Longstanding Rivalry Spurred Grimwade On To Class 9 Win

Wednesday 20 July 2016

He might have been pitted against the other drivers in Class 9, but it was a rivalry with an ERA driver in another class that pushed Julian Grimwade to his class win at the Chateau.

“The ERAs are always close and I have a friendly rivalry with Nick Topliss, who was in Class 8. My first timed run was good and clean and I was very happy with it, but I knew Nick had made a mistake and could go quicker on the next run.”

READ MORE: Topliss takes Class 8 victory in borrowed ERA

Julian tried a few different things to go faster on his second run and ensure he stayed ahead of Nick. He ended up speeding too quickly into Raven’s Crest, going wide and losing nearly a second.

At the start of the day, Julian was confident of a win in his Frazer Nash Norris Special in the Pre-1940 Racing Cars over 3000cc class, but main rival Robin Tuluie, competing in the Menasco Pirate, gained on him dramatically.

“Robin did very well and caught up a lot from practice to the first timed run. I was pleased with my first run and thought it would be good enough to win the class, but I wasn’t sure. It’s a great competition, which everyone takes very seriously. Hopefully I’ll be pitted against Robin again next year!”

In the end, Julian secured the class win in a time of 44.98, beating Robin by just a quarter of a second but, just as importantly, half a second off Nick in ERA R4D.

  • Julian Grimwade, Frazer Nash Norris Special at Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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