OMS Cars at Doune

OMS cars competed in 5 classes at the Doune meeting this weekend.

The first was the sports libre class in which Richard Matossian drove his 1548cc OMS SC1, the smallest capacity engine in this up to 2000cc class. In the 1100cc single seater class there were five OMS drivers, including Steve Owen in his 1994 OMS CF1100, the very first carbon fibre chassis built by OMS Racing. Still displaying championship decals from 1998, the last time that Lynn & Steve ran the car, Steve's weekend in the car was cut short following Trevor Willis's incident in the big V8 OMS. Steve utilised a brake disc from his car to ensure the V8 ran again & accepted a shared drive with Trevor in class L for the rest of the meeting.

In the competitive 1600cc racing car class Tim Wilson & Lee Griffiths made their first visit in their new OMS 25 to the Doune hill. In only his second meeting ever at Doune Lee sat just outside the qualifying run off contenders, the man on the bubble and then 13th qualifier as Scott took the final qualifying place in each run off.

Tim is a huge fan of Doune & has a successful history of run off placings in his previous OMS cars. This weekend was no exception, qualifying for both rounds of the Nicholson McLaren British Hillclimb Championship. In the first he made a slight error at the top of East Brae leading to a grassy excursion & this reflected in a slower time, but still sufficiently quick enough to secure the final points scoring position. In the afternoon round track conditions were improving all the time, especially during the time the Willis car was being recovered to the paddock following his incident with the wall, Tim finished in 8th position an excellent result in a new car & difficult weather conditions.

Class SE saw two OMS cars. Les Campbell in his newly aquired ex Chris Houston OMS 1100CF, sister car to the Steve Owen car and class winner Mark Scoular in a very nicely presented rocker arm 1100cc OMS single seater.

Date: 20/06/2011 | Author: L.Owen