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Chris Jones scores British Sprint Championship Points

Chris Jones continued the Force TA's impressive 1st Season with 2 British Sprint 1100cc Class records and a pair of British Sprint Championship Top 12 Run Off points scores with a sixth and seventh place on Anglesey's International and National circuits over the October 14/15 week-end.

This completes the TA's first season which saw Jones(BSC) and Darren Gumbley (BHC) both appear in Top 12 Run Offs and all three drivers (including Chris Bennett) score 1100cc Class wins in the car.

15/10/2017
Chris Jones (Force TA) in wet practice at Anglesey - Philip Williams

Jack Cottrill heads Force 1-2-3 at MAC Curborough

Jack Cottrill made it a double FTD on the cross over course at the MAC event. Darren Gumbley and Micheal Andrews chased Jack hard to complete a Force 1-2-3

08/10/2017
Jack Cottrill storms to Double FTD

Jack Cottrill speeds to FTD at HSA Curborough

Jack Cottrill stormed to FTD by almost 3/4sec in his Force PT at the HSA sprint at Curborough on the 7th October.

07/10/2017

Darren Gumbley FTD at Prescott Autumn Classic Hillclimb

Darren Gumbley took FTD at the season finale at Prescott in the Force TA Kawasaki.

A super result for Darren in an 1100cc Racing Car

30/09/2017
Darren Gumbley and FTD Trophy

Loton Park Hillclimb British Hillclimb Championship

Loton park was a disappointing end to a season that had seen such major steps in both performance and reliability.

Electronic problems raised their ugly head and stopped Will Halls push for 3rd place in the championship and despite Lee Penn trying to cure the problems remotely it was decided to withdraw the car early.

Darren Gumbley in his Force TA set a personal best in the ultra competitive up to 1100cc class where just over a second can make a 10 place difference!!

24/09/2017

Doune British Hillclimb Championship

On the 2nd visit of the year to Doune, Will Hall had a strong and steady meeting with two 3rd places. With one more British round left 3rd places is looking hard to achieve but Will we keep pushing hard.

17/09/2017

Force TAs take Shelsley double

At Shelsley Walsh's Autumn Speed Finale meeting on September 16/17 2017 the new Force TAs scored a Class double.

On the Saturday Chris Jones won the 1100cc Racing Car Class, set a new HSA Class record and was second FTD with a 27.49s run.

On the Sunday Darren Gumbley, in the sister car, managed an almost mirror result by winning the Class with a 27.36s and being second FTD!

17/09/2017
Chris Jones leaves the line at Shelsley Walsh (Chris Bennett)

Forces at the Palace

Gary Thomas (Force PC) was present at Day 1 of the Motorsport at the Palace event on August 27th to defend his course record. However, with the track being unused for 16 months it was very green and dusty so record times were not going to be possible. Nonetheless Gary secured FTD with a 32.46s run.

Kevin Creaven was also present in his MV Agusta V8 powered Force PC and set the second fastest time of the day on his first run (33.83s) before a bent front wishbone forced his retirement.

01/09/2017
FTD at the Palace for Gary Thomas

Kevin Creaven's Force V8

Will Hall does it again at Gurston Down

Will Hall followed up his FTD at Shelsley Walsh by taking FTD at Gurston Down on August 27th. In winning the opening run-off, Will took his fourth win of the season and now lies third in the British Hillclimb Championship. 'I should have won the second one, too,' said the disappointed Midlander after an intermittent misfire had stemmed his pace through the ultra-fast Hollow Bend below the downhill start chute. The Force-AER turbo's engine picked up again and he was even able to match his earlier 150mph finish speed and salvage fourth place.

Tina Hawkes was also present and took a good third in the 1600cc Racing Car Class with her Force PC.

Unfortunately Alex Summers had a big accident in his DJ firestorm on the 1st timed runs and suffered several injuries, Force Racing Cars wishes him a speedy recovered and hope he is soon back battling for wins.

27/08/2017
Will Hall speeds to FTD

A fine third place for Tina Hawkes at Gurston (Martin Woolmington)

Hall takes a British Hillclimb win & FTD at Shelsley

Will Hall confirmed his and the Force WH's current good form at Shelsley Walsh on AUgust 12/13 for the British Hillclimb Championship double header.

On Saturday Will took the runner-up spot, whereupon the Force-AER's silencer packing promptly caught fire in the top paddock! That was still a better outcome than on his first run, when his front wing detached and he ran over it just before the finish line. Despite crossing the line at just 78mph, Hall still finished fifth.

