August BHC entry nearly full!

The Comp Sec reports that with two days to go to closing date, the entry for August’s British Hillclimb Championship event is very nearly at capacity, so competitors who have not yet entered are advised to do so asap because after Friday night’s official closing he will not be able to fit you in!

Gurston Down is going to be the place to be then on August 29th & 30th for the best in British Hillclimbing!

Midland Championship event full report

In brief

In a day of thrills, spills and superb conditions Oliver Tomlin took the family 4.0 Pilbeam MP97 Judd to sub-28 second times as the Midland Hillclimb Championship made its annual visit to Gurston on July 19th. Oliver set two consistent timed runs to qualify top for each run off, and went on to even quicker times in the shoots outs, finishing with BTD on the last run of the weekend on 27.54 seconds.

Oliver Tomlin took both Midland Top Ten Run Offs in the 4.0 Pilbeam MP97. Copyright: Akina Media

Oliver Tomlin took both Midland Top Ten Run Offs in the 4.0 Pilbeam MP97. Copyright: Akina Media

Ed Hollier won the 1600cc racing car class on 28.20s in the 1.6 Empire Evo, which was good enough for third BTD, but more importantly it meant he has won the Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge for the second time in three years. Hollier’s pace in the relatively low-powered car meant he was very close to the big V8 engined cars of Oliver Tomlin and Channel Islander Jason Mourant (3.2 OMS 28), but crucially he was the fastest of the Gurston Top Ten Challenge registered contingent and collected his fourth maximum score from the four rounds so far this season. With one round to go in September he cannot be beaten.

The day’s only class record went to local man Stephen Moore (2.0t Mitsubishi Evo) as he won the over 2000cc modified series production saloon class on 32.72 seconds, shaving a mere hundredth off the previous record! The bonus point earned for breaking his record means Stephen is now clear at the top of the Gurston Down Championship with one round to go. The title could, theoretically, still be taken by second placed driver Simon Neve, who won the over 2000cc roadgoing series production class in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo, but he will need to break his class record in September to have a chance at the title.

In the classes

It doesn’t get any tighter than in the up to 2000cc roadgoing series production class as former double Gurston champion Paul Webster (1.9 Mazda MX5) and Adam Greenen (2.0 Honda Civic Type R) dead heated on their first timed runs. But Adam’s brother Andy, third fastest on the first runs, had a huge moment at Karousel on his second effort which resulted in a roll, fortunately without any injury to the driver. This put the car out of action so Webster took the win on the basis of his second run time. Behind the leading trio there were some other great battles going on with several groups of drivers within a few tenths of each other; the class goes from strength to strength.

Clive Stangle had another good event in his 1.8t Audi TT Quattro with a class win in the ‘B licence’ holders’ over 2000cc roadgoing series production class ahead of Shaun Fudge in his 2.0t Subaru Impreza WRX. Simon Neve again took the ‘A licence’ holders’ over 2000cc roadgoing series production class in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6 and holds onto second overall in the Gurston Championship with one round to go.

Simon Neve now holds second overall in the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

Simon Neve now holds second overall in the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

The roadgoing specialist production class for ‘B licence’ holders was a very close run thing, and Clive Skipper took the win in his 2.0 Caterham 7 HPC from Steve Holland (1.6 Caterham Hayabusa) by a mere six hundredths of a second. The ‘A licence’ holders’ roadgoing specialist production class saw an emphatic win for Piers Thynne in his 1.3 supercharged Westfield Megabusa, but runner up Andy Forsyth set a personal best in his recently acquired normally aspirated variant. Adrian Lewis slotted into third place with yet another personal best in his 1.4 Westfield Megabusa.

Graham Beale was another clear class winner, Graham taking the up to 2000cc marque sports car class in his 1.8 Ginetta G20 and moving into third overall in the Gurston championship.

There was another good battle in the over 2000cc marque sports car class and once again it was Simon Purcell who emerged in front in his 1.8 supercharged Lotus Exige ahead of Tim Painter in his 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the latter indulging in a bit of early oats harvesting after departing the track at Burke’s Rise on his second climb.

The modified series production up to 1400cc class was pretty close but local man Neil Turner (1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’) used his knowledge of the hill to take a half second win over Midland Championship contender Carl Jones in his 1.4 Austin Mini.

Although not on his Leaders Championship schedule this meeting saw Colin Satchell enjoying Gurston just for fun and he duly took the win once again in the up to 2000cc modified series production class with a comfortable margin in his rapid 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi.

Stephen Moore’s record in the over 2000cc modified series production saloon class had been coming for a while, but he did no more than was necessary by shaving exactly one hundredth off the previous mark! And his points score on the day puts Stephen almost out of reach for the Gurston championship title now.

