WORCESTER driver Trevor Willis was crowned British hill climb champion for the second time after previously winning in 2012.

A traditional dastardly dowsing with buckets of water by fellow competitors following a day of constant rain did not dampen the spirits of Willis at Prescott Hill Climb near Cheltenham.

He took third and fifth places in rounds 29 and 30 of the championship in his OMS 28 Powertec single-seater racing car which gave him enough points to clinch the prestigious title.

Constant rain all day threw several lesser-powered machines into the mix for championship points in the run-off for the fastest cars.

Yorkshire’s Richard Spedding won both rounds in spectacular style in his diminutive GWR Raptor Mistral racing car.

Other drivers faired less well with several falling foul of the conditions to slide off the track resulting in costly damage.

Willis said: “I had a great start to the season and accumulated valuable points early on while fellow drivers Wallace Menzies and Will Hall were getting to grips with their cars.

"By continually scoring points steadily ever since I have managed to win this fantastic title.

“My thanks go to Steve Owen at OMS Racing Cars for building such a reliable and competitive car which has been faultless throughout and to my pit crew of young Sam Wilson and not-so-young Mike Fitzsimmons who have both supported me for many years.

“Credit must also go to the organisation here at Prescott and of course the marshals who have helped to run the event in such treacherous conditions.”