Storm Alex proved to be one of the main focus points of the final pair of meetings that wrapped up the shortened 2020 Classic Hillclimb season. Prescott isnt the nicest place to be on a cold and wet day , even less with one that suggested no respite from the miserable conditions all weekend. No way of getting out of the rain and with masks required at all times due to the Covid restrictions , things looked pretty nasty all round.
All the above however didnt put off a very healthy entry for the Saturday (round 7) event. Everyone just knuckled down to the fact it was going to be very slippery and not much fun, but the spoils for class awards and overall title were still open and up for grabs.
Matt Clarke set some superb times in his Mk1 Mini, proving a real giant killing act in the best tradition of Mini pedalling in slippery conditions. He was uncatchable in both scratch and handicap times winning both sections. Simon Braithwaite improved his times but couldnt get near the flying Mini coming second on scratch. Third fastest was Andrew Cairney in his Imp also coming second on handicap. Third on handicap was Andy Clarke building a solid points haul for the season. Anthony Ward made a welcome return having rebuilt the lovely BMW's engine following his earlier Prescott blowup.
Josh Sadler set the pace once again in his rapid 911, from Garry Cox in Lemon Slice the Scimitar coupe closely followed by Richard Jones in the other 911. Handicap positions were decided with a win by Ian Stainburn in his road going Scimitar coupe, from Charles Boulton's MGB roadster - Charles having his best season for some time, from another MGB , this time the left hand drive roadster of series front-runner Steve Phennah. A welcome new and very unusual entry was the Triumph Stag of Alistair Clark , not quick but adding some fantastic variety to the show.
Racing & Sports Racing cars:
Fastest time was set by Peter Thurston in his immaculate early wingless Mallock , second was Mike Bainbridge having a decent run of form in his Ensign F3 , third was a recovering Phil Fisher who once again crunched his Mallocks nose removing the front wing elements! you obviously dont need them...
Handicap winner was Phil Fisher from Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher in the Triumph special, closely followed by Les Buck in the Pringett Formula Ford 1600.
The days action set up a 5 way battle for overall honours with the classes also still to be decided on day two of the meeting.
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