Stephen Moore set the day's only class record in his 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6. Copyright: Akina Media

Stephen Moore set the day’s only class record in his 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6. Copyright: Akina Media

The over 2000cc modified series production sports car class was very much a Midland championship affair, and Mike Turpin (2.2s Vauxhall VX220) picked up maximum points for the class win to consolidate his series lead at this stage.

Clutch hydraulic problems unfortunately sidelined Mike Rudge in the 2.3 Westfield SEi after he had closed to within a very few hundredths of his class record in practice. So it fell to the up to 2000cc runners to battle it out in the amalgamated specialist production class. Antony Orchard (1.3 Westfield ‘Bakerbusa’) had a cracking first run and won by three quarters of a second from returnee Ritchie Gatt (2.0 Westfield SEiW), both in the 32s.

Gurston stalwart Geoff Hunt, still dialling himself back into competition after his recent layoff, took the Historically Interesting class in his immaculate 1.6 Lotus 22.

Peter Steel won the ‘B licence’ holders’ up to 2000cc sports libre class in his 1.3 Mallock Mk 20 from what must be one of the more unusual cars seen in this category, the nicely crafted BMW bike engined Citroen 2CV of Alex de Vries. The ‘A licence’ up to 2000cc sports libre class went to Gurston Hillclimb Drivers School sponsor and instructor Chris Cannell in his developing 1.3s Empire Evo from Midland championship runner Henry Grantham-Wright in the 1.3 Brytec Bullet.

There’s never a dull moment when Nic Mann brings along the awesome 1.7t Mannic Beattie, and with new turbine developments under the bonnet to overcome last season’s gremlins the meeting was a first shakedown for the car. But all ran reliably and a sub-30 second timed run bodes well for the Nic’s next run in the car at the August meeting. Keith Diggle’s 2.2 WEV HCS was a bit breathless in comparison and he had to settle for the runner up spot.

Tony Levitt entered his second weekend at Gurston having impressed on his debut in June in his brand new 1.0 Empire Evo, and Tony once again showed he’s one to watch as he won the ‘B licence’ holders’ up to 1100cc racing car class with a sub-33-second time.
The well-supported ‘A licence’ holders up to 1100cc racing car class produced some very close action throughout, but Simon Fidoe got closest to a sub-30 run with 30.09s in the 1.0 Empire Wraith. Half a second behind with a good second run improvement to climb the order was Thomas Poole in the 1.0 Empire Evo he has fairly recently acquired, just a hundredth clear of Adam Steel in the developing Martlet AS1, now with turbo-assisted 750cc power.

Ed Hollier was not the only driver flying in the up to 1600cc class because in second spot was Peter D. Smith in the 1.6 Force who also went sub-29 seconds on his first effort (though he spun out at Ashes on his second!). This also tied up second spot in the Gurston Top Ten Challenge. Sean Gould brought the normally aspirated 1.6 Gould GR59 home in third spot.

Ed Hollier gets all crossed up exiting Karousel in the 1.6 Empire Evo. Copyright: Akina Media

Ed Hollier gets all crossed up exiting Karousel in the 1.6 Empire Evo. Copyright: Akina Media

Tony Wiltshire (1.6 Swift SC93) once again was the only driver under 37 seconds in the Pre-94 Formula Ford class but Simon McBeath (1.6 Swift SC92) narrowed the gap from their previous encounter in June to just 0.28 seconds this time. Andrew Abbey was less than half a second behind in the 1.6 Jamun M91 for third.

A healthy up to 2000cc racing car class produced a selection of Pilbeams, a Dallara, a Gould and a Force and it was the latter of Midland Top Ten Challenge sponsor Graham Wynn that took the win and Midland ‘Driver of the Meeting’ on 29.04 seconds from the similarly 1.3 supercharged Gould GR59 of Simon Moyse. Tim Elmer’s nearly new 2.0 Dallara F303 with TKD V8 power was running well took third place.

Graham Wynn took the Midland Driver of the Meeting award. Copyright: Akina Media

Graham Wynn took the Midland Driver of the Meeting award. Copyright: Akina Media

The over 2000cc racing car class went to the very consistent Oliver Tomlin, and Jason Mourant took second in the 3.2 OMS 28 with another sub-29 second climb. Third in class was Sandra Tomlin in the family Pilbeam on exactly 30.00 seconds.

