Monday June 13th
Another year of hillclimbs over and as the dust settles a regroup is planned to attract more entries next year. A financial loss is anticipated but it was a great event to run and even better to compete on. A number of new competitors were present and hopefully they will spread the word. Weather wise it was disappointing in the morning on both days but dry and warm for all the timed runs to count.
Whilst no records were broken it was a consistent performance by Martin Watts from Abergavenny that put him at the top of the time sheets on both days, his Sylva Riot performing faultlessly. There were great performances on both days and event sponsors Brian and Tim Dennis both shone, Brian taking a class win on Sunday while Tim ran as fastest man in the wet practice sessions on Saturday. Unfortunately differential failure curtailed his Sunday fun.
Phil Jones had a good weekend despite clouting a bale on Saturday in his Subaru and won his class. On Sunday a spin in son Craig's BMW Compact rally car was enjoyed but probably not by Craig..............Anyway it must be added that Craig drove it faster than Dad Phil thus settling an argument over who was going to be the quickest!
Lisa Chappelle was out for the two days and despite a lurid moment on one run still managed to set a personal best time in the little Mini. Mark Hatton made his debut in the newly built Clio and set some very respectable times despite not having had any seat time. Two competitors, Jake Harbour and Liam Griffiths were hillclimb virgins but did really well to improve their times throughout Sunday in their Toyota MR2 and Peugeot 205 GTi respectively.
More photos to follow!
FTD man Watts
Octogenarian class winner!
Doh! I didn't want to do that Gromit............