Andy prepares to defend title
DOWNEND driver Andy Laurence has picked up two awards at the annual ceremony held by Bristol Motor Club.
In the awards on February 5 Andy was declared "King of Combe" for setting the fastest time relative to the class record at the two sprints held at Castle Combe Circuit, helped by a new record at the final event.
He was also awarded the Vincenzo & Sons Bristol MX5 Champion title.
Andy scooped the award by scoring the most points over a 10-round season.
The award features a model of a 1951 Watkins Nash racing car, constructed when the car was new.
It was previously awarded to the winner of the final round of the British Hillclimb Championship at Dyrham Park and includes the names of many top British drivers.
Andy starts his title defence at Castle Combe circuit on March 23 and Voice readers are invited.
Entry is free for spectators and the event features a huge variation in racing cars, from Andy's humble MX5 to Heather Calder's amazing Gould GR55 single seater, powered by an F1 engine. Joining Andy at the sprint from Downend will be Josh Long and James Hurford in their MX5s and Alex Millard in his Sylva Stylus, which has been heavily modified over the winter with a new aerodynamics package.
Other local favourites include Garry Hendy, sharing James Hurford's MX5, and Charles Alexander, in his modified Rover 100, from Fishponds.
Paul and Curtis St George, from Staple Hill, are sharing their immaculate MX5, prepared by Car Paint Medics in Brislington.
Steven Adams of Pucklechurch will be driving his stupendously fast Subaru Impreza in the Unlimited class.