The amalgamated sports racing and racing car classes up to 1971 and 1985 saw Johnathen Varley take the gold medal in his 2.0 March 772P by six tenths from Stuart Ridge’s 2.8 Pilbeam MP53 after the latter encountered a problem on his first climb. The beautiful little 1.6 Centaur Lotus of Joshua Moss and the rumbling and equally gorgeous 5.0 Lola T142 F5000 of Roger Deans were, bizarrely, very closely matched, the smaller car taking third by three hundredths!

In the Downton Engineering Works Social (DEWS) Motor Club Speed series class Cornishman Derek Kessell once again took his 1.4 Maguire Mini Cooper ‘S’ to the win with a couple of consistent sub 37-second times. Tim Porter and Steve Harris also repeated their 2014 positions, the former second in his 2.0 Darrian T90 ahead of the latter in his 1.8 Vauxhall Corsa.

Both TTC Group Midland Top Ten Challenge run offs went to Oliver Tomlin in the big Pilbeam but the positions behind him swapped around each time, with Jason Mourant taking second and Graham Wynn third in the first run off, the pair reversing positions in the second.

Full results can be found HERE.

The next event at Gurston is the British Hillclimb Championship event on August 29th/30th, where the cream of the country’s speed hillclimb drivers and cars will be putting on a show of the very best motorsport action against the clock. Don’t miss it!

Tomlin, Hollier & Moore star in July scorcher!

Oliver Tomlin set BTD in the 4.0 Pilbeam MP97. Copyright: Akina Media

Oliver Tomlin set BTD in the 4.0 Pilbeam MP97. Copyright: Akina Media

Highlights

• Oliver Tomlin takes Best Time of the Day and wins both Avon Tyres Midland Hillclimb Championship run offs
• Ed Hollier wins the up to 1600cc racing car class again and takes the Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge title for the second time
• Stephen Moore sets new class record for over 2000cc modified series production cars and takes sole led of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship

In brief

In superb conditions Oliver Tomlin took the family 4.0 Pilbeam MP97 Judd to sub-28 second times as the Midland Hillclimb Championship made its annual visit to Gurston on July 19th. Oliver set two consistent timed runs to qualify top for each run off, and went on to even quicker times in the shoots outs, finishing with BTD on the last run of the weekend on 27.54 seconds.

Oilver Tomlin clutches the Phyllis Hood Challenge Trophy. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Oliver Tomlin clutches the Phyllis Hood Challenge Trophy for BTD at July’s meeting. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Ed Hollier’s 1600cc racing car class winning time of 28.20s in the 1.6 Empire Evo was good enough for third BTD, but perhaps more importantly it gave him another maximum 10 point score and meant he has won the Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge with a ‘clean sweep’ for the second time in three years.

The day’s only class record went to local man Stephen Moore (2.0t Mitsubishi Evo) as he won the over 2000cc modified series production class on 32.72 seconds, shaving a mere hundredth off Roy Barker’s previous record! The bonus point Stephen earned for breaking his record means he is now clear at the top of the Gurston Down Championship with one round to go. The title could, theoretically, still be taken by second placed driver Simon Neve, running his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo in the over 2000cc roadgoing class, but he will need to break his class record to have a chance now.

Details to follow. Click on the links below to access times and Gurston Championship and Top Ten Challenge scores:

Results

Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship & BARC (SW) Top Ten Challenge

Midland Hillclimb Championship returns

Another sizzling summer speed spectacular at Gurston Down!

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 July 18th & Sunday July 19th (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

• Capacity entry
• Rounds of the BMTR Midland Hillclimb Championship and the TTC Group Top Ten Challenge
• Round 4 of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and BARC (SW) Top Ten Challenge
• Everything from the popular roadgoing classes to big V8 powered single seaters, and all manner of great cars in between!
• Plus the Downton Engineering Works & Social (DEWS) Car Club Speed Series, a blast from Wiltshire’s engineering past

In brief

Two days of spectacular action are in store over the weekend of July 18th and 19th as the Midland Hillclimb Championship contingent makes its annual visit to Gurston Down to join the local championship contenders. Valuable points are at stake in both series, and in addition there will be two ‘Run Offs’, thrilling shoot outs for those registered in the TTC Group Top Ten Challenge to bring Sunday’s morning and afternoon sessions to exciting conclusions.

Can Jason Mourant set another Gurston BTD in his 3.2 OMS 28? Copyright: Akina Media

Can Jason Mourant set another Gurston BTD in his 3.2 OMS 28? Copyright: Akina Media

The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship is finely poised with three drivers, Simon Neve (over 2000cc roadgoing series production Mitsubishi Evo 6), Stephen Moore (over 2000cc modified series production Mitsubishi Evo 6) and Jonathan Gates (up to 2000cc sports libre Force LM), tied for joint first place, and a number of others in the frame for the top positions. And the BARC (SW) Top Ten Challenge could actually be settled this weekend if the current leader Ed Hollier (1.6 Empire Evo) comes first or second among the registered contenders.

