Having a Good Time

It was the final visit to Doune at the weekend for the 2017 British Hillclimb and Hillclimb Leaders Championships and a relaxed atmosphere in the OMS Racing camp produced some excellent drives from OMS drivers. In the first British Hillclimb Championship run off of the day, five OMS drivers qualified from four different single seater classes.

The Harry Pick/ Steve Owen pairing in their 1100cc OMS 2000M put in some great runs to finish second and third in class respectively on 40.52s and 41.76s. Both drivers also qualified for each of the two British run offs. In the first, Steve scored the final championship point with his run time 41.50s whilst Harry finished one place ahead of Steve on 40.74s to score 2 championship points. Although Steve drove his fastest climb of the day 41.30 seconds in the second run off he finished outside of a points scoring place. Harry snatched the final championship point with his run time 40.35 seconds: this was also a PB for Harry.

Harry in the OMS 2000M at the top of East Brae: photo Eddie Kelly

Three OMS drivers competed in the 1600cc racing car class. John Munro didn't have the best of weekends in his OMS CF with a few technical glitches slowing him down. Although John did qualify for the first BHC run off with a 40.57s climb, the gremlins returned and he was unable to take his run.

Lynn Owen share driving the Stuart Dow OMS CF04: photo T Wilson

The second OMS CF04 in class was share driven by Stuart Dow and Lynn Owen. Both drivers chipped away at their times all weekend and each set personal best times. For Stuart a 41.66 second climb was well inside anything he had achieved previously at Doune, leaving him squealing with delight at the finish line. For Lynn on only her fourth drive at Doune in as many cars, her time of 47.10s from the morning climb was a PB for her. On Lynn's second timed run a wiring failure to the electronic gear change left the car stuck in 2nd gear and she aborted the run to record a fail.

Stuart Dow OMS CF04: photo T Wilson

Tricia Davies was leading the normally aspirated 2.0 litre class at lunchtime in the family OMS CF09 she shares with her husband Terry. But a slower second run opened the door for Terry who snatched the class win away on 44.47s from Tricia on 46.81s.

Terry Davis OMS CF09 at Oak Tree: photo T Wilson

In the forced induction 2.0 litre class Lee Griffiths had his best ever Doune event. He set a new PB with his first timed run of the day 39.90 seconds: the first ever sub 40 second climb for Lee. He also qualified for the two run offs, finishing 8th in run off one and 9th in the second.

Lee Griffiths OMS 25 1300t: photo T Wilson

2017 British Hillclimb Champion elect Trevor Willis took a comfortable class win with his morning run time 36.67 He also qualified for both BHC run offs, finishing second in each run off to Wallace Menzies who took both wins and secured the runner up position in the BHC: the highest position Wallace has ever finished in the championship and he will run with number 2 on his car next season.

Trevor Willis OMS 28 V8: photo T Wilson

To view the results when they are available click here and for the championship standings click here.

Date: 18/09/2017 | Author: L.Owen