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MOTORSPORT: Lee leads way at Charmouth meet
6:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
MIKE Lee set the Manor Farm hill record at the inaugural meeting two years ago and returned to the Charmouth course to claim two wins and set a new course record in his OMS 2000M racing car.
Lee was in a class of his own in the Woolbridge Motor Club events, the Suzuki-powered OMS providing the perfect balance of speed and agility for previous British Leaders Champion to showcase his skills, taking the prestigious fastest time of the day award in both events.
In the Saturday meeting, it was 2012 victor Dave Sims who moun-ted the fastest challenge, recording 27.09secs in his two-litre Ralt RT33/34.
The following day it was another Ralt, this time the older RT3 version of John Burton that ran the overall victor closest.
Burton, like Sims, was contesting the 1600-2000cc racing car class and, again like Sims, claimed the class honours with a best climb of 26.62secs.
It was only during the Sunday meeting that Lee found the pace to break the outright hill record and set a new benchmark of 25.13secs, eclipsing his previous record by half a second.
The on-track action was in-tense throughout the two meetings with new class records being set on 25 occasions.
Charminster ace Rod Thorne was among those re-writing the record books. Having taken the season off, the garage proprietor took his first drive of the year with the mighty five-litre V8 Rover powered Pilbeam MP43 sports racer.
It did not take long for Thorne to return to form with a new over 1800cc Sports Libre record on his first official climb on Saturday with a time of 27.62 seconds.
An off-course excursion on his second run prevented any further improvement but his class win was secure as Andrew Forsyth, who was guest driver for the weekend, became accustomed to his steed.
The following day saw Forsyth picking up the pace when he took an early lead, in addition to a rec-ord, with a 27.30 second ascent.
The car’s owner was not to be denied and retaliated with a time of 26.90 seconds to take the win and another new record.
Lyme Regis star Craig Moore was once again dominant in the rally car class, repelling the challenge of Vauxhall Corsa driver Forrest Eyles on both days and regaining his class record with a 29.08 second final climb.
Although unable to regain his class record, Modified Specialist Production driver Geoff Blake took a brace of class wins in the two-litre Vauxhall-powered West-field SEi he campaigns with his father Graham.
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