Sprinting Over the Hill
HRCR Contenders at Prescott
The ultimate round of this year’s Augment Automotive Speed Championship was a visit to one of the foremost venues in the world of hill climbs, the home of the Bugatti Owners Club at Prescott, Worcestershire. And even though it was the last event of the year the regular runners were joined by new-comer Pete Barlow in his 1340cc Cooper S. Only a bit of a try out for next year for Pete, not having registered this season but a welcome addition to the HRCR Class set aside by the organisers.
Notwithstanding the fact that it was Pete’s first event he set a storming sub 60 second run first out with the best of the rest, Roger Jones on his heels with a 64.00.
Roger Jones – “Best of The Rest” at First Practice
The next practice, however shock things up a bit with Callum Barney showing he was made of sterner stuff by returning a 58.82 and just piping Roger Jones. Brother Paul again just on Rogers tail in the double drive yellow mini.
Relative new comer Paul Boscott shaved some 12 seconds off his first practice time determined to end the season with a flourish.
Paul Boscott at Ettores
After a pleasant lunch halt in beautiful surroundings and entertainment to match it was time to get serious.
All to play for now, with the practice runs done with it was time to get the pedal to the metal and with Peter Houghton having already driven the mini over 5 hours to get to Prescott he was determined to put down a marker. Not quite getting to the 60 second bogey with a 60.94 for starters in his first timed run.
Peter Houghton heading for Pardon Curve
Father & son competitors Tony & Damon Green were having their own little battle in a pair of sprightly Volvo Amazons but it was the young pretender, Damon who led the way by being consistently 10 seconds up on father Tony. Considering the shear bulk of the Amazon Damon really did get the pedal down with his timed runs by just breaking the 1 minute barrier.
Son Damon (left) Lines up Against Tony Green in the Amazons
The other family dynasty of Roger & Paul Jones continued to swop times but it was Roger who took the family honours with a final time of 57.66 against Pauls 59.47.
Paul Jones off to a Flying Start
Peter Houghton continued to improve with a best time of 60.73 but not able to keep the Lotus Elan of Paul Boscott at bay at with a 60.33.
However it was that man from Shipston-on-Stour who took the HRCR crown in the MK1 Cortina GT in 56.46, Callum Barney.
Callum Barney Leading the Way
With another very successful season behind us it just leaves me to thank all of the championship runners in making it an enjoyable one and to sit down and finalise the leader board .
We have a couple of changes for next year and a new sponsor in the offing so watch this space!
Winter well and looking forward to next year.
HRCR Speed Championship.
The Backs of the Pack at Prescott