Hollier’s hill climb double
Ottery’s Ed Hollier posted some great times at Wiscombe Five Club’s two day meeting in his newly set up 1600cc Suzuki Hayabusa-powered Pilbeam MP62.
He was fastest in the Saturday practice session but he faced stern competition in the afternoon.
Hollier’s confidence showed in his driving as he attacked the 900metre course and shaved 600ths of a second from his practice best to forge an advantage over his nearest challenger of eight tenths of a second. The final climb of the day saw Hollier seal his victory with an improved time of 36.34 seconds.
The following day the Hollier/Pilbeam combo found more speed despite the overcast and sometimes damp weather.
A best time of 35.95 seconds brought another overall win. On this occasion by more than six tenths of a second from rivals Graves and Gould.
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This weekend (September 8/9) 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. 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.
Dave Gardner from Awliscombe was focused on gaining a brace of wins in the up to 1100 c.c. Racing Car Class and this was achieved. The vivid yellow Empire 001 being covering the course in a best of 38.67 seconds. But there was even greater success to be celebrated as Pam Gardner claimed second position on both days of the meeting.
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