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The Season Draws to a Close

The weather forecast in the week prior to our final meeting of the season left little room for optimism. It appeared that class records and personal bests would have to wait until next year. How wrong that was!

Practice began on Saturday morning in the wet, but the track dried out during the day, and in the third practice some reasonable times were achieved. The conditions led to a number of departures from the track which slowed the day down but most caused little if any damage. The only car not to make it through to the next day was the V6 Gould of James Baxter which hit the barrier at Museum.

Saturday night’s torrential rain left some of those of us in motor homes looking as though we had had no sleep! The track was wet for the morning runs but the rain had cleaned it and it felt better than on the previous day. Sam Lester secured the Formula Ford class in the Leaders Championship with an unusually measured run! Jack Cottrill qualified for his first British run off at Loton Park in the little Force with an excellent time. Matt Ryder also qualified in his first event in the family’s newly acquired Empire Wraith.

The opening run off was won by 2019 British Hill Climb Champion Wallace Menzies with Alex Summers in second place continuing the theme from Doune two weeks before. Trevor Willis’s 7th was enough to secure him 5th place in the championship and confirm Will Hall in 6th.

Over the lunch break the sun began to peer through the still threatening clouds and by the time the cars came out for a second run the track was substantially dry. Colin Satchell took the Modified Series Production Class C(ii) by ¾ of a second from co-driver Paul Drowne. Ash Mason was quickest in the Modified Specialist Production Class, as he had been in the morning. These two wins secured him second place behind Robert Kenrick, a non-starter at this event, in the Midland Hill Climb Championship; and relegated Tony Adams, who had held second place for much of the season, into third.

Having failed to qualify for the first run off following a spin at Museum, Sean Gould made sure of a place in the second with top qualifying spot. The penultimate runner was current hill record holder, Scott Moran. His time of 43.94 was at the time the fastest assent of the hill in 2019, despite less than perfect conditions. As the Judd powered GR59 reached triangle it became obvious that this time could be beaten. So the final run of the year resulted in a new hill record time for Sean Gould of 43.27 seconds and the seeming ease of the run would imply that this record may not last long