2015 saw the second year of the Tregrehan Speed Hillclimb Academy. Following feedback from the first year competitors, and with the kind agreement of our friends at Camel Vale Motor Club and Newquay Auto Club, we were able to offer eight academy rounds. As well as the four rounds at Tregrehan in June and October, academy members were also able to compete at Castle in July and the Treloy Sprints in August and September at the same subsidised entry rate.
Once again before the first event in June, TDMC organised a mentoring session at Bradley Motors, Scorrier to discuss paperwork and car preparation, and hill walks at both Tregrehan and Castle. Unfortunately, due to access restrictions, Treloy could not be visited except on the actual event days. Our thanks to David Robertson-Wells, Mr and Mrs Hudson and South West Water for access to these venues.
The fifteen new speed competitors from the academy lined up with experienced hillclimbers in June. The mentors and Andrew Dinner were on hand to answer any queries and concerns, and such is the camaraderie amongst competitors, everyone competing made our academy members most welcome at their first event.
After the practice runs, everyone was able to improve on the times they set throughout the weekend. The Castle events were a tale of two contrasting days. The Saturday was fine throughout, but Sunday proved to be very wet and challenging for old and new competitors alike. Treloy also had its challenges, but everyone took them in their stride as their experience and confidence grew with each run taken.
Once all the times were analysed, the best improver, and winner of the Treburley Garage Trophy 2015, was Liam Brokenshire. Our congratulations to Liam, and all the academy members, for making this year another very successful one. Photos by Dave Brenton of Liam receiving the championship award from David Richards and the 2015 academy group with David Richards outside The Alverton at our awards lunch. We look forward to welcoming a new group of competitors for 2016. More info on our website here: www.trurodmc.co.uk
report by Jeremy Thomas