On Sunday Will took fourth spot in the first run off but then finally set the best time of the weekend with a 23.21s to beat Scott Moran by over a quarter of a second and take his third win of the season. ''We had a few gearbox issues today,'' said Will, but it all came good in the end as we qualified top and took the win. I'm delighted!''.

Tina Hawkes also had a good result on the Saturday with a fine drive securing secured eighth place in the opening shoot-out, the Force PC - Suzuki driver exactly equalling the time set by Graham Wynn's Cosworth V8 powered Gould.

12/08/2017
Will takes the Esses at Shelsley (Paul Lawrence)

Jenkins' FTD at Harewood

At Harewood for the Yorkshire Speed Trophy Hillclimbon August 5th Morgan Jenkins took FTD in his Force PC with a 53.40s run.

07/08/2017
Morgan Jenkins at Farmhouse bend (Jerry Sturman)

Hall & Gumbley at Wiscombe

At the British Hillclimb Championship meeting at Wiscombe on July 30th Will Hall had a consistent week-end in the re-engined Force AER-WH finishing fourth and third in the two Top 12 Run Offs.

Darren Gumbley was the only 1100 class car to qualify for the Run Offs in his Force TA Kawasaki and finished 11th and 9th.

03/08/2017
Will Hall in wet Saturday practice (Nigel Cole)

Darren Gumbley scored BHC points in the Force TA (Nigel Cole)

Tina Hawkes takes Fastest Lady award at Loton

At the British Hillclimb Championship meeting at Loton Park on June 10/11 Tina Hawkes took the fastest lady award in her Force PC with a 48.58s time.

24/07/2017
Tina in the Force PC at Triangle (Jerry Sturman)

Al Mercer takes another FTD

Al Mercer took FTD at Loton Park in the supercharged Force LM sports car with the only sub 50's competition run of the day.

15/07/2017
Al Mercer on his way to FTD at Loton Park

Val des Terres British Hillclimb Championship

The British Hillclimb Championship moved to Guernsey for the next 2 rounds. This tricky hill which always has a strong local field and always has a good mix of cars vying for the top positions. This year was no exception, Will Hall in the WH/Xtec AER finished sixth in the 1st runoff but a split turbo hose meant he didn't qualify for the 2nd Runoff. The Force TA driven by Darren Gumbley and Martin Jones however did qualify for both runoffs. Martin finished 10th in runoff 1 to score the Force TA's first british championship point but not to be outdone Darren and Martin finished on exactly the same time to share 10th place in the 2nd runoff.

15/07/2017
Darren and Martin team photo

Bouley Bay British Hillclimb Championship

The British hillclimb championship moved onto Jersey on the 12th July. Will Hall finished 5th in the 1st Runoff but came through to take the win in the 2nd runoff by the narrowest of margins from local driver Jason Mourant who had secured his 1st ever runoff win earlier in the day. In the up to 1100cc class it was a tight battle between Darren Gumbley and Martin Jones who swapped the lead all day. Darren finally got the upper hand over his guest driver to take the class win in his Force TA.

15/07/2017
Will Hall and Jason Mourant share the spoils of victory

Jones makes British Sprint run off debut at Blyton

The new, for 2017, Force TA made it's first appearance in a British Sprint Top 12 Run Off at Blyton Park on July 8/9.

The Saturday event was held on the familiar Outer circuit and Chris Jones qualified 6th (winning the 1100cc Class easily) and went on to finish 7th in the Run Off.

The Sunday event was held for the first time on the tricky Eastern circuit and Jones again won the Class and qualified for the Run Off in an excellent fourth and went on to finish sixth.

10/07/2017
Chris Jones in the TA at Blyton

Guyson Scottish Hillclimb Championship

Ross Napier maintained his lead taking wins on both days at Fintray in his turbocharged Force PC, he even managed to be under the Hill record in practice.

With scores still to drop he could be heading for a perfect score!! we will keep you updated on Ross's progress.

09/07/2017

Al Mercer takes FTD and Track record at Curborough

Al Mercer proved that he is very much "King of Curborough" in a sports car when he lowered the sports libre record by an amazing 1.5's in the Force LM sports car. He now holds the over 1700cc sports libre records on all 3 course layouts.

09/07/2017
Al Mercer set track record at Curborough

Darren Gumbley at Harewood

Darren Gumbley was back out in his Force TA at Harewood following repairs and adjustments.

The car ran well and Darren set a PB for the venue at 54.20a in readiness for his trip to the Channel Islands.

04/07/2017
Darren Gumbley at Harewood (J Sturman)