Nicholson McLaren Aviation MSA British Hillclimb Championship Rounds 33 & 34, Doune Hillclimb, September 27th & 28th
After several years of wet Doune MSA Championship events the rain finally stayed away as 2001 & 2002 Hillclimb Champion Graeme Wight Junior at last gave his self-built Predator its maiden run -off victory. The car's well known gearbox fragilty returned in the final run-off but Wight still took second behind Martin Groves (pictured) as both drivers made their 2009 intentions clear.
Trevor Willis confirmed his MSA Championship third place for 2008 with two thirds and 23 year old Scottish driver Stewart Robb Junior, recently crowned 2008 MSA Sprint Champion, took two fourth places.
1 Graeme Wight Junior (3.0 GWR Predator-Arrows-Hart) 36.25s; 2 Martin Groves (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 36.27s; 3 Trevor Willis (2.8 OMS-Powertec) 37.81s; 4 Stewart R Robb (Pilbeam-Judd MP88) 38.54s; 5 Jonathan Rarity
(1.4 MH Ghost-Suzuki) 39.38s; 6 Paul Ranson (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 39.64s; 7 Paul Haimes (2.0 Dallara-Opel F301) 39.67s; 8 Pat Roche (OMS-Suzuki CF07) 40.59s; 9 Tim Wilson (1.4 OMS-Suzuki CF04) 41.32s; 10 Andrew Platt (2.0 Dallara F397) 41.98s; 11 Steve Owen (1.6 OMS-Suzuki 2000M); Alastair Crawford (3.5 Gould-Cosworth GR37) 42.71s.
1 Groves 36.01s BTD; 2 Wight 36.56s; 3 Willis 37.06s; 4 Robb 37.40s; 5 Ranson 37.82s; 6 Stewart Robb Snr 39.38s; 7 Haimes 39.51s; 8 Rarity 39.63s; 9 Roche 41.10s; 10 Platt 41.27s; 11 Will Hall (1.3 Force-Suzuki PC) 41.40s; 12 Crawford failed run.