Shared glory but Summers tops at Gurston

Alex Summers took maximum BHC points from Gurston. Copyright: Matt Goldsmith

Alex Summers took maximum BHC points from Gurston. Copyright: Matt Goldsmith

Reigning British Hillclimb Champion Scott Moran and co-driver Alex Summers shared the honours in the first Run Off at Gurston Down on Sunday May 24th with identical times in the Moran Family 3.5 Gould GR61X to also share the Daily Express Peter Collins Trophy for Best Time of the Day (26.25s). In the drizzle-affected second Run Off, with all the drivers showing outstanding commitment on a track becoming increasingly tricky, Alex Summers, running first, almost equalled his first Run Off time but despite a quicker halfway split time and an identical finish line speed close to 145mph, Scott Moran finished 29 hundredths adrift in second spot. Trevor Willis finished third in both Run Offs.

Scott Moran (L) and Alex Summers shared Best Time of the Day with identical times in the first Run Off. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Scott Moran (left) and Alex Summers shared Best Time of the Day with identical times in the first Run Off. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Full report to follow. Meanwhile, fully detailed times can be found HERE courtesy of those lovely people from TSL.

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Gurston hill record holder Scott Moran will be vying for more wins

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 RAC signs.
Dates: Sunday May 24th (practice only on Saturday May 23rd)
Times: Competition from approx. 1030 Sunday, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Adults £6 Saturday, £10 Sunday, accompanied under 15s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

In brief
Gurston Down plays host to some utterly compelling motorsport action. And it doesn’t get any more thrilling than when the Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb Championship makes one of its two annual visits, the first of which is on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday and Sunday May 23rd and 24th, with 150mph-plus action against the clock.

At Gurston you can watch the amazing BHC contenders accelerating from a standing start down the hill to over 130mph in under five seconds before taking on the intimidating Hollow Bend at well over 100mph. They then tackle the 25mph Karousel hairpin complex before rounding the tight left Ashes Bend for the climb to the 150mph+ finish kink. It takes the top contenders just 26 or 27 seconds to tackle the 967 metre twisting course, an average speed from a standing start of around 85mph. It makes for a truly breath-taking spectacle.

The 2015 Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship (BHC) is well poised to create some fascinating battles, with new driver pairings this season in some of the shared cars. Reigning British Hillclimb Champion and outright hill record holder at Gurston Down, Scott Moran, is currently in third place overall having missed one event in Northern Ireland but he has scored three ‘Run Off’ wins in other events. His new driving partner Alex Summers currently tops the table through well-placed consistency but without – as yet – scoring a win. Could Gurston see his first win in the champion’s car, a 3.5 litre V8 powered Gould, built in Newbury?

Trevor Willis lies in second place in his 3.2 OMS 28, with two Run Off wins under his belt, one each at Craigantlet and Harewood. And the only other winner so far in 2015, Will Hall, who took the first Run Off at a soaking Craigantlet, lies in fourth overall.

Expect Trevor Willis to fly, as always

Expect Trevor Willis to fly, as always

Another new driver pairing sees Tom New sharing another former championship winning and record holding car, a 3.5 Gould GR55B, with the well-travelled Wallace Menzies. Wallace sits in fifth overall at the moment with a best placing of second at Craigantlet while Tom currently lies in equal seventh, with a best placing of third at Prescott in April. He will hope to improve on that on his local hill.

Alistair Crawford has got off to a good start to the season and sits in sixth in the 2.8 Gould GR55C. And seventh equal with Tom New is Jos Goodyear in the 1.3 litre supercharged GWR Raptor, which achieved remarkable feats at Gurston last May! John Bradburn in ninth place in the Gould GR55HB is the last of the V8s in the top ten. And in tenth spot is the 2013 Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge winner Ed Hollier in his 1.6 Empire Evo. Can Ed get the Evo into the Run Offs on Gurston’s power-sapping slopes?

As well as the action among the very fastest cars and drivers in the land, there will be battles in all 26 classes, with over 135 entries received for this prestigious meeting, many of whom are also entered in the class-based Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA Hillclimb Leaders Championship.

