Thorne Gets Back on Form at 2016 Event for Class 13 Win

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Last year?s Chateau Impney Hill Climb was a mechanical nightmare for Malcolm Thorne, but 2016?s event propelled him to great heights in Class 13.

“Last year I started in a Lotus BRM 24 and ended up switching to the Lotus Buick, due to technical problems. I even had to switch class! It meant I only really had one shot at the hill and finished close to bottom. Having four clean shots at the hill this year was fantastic,” said Malcolm.

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This year, Malcolm entered the Pre-1961 Sports and Sports Racing Cars over 2200cc category in the Lotus Buick. Looking at the cars in the class, including a number of Ferraris and Jaguars, and the experienced drivers, Malcolm didn’t feel he stood a chance. But his main rival was definitely last year’s class winner, Tony Bianchi in the Farrallac.

Malcolm managed to beat Tony’s 2015 class record of 46.12 on his first run and then shaved a few fractions of a second of his time on his second run, winning the class in a time of 43.88 seconds and setting a new class record.

  • Malcolm Thorne, Lotus Buick at Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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