The Aylesbury driver had a definite goal. To make in-roads into Scott Moran’s series lead in his absence. With Jos Goodyear setting an electifying pace in the fleet GWR Raptor Extreme during practice some pundits were speculating on further new records for him, to add to the brace achieved in the Channel Islands.
But Trevor Willis was very much ‘in the zone’ with the OMS 25 Powertec when it came to the first qualifying run with a climb of 34.01 seconds to break Adam Fleetwood’s record which has stood since 2004. With the knowledge that the car would perform to that degree Trevor then took ten points from the first run-off which was severely interupted whilst Oliver Tomlin was extracted from his Pilbeam MP97 following contact with the barriers at Bunny’s Leap. Goodyear and Menzies took second and third.
The second Top 12 Run-off brought excitement from a number of quarters. A committed climb by Jos Goodyear saw the Raptor cutting every bend and corner possible in a bid to claim maximum points following Menzies curtailling his attempt with a big spin on the exit of Sawbench.
The DJ Firestorm finishing broadside across the track with the nosecone perilously close to a substantial tree. Goodyear stopped the clocks at 34.26 seconds. Willis was last to run and robbed twelve hundredths of a second from Goodyear on the dash to Wis Corner. At the Esses the margin was approximately one quarter of a second and by the finish line it was a further ten points in the bag and another new hill record with a stunning run which saw the OMS driver following Goodyear’s example in cutting across kerbs and grass at every opportunity to net a 33.92 climb.
Willis left east Devon having usurped Moran’s lead with the championship battle well and truly on.
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