Make a date to come and see the very best of British speed hillclimbing over the Spring Bank Holiday! Spectator access is unrivalled – you really can’t get closer to the action than at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb. Car parking and paddock access are free, adult admission is just £6 on Saturday, £10 Sunday, and accompanied under 15s get in free. With excellent catering and refreshment outlets on site everything is in place for a great value, exciting weekend of motorsport!

The details
The meeting will open with a class for BARC (South West Centre) members with National B licences, and here Pete Hammock could shine in his 1.6 OMS CF04 single seater.

In the up to 2000cc roadgoing series production cars class Ian Chard goes in his 1.8 Mazda MX5, and among those trying to keep him from the gold medal will be Steve Harris in his 1.8 Vauxhall Corsa and Mark Alley in his re-geared 1.3 Mazda RX8.

The over 2000cc roadgoing series production class sees some immensely powerful cars running, and Simon Neve will no doubt put his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 5 into the frame here. But Tony Bunker’s 3.8 Nissan GT-R is very quick too…

The roadgoing specialist production cars work on the ‘small and nimble’ principle to obtain rapid times, and here we should expect to see Gurston regular Piers Thynne go well in his turbocharged Westfield Megabusa. But he is up against the former class record holding Warburton’s, father and son Allan and David in their 2.5 Caterham and the rapid Simon Jenks in his 1.6 Caterham Supersport.

Neil Turner will be a front runner in the up to 1400cc modified series production class in his 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’ but he may have a battle on his hands with Andy Russell in his rapid 1.1 Ginetta G15.

The up to 2000cc modified series production class looks like being a Peugeot party, with current Hillclimb Leaders Championship table topper Colin Satchell and co-driver Paul Drowne going in their rapid 205 GTi, and Ralph Pinder bringing his 205 GTi along too.

Colin Satchell currently tops the Hillclimb Leaders Championship table.

Colin Satchell currently tops the Hillclimb Leaders Championship table.

The combined modified series production saloons and sports cars over 2000cc brings Geoff Twemlow back to Gurston again in his 2.1t Subaru Impreza, and he finds himself up against Tim Painter in his 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Mark Walker’s 3.9 Porsche Cayman.

Onto the modified specialist production cars and Antony Orchard is another to make a welcome return in his now turbocharged Westfield ‘Bakerbusa’. Antony finds himself combined with the over 2000cc modified specialist production cars, which include reigning Gurston Champion Simon Purcell in his 1.8 supercharged Lotus Exige and the irrepressible Mike Rudge in his 2.3 Westfield SEi.

In the Historically Interesting class James Dean goes again in his unique Raven 4WD single seater against the lovely Alexis Mk 17 F3 of Mike Broome.

The sports libre class are well supported by regulars, with 2014 Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge winner Jonathan Gates going in his 1.3 supercharged Force LM against Tim Pitfield in his 1.3 normally aspirated DJ Firecat in the up to 2000cc division. And in the over 2000cc class we’ll see Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes flying the Wilton Racing banner on their 2.6 Force SR8 twin-engined sports racer and competing against Keith Diggle in his 2.2 WEV HCS and Allan McDonald in his unique 2.4t Mini Evo.

Among the single seaters the very well subscribed 1100cc class brings out a quality field headed by the 1.0 Empire Wraith of Simon Fidoe and Darren Gumbley. But there are plenty of other quick car/driver combinations capable of doing well here.

In the pre-1994 Formula Ford class former Gurston Top Ten Challenge winner Tony Wiltshire and daughter Hannah debut the latter’s Swift FF and these two are up against Richard Summers and Samantha Lester in their shared Jamun M90 and Gurston press officer Simon McBeath debuting his Swift SC92.

The pre-1985 racing car class has the iconic Ralt RT3 of Adrian Moody being shared with fellow Jerseyman Barry Moignard.

And in the up to 1600cc racing car class Sean Gould and co-driver Eynon Price will pit the first of the normally aspirated 1.6 Gould GR59s against the regulars, headed by Ed Holllier’s 1.6 Empire Evo. Ed scored double BTD at Gurston back in April and will be tough to beat.

In the up to 2000cc racing car class, record holder Jos Goodyear starts as the logical favourite for the win in the ‘wee Raptor’, Jos having reset the class record in May 2014 (and again last August). Astoundingly Jos qualified fastest overall for the first Run Off last May, so what can we expect this year?

