It Wasn't Me ...

Or was it …? Well yes it was after a brief discussion with the time keepers and Steve Owen took Fastest Time of Day in the works OMS 25 at the July Championship meeting at Harewood Hillclimb on Saturday.

The BARC Yorkshire Centre hosted a round of the Harewood Speed Hill Climb Championship alongside the Avon Tyres MSA British and TTC Group MSA Leaders Hillclimb Championships. Harewood regulars joined national competitors for practice runs on Saturday morning followed by timed runs on Saturday afternoon for BARC Yorkshire Centre members who had entered the club meeting.

Three timed runs were taken by the small entry for the event, with Steve running a 54.35 second run on his first climb which was some 2 seconds quicker than any other competitor. Due to a time keeping hiccough Steve's time was omitted from the results and only after a discussion with the time keepers was this amended & FTD awarded to Steve. OMS driver Graham Smith with his 1100cc 2000M finished 2nd FTD in a time of 56.27, Lynn Owen took 3rd FTD in the OMS 25 on a 56.63.

The national championship contenders took their timed runs on the Sunday, with some fast & furious times being set. OMS drivers competed across several classes taking class positions and setting personal best times too. Les Proctor in the 1600cc carbon monocoque OMS sports car finished 3rd in the sports libre class.

Mark & Anne Goodyear brought the David Oldridge 600cc OMS Hornet to Harewood despite Mark having been unwell during Friday & Saturday. He was clearly feeling much better as he secured 2nd in class on a 58.73 with Anne just behind him in 3rd place.

The 1100cc single seater class saw Simon Andrews in his 2000M set a personal best time of 56.42 This weekend he shared the car with Steve Filkin, as his regular co-driver Bernard Kevil was at the historic Le Mans meeting. Steve got down to a 58.91 in only his first time in the car which placed him 5th in class.

Class J single seaters up to 1600cc saw the usual suspects in the top placings. Steve Owen headed home the OMS challenge taking 4th in class on 53.13, Lee Griffiths finished 7th with a time of 56.19 followed by Lynn Owen in 8th on a 56.84 Cathy & Steve Elliott from Jersey made the journey to Harewood along with several other Channel Islands competitors. Cathy was thrilled with her time of 58.32 to set a new PB & she beat husband Steve too.

Jason Mourant drove his new OMS 25 at Harewood for its first British Championship meeting, having done one or two club meetings in the Channel Islands to shake down the car. Running a supercharged Hayabusa engine in the up to 2 litre single seater class, he finished a respectable 2nd in class. The other OMS to appear in this class for its first visit to Harewood was the OMS CF10 of Ian Fidoe & Tim Elmer. Running a TDK 2 LTR engine, Tim finished in 3rd & Ian in 4th place.

Trevor Willis in the Powertec V8 OMS 25 took class honors in the unlimited single seater class with a winning time of 50.26 seconds.

Two OMS drivers qualified for the first of the Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Offs: Steve Owen and Trevor Willis. Steve snatched the last championship point finishing in 10th position whilst Trevor took 3rd to add 8 points to his current tally. In the second run off Trevor was the only OMS qualifier finishing in second place behind championship rival Scott Moran, to consolidate his 2nd place in the championship table at the half way point of the season. Trevor’s' run off time of 49.41 seconds was a PB for him & it gave him 3rd FTD at the meeting.

The next rounds of the British Championship are in the Channel Islands on 19th and 21st July 2012.

Date: 8/07/2012 | Author: L.Owen