Season opener at Loton Park this weekend ...

The first events of the hill climbing motorsport season get under way at Loton Park Hill Climb, in Shropshire this weekend (16th & 17th April) and organisers Hagley Car Club has announced a capacity entry for both days.

The hill climb year runs from April until October and the picturesque venue at of Loton Park at Alberbury, near Shrewsbury is always a firm favourite with competitors and spectators alike, providing a testing and technical challenge against the clock, along the narrow track through the stately home’s deer park.

This being a club event, five-times British champion Scott Moran of Ludlow will have to wait until the following weekend when the national championships open at Prescott, near Cheltenham to launch his championship campaign for this year, while former co-driver and current champion Alex Summers, of Tenbury Wells, is awaiting delivery of his new car so he may have to wait even longer to start the defence of his title.

Several new car and driver combinations will be making their debut at Loton Park including Sean Toms, of Shrewsbury, with his Subaru Impreza WRX and Nigel Morris, of Wolverhampton in a Westfield Megabusa together with father and daughter combination Graeme and Becky Manton, of Shifnal, with their smartly re-vamped Fisher Fury sports car.

The two separate one-day events will also host members of the Reliant Scimitar Owners Club with renowned Shrewsbury driver Craig Hughes hoping to uphold the local honours in his class record holding Scimitar SS1.

Both days will see over 40 cars taking part in various categories of the Lotus Seven Club Championship that has attracted entries from across the UK.

A wide range of classic saloon and sports cars, together with modern hatchbacks and racing cars will be competing for points in both the Allswage Loton Park Championship for club members and the Service Hydraulics Speed Championship.

PICTURED:   Club member Bob Ridge-Stern with his class winning Lotus Elise at Loton Park.