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Capacity weekend at Loton Park Hill Climb

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Hagley Car Club hosted a 'Drivers School' at Loton Park Hill Climb, near Shrewsbury on Wednesday, where members of the public could drive the county's iconic course in their own cars, under supervision by a team of experienced instructors, who themselves are regular competitors.

Over thirty drivers took part in cars ranging from a 1930's sports tourer, through a classic Mini and Mazda MX5 to a Porsche Turbo. One participant, Will Gough, brought along his Ford Sierra Cosworth, saying: "As a regular competitor, this is an invaluable opportunity to learn the intricacies of this wonderful track as it is such a technical course and the advice and feedback from the instructors is simply excellent, other people simply want to 'have a go' at hill climbing, which is great."

Competition secretary of Hagley Car Club, Bill Pardoe, added: "There are several regular competitors here today who are taking advantage of the day to brush up on their skills for the coming weekend, when we host two separate one day meetings.

"A capacity entry has been received for both days, which will see a varied range of machines from Austin Sevens and Cooper 500s, through sports and saloon cars, right up to the very latest technology single-seater racing cars, so we are expecting a couple of very diverse and competitive days.

"As the season reaches its critical stages, the competition for championship points and standings will be fierce, as we are hosting rounds of the Service Hydraulics Speed Championship, the Allswage Hagley Members Championship, alongside classes for invited clubs from MG, Westfield, Aston Martin, 500 Owners, Austin Healey and Bugatti."

Practice and qualifying starts at 9am each day followed by two timed competition runs for all competitors in programme order with full commentary.

Further details and a full entry list can be found at www.hdlcc.com

PICTURED: Participants in the Loton Park Drivers School at Alberbury.

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