Friday, September 13, 2013
Ottery St Mary driver Ed Hollier claimed a further win at Wiscombe Park over the weekend to complete an unprecedented run of six victories at the East Devon venue this season.
Despite heavy rain showers interrupting an otherwise sunny day Hollier took his Suzuki Hayabusa powered Pilbeam MP62 single-seater racing car to the Fastest Time of the Day in the first of the two events organised by the Five Clubs syndicate. As ever it was a giant killing act by Hollier as he not only defeated the competition in his own class, that of racing cars with engines of 1100 to 1600 c.c., but those of the over two litre category. A best climb of 42.15 seconds took him clear of Rod Eyles in his 2.8 litre Hart powered Pilbeam MP53. The following day Eyles did manage to net the premier trophy but in the absence of Hollier who was securing victory in the season-long Top Ten Challenge at Gurston Down in Wiltshire.
In the over 2600cc Road-Going Series Production Car class Exeter garage proprietor Steve Clarke battled for honours in the Saturday event in his Subaru Impreza but eventually had to give best to the Mitsubishi Evo6 RS of Simon Neve by a mere one tenth of a second. However, Clarke took the class honours the following day by a margin of two seconds defeating the challenge of fellow Impreza drivers Jack and Nick Ellis.
Further success for local drivers in the saloon car divisions came Feniton architectural technician Martyn Pike. The previous Wiscombe Park champion was very much on form with his immaculate Ford Escort and despite not being a fan of wet weather driving he produced two measured drives which netted him two victories in the 1400-1800cc Modified Limited Production Car class.
Local drivers who narrowly missed class wins included Andy Short (Exeter) who claimed two runner-up placings in his 1100cc turbo charged OMS SC1 sports racing car having to give best to the Mallock Mk18B of Luke Trotman; Adrian Langley (Kenton) who claimed a second on Sunday in his Mini in the Modified Limited Production Car (Up to 1400cc) class and Honiton’s Robert Thomson (Vauxhall Nova GTE) who edged out the Lotus Elise of Hugh Trotman to secure second place in the 1800cc capacity split of the Road-going Series Production Car class by one hundredth of a second.
This weekend (September 14/15) sees the final events of the season at Wiscombe Park with the MG Car Club taking the stage on the Saturday with an entry which will see modern classics, performance cars and kit cars take to the track with the MGs as well as a selection of single-seater racing cars including a certain Ed Hollier who will be seeking a seventh win. The following day sees a meeting dedicated to motorcycles including solos, sidecars and combinations. The testing course at Wiscombe Park always provides a spectacle with the motorcycles.
Local riders in action will include Colyton’s Dave Massam on his Douglas whilst Brampford Speke resident Mark Short will ride his Aprilia SXV 550. Sidmouth’s James Gibson is in for a busy day competing on two machines, a Honda CR and Suzuki GS 500.