Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July sees another two days of action from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) Motorbikes and Combinations, National Hill Climb Championship. This time there are some of the regulars but some new comers too!
The riders and their machines always produce a fabulous display of skill and spectacular racing. They will be running in the second batch again so if you are planning to come and watch, they will start practice around 08:45 and have their first timed run at 13:30 each day (times are approximate).
If you would like to see what it is really like on a solo motorbike or on a motorbike and side-car combination check the videos posted on our Facebook page!
The Solo Motorbikes run first and are separated in to classes based on engine cubic capacity, just like the cars are.
The Solo Motorbikes are the to run.
Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class
Pauline Ford on her Honda CBF has the class to herself both days. She will be looking for an improvement in her personal best.
Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class
There are three riders both days in this class. Richard Peaty on the KTM will be looking to repeat his win at the June meeting. His margin over Allan Harvey on another KTM was just 0.15s. Allan will be looking to snatch the win.
Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class
This class has a huge entry both days. Ten bikes on Saturday and eleven on Sunday. There are some class riders in this class. Will it be a Short, Callum or Mark? Could it be Richard Bowker, Chris Keates or Robert Jones? This class will be very hard fought – the winner, far to difficult to predict!
Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class
There a great entry on Saturday in this class. Look out for Tom Short on the KTM SMR and Tommy Hodges on the Team GV KTM. These two are both previous winners.
On Sunday, Dan Hurley on his Husaberg and Nick Cronin on his Aprilia join Saturday’s riders. Dan has the experience to give the other riders a run for their money. This will be an interesting class both days.
Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class
Look out for Simon Gates on his Kawasaki ZR10R, he only in his second season hill climbing but in really enjoying the experience and it shows in his riding. He has Stu Mills on the super quick Aprilia Tuono to beat, which will be difficult. And you can’t discount Paul Jeffery on the KTM. All the riders in this class will be looking for a win!
Then it’s the turn of the combinations! There are four entered both days. Kevin and Sara Dewell on their Honda SKR have been having a good season. But they will probably need to chase down Patrick and Paul Keates on the Baker F1. The Keates are former class record holders.
Look out for the Motorbike Top Ten Run-Off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again!
With over 30 motorbikes each day and 100 cars, the July meetings will be great fun.
Why not come and join us?
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 AA signs.
Dates: Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st
Times: Competition runs from approx. 1300, practice runs from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.
Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb