Willis’s title defence back on track

Reigning Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Champion, Trevor Willis, continued his recent run of good form to take two second place finishes at Harewood Hill this weekend as he continues to keep current leader, Scott Moran, within his sights.
Following on from a strong weekend at Doune, where he took a double victory, Willis qualified third for the first of the weekend’s two run-offs, which took place on a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon.
The Wendover-based racer made an instant impact when he took to the hill, breaking the hill record with a time of 49.07 seconds. His provisional first place was short-lived however, as Scott Moran went even better, sealing his 105th run-off win with a time of 49.02 seconds, demoting Willis to second.
In the late afternoon sun, the track began to cool, with times across the board being markedly slower than earlier in the day. Willis powered his OMS 25 up the 0.900-mile hill in a time of 49.91 seconds, which was enough to place third overall behind Scott and Roger Moran.
Reflecting on the Harewood weekend and the opening half of the 2013 season, Willis declared himself happy with the current situation, saying, “I think we’re roughly where we expected to be – of course you always want to be faster, but I’m happy and results are certainly on the up.
“I think the weather played a role in the results this weekend, though at one point I did think it was actually too hot to get a good result! I think the speed that people showed, particularly in the first run-off, was a combination of the track conditions but also just a result of quite how competitive the field is and how hard everyone was pushing out there.
“In terms of the championship, I’ve really got to grips with the changes and upgrades we made to the car over the winter break and we’ve overcome the early teething problems. The double win at Doune made a big impact on the championship standings and was just what I needed.”
The Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Championship now heads to the Channel Islands for two weekday rounds. The first event will be held at Bouley Bay in Jersey on Wednesday, July 17, with the second meeting taking place on Friday, July 19, at Val des Terres, Guernsey.