Best of British at Gurston Down!

Key Info

Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow event signs.
Dates: Saturday August 29th & Sunday August 30th (practice only Saturday)
Times: Practice from 0830 both days, competition from approx. 1030 Sunday.
Admission: adults £6 Saturday, £10 Sunday, accompanied under 15s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

Highlights

• Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb Championship and Leaders Hillclimb Championship
• The very best speed hillclimbers in Britain
• Over 160 entries
• 22 different classes
• Speeds topping 150mph
• Thrilling British Hillclimb Championship Run Offs on Sunday

In brief

Two days of Britain’s best motorsport action against the clock are lined up over the Summer Holiday weekend of August 29th and 30th at Gurston Down, Broadchalke, near Salisbury as the British Hillclimb Championship returns to the celebrated Wiltshire venue for its second visit of the season. In addition the Hillclimb Leaders Championship contenders will be battling throughout the classes, and valuable points are at stake in both series. Not to be missed are the thrilling British Hillclimb Championship ‘Top 12 Run Offs’; these BHC points-scoring shoot outs will bring both Sunday’s morning and afternoon sessions to nail-biting finales.

The British Hillclimb Championship certainly has a different look to it this year as the ‘new kid on the block’ Alex Summers holds an 38 point lead after Shelsley Walsh on August 16th in the 3.5 Gould GR61X, the British Championship’s most successful ever car. Behind Summers it’s very tight with Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS 28) on 154 points head of Wallace Menzies (3.5 Gould GR55B) on 152 points and reigning and five-times British Champion Scott Moran in fourth on 151 points in the car he is now sharing with series leader Summers. The competition between these and all the other drivers will be intense.

Alex Summers, 3.5 Gould GR61X, on his way to his maiden British Hillclimb Championship? Copyright: Akina Media

Alex Summers, 3.5 Gould GR61X, on his way to his maiden British Hillclimb Championship? Copyright: Akina Media

You can’t get closer to the action that at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb, and with top notch catering, bar and refreshment outlets on site (including ice creams!) everything is in place for a great value, exciting weekend of motorsport!

The details

The event will open with roadgoing series production cars up to 2000cc and here former double Gurston Champion Paul Webster looks the likely winner in his rapid 1.9 Mazda MX5. And there’s an interesting entry from well-travelled Scots Alisdair Suttie and David Finlay as this weekend they field a Toyota GT86 seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June.

The over 2000cc roadgoing series production class will pit some potent projectiles against each other and Simon Neve (2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6) and Tony Bunker (3.8t Nissan GT-R) will be in the thick of the action.

The roadgoing specialist production cars are amazingly quick, and here we’ll see battle re-joined between Piers Thynne in his 1.3 litre turbocharged Westfield Hayabusa and Allan and son David Warburton in their 2.5 litre normally aspirated Caterham, among other rapid entrants.

It’s the modified series production cars next and in the up to 1400cc class Neil Turner’s highly developed 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’ should start as favourite but Andy Russell will be pushing as hard as ever in his 1.1 Ginetta G15.

In the up to 2000cc modified series production class the current Hillclimb Leaders Championship table topper Colin Satchell shares his rapid 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi with Paul Drowne, and Satchell starts as the favourite for the win once again. But with three starters in this class the win will attract reduced points, which could dent Satchell’s title ambitions…

Colin Satchell heads the Hillclimb Leaders Championship in his 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi ahead of Gurston. Copyright: Akina Media

Colin Satchell heads the Hillclimb Leaders Championship in his 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi ahead of Gurston. Copyright: Akina Media

The over 2000cc modified series production saloon class sees a nice mix of cars going, and it’s good to see Karl Stevens return to Gurston competition, this time in a supercharged 2.0 VW Golf Mk1. If this car is as well-prepared and well-driven as Karl’s previous car, a Mk 2 Ford Escort, he will be good to watch!

The over 2000cc modified series production sports car class should be good with reigning Gurston Champion Simon Purcell (1.8 supercharged Lotus Exige) taking on Tim Painter and Andy Fraser in their 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Purcell and Painter have been very close this season.

The modified specialist production classes are amalgamated and sole over 2000cc runner, the spectacular Mike Rudge in his 2.3 Westfield SEi will clearly be favourite for the win. Antony Orchard has been enjoying his return to the cockpit in the 1.3 Westfield ‘Bakerbusa’ and will be charging hard too.

There’s a superb gathering in the Historically Interesting class including Richard and Amanda George who run their sublime 2.0 Chevron B19, and Fyrth Crosse will be in his repaired and re-liveried Ensign LNF3 following an off at Werrington in 2014.

2014 Gurston Top Ten Challenge winner Jonathan Gates (1.3s Force LM) will start as pre-event favourite in the up to 2000cc sports libre class but the Wilton Racing duo of Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes will be out in their 1.3s Empire Evo and looking to close the gap on Gates during their first season with the car.

The over 2000cc sports libre class will most likely be the property of the ingenious and talented Nic Mann in the latest development of the astonishing 1.7 Mannic Beattie, with its gas turbine-driven turbocharger and clever aerodynamics. Can Nic approach his own class record?

