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Thorite-sponsored racing team opens the season in style at Harewood Hill Climb

Thorite-sponsored racing team opens the season in style at Harewood Hill Climb

Friday 18th May 2012

Bradford-based Thorite, the UK's biggest distributor of pneumatic products and process systems, has entered its third year of sponsorship for Richard Vaughan, the company's Marketing Manager. Competing under the Racetec Motorsport Team banner, Richard was in the thick of the action in his OMS single seater during the opening round of the 2012 Sprint and Hill Climb season at the Harewood Open Speed Hill Climb, held at Harewood near Leeds on Saturday the 12th May.

Having solved early morning engine problems, Richard began a day-long challenge to beat his long-term adversary Graham Smith, at the head of a record field of 18 drivers in the 1100cc single seater class.

Throughout the event Richard lay second in the class behind Graham. The challenge culminated in Richard's charge at the final timed run of the day, when a minor off-track excursion unfortunately put paid to any chance of a win - and also gifted second place to Fergus Duncan by a mere 0.3 sec!

Richard wasn't disappointed with third place as the class competition was at its strongest for many years. His OMS PR was running so well that he bettered his previous personal best time, thanks to performance upgrades - which have been made possible by the continued financial support from the team's main sponsor Thorite, ably assisted by SIP compressors, FORCE industrial tools, Redashe hose reels, and Chicago Pneumatic (CP) air tools, who jointly support Racetec Motorsport.

Further success for the team came from Richard's son Matt, a student in Motorsport Management, who was making his first ever competitive drive in the OMS as part of his 21st birthday present. A delighted Matt finished the day 6th in class, beating many more experienced drivers, including the 2010 Northern Speed Champion. The Racetec Motorsport team will be in action again at Harewood's Jim Thompson Hill Climb on 3rd June.

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