Strong cross winds accompanied by occasional rain and drizzle made for a pretty bleak Test Day on Sunday March 29th but a large number of enthusiastic competitors turned out to blow away the winter cobwebs, and in some cases to try out cars new to them. The day’s real stalwarts though were surely the marshals who had to stand out in the rain and gales, perhaps especially those at the top of the hill where conditions were at there worst. Well done and thanks to all.
The top times were remarkably close, and had it been an event it would have been really exciting! John Oxborrow set Best Time of the Day in his self-built 1000cc OX7 single seater with a 35.48s run set in the afternoon’s ever improving conditions, shading out Kelvin Broad in the ex-Eddie Hollier 1.6 Pilbeam MP62 by just one hundredth!
An impressive third BTD went to Simon Neve in his roadgoing 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6 on 36.83, Simon packing in 14 runs during the day! The record for the number of runs achieved on the day went to David Bellamy in his Peugeot 106 – 16 runs! Four meetings’ worth in one day, not bad value!
Among those trying out ‘new’ cars was Murray Wakeham, who has swapped his 1.4 Austin Healey Sprite for the ex-Summers Family OMS CF96SS, and Murray enjoyed eight runs in the car with Richard Summers kindly providing support. BARC (SW) committee member Hannah Wiltshire has also made the jump from her Renault Clio Cup roadgoing car to a single seater and she debuted her superb Swift SC93 Formula Ford with ex-Gurston Top Ten Challenge winner father Tony sharing driving duties for the day.
Other drivers putting in fast times were regular BTD man in 2014 Peter D. Smith in the 1.6 Force, Keith Diggle in the 2.1 WEV HCS and local man Chris Cannell in the 1.3s Empire Evo sports libre, running very sweetly now after its rather fraught shakedown in last August’s National meeting practice session.
All the times can be viewed by clicking HERE.
We can but hope that the weather will be better in three weeks’ time for the first meetings of the year. That’s April 18th and 19th, two packed entries to enjoy plus the bikes from the National Hill Climb Association on the Sunday. Full preview to follow soon.