My Lucky Number .... is two

The Nicholson McLaren British Hillclimb championship visited Harewood Hillclimb in Yorkshire for the second time this season at the weekend. The glorious summer weather was a sharp contrast to the torrential rain of the May meeting, creating the opportunity for drivers to set some exceptionally quick times.

OMS drivers competed in all the single seater classes and the up to 2000cc Sports libre class. Les Procter collected his OMS sports car from OMS Racing on the Thursday before the meeting. The car had been rebuilt with the same spec rear configuration as an OMS 25 with billet gearbox and suspension. Although still settling into the car, Les set consistent class runs in the 56's and a personal best time.

Simon Andrews & Bernard Kevill visited Harewood for the first time in their recently aquired 1100cc OMS 2000M. Simon commented that he was extremely pleased to have climbed the hill in 57.29 seconds. Ricky Le Cheminant joined a group of Channel Island competitors who came over to the UK for the meeting. Driving the OMS P/R 1100 that he shares with wife Jackie, his best time split those of Simon & Bernard.

The 1600cc racing car class was the most closely faught class of the meeting, fielding a class of 23 cars. Competition  was fierce, with 2nd to 5th in class places covered by less than 1 second.OMS 25 drivers James Blackmore, Steve Owen, Tim Wilson, Lee Griffiths & Lynn Owen all set personal best times in their new cars, with James, Steve & Tim being split by just 4/10 second.

Stephen & Catherine Elliott are regular visitors at Harewood from Jersey. This season they have a Suzuki Hayabusa powering their OMS & both used the additional power to good effect, setting personal best times.

Joining the Channel Islands competitors this weekend was Jerseyman Jason Mourant in his supercharged OMS CF08. The car had tremendous speed on the straights and Jason took second in class with his second timed run.

Trevor Willis had a trouble free weekend in the unlimted single seater class following the eventful Doune meeting. Qualifying for both Top 12 run offs he finished in second place in each, backing up his assertion that the problem he identified at Doune has been resolved.

A great weekend of motorsport in a spectacular setting, blessed with the weather we have been longing for all season. When everyone had left the paddock the evocative sight of Red Kites floating on thermals above the spectator area was a perfect ending to the day.

Date: 4/07/2011 | Author: L.Owen