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Drivers at the top of their game to push so hard that they both deliver times inside an existing outright hill record. And that was the outcome of the first of two Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship run offs seen at Harewood Hill Climb today.

The championship leading protagonists Scott Moran and Trevor Willis once again went head to head in their bid to win another championship title. The first to run was Trevor who posted a hill record breaking time of 49.07 seconds, much to the delight of the large crowd gathered for today’s event. Then Scott took to the hill matching Willis at the splits & but pulling ahead to stop the clock at 49.02 with another hill record that was a mere 5/100ths ahead of Trevor’s' time to snatch the win.

Perfect conditions all weekend contributed to the outright hill record falling along with a number of class records. Many drivers also set their own personal best times including Simon Andrews and Bernard Kevill in the 1100cc OMS 2000M: Simons' PB of 55.76 also secured him 3rd in class.

Lee Griffiths was consistently quick throughout the meeting in the 1600cc OMS 25, finishing his weekend on a best time of 53.58, just 1/10th of a second behind OMS constructor Steve Owen in the new 1600cc OMS 28 that he debuted for the first time yesterday at the Harewood Championship meeting. New OMS owner Paul Martin driving his 1300cc 2000M set personal best times on each timed run with a best time of 56.80 seconds.

Racing car class up to 2000cc featured three OMS drivers with local competitor John Chacksfield taking OMS honours from Ian Fidoe and Tim Elmer. Johns' time of 54.56 placed him 3rd in class with Ian in 5th on 56.14 and Tim 6th on 56.76 seconds. Sharing the Chacksfield car for the first time was Harewood regular Ben Lovell driving in the Yorkshire Centre Members Class. Ben got down to a very respectable 58.04 in his first ever event in a single seater and may be sharing regularly with John in 2014.

The British Championship moves to the Channel Islands in a weeks’ time, where the form book is often torn up and thrown away. With the championship wide open there is everything to play for and Trevor will be trying to snatch back the hill record he held in Jersey up until last year and possibly try for the Guernsey record too?

Results from the meeting at Harewood can be found here and British Hillclimb & Leaders Championship results here.

Date: 7/07/2013 | Author: L.Owen