The over 2000cc racing car class has so far been the preserve of Alex Summers in the champion Gould GR61X, Alex netting the class wins at both Prescott and Harewood with a new class record at the latter, and as such he lies second in the Hillclimb Leaders chase. It seems likely he will be more focussed on achieving Run Off wins though…

Will Hall could be a dark horse at Gurston with his new AER turbo engine

Will Hall could be a dark horse at Gurston with his new AER turbo engine

The entry is rounded off with classes for the Lotus 7 Club Championship and here we expect to see some good battles and perhaps a class record or two. In class 1 Robert Jacobs took the win ahead of class record holder Paul Boston last May, so can expect another good battle here! In class 2, with record holder Matthew Willoughby absent it will be tight at the top, with Andrew Willoughby and Graham Howard among the favourites? In class 3 Richard Price was a dominant winner last May, but can the others close the gap? In class 4 Michael Sankey was a close runner up last May, but how will he and sparring partner Nigel Fox get on today? And in the combined class 5/6 Robert Margel finished just six tenths clear of Mark Durrant last May, and these two will be very quick in their Caterham Hayabusas.

It’s all to play for, so don’t miss the action at Gurston Down on May 23rd and 24th.

 

Devon double cream

Big crowds turned out to watch the season’s first two days of championship speed hillclimbing at Gurston Down on April 18th and 19th. And they were treated to a superb selection of two-, three- and four-wheeled machinery with drivers and riders racing against the clock on the fast and narrow 967 metre course. Best Time of the Day (BTD) was set on both days by brilliant Devonian Ed Hollier in his 1.6 Empire Evo single seater. Ed, like most drivers, was struggling to get near previous best times in the cool and dusty conditions, commenting that grip was in short supply in the braking and the accelerating zones.

Ed Hollier blasts off the start in his rapid 1.6 Empire Evo. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Ed Hollier blasts off the start in his rapid 1.6 Empire Evo. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Ed Hollier, very modest, very quick. Copyright: Simon McBeath.

Ed Hollier, very modest, very quick. Copyright: Simon McBeath.

Despite the generally low grip levels two new class records were established over the weekend. On Saturday Justin Andrews carved large chunks off the SBD Championship registered road legal cars record in his 2.1t Subaru Impreza, setting the new mark at 35.01 seconds. And on Sunday Tom Walker made the switch from the Austin Healey Sprite class to the Big Healey & Warwick Cars class and shaved 15 hundredths off his own mark there in his Healey 3000.

The small but beautifully formed group of bikers put on a great show as always, and Paul Jeffery won the 751cc to 1300cc class on his mighty KTM RC8 1200, also setting bike BTD in the process. But the tables were turned in the bike Top Ten Run Off as Peter Short (525cc Honda) won by just six hundredths from Jeffery with Tommy Hodges (504cc Team GV CRF) just another seven hundredths behind in third place.

Paul Jeffrey set bike BTD on the big KTM RC8. Copyright Simon McBeath.

Paul Jeffrey set bike BTD on the big KTM RC8. Copyright Simon McBeath.

Full details below. Meanwhile, a link to TSL’s superb results service is HERE. Just scroll to the relevant meeting and date and click from there.

Saturday April 18th
As usual, Saturday’s event kicked off with the invited club classes and produced the first of the weekend’s class records as Justin Andrews hacked over three seconds off the SBD Championship mark in his 2.1t Subaru Impreza. Alistair Frayling-Cork took the expected win in the Austin 7 (Road) class in his 7 Special but the closest result of the day was in the Austin 7 (Race) class as Martin Whittaker (0.75 Austin 7 Single Seat) came from behind to edge out Paul Geering’s 0.75 ‘Pigsty Special’ by exactly one hundredth! In the ACSMC Road Registered class Jack Gammon’s 3.2 BMW M3 was going well and two consistent runs netted the win here.

As a former record holder in the TVR class Jes Firth (5.0 TVR Griffith) was always going to be tough to beat and he took the win by nine tenths from Trevor McMaster’s 4.3 TVR Tamora, he in turn just 16 hundredths ahead of Steve Mogg’s 5.0 TVR Griffith. And in the Westfield Cars class it was Barry Slingsby (2.0 Westfield GGR) taking gold with a low 33 second shot first time up, over a second clear of Peter Goulding (2.0 Westfield SEiW) in second.

