PICK OF THE DAY THIS WEEKEND/Motor racing British hill climb championship Upper Sapey, near Droitwich

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Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb, situated in the Teme valley at Upper Sapey, Droitwich, Worcestershire, has been run over its original course since the first meeting in August 1905. On Sunday, 180 drivers will contest six competitions in 18 classes of car. One of the spectacles will be the class for Ferraris when 12 of the marque attempt the climb, ranging from a 2.4-litre version from 1973 to the latest 3.5-litre model. The highlights of the meeting are rounds of the British championship and the FIA International Challenge. This year's British series has been thrown open after the 1995 champion, Andy Priaulx, who was so effective last year, opted for a career on the circuits with Formula Renault. At least four drivers have realistic ambitions of taking the title. Before the seventh round at Shelsley Walsh, Patrick Wood, from Cheltenham, had a one-point lead from Roger Moran, of Ludlow, closely followed by Roy Lane, the Warwick driver who has won the championship three times, and Tim Mason, of Inkberrow. All four drive Pilbeams in the over 2,000cc class. The International Challenge is led by the local driver George Bewley, from Clifton on Teme.

How to get there: Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb, Upper Sapey, Worcestershire, is 10 miles west of Droitwich. Signposted from M5 at Worcester and Droitwich. Competition starts at 10.15am. Admission: pounds 6 adults, children under-14 free and includes parking and entry to seated trackside enclosures. Full commentary on each run and good spectating on the course. Practice takes place on Saturday from 9.45am. (Tel: 01886 853411).

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