SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP HILLCLIMB 30th AUGUST 2015
Chacksfield to the fore!
The one-day August Bank Holiday event was again struck by an incident in the Paddock during practice when a spectator collapsed. Thankfully he was later found to be OK and after a long delay the meeting resumed. However it meant that there would only be time for two timed runs.
Kicking off proceedings were the guest classes, and in the first of the two TVR classes Class Record holder Geoff Stallard was dumped down to second by his son Iain who took the win with his first run. In the second TVR class,
Record holder Simon Cole dominated an on each successive run reduced his 2014 record leaving it at 63.03. This year there were three drivers contesting the 500 Owners Club class and Nick Reynolds lowered his class record as he swept to victory ahead of Finlay Mackintosh and Richard Grant.
Into the Harewood classes and in 1A David Taylor again took the victory ahead of Roy ‘Bod’ Bolderson (Mini 1275 GT) and William Roberts (Daihatsu Charade). In 1B James Kerr led throughout with Jonathan Mounsey second and Russell Thorpe in his R5 GT Turbo third. In 1C Richard Archbould again took the win but in second, making his competition debut, was
Andrew Race in his Porsche 996. In 1F Roger Fish led throughout in his S2000 with the rest over 4 seconds adrift. In 2A Bob Bellerby was sharing Mike Smith’s Striker in which he set the class record back in 2011. He again prevailed finishing just over half a second clear of Michael Bellerby in his Peugeot powered version. Mike Smith finished third despite still being on the ‘road to recovery’ from ”chassis repairs’. Into 2B and it was that man again Derek Leetham taking the laurels followed closely by Simon Ambler and Sean Bourne. In 2E Ellen Worthington was making her Harewood debut far from her home venue of Pembrey and did well to get below 70 seconds. Taking the class win was Tracey Taylor-West once again as she pushes hard towards the 2014 Harewood Championship.
Into Mod Prod and the slicks and wings brigade were on fine form. In 3A Gavin Neate, on his first visit to Harewood, took the win ahead of Paul Makinson and Jon Jackson as Oliver Roberts retired during practice with turbo troubles. In 3B there was a raft of Escorts but out of this group emerged Sarah Bosworth in her Elise. The Sheffield barber cut through the Escorts for the win, setting a new PB and getting to within half a second of the 2001 record. Richard Hargreaves was the top Escorteer in second with Tim Pearcy third. In 3C Steve Darley again was unstoppable whilst Chris Berrisford took second ahead of James Hunt. Andrew Steel took a solo win in 3F before we moved into Sports Libre. In 4A
Ben Lovell set a new PB en route to the class win ahead of Robbie Birrell who is already planning another move of class to single seaters.
Next to the line were the Racing Cars. In 5A Richard Vaughan led all the way with Steve Carter second ahead of Eve Whitehead in her father’s RBS8. In 5C Gary Thomas took the win on his first visit to Harewood since moving up a class. Paul Martin finished second whilst pre-event favourite Richard Spedding retired the GWR Raptor. In 5D John Chacksfield cruised to victory and also set FTD as he led home Robert Macvean and Brian Walker.
In the two classic classes the entry was light but the cars were on fine form.
In 6A Charles Reynolds took a solo win in his Cooper JAP V-Twin, setting a new PB over a second better than on his last visit. In 6C Steve Rogers in his smart Lotus Elan took the class win and set a new class record in the process. Jim Johnstone took second ahead of Les Procter, who was possibly making his last appearance with his pretty Austin Healey Sebring Sprite before the ‘new’ car takes its place, and David Smithies in the novel NSU TT.
With just two more events to come the 2015 season is looking like it will be another one to remember and the final weekend is going to be one not to miss.
Reported by Steve Wilkinson