Round 2 of the Bugatti Owners Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place over two days at Prescott Speed Hillclimb on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April.
The weekend played host to the top two national hill climb championships with both the British & Midland series’ taking place. With over 180 cars on the program ranging from the single seaters capable of climbing the hill in 35 seconds to the FASSI Classics, there was something for everyone in the large crowd to enjoy.
The FASSI Classic field was an eclectic mix as usual with some new drivers joining us for the first time, with Peter Cooper in his works rally Austin Allegro, Ian Beattie with the Jaguar XK120 & Piers Thynne in the sky blue Mini Cooper S drawing particular attention.
The competitive timed runs took place from mid-morning on Sunday with a rapidly drying track producing some competitive times.
Saloon Car Class honours went to reigning King of the Hill Stephen Akers in the Mini Cooper S, with Scuderia FASSI favourite John Barber’s Fiat Abarth 850TC Nurburgring in second. Alistair Clark was the only other driver to come in under his handicap time to take third spot in the Triumph Vitesse MK2.
Pre-race Sports Car Class favourites Ben & Tim Cross sadly suffered a broken gear box in the MG Midget during practice, so the field was wide open. Debutant Henry Mitchell duly stepped up in the Clan Crusader to take top slot from the flying Garry Cox in the Scimitar Coupe & Ian Beattie in the Jaguar XK120.
The Racing Car Class featured the diminutive Buckler Ballamey Special driven to a class win by Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher. Second in class was Peter Thurston in the Mallock Mk4 who also recorded the fastest time of the day in the FASSI Classic at 45.09s. Mike White took third place in the MG Special.
Scuderia FASSI drivers Dave Fripp & Leigh Carter put in a solid mid table drive with Dave picking up sufficient points to be in Fourth position in the championship after two rounds.