One of the biggest classes of the meeting is the up to 1100cc racing car class, and it’s such a highly competitive class that there is no clear favourite. The top two class contenders in the Hillclimb Leaders Championship are Simon Andrews (1.0 OMS 28) ahead of Simon Fidoe (1.0 Empire Wraith), and Andrews was the quicker when they visited in May. However, look out too for Bradley Hobday (1.0 Jedi Mk 4), Adam Steel (0.75t Martlet AS1) and former British Champion Roger Moran and Lyndsay Summers in the latter’s 1.1 DJ Firehawk.

The Pre-94 Formula Ford 1600 class has been increasingly closely fought at Gurston this year, the season’s habitual winner Tony Wiltshire (1.6 Swift SC93) coming under increasing pressure from Simon McBeath (1.6 Swift SC92). Sam Lester (1.6 Jamun M90) finished in third spot when she last visited in May, and will be a factor too.

The Pre-1985 racing car class features an interesting mix of cars and drivers and the 5.0 Lyncar of John Hewitt and Mat Morrison will be a joy to hear and see. The iconic 1.6 Ralt of Adrian Moody and Barry Moignard will go well, and the 1.6 Tiga SF83 of Robin Johnson and Adie Ball adds to the variety.

In the up to 1600cc racing car class Ed Hollier will start as the favourite in his 1.6 Empire Evo, having tied up the 2015 Gurston Top Ten Challenge in July. With the class win at Shelsley Walsh on August 16th he’s now second in the Hillclimb Leaders title race coming into this meeting, just one point behind Colin Satchell and two points clear of Alex Summers in third, so another win here would be very handy for Hollier! Eynon Price and Sean Gould share the ‘works’ 1.6 GR69 again and another former Gurston Champion Phil Cooke will hopefully appear in the first of the larger engine Empire Wraiths, with one of the ubiquitous 1.6 Hayabusa units installed.

Ed Hollier has already won the 2015 Gurston Top Ten Challenge in his 1.6 Empire Evo. Can he add the Hillclimb Leaders title too? Copyright: Akina Media

Ed Hollier has already won the 2015 Gurston Top Ten Challenge in his 1.6 Empire Evo. Can he add the Hillclimb Leaders title too? Copyright: Akina Media

The up to 2000cc racing car class is sure to see Dave Uren at the forefront in the 1.3t Force PC shared with Nicola Menzies. Uren has been on fine form this season and following Shelsley Walsh last weekend, where he scored two sixth places in the Run Offs, he moved into eighth overall in the British Championship. If Paul Haimes can get his engine repairs completed then he will certainly be a factor in the class in his 1.3t Gould GR59, and TTC Group boss Graham Wynn, Midland Driver of the Meeting at Gurston in July, will be in there too in his 1.3t Force.

The over 2000cc racing car class is more about qualifying for the BHC Run Offs than class position, but Alex Summers (3.5 Gould GR61X) has featured strongly enough in the class results to hold third in the Hillclimb Leaders Championship too. Co-driver Scott Moran, Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS 28), Wallace Menzies and Tom New (3.5 Gould GR55B) and, if his car can be repaired after a damaging off at Shelsley Walsh on August 16th, Will Hall (2.0t Force WH-XTEC) will be at the forefront.

The well-supported class for BARC SW Centre members with National B Licences sees a wide variety of cars going. Class record holder Pete Hammock (1.6 OMS CF04) will undoubtedly start as favourite for the win, and look out for Tony Levitt in his 1.0 Empire Evo in his first season in the sport.

The new for 2015 Porsche Club National Hillclimb Championship pays its first visit to Gurston, and overall and class 1 leader Peter Turnbull (3.6 911 GT3) will be pushed by Paul Howells (3.0 911 RSR), Jonathan Williamson (3.2 Carrera) and Andy Norris (3.3 911 Carrera S). Class 2 leader Robert Lancaster-Gaye goes too in his 3.6t 911 Turbo.

Rounding off the capacity entry we have two SBD HSA Speed Championship classes. In the saloons and sports cars class reigning champion Chris Howard-Harris runs his rapid 1.8 Caterham Superlight and he looks a safe bet for the class win. In the sports racing and racing car class it will definitely be a win for the Weedons as father and son John and Jonathan Weedon make up the class in their 1.7 Mallock Mk 20B.

And don’t forget, there’s a British Hillclimb Championship Top Twelve Run Off at the end of each set of class runs, one before lunch and one at the end of the afternoon to bring both sessions to exciting conclusions.

It’s going to be a great weekend of superb action!

August Entry List published

August 11th
The provisional entry list for the August 29th/30 Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb Championship event has gone live, along with final instructions for drivers. Click HERE to go to the appropriate links.

It’s a cracking entry featuring the top contenders in both the BHC and the Leaders Hillclimb Championship as well as many of the local favourites battling throughout the classes. A full preview will follow.

Awesome August at Gurston Down!

It’s less than 4 weeks away now, and it’s going to be a great weekend! As well as the superb on-track action in the Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb Championship and Hillclimb Leaders event on August 29th & 30th, featuring the pinnacle of the sport in the UK, there’s also the Annual August party on the evening of Saturday 29th, with food, live music and a great time to be had. Where else would you want to be other than Gurston Down on August 29th & 30th?

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Email Dee Stapley on gurstontreasurer@aol.com if you would like to reserve tickets.

AUGUST ENTRIES HAVE CLOSED!

The latest update from the Comp Sec is that thanks to being WELL over subscribed, the entry has now been officially closed for the August BHC event.

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