Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Having spent a week re-preparing his car, along with his father Bob, Ed Hollier arrived at Wiscombe Park for the Five Clubs two day meeting hopeful that a new set-up for the 1600 c.c. Suzuki Hayabusa powered Pilbeam MP62 would lead to greater speed and therefore greater success.
By the end of the practice session of the Saturday event Ed was wearing a wide grin having posted a time of 36.47 seconds to go fastest.
Being fast in the official afternoon runs is what matters however and the Ottery St Mary driver faced stern competition in the form of Rod Thorne’s 3500 c.c. Judd powered Pilbeam MP58 as well as Terry Graves with his Gould GR37.
The engine of which offered the same displacement as Thorne’s.
Hollier’s confidence showed in his driving as he attacked the 900 metre course with great brio to shave six hundredths of a second from his practice best and to forge an advantage over his nearest challenger of eight tenths of a second.
The final climb of the day saw Hollier seal his victory with an improved time of 36.34 seconds.
Thorne was sidelined with transmission problems and Andrew Dinner brought his MP82 Pilbeam into second place overall with a 37.21 second climb, one tenth faster than Graves.
The following day the Hollier/Pilbeam combo found more speed despite the overcast and sometimes damp weather. A best time of 35.95 seconds brought another overall win.
On this occasion by more than six tenths of a second from Graves and the Gould.
Whilst Hollier secured two outright victories Dave Gardner from Awliscombe was focused on gaining a brace of wins in the up to 1100 c.c. Racing Car Class and this was achieved.
The vivid yellow Empire 001 being covering the course in a best of 38.67 seconds. But there was even greater success to be celebrated as Pam Gardner claimed second position on both days of the meeting.
Double wins appeared to be the trend of the weekend as Crediton driver Den Conibear was unbeatable in his Nissan GTiR.
The turbocharged four wheel drive machine showing a clean pair of heals to all-comers in the Modified limited Production Car class.
This weekend (September 8 and 9) sees the final events of the season at Wiscombe Park with the MG Car Club taking the stage on the Saturday with an entry which will see modern classics, performance cars and kit cars take to the track with the MGs as well as a selection of single-seater racing cars including a certain Ed Hollier. The following day sees a meeting dedicated to motorcycles including solos, sidecars and combinations.
The testing course at Wiscombe Park always provides a spectacle with the motorcycles.
Local riders in action will include Colyton’s Dave Massam on his Douglas whilst Brampford Speke residents Mark and Tom Short will have a busy day as both will ride Honda CRF and Aprilia SXV550 machines.
Admission details and further information available at www.wiscombepark.co.uk.