EVENT REPORT: Test Day & Reg Philips Trophy Meeting
Scorching success at Shelsley Walsh
A brand new format for the weekend at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb has been declared a huge success by competitors and organisers alike.
For the first time ever, hosts Midland Automobile Club held a timed but non-competitive practice day for club members on Saturday, with free admission to the public to come along and watch the action.
Making her debut was local lady Anna-May Furness, of Abberley, who managed to squeeze in a lucky total of 13 runs in her Proton Satria on Saturday and was thrilled with the opportunity, then going on to compete in the Roadgoing Series Production Cars up to 2000cc Class on Sunday, ending up mid table.
Anna-May, said: “Having recently completed the driving school here I was amazed at how I could really put the instruction to good use in my first ever event and managed to produce consistent runs of 43 seconds.
“The car has run faultlessly and even sports some racy ‘go faster’ stripes which I simply love, but then to actually go on and attain a 42.82 second run in competition is absolutely brilliant and I have had a truly enjoyable, fun and memorable weekend in the company of such friendly people.”
Sunday was the Reg Phillips Trophy Meeting and another local driver making his debut was Elliott Hall, of Holt Heath, driving his Audi TT Coupe, who even managed to win his class, declaring: “As a relatively new club member I have spectated on many occasions and following untold banter and goading from regular Lotus Exige competitor and neighbour Paul Jones, I decided to have a go myself and have loved every minute of it!
“Being awarded ‘Novice Driver of the Day’ at the recent driving school I had the confidence to tackle the hill and have managed to hit my target time of 34 seconds, which also took the class win, so I am absolutely delighted and can’t wait for the next event and thanks must go to the organisers for this great meeting.”
The weekend also hosted championship drivers in Aston Martin cars and the Revington TR Register for Triumph cars, together with a dozen machines in the 500 Owners Association Championship, producing class wins for Tom Whittaker, Steve Small and Charles Reynolds respectively.
Other class winners included Andrew Webber in a Lotus Elan, Simon Radnor in a Sylva Striker, Simon Jones in a Westfield, Duncan Andrews in a Porsche Cayman, Luke Trotman in a Mallock, Clive Austin in an Empire Wraith, Chris Stone in a Porsche 911, Mike Tregoning in a Pilbeam MP88 and David Gidden in a Lotus 23.
MAC competition secretary Robin Webb, added: “We have received very positive feedback from competitors over the weekend with many taking an amazing dozen runs on Saturday, which is great value for money and gives them chance to try difference driving lines and set-ups on their cars in a more relaxed atmosphere, all of which has proved to be very popular indeed, so we hope to repeat this event again at some time in the future.“
The Sunday meeting took place in exceptionally hot conditions which didn’t favour the engines but certainly pleased the crowds, with drivers having three practice runs in the morning and then two competition runs in the afternoon, with Best time of Day going to Gary Thomas in his Force PC with a superb time of 27.87 seconds.”