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Richard's climbing fast thanks to Thorite

Richard's climbing fast thanks to Thorite

Friday 20th August 2010

Bradford-based Thorite, the UK’s biggest distributor of pneumatic products and process systems, is sponsoring its Marketing Manager Richard Vaughan as he contests the 2010 Championship Series at Harewood Speed Hillclimb.

Richard (56) moved up this year from a self built Lotus 7 inspired sports car to a single seat OMS PR racing car, and he’s already reaping the benefit of his new car’s extra speed and grip, having gained a second in class at the recent Yorkshire Speed Hillclimb meeting held on August 7th.

Richard, who lives in Wilsden, is delighted with his increased performance and said: “The challenge of speed hillclimbing is to drive the course in the fastest possible time, finding the quickest lines through each corner. Harewood has the longest permanent hillclimb tack in the UK at 1448metres, which gives spectators great opportunities to see the car in its distinctive Thorite branding. I’m particularly grateful for the financial help I’ve received from the company, as although hillclimbing is considered a “grass roots” form of motorsport there are still expenses involved, such as new tyres at £800 per set! Hopefully my success this year will allow me to branch out in 2011 and attend other hillclimb tracks around the country, enabling the Thorite name to be even more widely seen.”

Three rounds of the Harewood Championship have still to take place this year and will be held on August 29th, September 18th and September 19th. Richard will contest all three and will be looking to improve on his already excellent form. His car carries an on-board video camera and film can be viewed in our videos section.

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