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A fantastic bright, sunny day greeted the 10 Aldon Automotive Classic Speed Championship competitors who made the journey to Wiscombe. The contrast to the cold and wet of the previous round was very welcome and it must be said that when the weather is good, there aren't many better places to spend a Sunday than at Wiscombe Park hillclimbing!!

The sports car class had three entries. Keith Wilson was going very well in his  Midget and got to within 0.09s of his pb with a 50.06s climb. Nick Stephens was out in his very pretty Ginetta G4 some 14 years after his last visit. He improved all day to finally go 0.16s under handicap with a 47.84s climb to take second in class. The class win went to Steve Phennah in his MGB roadster. Steve improved all day to finally go an impressive 1.30s under handicap and take the class win with a 51.31s climb.

The racing car class had two entries. Carole Nicholls was really getting to grips with her Nike and improved throughout the morning to win the class on handicap with a 52.12s run (1.10s under handicap). Andy Tippett bought his gorgeous Brabham BT30 X-1 for only it's second outing. Wiscombe is a daunting hill at the best of times but I would imagine that threading the Brabham up the hill takes that to another level! The car sounded fabulous blasting across the meadow before Bunny's Leap. The times came down during the day and Andy finished with a 47.78s climb to take second on handicap.

The saloon car class was the largest of the day with five entries. The Scimitars of Iain Stainburn and Roger Beard had a great battle all day long. Roger put in a storming final run of 51.76s to take third place on handicap. Garry Cox in Lemon Slice was really on it from first practice with Matt Clarke in his Mini trying to stay as close as possible. Garry had a 'moment' at Martini hairpin on his first timed run that added about 27s to his time so was sitting in last place on scratch with one run to go!! Matt had managed a new pb of 46.47s to lead the class on scratch and the saloon class on handicap. The pressure was on for Garry's final run and he delivered with a climb of 46.41s to Matt's final run of 46.46s! It couldn't have been much closer and Garry took the overall class win on scratch with Matt a close second. The result also meant that Matt took second in class on handicap. Christopher Wigdor had been improving his times all day in his lovely mk2 Jaguar. His final run of 60.36s was an impressive 0.97s under handicap to take the saloon car class win.

All in all a great day's motorsport! Roll on Gurston Down!!

Matt Clarke

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Round 3

- wiscombe