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HILLCLIMBING: Heavy rain hinders Lyme driver's treble bid
3:13pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
THE aspirations of Craig Moore to take a third Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S Wiscombe Park Hill Climb Championship were undone by heavy rain, which greatly slowed the times.
All three of the leading contenders were unable to improve on their positions leaving the Lyme Regis driver in third place.
The Ford Cortina GT ace finished 1.23 points behind second-placed Anthony Wright in his Audi A3, who in turn was 0.98 a point in arrears of champion Mark Shillaber with his Ford Fiesta Supersport.
However, there was some solace for Moore, as he bagged a double in the over 1600cc Rally Car class with a best time of 49.17secs set on the Sunday.
Another Dorset driver who failed to realise his expectations was Weymouth’s Geoff Blake.
The Westfield SEi pilot damaged the suspension and radiator of the Modified Specialist Prod-uction Car contender.
The severity of the damage concluded his involvement in the event, and that of his father Graham, who shares the driving duties in the Vauxhall powered machine.
On a more positive note for Dorset drivers there was success in the Road-going Specialist Production class (1400-1800cc) with Graham Vingoe from Sher-borne following up his Saturday win with a second the following day.
The business consultant took his Caterham Superlight ‘R’ to the top of the 900m course in a time of 50.68 seconds to defeat the Ginetta G4 of Roger Coote.
In the larger engine capacity division of the Road-going Specialist Production category, Stewart Green from Frampton secured a third in his Sylva Riot.
This weekend sees the final events of the season at Wiscombe Park with the MG Car Club taking the stage on the Saturday.
Dorchester’s Mervyn Brake will be taking his Mazda MX5 on to the hills having been competing in sprints for most of the sea- son.
The following day sees a meeting dedicated to motorcycles.
In the solo classes, Keith Haines, from Weymouth, will be campaigning a KTM 450 SMR and an Aprilia SXV550 while Port-land’s Kev Dewell and Nigel Glover will ride KTM RFS and Tricati respectively.
The combination/sidecar class has a strong local contingent with Weymouth’s Tom Clifford being passenger for both Alex Warren on the Suzuki Trike and Jon Stadden with the Jacobs Suzuki.
Portland are not to be left out of the action with Sara Dewell joining Kevin Dewell on the Windle Suzuki alongside Nigel and Kirsty Glover who will be paired on a 1000cc Yamaha outfit.
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