The Chateau Impney course record was pulverised as a hard-fought three-way battle ensued for the fastest time of the day. It was Brabham BT21-B driver Martin Jones who reigned victorious as he took almost two seconds off the existing course record, set last year at the inaugural revived hillclimb event, following a 50-year absence.
The timed Sunday morning session saw a trio of drivers emerge as clear contenders for the Chateau Impney crown, with Callum Grant’s first run of the day in a Merlyn Mk 5/7 Formula Junior providing the catalyst for a day of drama. Taking to the testing course for his first ever hillclimb, the 21-year old from Bolton knocked almost one second off the existing course record of 42.42 seconds, with a time of 41.69.
Martin Jones then upstaged the youngster with a blistering drive, completing course in just 40.50 seconds – almost two seconds quicker than the time set by last year’s winner Jack Woodhouse.
“I was very surprised to win. I have been hill climbing for over 30 years but this is the first fastest time of the day I have secured,” said Jones, who is also currently leading the Bugatti Owners’ Club Championship. “I decided to be cautious in Saturday practice as it was a course I have never driven. But when the sun came out this morning, I thought this might be the best weather we will get today and I went for it,” Jones added.