The Classic Marque Speed Challenge class has grown tremendously in the last couple of years and there were no less than 26 classified finishers in Saturday’s event. At the top just seven hundredths split first and second places after the first runs but Matthew Eady carved more than half a second off on his final climb to win in his 2.0 Ginetta G4 from Graham Millar’s Vauxhall engine 2.0 Ford Escort Mk 2 and Classic Marque prime mover Steve Cox (5.0 TVR V8S).

Classic Marue Speed Series competition secretary Steve Cox. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Classic Marque Speed Series competition secretary Steve Cox. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Onto the regular Gurston classes then, and in the up to 2000cc roadgoing series production class the Greenen brothers Andy and Adam took up where they left off in 2014 in their rapid 2.0 Honda Civic Type R, Adam heading off his brother by three tenths. These two were the only ones in class to go sub-40 seconds on the day. Ian Redding snatched third in his 2.0 Peugeot 306 from Steve Harris’s 1.8 Vauxhall Corsa by just one hundredth.

In the over 2000cc roadgoing series production class Stephen Moore won in his 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6 with a solid mid 34-second time four tenths clear of Simon Neve’s 2.3t Evo 6, which had some handling issues.

Martin Watson switched from the Westfield class to run in the roadgoing specialist production class and duly took the win in his 2.0 Westfield SEiW by 37 hundredths from Clive Skipper’s Caterham 7 HPC, with Andrew Forsyth, having his first competition outing in his newly acquired Westfield Megabusa, in third.

The up to 2000cc marque sports cars saw Peter Ellens bring his iconic 1.6 Renault Alpine A110 along for the day and he must have been pleased he did because he went home with the class win with a couple of solid mid 41-second runs. In second place was the ultra-consistent Steph Limb in the 1.8 MGF with two identical times.

2014 Gurston champion Simon Purcell has now installed a 1.8 litre motor in his Lotus Exige, together with the supercharger that he ran on the 1.4 litre engine last year, and so has moved up to the over 2000cc marque sports car class. The car, and Simon, were both flying and a good 35-second run saw off Bob Mortimer’s 2.7 Porsche 911 by a comfortable margin.

Onto the modified series production cars up to 1400cc, and Neil Turner improved mightily in his 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’ second time up to record a 36-second time and win by a safe margin from the ultra-experienced Derek Mullis in his five-port 1.3 Cooper ‘S’.

In the up to 2000cc modified series production class Colin Satchell (2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi) proved way too quick for William Verhaak (1.8 Mazda MX5) with mid-34 second times on both runs.

The over 2000cc modified series production saloons brought out some potent machinery and it was Geoff Kershaw’s 3.0 litre turbo Ford Sierra that ruled the roost here with a high 35 second run.

Mike Rudge was sole runner in the modified specialist production classes but entertained as always in the 2.3 Duratec engine Westfield SEi with two 31-second climbs.

The Historically Interesting class delivered the usual eclectic mix of machinery, and Hugh Kemp set a very respectable 36-second time to win in his lovely 1.6 Palliser WDF3 from the recently renovated and equally superb Alexis Mk 17 F3 of Mike Broome.

Mike Broome's Alexis Mk 17 F3. Copyright: Simon McBeath.

Mike Broome’s Alexis Mk 17 F3. Copyright: Simon McBeath

The sports libre classes were amalgamated on this occasion and Keith Diggle was a comfortable winner in his 2.1 WEV HCS ahead of the new 1.3s Empire Evo of Chris Cannell, with Clive Wooster third in his aerodynamically uprated 1.5 Radical SR4.

Stuart Barnes was the sole finisher in the 500 OA class in his Iota P1.01 and set two very consistent times as John Forsyth battled with all manner of mechanical maladies in the Alfa Dana, all of which transpired to be down to loose or out of balance flywheels causing severe vibrations.

In the 1100cc racing car class Bradley Hobday was the only sub-32 second runner of the day (of the weekend in fact) in the class in his 1.0 Jedi Mk 4 and he won by two thirds of a second from John Oxborrow’s 1.0 OX-7 with James Moore some distance back in third in his 1.1 OMS 2000M.

