Speed and skill at Wiscombe

PUBLISHED: 02:00 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

Motor sports lovers are in for a scintillating weekend of speed hill climbing at Wiscombe Park as the latest state-of-the-art hillclimb technology and the country s best drivers attack the Devon hill.

Motor sports lovers are in for a scintillating weekend of speed hill climbing at Wiscombe Park as the latest state-of-the-art hillclimb technology and the country's best drivers attack the Devon hill. The country's premier hillclimb series, the Nicholson McLaren Engines National Hillclimb championship, comes to Devon this weekend with a battle for the lead which is being fiercely contested. To date there have been 20 rounds throughout the British Isles, from Scotland to the Channel Islands and the main protagonists, as in recent seasons, are locked in a titanic battle. As the drivers prepare for the challenges of what is considered a technically difficult course to drive the champion of the last two years, Martin Groves is chasing young pretender Scott Moran. Both Moran and Groves should prove devastatingly fast in their state of the art Formula One-like single seater Goulds and will not only be fighting each other but bidding for a new hill record should track conditions allow.Although the focus of attention will be on these ultimate machines laden with Formula One technology, there will be a huge supporting cast of saloon and sports cars. Included in an entry of over 120 will be competitors will be classes for saloon and sports cars which will see Martyn Pike from Feniton contesting a special invitation category catering for cars which have competed at Wiscombe Park during the last 50 years. In his rapid Ford Escort the heating project manager will face an eclectic selection of machinery encompassing Tony Marsh (ex Grand Prix driver) in his Marsh Special, Paul Channon with his mighty AC Cobra and the raucous V6 engined Metro 4100 6R4 to be driven by both Tim Painter and Andy Fraser.Meanwhile in the modified production saloon and sports car category, three drivers from the Exeter area will do battle for glory with Bob Rouse aboard his fleet Ford Fiesta vending of the Minis of Adrian Langley and Daniel Hope.l Gates open for the practice runs at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday with the all important championship runs commencing on Sunday morning. The meeting is scheduled to be completed by 5.30pm.Admission: Saturday £6. Sunday: £7. Special Weekend ticket: £10. Accompanied children under 14 free, Car Parking free.

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