Wiscombe Park set to serve up some top motor racing action this weekend
PUBLISHED: 13:13 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 04 September 2018
With just three rounds remaining in the 2018 Tillicoultry Quarries Wiscombe Park Speed Hillclimb Championship the action at the demanding 900 metre track will be intense this weekend (September 1 and 2) with 2016 champion Anthony Wright leading the points table in his Audi A3 Quattro.
The Wellington driver has amassed a seven point advantage over Empre Evo2 singe-seater pilot Ben Wheeler who in turn is less than two points ahead of Lotus Elise driver Tony Wiltshire.
Local drivers will contest the majority of classes in the two-day event with former Exeter garage proprietor Roger Coote taking the wheel of his pristine Ginetta G4 in the Roadgoing Specialist Production class where he will take on fellow Exeter competitor Ian Hodgson aboard his Westfield SEi.
The closely fought saloon c ar classes with see Ottery St Mary driver James Hudson and his Volkswagen Golf battle with Honiton’s Robert Thomson and his Vauxhall Nova as well as the rapid Lotus Elise in the hands of Exmouth golf professional Jonathan Langmead. In the larger capacity Roadgoing Series Production divisions Exeter’s Ben Adams will make a bid for glory in his turbocharged Audi A3 while farmer Martyn Glover will be seeking a podium finish driving a Mitsubishi Evo4 RS whilst George Koopman from Honiton will continue to ‘learn’ his two litre turbocharged Renault Megane having recently switched to the French machine from a Porsche Cayman.will go head to head with reigning Wiscombe Champion Anthony Wright who will be competing in his brother’s Golf GTi.
Honiton’s Rob Thomson and George Koopman from Colyton will contest the larger capacity Roadgoing divisions in their Vauxhall Nova and Porsche Cayman respectively.
The 1400 c.c. - 1800 c.c. capacity split of the Modified Series Production category will feature Duncan Beer behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta and former Wiscombe Champion Martyn Pike who will campaign his familiar Ford Escort Mk1.
More Exeter drivers will be on track in the form of father and son duo David and Jan Yeo with their Westfield SEi and garage proprietor John Reed driving his much-modified Ford Anglia 105E as well as builder John Tandy who contests the Modified Series Production category with his MG Midget.
Fifteen single-seater racing cars are part of the over subscribe entry list with the Pilbeam MP82 of Andrew Dinner and the self-built KMD of Kevin Frost from Crediton amongst those who be focusing on the prestigious Fastest Time of the Day award.
Wiscombe Park can be found, west of Southleigh near Colyton, Devon. Access from the A3052 and B3174 is signposted by the AA. Post code: EX24 6JE for satellite navigation devices.
The sport of speed hill climbing is the oldest motor sporting discipline in the British Isles and best described as ‘man and machine against the clock’. Drivers (and at some events motorcycle riders) tackle the narrow, twisting tarmac 900 metre uphill course in the quickest time possible.
The spectacle of the fastest cars approaching 130 mph on a narrow track in the close proximity of banks and trees is complemented by the aural dynamic of the engines under the canopy of trees.
Entrance to the competitor’s paddock is free as is car parking while accompanied children under the age of 14 go free. An extensive choice of quality catering is available, with a licensed bar and toilets (including those for the disabled).
Admission to the action on Saturday (September 1) is £10 for adults and admission on Sunday (September 2) is £10 while a weekend ticket can be purchased for £20. Accompanied children under 14 are admitted free on both days. For more information on all things Wiscombe Park visit www.wiscombepark.co.uk