Sunday's Shelsley Walsh event was the first time the
BOC / Aldon championship has had two back to back
events on the same weekend. Using the handicap
scoring method this was always going to prove interesting as best times (PB's) from saturday would become the new target for drivers the following day.
Added to the mix was an influx of new competitors who had decided to only compete on the second day - Philip Stader excepted who switched cars & classes.
Practice proved to be in much better ambient & track
conditions as several drivers improved on their own PB's and as a result had their handicaps adjusted to suit. This adjustment is proving controversal as it provides no incentive for going as quickly as possible all the time including practice (in my personal view the whole purpose of speed hillclimbing) - definitely something that needs to be looked into further before we start to lose competitors, some of whom have supported the series for many years.
The single seater class was somewhat depleted come the final timed run of the afternoon with many drivers heading for home despite it being dry, one who stayed made good use of this , Mike Broome coming away with a fine victory 0.72 seconds under his handicap. Second place was taken by Les Procter in the lovely Elva , now with a scratch in the front after running into my Escort in the paddock. Escort 1 , Elva Nil !!. Third was Grant Cratchley , a great result as he was one who beat his handicap in practice.
The Saloon car class had the biggest change in runners between the two days with Garry Cox in 'Lemon Slice' keen to stamp his authority on proceedings as the fastest of the cars in the class. As it happened, it was an unexpected Cox family triumph as father Terry stormed to victory in his own more standard Scimitar Coupe with a time 0.96 seconds under his handicap. Garry eventually came home fourth on handicap with the best time of 34.47 seconds - seriously fast for a classic car on road tyres. Second on handicap was Andy Bower in the Capri Mk1, really close to Terry with a time 0.92 under his handicap. This was a great reward for Andy having put in some seriously late nights getting the car ready in the weeks leading up to this event - the engine wasnt built only 1 week ago !. Third place was taken by Simon Braithwaite in the Escort Mk1 BDG , chunks of time being found with some brave / stupid improvements into 'bottom S' - videos available to prove it...
Sportscars was won by Martyn Curley in the beautiful Gulf coloured Porsche with a time 0.78 seconds under his handicap, a good haul of points moving Martyn significantly up the championship order. Second was Philip Stader after a change of car from Mallock to MG Midget - only he would even try this! . Third was Steve Phennah in his MGB roadster. Steve still leads the championship overall after round 7. Mike Henney was an unfortunate retirement with a broken driveshaft joint in the Ginetta after practice.
Dropped scores will now begin to have an effect on the leading runners for class & overall awards as the season progress's beyond the halfway stage. Harewood Hillclimb will provide a fresh challenge in two weekends time.
photograph: Stuart Santos-Wing