Gurston Down in Wiltshire hosted the most southerly venue for the TCC Group Midland Hill Climb Championship; a championship centred on three Midlands hills and now including Gurston Down. A number of OMS drivers were competing across the racing car classes from 600cc to 2.0 Ltr.
With the UK in the grip of a heat wave, competitors enjoyed ideal track conditions. Roger Biggs and his co-driver Arthur De Mayer driving the 1100cc OMS Hornet took 1st and 2nd respectively in the B License holders’ class. Racing cars up to 1100cc class saw Simon Andrews as the highest placed OMS driver in the class, taking 3rd on 30.69 seconds. Kemp brothers Euan and Calum in their OMS P/R finished on 32.66 and 32.32 seconds. James Moore is having a good season in his OMS 2000M setting a best time during the day on 31.85 seconds, whilst Stephen Loadsman's time of 33.43 was set in his ex-David Oldridge OMS rocker arm car.
The 1600cc racing car class fielded South West regular Mike Lee in his OMS 2000M, who took 2nd place in the final standings. OMS Hornet pilot Mark Goodyear was joined this weekend by a relative new comer to driving Harry Pick, son of long time competitor John Pick. Harry put in a strong performance with a personal best time of 32.26 one second behind his experienced co driver, who finished on 31.16 seconds.
Seasoned competitor Andy McBeath had possibly the best weekend of all the OMS crew. He broke his own personal best time on 4 runs during the weekend, finished second in class with a time of 29.25 seconds and qualified for both of the BMTR Avon Tyres Top 10 Run offs. Finishing 5th and 4th overall in the two run offs, Andy said "Best weekend ever. This is the best car I have ever had."
The British Hillclimb Championship will return to Gurston Down for the second time this season, over the Bank Holiday weekend during August.
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Date: 24/07/2013 | Author: L.Owen