Only ten championship contenders made their way down to the picturesque Wiscombe Park for round five of the Championship. They were rewarded with a largely dry and partially sunny day, save the last run which turned out to be a washout in torrential rain.
Saloon cars were the best supported class with four runners despite Mark Hobbs crying off with illness and Mark Linforth moving to a separate class. Garry Cox in the rapid ‘Lemon Slice’ proved to be the fastest saloon with a 46.69, followed some way back by Roger Beard, who was experiencing gear selection problems. 3rd and 4th were Jenny and Alex Howells having their own family battle and only being separated by just over half a second. Congratulations to Garry for also posting the fastest time of the day in our Championship.
The Sports car class (or perhaps MG class) was keenly contested with Keith Wilson in his Midget taking the scratch position with an excellent 49.96, just below his handicap, after posting a 49.86 in practice. Steve Phennah and Brian Ashley in their MGB’s had a close battle in practice, Brian posting an impressive 52.86, but Steve pulled out a quick 50.95 to win over and take the class 0.36 seconds below his handicap. Fortunately for Steve his differential just held out for the end of the first timed run before seizing!
The Racing Car class proved to be close on handicap between Martin Jones and Carol Nicholls, with both failing to reach the excellent times they had posted in practice. Carole came out on top with a time of 53.29 (1.44 slower than her practice time of 51.85) and Martin with a time of 47.37 (1.51 slower than his practice of 45.86). Christopher Wigdor in the Mallock also went faster in practice recording a best timed run of 53.67, 1.16 slower than his practice time of 52.51. Perhaps a handicap set at 49.00 was a bridge too far for Christopher.
All in all a fun day, slightly spoiled by the rain at the end, but worth the journey.