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8:00am Saturday 15th September 2012 in Sport
WEYMOUTH sports car duo Geoff and Graham Blake battled for supremacy in the modified specialist production car class at MG Car Club’s Wiscombe Park Hillclimb.
At the wheel of the two-litre Vauxhall powered Westfield it was Blake junior who set the pace in the morning practice session but on his first competitive run, the car suffered clutch problems which prevented the previous Wiscombe Championship award winner to gain a fail, which allowed his father to take the initiative with a climb of 45.63 seconds.
With the problem rectified Geoff attacked the testing 900-metre course to snatch the win on 43.40 seconds.
As usual it was the racing car divisions that yielded the fastest time with Ed Hollier adding to his brace of wins the previous weekend in his Pilbeam MP62-Suzuki Hyabusa, scorching to victory in a time of 35.84 seconds.
The 1100cc racing car class saw Shillingstone’s Andrew Forsyth claim a third place in the Alfa Dana behind the more contemporary Force 10 of Duncan Stewart and Ross Browne.
The following day the National Hillclimb Association took centre stage with a British Championship motorcycle meeting.
Jimmy Hodges set the track alight at Wiscombe, not only taking a class win but also claiming a maximum-point haul for the British Championships.
The motorcycle mechanic, who claimed the British championship crown in 2010, started his winning ways in the 500cc class.
Aboard his 450cc Honda GV CRF, he set a first climb time of 40.84 seconds to take an early lead but improved his pace at the second time of asking, securing the win with a 40.53 best.
Apart from bringing victory in the class this time also constituted a new outright hill record improving on the previous benchmark of 40.78 seconds.
Tom Short claimed the runner-up slot with his 470cc Honda CRF, just under a second in arrears, with Tommy Hodge collecting the third place award on 42.12 seconds.
The 750cc category saw the initiative taken by Hodges with a first climb of 40.99, which gave him hope of a double win but Paul Jeffery on his Honda CR put paid to that with an ascent in 40.75 seconds.
Hodges was unable to find any further pace so was obliged to settle for the runner-up slot ahead of Glynn Poole and his Honda CRF.
Poole also took third in the 1300cc class on his Buell behind the winner Ben Wilkins, who stormed his Aprilia Falco to the top of the 900-metre course to a new outright two-wheel record of 40.28 seconds.
Chris Keates claimed the honours in the 250cc class when he hustled his Suzuki RM to the win by a healthy margin over second-placed Duncan Fisher and his Yamaha. Keates carried good speed to climb in 44.92 seconds.
The Keates family took another winners’ trophy when Patrick and Paul claimed victory in the sidecar class on their Baker F1 outfit by just under a stunning four-and-a-half seconds.