You can’t get closer to the action than at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb, and with excellent catering, refreshment and ice cream outlets on site everything is in place for a great value, exciting weekend of motorsport!

The details

In the strong up to 2000cc roadgoing series production class Adam and Andy Greenen are sure to challenge for the win in their rapid 2.0 Honda Civic Type R. They will be joined by former Gurston Champion Paul Webster in his 1.9 Mazda MX5, and he was only a third of a second behind the Greenens in June… A 19-strong chasing pack complements the biggest class of the day.

The over 2000cc roadgoing series production class will once again see Simon Neve run his rapid 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6, and he will be aiming for the class win by a clear margin again to maintain his joint lead of the 2015 Gurston Championship. Up against him though are some strong Midland Championship contenders including Nigel Burke (2.0t Subaru Impreza) and Robert Lancaster-Gaye (3.6t Porsche 997 Turbo).

Simon Neve jointly heads the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

Simon Neve jointly heads the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

In the roadgoing specialist production class the probable favourite for the class win will be Piers Thynne in his 1.3 turbocharged Westfield Megabusa. Among others pushing Piers will be Steve Holland in his 1.6 Caterham Hayabusa and Adrian Lewis (1.4 Westfield Megabusa) who took a third place in June.

The marque sports car class up to 2000cc should see Graham Beale go well in his 1.8 litre Ginetta G20. Graham is fourth overall in the Gurston Championship, just behind the joint leading trio, so a good result will maintain the pressure on the leaders. Can Nick Morgan (1.8 Lotus Elise) get close enough to take valuable fractions off Beale’s potential points score though?

The over 2000cc marque sports car class should be a cracker again, with 2014 Gurston Down Hillclimb Champion Simon Purcell in his 1.8 supercharged Lotus Elise, up against Tim Painter and Andy Fraser in their 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The June double header saw a win each for Simon Purcell and Tim Painter, but it was the former who set the weekend’s fastest time, just 16 hundredths outside the class record.

In the up to 1400cc modified series production class we should expect Neil Turner to go well in his 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’. Neil is currently fifth overall in the Gurston Championship and he will be aiming for a clear win to keep up his challenge. Midland class leader Carl Jones fields his 1.4 Austin Mini too, so could we see a battle royal here? And we can never discount Derek Mullis in his 1.3 Mini Cooper ‘S’, for during his hillclimbing career the former Gurston champion has made over 1000 ascents of the tricky Wiltshire course!

Colin Satchell runs in his ultra-rapid 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi in the up to 2000cc modified series production class and he will start as favourite for the win here. Up against him are two Midland contenders, Steve Bailey, also 1.9 Peugeot 205 GTi-mounted, and Peter Kukainis in his 2.0 Ford Escort Mexico.

Still holding the joint lead in the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship after round 3 in June is Stephen Moore, who goes in his Janspeed 2.0 Mitsubishi Evo 6 in the over 2000cc modified series production saloon car class. Once again he will be looking for a clear class win to consolidate that points lead, and if conditions are right he may be able to get under the class record to earn bonus points; he was less than a quarter of a second away from the record in June. Geoff Twemlow runs his 2.1t Subaru Impreza in this class too.

Stephen Moore is equal top in the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

Stephen Moore is equal top in the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

In the over 2000cc modified production sports car class will be Gurston regular Mark Walker in his 3.9 Porsche Cayman S. Mark has upped the power of his lovely Porsche and is enjoying getting to grips with it on Gurston’s tricky twists and turns. But he faces very strong opposition from, among others, current Midland series leader and class record holder Mike Turpin (2.2s Vauxhall VX220).

The 2014 Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge winner Jonathan Gates will once again go in his rapid 1.3 supercharged Force LM in the up to 2000cc sports libre class and he will be aiming for another clear class win to maintain his joint lead of the 2015 Gurston Championship. Among the chasing pack will be the Wilton Racing duo, Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes in their new 1.3 supercharged Empire Evo. Both carved chunks off their times during the course of June’s double-header event and are really getting to grips with their stunning new car. Among the Midland visitors will be the class leading 1.3 Brytec Bullet of Thomas and Henry Grantham-Wright. And look out for perhaps the most unusual Citroen 2CV you’ve ever seen, fielded by Alexander de Vries…

Jonatha Gates shares the lead of the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

Jonathan Gates shares the lead of the Gurston Championship. Copyright: Akina Media

What the over 2000cc sports libre class lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in quality with some great machinery running. Keith Diggle will once again run his beautifully self-engineered 2.2 WEV HCS. But he will be up against the class record holder, Nic Mann aboard his astonishing 1.7 turbocharged Mannic Beattie. As well as its conventional turbocharged Ford engine this car features a helicopter gas turbine driving its turbocharger to maintain constant boost pressure AND has four-wheel drive for amazing traction… If you haven’t seen this car before, it has to be seen to be believed.

