Sprinting Over The Hill – May 2017
Messer’s Houghton, Boscott & Barney Line up at Llandow
The HRCR Augment Automotive Speed Series moved west at the beginning of the month to take on the Llandow Sprint promoted by Bristol Pegasus Motor Club on Saturday 13th followed on the Sunday by Swansea Motor Clubs Llys-y-Fran Hill Climb.
The HRCR were well represented on both days with Peter Haughton, Paul Boscott, Callum Barney and brothers Paul & Roger Jones all taking the opportunity of the relatively close proximity of the two events.
Pegasus MC were happy to run the HRCR contenders in a class of their own amongst a strong entry of nearly a hundred cars and showed that there’s plenty of life in the old dogs yet.
Roger Jones in the 1340 mini showed the way at first practice with the pristine Cortina GT of Callum Barney hot on his heels and Paul Jones bringing up the rear of the HRCR five who reckons that he’s a little more sympathetic to the car than his brother as he built it!
Paul Boscott coaxed the Lotus to narrow the gap in the second practice with Peter Houghton suffering from “white-line fever” and collecting a fail from the eagle-eyed stewards – rally cars aren’t used to staying between the lines!
The gauntlet was thrown down for the first competitive run after lunch with Roger Jones putting in a blistering sub 100 second time to lead the field, again chased hard by the Cortina GT. Paul Boscott, having seen what had happened to Peter Houghton decided to record a safe time using the mantra that to finish first, first you have to finish and Peter recording his best timed run of the day.
The second timed run saw Paul Jones determined to make the mini pay attention and pulled some time back out of brother Roger bringing it home in second place and dropping Callum Barney into third.
The remaining positions were filled by Paul Boscott in fourth with Peter Houghton completing the scoreboard, there being a little over 11 seconds between first and fifth positions.
The Jones Boys Battle for Family Honours
After a restful night – to the best of my knowledge – the crews headed even further west to the picturesque Llys-y-Fran Country Park and were hosted by Swansea Motor Club under the reservoirs’ dam wall.
After some heavy overnight rain the day dawned with great spring weather albeit a little windy and all contenders seemed well rested as they lined up to take their places for the first of the practice runs.
It was the Hengoed Harrier, Roger Jones who delivered the best time early on in the shared drive mini but this time it was Callum Barney in the Ford who was hot on his heels but again only a handful of seconds separating the HRCR drivers.
Roger Jones Leads the Way at Llys-y-Fran
Paul Jones was determined to put things right in the next practice coming in second to brother Roger with a no less spirited drive by Callum Barney and with Peter Houghton having to take fifth spot at Llandow he too pulled out the stops in his mini to pip the Lotus of Paul Boscott going into the timed runs.
The Spirited Callum Barney at the Top Hairpin
There was a slight delay between the runs as a nicely turned out Ferrari 348 got it wrong near the top of the hill, fortunately only body damage and dented pride was the outcome although it did wake up some of the marshalls!
With the organising team doing a sterling job in getting competitors turned around quickly the first timed run was attempted before the lunch halt giving drivers the chance to analyse their times before the final assault.
Paul Jones & Callum Barney Discuss Tactics at Lunch
At the end of the day it was Roger Jones who came home first amongst the HRCR drivers a little over half a second in front of brother Paul followed by Callum Barney who recorded only three hundredths of a second between all of his runs.
Paul Boscotts Lotus Glinting in the West Wales Sun
The fourth & fifth places were swopped from Llandow with Peter Houghtons’ mini’s best run coming in three tenths in front of Paul Boscott in the Lotus.
The HRCR contingent went home happy and unscathed which was a good thing for Peter Houghton at least as being a true HRCR man he drove the mini back home to Merseyside!
Peter Houghton Before the Long Road Drive to Merseyside
It’s all to play for as the next outing for the HRCR Augment Automotive Speed Series heads for the infamous military ranges at Sennybridge in the guise of the Denis Motorsport Epynt Hill Climb promoted by Brecon Motor Club on the 10th & 11th of June.
HRCR Speed Championship Co-ordinator.