Harewood British Hillclimb Championship Meeting

BARC Yorkshire Centre hosted the MSA British Hillclimb and Hillclimb Leaders Championship rounds at Harewood Hillclimb over the weekend of 7th and 8th May.

A strong national class entry along with Harewood regulars, who were competing on the Saturday in the second round of the club's Speed Hillclimb Championship, made for a good weekend of motorsport for drivers and spectators alike. The added bonus of a warm sunny weekend served only to enhance the enjoyment for all who were there.

Plenty of OMS drivers competed across a number of classes during the weekend. The Westfield SCC ran a class for their club members driving in non-Westfield cars which included Mark Anson and Mark Schlanker who were both driving OMS 2000m cars. Mark Anson took the class win with Mark Schlanker finishing in third place in Saturday's event, whilst on the Sunday they finished first and second in class respectively.

Ben Lovell took second FTD on the Saturday, but gremlins that have dogged him this season caused the car to slow on both of Sunday's timed runs leaving him down the class order.

The class for racing cars up to 1100cc fielded six OMS drivers. Lynn and Steve Owen were driving their new OMS 28 that runs a BMW S1000RR engine. Steve had a good weekend taking second place in class with a new personal best time in this car 54.68s. Lynn also improved on her best time set with the car at the April Harewood meeting, with a 57.97s climb.

Running in class with Lynn and Steve were Simon Andrews and Bernie Kevill driving their OMS 28 that has a Suzuki GSXR K8 power unit. They didn't quite match the pace of those at the sharp end of the class this weekend, finishing 6th and 7th respectively ahead of Lynn in eighth. Wil Kerr and Ben Hamer shared the ex-Iain Davidson OMS CF09 and Wil snatched 5th in class with his best run time 56.22s, just ahead of Simon Andrew's 56.39s climb.

John Chacksfield had one of his most successful BHC meetings with his supercharged OMS 28. Having taken a class win and Fastest Time of Day on the Saturday, he improved on his previous day's best time to secure a class win with his 53.49s run. John beat national championship runners Dave Uren, Paul Haimes, Graham Wynn and Nicola Menzies. Lee Griffiths (OMS 25 1300t) chased John to finish second in the class, half of a second adrift on 53.96 seconds. However Lee is a BHC registered competitor and his first run time qualified him for the first of the run offs in which he finished 9th, scoring his first BHC points of the season.

In the unlimited capacity racing car class Trevor Willis (OMS 28 V8) finished second to class winner Scott Moran by 3/10ths: the only two drivers in this class to dip under 50 seconds. Trevor qualified for both of the run offs, finishing 3rd in run off one and 2nd in run off two. Today’s points score for Trevor has moved him up into second place overall in the British Hillclimb Championship table, 14 points clear of third place Richard Spedding.

To view results for the weekend click here.

To view the British Hillclimb and Hillclimb Leaders points tables click here.

Date: 9/05/2016 | Author: L.Owen