OMS Racing News

 Sunday 11th May 2014

Barbon Manor

Rounds 3 and 4 of the Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship and Hillclimb Leaders Championship were held at the Cumbrian venue on Saturday 10th May. Inclement weather for the preceding week resulted in poor conditions on the day, with a very muddy paddock and imperfect track conditions.

Trevor Willis was on top from at this venue which he really enjoys driving. Following one no score round at Prescott a couple of weeks ago, he needed a good points score for his 2014 championship campaign.

He flew on the less than ideal track to take both run off wins and bag a maximum 20 points. His time of 20.80 seconds in the second run off also set fastest time of day and came within a couple of tenths of the outright hill record.


Liberation Day Hill Climb

Channel Islanders descended on Bouley Bay in Jersey for the annual Liberation Day meeting.

Many OMS drivers from Jersey and Guernsey were competing. The class for racing cars up to 1600cc had the family cars of the Smiths (OMS 25) and the Elliott’s (OMS 2000M). Joining them was Sarah Gaudion in the Brehaut family OMS CF08. With Glyn Moignard joining the party with the OMS 2000M that has recently had a 1600cc engine installed.

Racing cars up to 1100cc was populated by three OMS cars; the Richard Twinham/ Colin Le Galle OMS 2000M and Guernsey man Ricky Le Cheminant in the OMS PR he shares with his wife Jackie: who was not driving this weekend.

Other OMS runners were Jason Mourant in his now V8 powered OMS 25 and Geoff Guille in the 2.0L OMS CF04.


Harewood Club Meeting

The BARC Yorkshire Centre club championship meeting on Saturday 10th May was well supported by national championship drivers who chose to spend the weekend at this venue as go to Barbon Manor.

Two new OMS 28 cars used the event as a test session, to shake down the cars and as an installation meeting for the drivers.

OMS constructor Steve Owen share drove the supercharged OMS 28 with the cars' owner Neville Rollason. Following the gear position sensor problem at Shelsley Walsh the previous weekend, the car had been back to OMS for a replacement fitting. Steve finished first in class and second FTD with a time of 55.48 despite a fraught time when the CV joint broke on Steve's second timed run as he exited Orchard Corner: the car was then side-lined for the remainder of the meeting.

Midway through the afternoon the hill was hit by rain and storms and many drivers chose not to run again as the conditions were dreadful and they would not improve on their earlier run times.






Harewood National Meeting

Competitors from Barbon Manor made the trip over the Pennines for British Championship rounds 5 and 6 on Sunday 11th May. Morning practice was on a very wet track following the previous days' storms. As the day progressed the track dried in the strong wind that swept down the valley.

Still on a roll from the previous days' double win at Barbon Manor, Trevor Willis dominated both of the championship run offs to take two further wins and another 20 points; moving him into 2nd place in the British Championship behind Alex Summers and ahead of current champion Scott Moran.

In the classes Ben Lovell finished second with the OMS sports car on 60.72seconds.  Lynn Owen took 3rd in class for racing cars up to 1600cc on 57.50 a mere 2/100ths ahead of Paul Martin in his 2000M who finished on 57.52.

Steve Owen once again shared the Neville Rollason supercharged OMS 28. Following first timed runs he sat second in class to Alex Summers, but a further CV breakage on Neville’s first timed run allowed Tony Hunt to take second in class from Steve who was unable to defend his position. Tony ran a 54.13 to Steve's 54.33

OMS 28 debut at Harewood

Simon Andrews and Bernard Kevill collected their new 1000cc car from OMS Racing on Friday before competing at the Harewood Hill Climb double header over the weekend of 10th and 11th May. They completed a total of 10 runs each and apart from an as yet undetected air leak on the pneumatic gear selector system, both improved their times during the weekend with Simon finishing in the 58's and Bernie just a shade behind him. They are looking forward to their next meeting at Loton Park a venue they know very well unlike Harewood, where they will be able to improve on their times and develop the car further.




Results and Times

To view Harewood results click here.

To view the British Hillclimb Championship table click here.

To view Jersey times click here.

Date: 11/05/2014 | Author: L. Owen