Tod O’ Donoghue had seen Alan Rault snatch his historic bike class record with 58.05 sec on the second run but he fought back on the last run of the day to clock 57.68.In the historic car class no one could get close to the record holder Steve Hewlett in his Austin Healey – he beat his record on all four of the official runs with the time eventually lowered to 54.69.In the production sports car class Mark Le Lay reduced his own record to 46.08 while Ian Brandon set his personal best in his brand new Caterham Seven.
The 1,100 cc racing car class once again saw a great battle between Mick Lancashire and Richard Twinam.
On his second run up the hill Lancashire punched the air as he saw the finish line clock display 44.16 – a tenth of a second inside his own record.What he didn’t know, however, was that Twinam, who left the startline just before him, had raced up the hill in 43.80.
Lancashire hid his disappointment and was one of the first to congratulate Twinam on a great drive.
There were numerous thrills and spills throughout the day as competitors pushed their machines to the limit.
Neil Wakeling and Christina Holley were both lucky not to damage their cars when they spun at Radio Corner.
Graeme Holley was not so lucky when the back end of his March racing car got away from him.
He tried to carry on with one of the silencers and the rear wing lying in the road behind him.Len Amy did his first ever 44 sec run on only his first official run.
He matched the feat on his second run but perhaps got too confident on the third run and ended up in the scenery at Les Platons Corner.