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Howells Clinches Championship Title with Loton Park Win

The 10th and final round of the Hillclimb Championship started at Loton Park with the forecast of rain. Understandably the first practice was damp and very slippery. Everyone was cautious, except Robert who put in a blistering run to open the weekend. There were three practice runs. All of which were damp and slippery.

Race day started a couple of degrees colder than practice, with a wet track. There was steady rain with standing water. The first timed runs saw Robert Lancaster-Gaye fastest in the road class with Simon Tarling a long way behind in 2nd and Ross McDonald less than a second behind Simon. Paul Howells was fastest in Class 1, with Tim Barber just over one and a half seconds behind and David Hilton less than a second behind Tim. By mid-morning the rain had stopped and there was hazy sunshine. It looked like the fastest times would be set in the afternoon.

The afternoon started and once again rather predictably, as the Porsches readied themselves for the second timed run; the rain started in a brief but heavy shower. Robert again dominated Class 2, (the road class) with a 62.71 second climb; very respectable in the conditions. Simon managed to narrow the gap slightly recording a 68.64, with Ross 3rd extracting good wet performance from the early car and dipping under 70 seconds with a 69.57 second run.

In Class 1, Tim set a very respectable 59.95 second time. David was not able to match Tim’s time in the tricky conditions setting a time 5/100th faster than his morning time with a 62.34 second run. Paul had the pressure on to produce a fast run and he did not disappoint. The final run of the day saw Paul Howells record a 58.16 second climb, giving him first place in  Class 1 and confirming him as Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club National Hillclimb Champion 2018.