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Dates: Saturday August 23rd (practice only) & Sunday August 24th
Times: Competition from approx. 1030 Sunday (practice from 0830 both days).
Admission: £6 Saturday and £10 Sunday for adults, accompanied under 15s free, free paddock entry, free parking.
• Huge entry, over 140 drivers
• The very best Speed Hillclimb drivers and cars in the country
• Exciting ‘Top 12 Run Off’ shoot outs for British Hillclimb Championship points
The Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship and Leaders Hillclimb Championship make their second visit of the season to Gurston on the August Bank Holiday weekend, with practice on the Saturday and competition including the thrilling Top 12 Run Offs on the Sunday. The very best drivers and cars in the land will be in attendance with a really high quality, near-capacity entry.
The battle at the top of the British Championship table sees reigning and four-time Champion Scott Moran (3.5 Gould GR61X V8) just ahead of 2012 champion Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS 28 V8), but Moran’s more powerful car ought to see him as one of the favourites to win at Gurston. And Scotsman Wallace Menzies, who won one of the two Run Offs at Gurston when the Championship visited in May could also be in with a winning chance again in the high revving 3.2 DJ Firestorm V8. Menzies was crossing the finish line at an unprecedented 160mph in May… It will be utterly spectacular.
Will Hall was the man on form in mid-season. Can he get the Force V6 to the top of Gurston faster than the big V8s? Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk
Fastest local driver is likely to be Tom New on this, his local hill where the power of his 4-litre Judd V8 propelled Gould GR55 will stand him in good stead. Tom currently lies in seventh place overall and he took a popular win at Shelsley Walsh back in June. Can he win again in front of his local fans?
With 22 classes featuring every kind of car from historic 500cc racing cars through to the modern hi-tech single seaters, and all manner of road-going and modified production cars and sports racing cars in between, there will be terrific variety to enjoy, and plenty of other local drivers to cheer on too.
You can’t get closer to the action that at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb, and with excellent catering and refreshment outlets on site everything is in place for a great value, exciting weekend of motorsport!
The meeting will kick off with roadgoing series production cars up to 2000cc and here Hannah Wiltshire (2.0 Renault Clio 172 Cup) will go head to head with Anthony Record (1.8 Proton Coupé).
In the class for roadgoing series production cars over 2000cc Tony Bunker (3.8 Nissan GT-R) and Simon Neve (2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6) look likely to be battling for the win, with Shaun Fudge (2.0t Subaru Impreza) fighting for a podium place with Andrew James (3.5 Nissan 350 GTS).
The rapid roadgoing specialist production machinery sees some fast entrants from around the country including father and son Allan and David Warburton in their 2.5 Caterham and Simon Jenks in his 1.6 Caterham Supersport. Fastest Gurston regular is likely to be Piers Thynne in his turbocharged 1.3 Westfield Megabusa.
The modified series production class up to 1400cc sees some sophisticated yet classic machinery with class record holder Jim White running his 16-valve 1.4 Austin Mini Clubman, this car probably pulling more rpm than just about any Mini you have ever heard before! Chasing him will be Neil Turner in his more conventional but still very quick 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’ and Andy Russell in his 1.1 Ginetta G15, interloping among the Minis.
Another local class record holder appears in the up to 2000cc modified series production car class as Keith Murray brings his awesomely fast turbocharged 1.4 litre Audi 80 Quattro. Keith lowered this class record by big chunks in 2012 and 2013, can he do it again? Also running in this class will be the current Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship leader Simon Purcell but Simon may find his 1.4 supercharged Lotus Exige short of power compared to the highly-developed Audi. Gurston’s comp. sec. Paul Webster also goes in his ‘For Sale’ 1.9 Mazda MX5.
Keith Murray’s Audi always raises the dust in one way or another! Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk
There’s even more power on tap in the over 2000cc modified series production saloon class with the potent 2.3 litre Mitsubishi Evo 5 of class record holder and former Gurston Champion Roy Barker returning to the fray again. Among those taking him on is Stephen Moore who is running his Janspeed Mitsubishi Evo 6 in the modified class rather than the usual roadgoing class in this event, and the very well-travelled Geoff Twemlow in his 2.1t Subaru Impreza..
Prepare for a proliferation of Porsches in the over 2000 modified series production sports car class, with Tim Painter and Andy Fraser heading the field in their gorgeous 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, Peter Turnbull goes in his similar car and Mark Walker runs his 3.4 Porsche Cayman S.
The combined modified specialist production class sees former Mini pilot Neal Masters (2.0 Westfield SEi) take on the over 2000cc class record holder Mike Rudge from Cwmbran (2.3 Westfield SEi), the latter a likely favourite here.
