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Paul Howells sews up Hillclimb Championship

The final round of the Porsche Club National Hillclimb Championship was held at Prescott on 1st October.

Decidedly inclement weather made for very tricky conditions as the Hillclimb Championship joined the Porsche Club Speed Championship for their final round at this prestigious meeting. With a very strong entry, there was a large display of Porsches.

This was a one day event which is unusual for Hillclimb Championship. Every competitor was careful to start with but there were some respectable times recorded. In the morning practice runs everyone recorded a much better time on the second run. In the afternoon the first timed run was again better but due to long waiting periods the second runs were slower. The biggest problem was getting the car off the start line which seemed to remain wet and sticky all day. Paul Howells, 911RSR, was again the quickest but only just with Bob Mortimer in his 911RS initially quicker but a close second at the end. It was good to see Mel Spear 964 Cup car getting the third quickest time.

Peter Turnbull, GT3 Cup car, was obviously concerned in the wet and missed his second practice run but did a competitive time in the afternoon just a fraction slower than Mel Spear.

In the road going class Robert Lancaster-Gaye, GT2, was by far the quickest. In fact his first practice run was the overall quickest which shows it pays to drive your car to the meeting and get more practice! Simon Tarling, GT3, on his home hill was consistently quick and took the second place in class. It was also good to welcome David Strange back to the Championship with his 2.4 911S which recorded some competitive times.

We must thank all the competitors for an excellent and very competitive year.

Congratulations got to Paul Howells who can be confirmed as Porsche Club National Hillclimb Champion for 2016.

Terry Davison