Midland Championship comes to Loton Park

The first major event of the year at Loton Park Hill Climb, near Shrewsbury, this weekend, has attracted a full entry of some of the very best cars and drivers from across the country.

Several new machines and first time drivers will be making an appearance at this Spring event in a wide variety of sports, classic, saloon and racing cars, alongside entrants in the highly competitive Midland Hill Climb Championship.

Reigning Midland champion Rob Stevens will be defending his title in his Force SR4 Sports Libre car, together with championship runner-up Mike Turpin of Hereford in his supercharged Vauxhall VX220, while third placed finisher Tony Adams of Bridgnorth will be driving his all conquering Lotus Aldon Elise.

In the top racing car class, up and coming driver Will Hall in a Force beat 2012 British champion Trevor Willis, driving an OMS 28, by a mere one-hundredth-of-a-second to win the last round at Shelsley Walsh, so fierce competition is once again expected between them this weekend.

A special class for classic Mini Cooper cars, originally developed by Downton Engineering, will be held with close competition expected between the ten entrants.

The 1100cc racing car class sees nearly 20 entries with determined driver Chris Aspinall having recently shown the way in the very latest F1-inspired and fully aerodynamic Empire Wraith single-seater which will be seen at Loton Park in serious competition for the first time.

Around 25 examples of Lotus cars will be competing on both days as part of the Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship, including regular competitor Sarah Thorne in her newly acquired Lotus 340R, a radically designed and very rare car.

The class for production cars over 2000cc should see contrasts in driving style between the Porsches, Subaru Impreza, Ford Sierra Cosworth and Mitsubishi EVO cars, with Robert Lancaster-Gaye usually setting the pace in his Porsche 996 GT3.

Other local entrants include Paul Tinsley of Church Stretton in an Audi TT, Andrew Collins of Shrewsbury in a Renault Clio, Steve Morgan of Whittington in a Westfield, Carl Beamond of Telford in a Renault 5GT Turbo, Rebecca Manton of Shifnal in an MG Midget, Simon Radnor of Ludlow in a Sylva Striker and Richard Roberts of Shrewsbury in a Fisher Fury.

Practise and qualifying takes place on Saturday with timed competition runs in programme order with full commentary on Sunday including run off competitions for the fastest twelve cars taking place at the end of both morning and afternoon sessions. Further details can be obtained from the club’s website at www.hdlcc.com

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