David Gidden claimed his second class win in the Lotus 23B, with a time of 41.25, securing a new class record for the Pre-1968 Sports and Sports Racing Cars Class. He knocked off over half a second on his time from 2016.
There were struggles on the Saturday with the car, as explained by David Gidden. “Temperature and oil pressure good, usual practice start but no wheel spin. Odd, no time you think further as now on start line. Tried a bit more revs and again no wheel spin, over the bridge and misfire engine stuttering.”
David then went on to explain how they turned the weekend around to claim the class win!
“Roy Bury, from Paul Matty’s, had arrived early and already fitted a new rotor arm and plugs, we then did the coil for good measure. A sneaky practice start on the run down to the start and all seemed good. Pressure now on, no real practice to judge breaking points at full speed. Tyre warming and yes wheel spin, here we go! Many cars in Class 15 were already close to my previous best, so this run had to count.
“I am privileged to be invited to compete at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb. Class 15 is very competitive, maybe a 40-second run next time?”
David is ready for next year, so let’s see what happens…
The Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018 will be held on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.