Class disqualification causes controversy for Tom at Harewood opener.
April 11th 2010 saw the racing season open at Harewood Hillclimb, and returning in his Peugeot 106 for the spring hillclimb event was Teamwoodspeed's Tom Hutchings.
Tom last took to the hill in 2009 when he competed alongside Paul Woodford who drove a Ford Ka rally car. However, things didn't go quite to plan, as Tom explains: "I'm using the 106 to get some experience while we finish the Ka Challenge Car we're building. But it would seem budget motorsport isn't all it promises to be!"
Half way through the meeting, eligibility scrutineers rendered Hutchings' campaign in the upto 1400 road modified class futile due to his choice of tyres. Competitors must adhere to MSA tyre lists in order to ensure a level playing field. The tyres on the Peugeot were not even good enough to make it onto the list, and unfortunately common sense and kind offers of legal tyres from fellow competitors were not enough to keep Tom in the class.
Paul Woodford, who joined Tom on the sidelines at the event said: "It was a real shame, as the scrutineer went round the paddock picking up on the smallest issues and upset a good few people's days, but it wasn't enough to stop Tom having a great event and setting a personal best time. Of course it's valuable time out on track in competition conditions which will come into play when he finishes his stage rally car!"
Thank you as always to Teamwoodspeed sponsors Rallyaround for the photo - see their website at www.rallyaround.co.uk for more photos from motorsport events across the UK.