Banbury driver races home to win Chateau Impney Hill Climb

Jack Woodhouse pictured with his dad Mark after their wins at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Droitwich. Picture by Mike Baker. NNL-150716-171043001
Jack Woodhouse pictured with his dad Mark after their wins at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Droitwich. Picture by Mike Baker. NNL-150716-171043001

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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