The combined 1600cc and 2000cc racing car classes became seriously depleted after nose box problems ruled out Peter D Smith and Richard Gaylard in their 1.6 Force, and Simon Moyse’s 1.3s Gould GR59 developed a curious engine management issue that effectively held the throttle open and rendered him a non-starter. Paul Morcom too suffered mechanical failure in practice as the distributor drive on his lovely Merlyn Mk 11a sheared. Ed Hollier (1.6 Empire Evo) and Peter Hammock (1.6 OMS CF04) thus constituted the class and Hollier duly delivered the day’s only sub-30 second climbs, his first being the quicker on 29.34s. The OMS of Peter Hammock has undergone much sorting over the winter at the hands of Mark and Matt Pemble at the Pemble Partnership and personal best times were the order of the day as Peter got used to his much improved car.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship classes saw wins for Mike Smith in his 1.7 Sylva Striker with two low 37-second runs in the Saloons and Sports Car division, and John Weedon set identical times on each run to shade out father Jonathan in their recently acquired 1.7 Mallock Mk 20B in the Sports Racing and Racing division.

Sunday April 19th
The TR Cars class opened proceedings on the Sunday and Roderick Warner followed the form book in his 3.5 TR7 V8 with the win ahead of Dale Huxford’s 1.3 Triumph Spitfire Mk 4 with local man Nick Smith’s 2.6 TR6 in third place.

The Big Healey and Warwick Cars class saw record holder Tom Walker (3.0 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 1) make the switch from the Sprite class to take the win and reset his own record by 15 hundredths in the process, dropping the mark into the 37s for the first time with a fine second effort. Richard Mason (3-litre 3000 Mk 2) was the only other sub-40second runner in second spot.

The Sprite class saw just one driver dip below 40 seconds and it was Julian Wakeham in the 1.4 Mk 1, with Andrew Taylor seven tenths adrift in second place.

Once again the Classic Marques were out in force, with 21 finishers this time, and Trevor McMaster headed the field this time in his 4.3 Tamora, half a second ahead of Saturday’s winner Matthew Eady (2.0 Ginetta G4).

On paper the up to 2000cc roadgoing series production class appeared to deliver an identical result to Saturday with the Greenen brothers once more taking a 1-2, Adam again leading the way by three tenths. But there were some lively practice antics first of all for Andy before the first runs saw the pair split by just six hundredths with Andy just ahead. Adam pulled out all the stops on Run 2 though to improve by seven tenths while Andy shaved off just a third of a second to finish second. Behind these two Tim Forster (1.7 Lotus Elan) was also going very rapidly and he too dropped into the 38-second bracket for third spot.

In the over 2000cc roadgoing series production class Simon Neve set similar times to Saturday in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo to take a comfortable win and go into the joint lead of the Gurston Championship with a 21.50 point score. Behind him was debutant Clive Stangle in his 1.8t Seat Leon Cupra R who used his recent Gurston Down Hillclimb Drivers School experience to good effect to hold off the 2.0 Honda S2000 of Tim Simpson for the runner up spot.

Piers Thynne brought along his turbocharged Westfield Megabusa for Sunday’s clash in the roadgoing specialist production class and duly delivered with mid-33 second times to take the win (and the final point of the day in the Top Ten Challenge). Clive Skipper (2.0 Caterham HPC) had to make do with the runner up spot again, with Andrew Forsyth once more in third in his 1.3 Westfield Megabusa.

In the up to 2000cc marque sports car class Nick Morgan brought his 1.8 Lotus Elise along and set consistent mid-41 second times to take the win with Steph Limb again the runner up in the 1.8 MGF.

The reigning Gurston champion Simon Purcell once more got the verdict in his 1.8s Lotus Exige in the over 2000cc marque sports class ahead of Bob Mortimer’s 2.7 Porsche 911, Purcell almost breaking into the 34s in the process. With more than two finishers in class Purcell would have held the joint lead in the Championship again but he picked up just 21.00 points instead.

