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MOTORSPORT: Hollier's scintillating season gets better
7:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
THE final two meetings of the year at Wiscombe Park yielded unrivalled success for Ed Hollier.
The Pilbeam MP62 driver has been in-form all season with the Suzuki Hayabusa-powered machine and a scintillating season just got better.
Hollier set the pace from the first morning practice run and was never headed on his way to a best climb of 36.30 seconds, which put him over eight tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival, former Wiscombe park champion Mike Lee with his OMS 2000M.
With the final car meeting of the year complete the following day the National Hill Climb Association brought a healthy entry of motorcycles to East Devon to close the season.
Wet and windy conditions challenged the riders but in no way deterred them from giving of their best as they battled to be in the fastest 10 riders and thus qualify for the Top Ten Run Off.
Weymouth duo Jon Stadden and Tom Clifford did not set a time with the Jacob’s Suzuki so were denied the opportunity of replicating their success of earlier this season but Clifford did claim a second place in the two-wheel drive three-wheeler (sidecar) category as passenger to Alex Warren with a time of 49.65 seconds on the Suzuki Trike.
In the one-wheel drive class, the Yamaha of Nigel and Kirsty Glover made a best climb in 56.69 seconds to finish third, 14 hundredths of a second ahead of fellow Portlanders Kevin and Sara Dewell aboard their supercharged Windle outfit.
The third Woolbridge Motor Club speed hillclimb event at the Manor Farm Holiday Park in Charmouth takes place this weekend.
There will no shortage of spectacle in the over 1800cc Sports Libre class with Bill and Matt Oliver campaigning their Mazda RX7, complete with seven-litre engine, against the five-litre V8 powered Pilbeam MP43 sports racer of Rod Thorne.
The Charminster driver is competing for the first time this year.
Shillingstone’s Andrew Forsyth gets to drive the machine on both days of the hill climb weekend.
The Rally car class sees Craig Moore from Lyme Regis take his Ford Cortina GT up against the Vauxhall Corsa of Forrest Eyles, while Sherborne’s Graham Vin-goe, will face Roger Coote (Gine-tta G4) and Chris Davis (Lotus 7) in the 1400-1800 division of the Road Going Specialist Production Car class. Vingoe drives a Caterham Superlight ‘R’.
The larger capacity split of the Specialist Production Class features the Sylva Riot of Stewart Green from Frampton who will take on the rapid Westfields of Mike Williams and the class record holder, Andy Cawsey.
Another Westfield pairing, that of Geoff and Graham Blake, return to the track following recent damage to the car.
The Weymouth duo will target a win in the Modified Specialist Production class while Geoff will seek to regain the class record, which is currently held by Welshman Mike Rudge.
Of particular interest to those who favour cars from yesteryear will be Rory Weaver’s Riley 1.5.
The Weymouth driver will take his sixties machine up against more contemporary opposition in the Road Going category.
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