Onto the sports libre classes and we move into ‘sub-30 second territory’, which is to say, cars capable of ascending Gurston Down’s twists and turns in under 30 seconds from a standing start to a flying finish. The quickest car in the up to 2000cc class is likely to be the shared 1.3s Force LM of Gurston Championship sponsor Jonathan Gates and Peter Sexton, and the Hampshire duo will be fighting each other hard for the class win. Gurston’s Hon. Sec. Tim Pitfield fields his recently acquired 1.3 DJ Firecat again. And we hope to see the competition debut of one of two brand new, never seen before cars to hit the hills this weekend; the 1.3 supercharged Empire Evo of Gurston favourite Chris Cannell.
The over 2000c sports libre cars are quicker still, and class record holder Nic Mann from Compton near Newbury will run the amazing turbocharged, four-wheel drive Mannic Beattie with which he holds the current (sub-29 second…) class record. Some other tremendously quick drivers and cars run in this class though including joint British Hillclimb Championship sponsor Graham Wynn in his turbocharged 1.4 Force LM and perennial sparring partner Rob Stevens in his supercharged 1.4 Force SR4.
The single seater racing cars are next with John Forsyth out first in his historic 500cc Alfa Dana. And he will be followed by the modern 1100cc racing cars, with a very high quality class including two examples of the one of the most recent cars to take to the hills, the Empire Wraiths of Simon Fidoe and Phil Cooke. Simon Andrews (1.0 OMS 28), Darren Gumbley (1.0 Force PT) and Olivia Cooper (1.0 Force HC), who won here in May are sure to feature strongly too.
Regular visitors to Gurston from Jersey are father and son team Brian and Adrian Moody who once again run their iconic 1.6 Ralt RT3 in the pre-1986 racing car class, and Les Buck’s Formula Ford Lotus 61FF is amalgamated with them.
The 1600cc racing car class is also full of talented drivers and quick cars. Richard Spedding currently heads the Hillclimb Leaders Championship in his well-developed 1.6 Force PC, and among the Gurston regulars who will be hoping to spoil his party are Peter D. Smith and Richard Gaylard in their shared 1.6 Force. And making it a busy weekend for Bill Chaplin’s Empire Racing Cars concern, 2013 Gurston Top Ten Challenge winner Ed Hollier will debut his brand new 1.6 Empire.
The up to 2000cc racing car class sees two of the quickest drivers in hillclimbing today, Alex Summers in his supercharged 1.3 DJ Firehawk and Jos Goodyear in his supercharged 1.3 GWR Raptor heading the field. Goodyear snatched Summers’ class record in May this year so the competition will be particularly fierce here! Paul Haimes (1.3t Gould GR59) will be aiming to get into the thick of it here too.
1600cc and 2000cc racing car class record holder Jos Goodyear stunned with his speed in the 1.3s GWR Raptor in May. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk
In the over 2000cc racing car class all the country’s leading protagonists will be running including class record holder and reigning British Hillclimb Champion Scott Moran (3.5 Gould GR61X) and his father Roger, 2012 champion Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS 28), Wallace Menzies (3.2 DJ Firestorm), the fastest man ever over the Gurston finish line, and the mid-season man on form Will Hall in his 3.5 Force V6.
After the feverish pace of the ‘big racing cars’ there’s time to draw breath as the Historically Interesting cars take to the track (no slight intended on their relative pace!), and Hugh Kemp tops the order in his lovely 1.6 Palliser WDF3, and there are plenty of other gorgeous cars to admire in this class too.
The BARC SW Centre members (B-licence holders) class is a special class essentially for regular Gurston club members who do not yet have a ‘National A’ status competition licence, and it’s very well supported at this event, featuring all manner of cars from roadgoing to racing single seaters. New to the sport this season, Pete Hammock runs his 1.6 OMS CF04 and could well be looking at his first Gurston trophy at the end of the weekend.
The entry rounds off with two more special classes for the SBD Hillclimb and Sprint Association’s Speed Championship. In the saloons and sports car class, record holder Colin Satchell will be hard to beat in his heavily modified 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi . And in the sports racing and racing car class John Opie is another returnee in the 2.0 Ralt RT3 he shares with John Burton.
There will be an exciting Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb Championship ‘Top 12 Run Off After each of Sunday’s two class runs. The first Run Off is scheduled just before the lunch break and the second will be the thrilling end of the afternoon climax to the meeting.
The competition runs begin at approximately 1030 on Sunday morning after final practice has been completed, but a visit during Saturday practice will enable a close look at all the cars so that you won’t miss a moment of the competition action on Sunday!
It promises to be a really spectacular meeting…
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