Heat Wave

Britain and The Channel Islands were in the grip of a heat wave which came as a welcome relief following last summers prolonged wet weather, as the Avon Tyres TCC Group MSA British Hillclimb competitors made the journey over to Jersey for rounds 17 and 18 of the championship: held on Thursday 18th July at Bouley Bay.

OMS drivers from the adjacent island of Guernsey joined Jersey OMS competitors and those travelling across from the UK to take on the challenge of this unique hill in the British Championship.

Bouley Bay Paddock

OMS Racing have a large number of cars on the islands, many of which were seen during the two Channel Islands events. Guernseyman Ricky Le Cheminant driving the La Villette Garage OMS P/R took the class win and set a new class record with a 41.62 second climb in the 1100cc racing car class whilst Jersey resident Richard Twinham finished 3rd driving the OMS 2000M he shares with Colin Le Galle who finished 4th in class.

Racing cars up to 1600cc had a number of OMS competitors; with local driver Steve Elliott setting a personal best time in the OMS 2000M he shares with his wife Cathy. Glyn Moignard also had a good meeting driving his 2000M. National class competitors from Guernsey Sarah Gaudion (OMS CF08), Justin & Charlie Smith (OMS 25) all set personal best times in the class.

Charlie Smith OMS 25

Also making the short journey from Guernsey was Geoff Guille with the 2.0 Ltr OMS CF04, that he would share drive with his son Chris at the Guernsey meeting later in the week.

Last OMS driver on the hill was Trevor Willis who was keen to accrue British Championship points. Both of his timed class runs were quicker than championship rival Scott Moran's, giving Trevor the advantage in the two run offs. Running after Scott in each shoot out, Trevor already knew what time Scott had posted before he made his climb.

Round 17 saw championship challenger Wallace Menzies reset the outright hill record with a time of 37.60 seconds. Next man on the hill Willis had everything to play for knowing, that Scott had already posted a time of 38.15 seconds. Everyone watched to see what Trevor's time would be, the clock stopped at 37.64 seconds, a mere 4/100ths behind Wallace to miss out on the hill record, but ahead of Moran. Trevor took 2nd place in the run off and also bagged an extra point for breaking the hill record.

Willis on the Start Line

Round 18 and Trevor was taking no prisoners this time. He set off determined to take the win & did so. With Wallace Menzies failing to qualify for the second run off, Trevor's winning time of 37.62 seconds was just 2/100ths shy of Wallace's new hill record, but still a win plus a bonus point once again for running under the record at the start of the meeting. A good day at the office for Trevor who travelled to Guernsey having scored 21 points and finished ahead of Scott Moran in both run offs to close the points gap.

Full results can be found here.

Date: 24/07/2013 | Author: L.Owen