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Tuesday 7th May 2013

SPARKLING SHELSLEY VICTORIES FOR CHAMPION WILLIS

Reigning British Hill Climb Champion Trevor Willis put in a sparkling performance (pictured) to win both run-off rounds 3 and 4 of the Midland Championship 'Speed into Spring' event held at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on Sunday.

In perfect conditions Willis, who now lives locally, drove his new OMS 28 Powertec racing car up the iconic hill in 24.31 and 24.21 seconds respectively, beating Deryk Young in a Gould in the morning session and Will Hall in a Force in the afternoon run-off.

Marsh Gibbon driver Rob Stevens put on a fine show for the crowds in his Purple supercharged Force SR4 to take fourth spot in both run-offs with Simon Moyse, of Bicester, also gaining points with the streamlined new bike-engined Gould GR59.

Ladies hill record holder Sue Young of Hereford, sharing the 4-litre Gould GR51 with husband Deryk, also took points with committed drives in both of the run-offs.

Current Midland Champion, Mike Turpin, of Hereford, made a positive start in defence of his title by winning the Modified Series Production Sports Cars Class in his Vauxhall VX220.

An extra 'hot rod' spectacle for visitors was a special class for competitors in the SBD HSA Speed Championship for Period Defined Cars with side-valve engine blocks, which included a Batten Special, Ballamy Ford V8, Nota Arnold and a Ford V8 Pickup.

It was a 'Star Wars' triumph in the fully supported 1100cc racing car class with Simon Fidoe taking top spot in his Empire, while Force drivers George Brown and Darren Gumbley took second and third, with the top two drivers also making the run-offs.

New for this year was the Cheltenham Porsche sponsored Championship for road-going cars driven by 'B' licence holders, which provided a wide variety of cars and the weekend was also a round of the Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship.

The Morris Register had a large display of vehicles from over the years on show to celebrate 100 years of Morris and several paraded up the hill on Sunday lunchtime.

The next event at Shelsley Walsh will be the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb & Hill Climb Leaders Championship on the 1st and 2nd June.

To buy tickets or find further information, visit www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

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Trevor Willis causing sparks at Crossing. Photo Credit Geoff Robinson
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