A Banbury driver undertaking his first competitive Chateau Impney Hill Climb has won the inaugural event in Droitwich.
Jack Woodhouse claimed the title after completing the new 1,000-yard course in just 42.42 seconds in front of almost 10,000 spectators.
The hill climb was the culmination of a weekend-long event from July 11-12, and the 25-year-old’s win was also a double celebration as his father Mark also won his class in a time of just 45.71.
Mr Woodhouse said: “It feels pretty special to be the first winner of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb. While I am now a resident of Banbury, I actually grew up just up the road from Chateau so it was a bit of a home event for me.
“It’s been great to be part of something new and even more so as my dad was also competing and my family has been here watching. I aim to be back next year, as long as the invite comes, and have a crack of defending my title!”
The Chateau saw the return of motorsport to the venue after an almost 50-year hiatus. Based on the sprint events held there between 1957 and 1967, this year’s showing saw more than 200 pre-1967 cars descend to Droitwich to take part on the day which has been hailed as a huge success.
An exciting and diverse array of cars took part in the event, including the Fiat S76, pre-war Grand Prix Bugatti Type 35s and a historic Monaco-winning Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B. The event also featured an air display, trade village with more than 60 exhibitors and a Concours d’Elegance.
Jack’s father Mark added: “I am obviously delighted to win my class but I am absolutely thrilled that Jack’s driven so well over the weekend and secured the fastest time of the day - what an honour.
“It’s a nice local event just down the road for us, and it’s been fantastic to have a hill climb on. It’s been absolutely wonderful - we couldn’t praise the event any higher.”
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