Oh Happy Day
OMS drivers at Gurston Down Hillclimb had a splendid weekend of motorsport as the Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Championship and TTC MSA Leaders Hillclimb Championship made their first visit of the season to the venue. Clear blue skies and high temperatures provided the perfect backdrop for some class winning performances and personal best times by many of the OMS drivers.
The 1100cc single seater class saw Olivia Cooper back behind the wheel of their OMS 1100CF following an engine failure in their other competition car. She used the ex Mark Lawrence MSA Championship winning car to great effect to win the class.
Several OMS 25's competed in the 1600cc single seater class. The beautiful Red Bull liveried 25 of Guernseymen Charlie & Justin Smith made its debut on the mainland, prompting many complimentary comments about the paintwork by Neville Rollason of Classic Affairs. They thoroughly enjoyed the weekend with Justin getting straight into the 30 second bracket on his first visit to the hill with the car. Sarah Gaudion and her family also travelled over from Guernsey with her OMS CF08 now complete with a 1600cc Hayabusa engine. Sarah had a very sucessful weekend knocking over a second off her personal best time & putting in two class runs in the 31 second bracket. James Blackmore finished in the 28's and Steve Owen just behind him on a low 29, with Lee Griffiths in the 30's along with Justin Smith and Lynn Owen.
Andy McBeath ran his OMS 25 supercharged Hayabusa in the 2.0 litre single seater class. SBD Motorsport principle Steve Broughton who was in attendance at the meeting improved the drivability of the car with Andy, following some difficulties in the Saturday practice runs.
Sometimes OMS driver Alex Summers defected from the family OMS 1100CF this weekend to his new 2.0 litre supercharged DJ single seater. His class winning time blitzed the Trevor Willis class record set in 2005 in the OMS 2000V.
Trevor ran the V8 powered OMS 25 in the unlimited capacity single seater class, qualifying for both championship run offs. He finished each run off in 3rd position, adding 16 points to his British Hillclimb Championship points tally & moving into 2nd position overall in the championship. During the weekend he was assisted in the paddock by Samuel Wilson (pictured below). Although Samuel is only 11 years old he is very capable and his help is much appreciated by Trevor.
Date: 30/05/2012 | Author: L.Owen