After what appears to have been a never ending wet Winter, the Spring finally arrived at Loton Park last Saturday and we had a great day in the sun without wearing big coats. However, on Sunday it was a colder day although we didn’t have the rain until 3pm, then for about one hour when the sun came out for the final runs of the bikes. It is worth saying that we were able to run a full weekend of hill climbing when several other venues have had to cancel their events due to the recent weather and the resulting ground conditions.
We had two busy days having received a full entry of cars and bikes/sidecars plus the Morgan 3-wheelers on both days and although we had many predicted early season withdraws we still had a great mix of entries from several invited championships.
On Saturday, it was expected that Will Hall would set the fastest times and he duly obliged, with a fastest run of 47.16 seconds to be followed by Felix Summers with a 49.84 in his mother’s 1100cc DJ Firehawk which was being shared on this occasion with Debbie Dunbar. Brother Alex was sharing the family Van Dieman Formula Ford with father Richard and won a very competitive class of 15 FFs with Richard in second and Simon Andrews third. Amongst the bikes, Tom Short led the way with a best time of 56.96 seconds and John and Issac Warren the leading sidecar/ trike.
On Sunday Trevor Willis joined Will Hall in the big racing car class, but Will set the best time of the day again at 46.44 in the early afternoon before they both went out on wet tyres later in the late afternoon rain. However, by the time the bikes re-appeared for their second timed runs the sun came out and most riders set their best times of the day, with the solos led again by Tom Short and the sidecars by the Warrens.
A photo gallery from this event will be available shortly.