Houston Clinches Round 1 Victory at Croft!

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Round 1 of the Anicc Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship took place on Saturday 13th April. This event had a massive entry of cars with the event selling out in less than 3 days from the entry’s opened, which is proving how popular the championship is becoming.

There were many well-known names and ex champions entered which was to make it an exciting day as to who would come out on top of the timesheets!

The first timed run Graham Thompson set the fastest time, Chris Houston second and Richard McGimpsey 3rd with 0.6 of a second splitting them it was to be close on times all day. The smaller racing cars of George Stevenson, Ryan McGimpsey and Trevor Roberts where very close to the top, the tight nature of the course suiting the small nimble Jedi racing cars of class 14 and mixed in between them was the radicals of Gerard O’Connell and Alan Cassells. Chris Houston pulled a blinding second run and of 33.93 which was to be the fastest run of the day, Graham Thompson had a driveshaft issue on this run and Richard McGimpsey also went faster but Chris had the Edge to stay ahead. The rest of the top 10 all went faster, with Roger Gage coming into the mix with his Maguire Mini. Graham Thompson Got his driveshaft fixed for run 3, he went faster than his previous first run but it wasn’t enough to take the victory as Chris Houston’s 2nd run time still was unbeaten, Richard McGimpsey also went marginally quicker on his last run, but it wasn’t enough. Steven Hawthorne had a great last run to break into the top 10 in his Westfield. Alan Cassells and Gerard O’Connell both went quicker on the last run, but Gerard had the edge over Alan with 0.5 of a second splitting the similar cars. This being Alans 3rd event in this car it will be interesting to watch how the season unfolds, if he can catch the 2018 champion Gerard.

The Modified Saloon championship, Roger Gage finished 9th overall and fastest saloon , 2nd fastest saloon was Oliver Cormican in his Evo and Alan Jardine in 3rd.

The Roadgoing Saloon championship , again very close with most of the places going to class 2A drivers, fastest was Andrew Robb in his M3, Andrews First Hillclimb in this car I believe, He certainly will be shaking things up this year, 2nd was Michael McAllister and 3rd David Gibson, both in immaculate Mk2 Escorts.

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The Classes

Class 1 was won by Garry McClurg , 2nd was James Schofield and 3rd was Alan Wallace

Class 2A was won by Andrew Robb , 2nd was Michael McAllister and 3rd was David Gibson

Class 2B Mazda MX5 Challenge our new class for this year was won by Paul Magill, Ian Lancashire 2nd and Kevin McNamee in 3rd

Class 3 was won by Philip Cardy with Michael Wilson in 2nd

Class 5 was won by Phil Dorman , Richard Munnis in 2nd with Gardiner McIlwaine in 3rd

Class 6A was won by Gordon Fogarty, Gary Milligan in 2nd and Stephen Harvey in 3rd

Class 6B was won by Steven Robb, Colin Dynes in 2nd and Graham dyes in 3rd

Class 7 was won by Steven Hawthorne with brother David in 2nd.

Class 8A was won by Roger Gage

Class 9A was won by Garry Campbell with Neil Dugan in 2nd

Class 9B was won by Gerard O’Connell with Alan Cassells 2nd

Class 10 was won by Alan Roddy

Class 11 was won by Stewart Strain with Daniel Campbell in 2nd and Raymond Spence in 3rd

Class 12 was won by Oliver Cormican

Class 14 was won by George Stevenson, Ryan McGimpsey in 2nd and Trevor Roberts in 3rd

Class 15 was won by Chris Houston , our overall winner , Graham Thompson in 2nd and Richard McGimpsey in 3rd

Class 16A was won by Gerry McGarrity, Trevor Mcllroy in 2nd and Ian Paget in 3rd

Class 16B was won by Alan Jardine with Robert McGimpsey in 2nd

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Top 10

1st Chris Houston 

2nd Graham Thompson 

3rd Richard McGimpsey 

4th Gerard O’Connell 

5th George Stevenson 

6th Ryan McGimpsey

7th Alan Cassells

8th Trevor Roberts

9th Roger Gage

10th Steven Hawthorne

We now look forward to our next event at Drumhorc Hillclimb now on the 27th April with entry’s still available on the rallyscore website; https://www.rallyscore.net/#/entry-form/238?trailertek-Drumhorc-Hillclimb

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

RMS Forum Comments

Captain Starlet 09:08 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
@Graham are you doing an article on the first round?
Graham 09:26 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
| @Graham are you doing an article on the first round?
@Cooper has it and all, yes
Captain Starlet 10:45 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
| @Cooper has it and all, yes
Good job, I had to leave early, I didn't want to disturb you when the timed runs started or I would have chatted for a bit.
KeithSRi 10:50 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
What are the rest of the dates? Or am i blind and not seeing them.
Graham 13:05 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
| What are the rest of the dates? Or am i blind and not seeing them.
@Cooper hasn't included them for some reason
midgelfc 13:07 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
| @Cooper hasn't included them for some reason
Any idea when the other dates are going to be, i always miss this by one day! Only live round the corner from it now, so would be good to spectate
Graham 13:12 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
| Any idea when the other dates are going to be, i always miss this by one day! Only live round the corner from it now, so would be good to spectate
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Graham 13:14 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
On the RMS Blog: Round 1 of the Anicc Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship took place on Saturday 13th April. This event had a massive entry of cars with the event selling out in less than 3 days from the entry's opened, which is proving how popular the championship is becoming. (Read the Full Article Here) https://rmsmotoring.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IMG_4394.jpg Read the Entire Article Here
midgelfc 13:19 | Mon 15 Apr, 2019 | Report
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Thanks Graham, looks like my trend for missing it by one day will continue, i'm in London that weekend :(


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