Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb! So steeped in history and still going strong.
When I arrived it was foggy and the start of practice was delayed. After about an hour of waiting for it to clear it was decided we would form some cavalcades (this was the term used) and proceed up the hill in groups of six cars in the hope of dispersing the fog. It seemed a daft idea to me but I was one of the those chosen to participate and it did give me an extra drive up and down the hill. Now, whether we dispersed the fog or whether it just naturally dissipated I don’t know, but after we came down it was decided that visibility had improved and we could start. However, the delay meant that we only had time for one practice run. At Loton it wouldn’t have mattered to me at all since I know it so well, but the last time I competed at Shelsley was this day five years ago, 19 September 2010, and I could have done with a second practice run to familiarise myself with the pace. Nevertheless, in the afternoon I managed second in class to Paul Jones in his Elise 135R so was fairly satisfied. My Elise ran well and its 200BHP made up for my lack of experience here. My start was excellent – 2.36 at 64ft and my finish speed over the line was best in class – 92, but speed into the Esses (77) was slower than others were doing so tomorrow I’ll try and be braver there and also try to get to Kennel quicker.
This was round 31 of the HSA Championship and my time was a new HSA class record, which will have earned me 16 points ( I couldn’t score maximum points as there were not enough HSA people in the class). My lowest score at the moment is a 14 so I can drop that and add 16 to my total giving me 140 points. Whether this is enough to keep me in the top five only time will tell as I don’t know what other people scored.
Anyway, here are some photos.
Next event… tomorrow, back at Shelsley Walsh. Can’t wait!
And here’s a link to my blog from 19 September 2010 should you be interested.