Record-breaking weekend at Wiscombe Park
- Credit: Nigel Cole
Wiscombe Park hosted the Five Clubs, with 114 competitors in cars and 28 riders on bikes all battling to be the quickest up the half mile course that winds its way through the Wiscombe Park estate.
There was a lot of close competition throughout all the classes with the drivers having one practice run and then three timed runs, with special classes for the Gilbern Owners Club and the Triumph Register.
The current Wiscombe Tillicoultry Quarries Championship leader, Rod Eyles – Alfa Romeo 4C – won Class A3 on both days. In the single seater racing car, Class E1, Ben Bonfield – Jedi Mk4 – did the double too. Unusually for Ben, he had quite a moment in practice with a big spin at Bunny’s Leap on Saturday, but fortunately, did not damage the car. Ben, from Taunton, is currently leading the Association of South West Motor Clubs Hillclimb Championship.
In Class E2 there was the usual close competition between Ottery St Mary driver Ed Hollier – Pilbeam MP62 and Andrew Forsyth – OMS CF04. It was Ed who took the Fastest Time of the Day on both days.
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The meeting attracted a record number of Gilbern cars from all over the UK – the cars, produced in Wales between 1959 and 1973, have a long association with Wiscombe – the first Gilbern competing there in 1962. The marque is kept alive today by a very enthusiastic Gilbern Owners Club and ten drivers competed for the Wiscombe Cup, which was won by Mark Jones in his 1968 Genie.
Sunday’s action was record breaking - three new ASWMC records were set. In Class E1 Ben Bonfield – Jedi Mk4 – broke his existing record. In Class E2 Ed Hollier – Pilbeam MP62 and Class E3 Newton Abbot’s Tony Wiltshire - Ralt RT34 – also set new records.
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The members of the National Hill Climb Association on their bikes also had a great weekend and Paul Jeffrey – KTM – was the quickest rider on both days.
There are just two weekends of action at Wiscombe remaining before the end of the season. Check out the web site www.wiscombepark.co.uk and Facebook page for all the latest news.