Trevor Willis is toasting a first ever Hillclimb Championship win after taking the title fight to the wire in the last race at Loton Park.
The Wendover-based racer stormed to glory at the season finale of the Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Championship, a just reward for his determination to catch dominant triple champion Scott Moran over the course of the campaign.
The racer enjoyed a strong start to the season but was often eclipsed by Moran, who scored five run-off wins in a row early on to build himself a cushion over his Vale sparring partner.
The wins started coming for Trevor, though, who races an OMS 25, and he took the win he needed over Moran in the first run-off on the final day to seal the title.
Speaking after Sunday’s run-offs, Willis said he was ‘relieved’ to secure the title.
“I was so glad to take the title in the first run-off as I just couldn’t take the pressure anymore – it was getting too much!” he said.
“It all worked out brilliantly in the end and it was just an enormous relief to get it all out of the way in the second run-off. I knew it was a tough ask for Scott – particularly with the weather conditions playing such a strong part – but I still wasn’t going to feel home and dry until it was secured.
“I haven’t really thought ahead to next year all that much, but I’ll definitely be back to defend my title – it’ll be nice to have some free weekends for a while, though!”
Hillclimb sees drivers compete against the clock on an uphill course. It is one of the oldest forms of motorsport, since the first known hillclimb at La Turbie near Nice, France, took place as long ago as January 1897.