August at Shelsley Walsh

What a weekend and one that will stay in our memories for a long time!

It was all about qualifying for the Top Twelve Run-offs and included 3 drivers beating the current overall hill record set by Martin Groves 13 years ago!

In the first qualifying class runs, several drivers broke Will Hall’s class ‘L’ record and also dropped under 23 seconds with Alex Summers finally setting a new class record at 22.74 seconds thereby leading the qualifiers.

In the first run-off Dave Uren stopped the clock at 22.68, then Scott Moran at 22.64, before Wallace Menzies broke the outright hill record at 22.55 seconds. However, with the next car up the hill, just a minute later, Sean Gould did a 22.37 second run – the new outright hill record. With Alex still left to go, everyone held their breath - Alex stopped the clock at 22.52 for second place.

It was an amazing show for those spectating up the hill with great cheers being heard down in the paddock.

The second class runs and qualifying times were slightly slower but Dave, Sean and Wallace all still achieved sub 23 second runs.

The first car up for the second run-off was Nicola Menzies in the same car that Martin Groves set his records in 2008 and that Nicola now shares with Dave Uren.

Nicola stopped the clock at 24.70 seconds – a new outright Ladies record, beating the existing record achieved by Sue Young that had stood since June 2007.

Having qualified fourth, in the second run-off Scott Moran recorded 22.68 and that proved to be the winning time with Wallace on 22.74, Dave 22.98 and Sean only 23.02 in fourth, followed by Alex and Trevor Willis.

For setting a new outright Ladies record and with Wallace being the first to break Martin’s hill record husband and wife duo Nicola and Wallace were jointly awarded the Midland Championship ‘Man of the Meeting’ award! Yes, it’s about time we updated the title of that award!

Earlier in the class runs Lee Griffiths broke his own record in K(iii).

Overall, even though Paul Howells missed the last weekend due to racing commitments at Le Mans, Paul still just leads the Championship ahead of Ash Mason and David Warburton.

However, I predict that bonus points for class records will be the deciding factor at the end of the season.

Bill - 20/08/21

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