Race drivers beat the weather at Wiscombe - on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 10:10 02 May 2012

Wiscombe hill climb

Wiscombe hill climb

Archant

Whilst the weather ravaged the south west drivers at the first hill climb of the season (Saturday April 28) at Wiscombe Park battled not only with the rain and high winds but also different levels of adhesion from the track following a total re-surface of the course.

The morning practice runs of the Woolbridge Motor Club organised meeting showed that the new tarmac surface was yielding good levels of grip even in the wet conditions but this was not to be maintained as the grip levels were to deteriorate during the morning as competitors dragged debris onto the track as a result of short cutting the first left hand bend at Wis.

This was not to be a problem for Axminster driver Lee Moore who took his Citroen AX from second place at the completion of first timed runs into the premier position in the up to 1400 cc division of the Road Going Series Production Car class. Early leader Matthew Searle, in his turbo diesel Volkswagen Lupo, could not match the speed of the window cleaner and eventually finished over 1.5 seconds in arrears. In the larger 1800 c.c.to 2600 c.c. capacity split another local driver took the honours. On this occasion it was Exeter company director Dave Norman who took his Renault Clio Sport 172 clear of the hard charging Gary Pitt with his Ford Escort MK2. Exeter was again represented in the over 2600 cc category with garage proprietor Steve Clarke with his Subaru Impreza battling with three other four wheel drive turbo charged machines for the honours. A first climb of 47.00 seconds was not to be bettered second time out and Clarke had to give best to eventual class winner Antony Bulpitt in his Ford RS Cosworth (45.71 seconds) and the Escort Cosworth of Roy Bray.

In the modified classes it was the up to 1400 c.c. class which saw Adrian Langley from Dawlish doing the business’ taking his Austin Mini clear of the Derek Mullis driven Cooper ‘S’ by a handsome margin in excess of one second.

Pre-event favourite for victory in the 1100 cc Racing Car category, Dave Gardner did not disappoint, claiming an emphatic win by over three and a half seconds in his striking Empire 001 ahead of the Jedi MK4 of John Bunting from South Africa.

The challenging conditions were far from ideal if you were making your debut in a new car, as was Ottery St Mary driver Ed Hollier in his Pilbeam MP62in the afternoon. Having posted the fastest time in the first practice session a spin followed but second place was achieved in the afternoon with the win being secured by previos Wiscombe champion and OMS SF1100M pilot Mike Lee.

The anticipated battle for the overall victory between Rod Thorne (Pilbeam MP58) and Terry Graves (Gould GR37) took an interesting twist when the latter left his braking too late and took to the escape road at the Martini hairpin on his first timed run when he was chasing Thorne’s time of 44.26 seconds. On their second visit to the hill it was the MP58 driver who left the course between The Gate and The Esses which left the road clear for Graves. However, the Launceston driver was unable to match Thorne’s earlier pace and was forced to surrender the Channon Trophy to the Dorset driver.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 13:05

Four swimmers from Exmouth Masters travelled to Weston-super-Mare to compete in the Swim England South West Region Masters Championships, writes Marcus Allen.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:40

All at Madeira Bowls Club were simply delighted to learn of our gardening team’s success at the Exmouth in Bloom presentation evening attended by Joy Penberthy and secretary David Macaulay, writes Jean Healey.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:39

Exeter teams dominated prizegiving at the Bradleys East Devon Youth League awards evening, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:33

With the 2018 eventing season drawing to its conclusion, Bicton Arena will be in celebratory mood next weekend with its four-day international competition, writes Lucy Johnson.

Read more
Mon, 14:24

Lympstone karate students came together in aid of World Mental Health Day.

Read more
Mon, 13:10

Exmouth Town were given a home tie in Monday’s FA Vase 2nd Round draw.

Read more
Mon, 07:48

The close rivalry between Budleigh Salterton Reserves and East Budleigh First team resumed after a few years, with the two teams this season contesting for points in the Macron Devon and Exeter League Division Three, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Exmouth Town are through to the second round of the FA Vase following a very hard earned victory over a gritty and resilient Elburton Villa, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more
Sunday, October 14, 2018

The big news coming out of Millwey Rise on the second Saturday of October was not that team suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Alphington, but instead, it was the encouraging news that prolific striker Levi Hoole is back in Rise colours – he made his first appearance for the club in almost two years in the fixture, writes Dick Sturch.

Read more
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Brixington Blues Under-14s were in superb form when they travelled to Cullompton Rangers for an Exeter and District Youth League match that the Blues on 8-1.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Show Job Lists

Find planning applications