which gave him hope of a double win but Paul Jeffery on his Honda CR put paid to that with ascent in 40.75 seconds. Hodges was unable to find any further pace so was obliged to settle for the runner-up slot ahead of Glynn Poole and his Honda CRF. Poole also took third in the 1300 c.c. class on his Buell behind the winner Ben Wilkins who stormed his Aprilia Falco to the top of the 900 metre course to a new outright two wheel record of 40.28 seconds.
Chris Keates claimed the honours in the 250 c.c. class when he husled his Suzuki RM to the win by a healthy margin over second placed Duncan Fisher and his Yamaha. Keates carried good speed to climb in 44.92 seconds. The Keates family took another winner’s trophy when Patrick and Paul claimed victory in the Sidecar class on their Baker F1 outfit by just under a stunning four and a half seconds.