Round 6 - Shelsley Walsh

Round Six of the Championship took place on the Saturday of Shelsley Walsh's Classic Nostalgia Meeting. This continues to grow and must now be the largest 'Classic' car hillclimb event in the country. The field of competing vehicles and associated demonstration cars was truly amazing. Couldnt help but think that the organisation and timing needs some work though! Most actual competitors were restricted to a single timed practice run as things over-ran significantly in the morning, with our final timed run not being completed until around 6.15pm in the evening. This combined with a very hot & humid day meant many drivers didnt take the second run as they had had enough.

Class battles were close across all our categories, with often only around 2 seconds (on handicap) covering most drivers.

Calum Barney continued his dominance of the Saloon car class with another time significantly under his handicap in his Cortina GT, Garry Cox once again was the quickest car on the day with 'Lemon Slice' the highly modified Scimitar Coupe. It was good to see Reg Barker back out in the beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe.

Mike Henney also continued his winning ways in the Sportscars with another car swap! , this time back to his MG Midget. David Cranage and Philip Stader making up the other podium places. Philip set fastest time overall in the class making it a clean sweep at all meetings so far in 2016!.

Series sponsor Alan Goodwin took top honours in the Single Seater & Sports Racing class with a time a good chunk under his handicap. Alan has competed with the car a lot at Shelsley so 0.74 under handicap is a big improvement. Grant Cratchley and Martin Jones were close behind (by only 0.1 & 0.2 seconds respectively), and the times of the top 5 or so overall were all within a single second. Ultimately fastest on the day was Nick Stephens with his Lotus 51 with a 32.06 second run that put him fourth on handicap.


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