Topliss Takes Class 8 Victory in Borrowed ERA

Friday 15 July 2016

While there was something borrowed, there was nothing blue about Nick Topliss on Sunday evening after his win in Class 8.

Having lent his own ERA to a fellow competitor, he took to the course in ERA R4D looking to better his second place finish from last year.

The competition day didn’t start well for Nick who was running four cars at the event.  

After problems with one of the cars and a seat in an unfamiliar ERA, he was left feeling a little unprepared in his quest for top spot in the Pre-1940 Racing Cars over 1500cc and up to 3000cc class.

“I didn’t have a good first run and the concern was if it rained at lunchtime, then I wouldn’t get chance to improve. But, you always travel in hope rather than arrive in disappointment!”

Hope turned to reality on Nick’s second run of the day. With R4D running smoothly and a good clean run up the hill with no mistakes and no clipped bollards, Nick clinched victory with a time of 44.40 seconds.

The run was good enough to see off his nearest rivals, Martin Spencer in the GN Spider 2 and Tony Lees in the AC/GN Cognac, and improve on the second place he secured last year in ERA R4A.

This year, R4A was driven by Tony Stephens. Nick lent him the car to help in his quest to compete in 250 events in an ERA. Chateau Impney was Tony's 249th event!

  • Nick Topliss, ERA R4D, at Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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