Mourant pipped at the post
JERSEY driver Jason Mourant was pipped to the line in both rounds of the British National Hill Climb Championship yesterday at Bouley Bay.
Mourant was edged out narrowly both times by championship leader Trevor Willis, but the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Club member did have the satisfaction of being the fastest qualifier for both championship run-offs – clocking 38.19 seconds in round 17 and 38.15s in round 18.
Willis, who holds the course record of 36.48s – achieved in 2016 – roared up the hill to win the run-offs in times of 37.42s and 37.69s respectively with Mourant clocking 37.64s and 38.00s.
Two class records were achieved on the day, Jersey’s Graham du Feu reducing his historic bikes up to 500 cc time from 50.18s to 50.08s, while Guernsey’s John Dunn beat his previous time of 46s, the new mark being 45.44s in the Road Going Series Production Unlimited class.
Jersey biker Oli Holmes was the fastest on both runs in the motorcycles 351 to 500 cc class in times of 44.08s and 43.98s respectively.
Lee Le Feuvre chased hard with efforts of 44.29s and 44.78s while Dan Lagadu, in a competitive 17-rider class, was also on Holmes’ tail registering times of 44.82s and 44.77s.
The next rounds of the National Hill Climb Championship are in Guernsey on Saturday.