In the very competitive up to 1100cc racing car class one of quickest Gurston regulars is James Moore who goes in his 1.1 OMS 2000M. But the locals have some great opposition from the Midlands this weekend, including class front runners Simon Andrews (1.0 OMS 28) and Simon Fidoe (1.0 Empire Wraith). And making his Gurston debut is Aberdeen domiciled Steve Marr who runs the amazing 1.1 PCD Saxon, which set the class record in the hands of the late Rob Barksfield back in 2004.

The 1600cc racing car class always produces fast times and one of the fastest drivers at Gurston will be Ed Hollier who goes in his 1.6 Empire Evo again. He certainly looks like the man to beat in the class, and potentially could wrap up the Gurston Top Ten Challenge, which he currently leads with a maximum 30 points from the first three rounds. He just has to be first or second fastest of the registered Gurston contenders! Among the drivers who might upset Hollier’s apple cart are Peter D. Smith (1.6 Force) and Sean Gould aboard his company’s latest creation, the 1.6 Gould GR59.

Can Ed Hollier wrap up the 2015 BARC (SW) Top Ten Challenge?. Copyright: Akina Media

Can Ed Hollier wrap up the 2015 BARC (SW) Top Ten Challenge? Copyright: Akina Media

There’s a very strong up to 2000cc racing car class this weekend, with plenty of Midland Championship registered contenders running. Simon Moyse (1.3s Gould GR59) and Andy McBeath (1.3s OMS 25) traded class wins in our June double header event, and among others who will go well is Tim Davies in the 2.0 Pilbeam MP88 shared with Bill Morris. But the class outcome is very hard to predict.

The over 2000cc racing car class ought to produce a good battle too, with Oliver Tomlin, second fastest in this event last year, likely to be the bookies’ BTD bet in his 4.0 Judd-propelled Pilbeam MP97. But Jason Mourant (3.2 OMS 28) went well in our Saturday June event, taking a narrow BTD from Ed Hollier, and it could well be close between Mourant, Tomlin and Hollier for BTD again.

Oliver Tomlin in the 4 litre Pilbeam MP97 Judd could be a good bet for BTD. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Oliver Tomlin in the 4 litre Pilbeam MP97 Judd could be a good bet for BTD. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Johnathen Varley (1.6 March 772P) and Stuart Ridge (2.8 Pilbeam MP53) jointly lead the Midland Championship class for sports racing and racing cars manufactured up to 1985, but Ridge’s Pilbeam should have a useful power advantage at Gurston.

Recent Gurston returnee Antony Orchard runs in his 1.3 Westfield ‘Bakerbusa’ again in the up to 2000cc modified specialist production class. Also making his belated but welcome seasonal debut at Gurston is Ritchie Gatt in his 2.0 Westfield SEiW. These two, however, are amalgamated with the over 2000cc class in which Gurston legend Mike Rudge pedals his 2.3 Westfield SEi with spectacular determination!

The Historically Interesting class features one of the loveliest racing cars you are ever likely to see, the 1.6 Lotus 22 of Geoff Hunt, who has owned this car for over 40 years. Geoff, just back from a layoff from competition, was dialling himself in again in June.

The pre-’94 Formula Ford class should produce a close battle as championship class leader Andrew Abbey (1.6 Jamun M91) takes on the class winners from June’s meetings, Simon McBeath (1.6 Swift SC92F) and Tony Wiltshire (1.6 Swift SC93).

The entry is rounded off with the DEWS Motor Club Speed Series class, and here we should expect to see last year’s winner and class record holder Derek Kessell hold sway in his 1.4 Maguire Mini Cooper ‘S’. DEWS prime mover Steve Harris should also feature well in his 1.8 Vauxhall Corsa, and another local man, James Edmonds could do well in his classic 1.4 Rover Mini.

The classic Mini of James Edmonds exemplifies what the DEWS Motor Club is all about. Copyright: Simon McBeath

The classic Mini of James Edmonds exemplifies what the DEWS Motor Club is all about. Copyright: Simon McBeath

And don’t forget, there’s a TTC Group Top Ten Challenge Run Off at the end of the first class runs and after the second class runs to bring the morning and afternoon sessions to exciting conclusions.

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

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