Class 10 Win for Chateau Rookie de la Roche

Friday 15 July 2016

Chateau Impney rookie Peter de la Roche snatched Class 10 victory from last year?s winner, Mark Riley.

Driving the Cooper Mk V in the From 1946 to 1967 Racing Cars up to 500cc class, Peter was very happy to get into the 44s on his second run, finishing in a time of 44.71 – just over two seconds away from the inaugural course record.

“After my first run, in 45.31, I thought I was in with a chance of winning the class, so I just carried on!”

READ MORE: Class 16 win for first-time hill climber Callum Grant

Racing’s in the blood for Peter, who comes from a family of keen historic motorsport competitors. At just eight years old, Peter couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel and started racing karts. As soon as Peter could start competing in historic events, his dad Richard entered him into three different 500cc speed events, where he emerged victorious in all but one.

In 2015, Peter entered the prestigious 500OA race championship, where he led all of the races and won all but two due to engine problems – a fantastic achievement for his debut season. He then tasted victory at the Goodwood Revival, and was awarded the Earl of March trophy by Stirling Moss himself.

At Chateau Impney this year, Peter beat Mark Riley, in the Creamer Special, by just over a second, and was two seconds ahead of Mark’s class-winning time from 2015.

  • Peter de la Roche, Cooper Mk V, at Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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