Derek Mullis held the lead in the up to 1400cc modified series production class at half time in his 1.3 Cooper ‘S’ but after a first run problem Neil Turner got back up to speed to snatch the win once more in his 1.4 Cooper ‘S’.

The combined modified series production up to 2000cc and modified series production saloon over 2000cc saw Colin Satchell go deep into the 34s to fend off the 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6 of Stephen Moore, running on slicks on this occasion, by two tenths. Moore picked up 21.50 points in his class to hold the joint lead in the Gurston Championship, but he can only add to that score if he runs in the same class at subsequent meetings.

Colin Satchell, whose Peugeot 205 GTi is now bright blue, leaves the line. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Colin Satchell, whose Peugeot 205 GTi is now bright blue, leaves the line. Copyright: Simon McBeath

Mike Rudge once more dipped below 32 seconds in his 2.3 Westfield, roughly a second away from his own class record although a tenth slower than Saturday on a still dusty track. Mike was nevertheless eighth fastest overall.

The Historically Interesting class was halved during practice as Hugh Kemp had an adventurous spin across the Karousel infield, leaving Mike Broome to take his first win in the 1.8 Alexis Mk 17 F3. Sadly Mike too retired after the first run with a faulty clutch.

The up to 2000cc sports libre class saw 2014 Top Ten Challenge winner Jonathan Gates appear in his 1.3s Force LM and set fourth BTD to take a comfortable class win and go into the joint lead of the Gurston Championship with 21.50 points. Peter Steel (1.3 Mallock Mk 20) held off Tim Pitfield (1.3 DJ Firecat) by just12 hundredths for second place.

Chris Cannell switched to his 2.6 Force SR8 overnight after discovering throttle butterfly issues with the new 1.3s Empire Evo, and despite not having looked at his old car since last September’s event took the over 2000cc sports libre win from Keith Diggle’s 2.1 WEV HCS by seven tenths.

The 500 OA class became something of a Dent benefit as John won from Alistair in their respective Coopers, with John almost two seconds out in front.

Calum Kemp was a delighted winner in the 1100cc racing car class in the family 1.1 OMS PR, finishing exactly one second clear of James Moore’s 1.1 OMS 2000M with Euan Kemp just 38 hundredths behind in third.

In the Formula Ford class Andrew Abbey and Chris Burley went head to head again in their shared 1.6 Jamun M91, with Andy emerging the winner as Chris continued shaving chunks off his times in just his second event in the car.

With the Smith/Gaylard Force back in action, Ed Hollier was under more pressure in the 1600cc racing car class but he again set a low 29 second run to take the class and BTD, plus 10 points in the Top Ten Challenge. Peter D. Smith put a practice spin at Karousel behind him and came in second, 54 hundredths behind Hollier, with co-driver Richard Gaylard just another 38 hundredths behind in third, these three taking the top three spots in the Top Ten Challenge after round 1.

Ed Hollier crests Deer's Leap. Copyright: Robb Webb

Ed Hollier crests Deer’s Leap. Copyright: Robb Webb, www.robbwebbphotography.co.uk

With a clashing round of the NHCA Championship at Loton Park the bike entry was somewhat depleted but as ever they were spectacular to watch. Bike BTD and the 1300cc class went to Paul Jeffrey on his mighty 1.2 KTM RC8, with the other classes going to Simon Wilson (250 Yamaha), Paul Tilley (257 Honda), Peter Short (525 Honda) and Kevin & Sara Dewell (781 Honda SKR). Peter Short improved his time in the bike Top Ten Run Off to take the win from Paul Jeffery who seemed briefly to hesitate at the Karousel and could not quite match his earlier class winning/BTD time.

It was a terrific weekend of action to get the season off to a great start, and the next event at Gurston Down is a British Hillclimb Championship event on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday and Sunday May 23rd/24th.

The crowds enjoyed two superb days of hillclimbing at Gurston on April 18th & 19th. Copyright: Simon McBeath

The crowds enjoyed two superb days of hillclimbing at Gurston on April 18th & 19th. Copyright: Simon McBeath

The marshals were out in numbers as well. This chap supervised paddock assembly for two solid days. Copyright: Simon McBeath

The marshals were out in numbers as well. This chap supervised paddock assembly for two solid days. Copyright: Simon McBeath

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