September 8th – Championship Finale

September 8th – Championship Finale

The final event of the year at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb took place on Sunday 8th September. These were the final two rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Championship and the final round of the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge.

The weather was a little cool in the morning but soon warmed up. It was great to see that all the drivers were offered a third practice in the morning as the first two ran though very quickly. After lunch the real competition began.

With the overall Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship decided, Mark Crookall taking his third overall championship in succession with only what can be called some outstanding performances. There were plenty of battles in some of the classes that had yet to be decided.

The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge was decided at this meeting. Chris Cannell in the Force SR8 took the title.

More on the two championships in a separate report.

Fastest Time of the Day and the Russell Challenge Trophy went to Pete Hammock in his Empire Wraith. It all seemed to come together for Pete on Sunday, the car being brand new at the beginning of the season, his time of 30.86s taking the award.


Class Reports:

The Triumph Register Class

The Triumph Register always brings a huge class of classic British cars to the hill. September was no exception. It was Steve Small and the lovely TR7 V8 that dominated both practice and the timed runs. His best timed run was the second run in the late afternoon when he finished on 36.63s. Roderick Warner in his TR7 V8 was second finishing over three seconds behind Steve, finishing on 40.26s. Roderick in turn was three seconds ahead of the TR6 of Dale Strachan after the first timed run. But he put a great second timed run pipping Dale Huxford in his Spitfire to third. Dale Strachan finished on 43.26s and Dale Huxford on 43.49s.

The MG Class

There were twelve car and driver combinations in the class. The super light weight Sprite of Ben Rolls dominated this class from the out set, his best timed run was 38.85s. It was up to the rest of the class to chase for second place. After the first timed run, there were three drivers split by just 0.4s. Peter Clark in his Midget ended second on 40.78s, Robert Bell in his F took third on 40.98s and Steve Luscombe in another Midget fourth on 41.08s.

The Austin Healey Class – Big Healey and Warwick Cars Class

There were six cars in the Big Healey and Warwick cars class entered. The 100/6 shared by Pat Cooper and John Tewson, in John’s hands just pipped Pat to the win. He improved his first timed run and finished on 38.20s with Pat just 1.30s behind on 39.50s.

The Austin Healey Class – Austin Healey Sprite Class

The Austin Healey Sprite Class had six drivers entered. The top three after the first timed run were within a second of each other. Steve Casson in the light weight Sebring, leading over Colin Gale and Maxwell Shand. Steve didn’t improve his first timed run which was 39.49s, Colin and Maxwell both improved their times but they were by enough to over-come Steve. Colin was second on 39.66s and Maxwell third on 40.09s.

The Isle of Wight Car Club

Jennie and Clive Stangle in their Mitsubishi Evo 5 took a commanding lead over Steven Wells in the SEWC SubZeroMore. Jennie and Clive set and reset the class record during the timed runs. Clive finished on 33.94s, a new class record and Clive’s first sub 34s run in the car. Jennie finished on 35.19s.

Regular Gurston Classes

The Gurston Down MX5 Class supported by the Window Doctor

The 2017, 2018 and 2019 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Mark Crookall, was on sparkling form again in his Mazda Roadster RS. He reset the class record in both the first and second timed run. The first timed run was 38.99s and the second timed run 38.73s. That time would have given Mark third in the Up to 2000cc Road Going Class and don’t forget, the Mazda Class doesn’t allow any significant modifications, basically, they are standard cars! Jason Richardson in his Mk2.5 RS was second. His first timed run ended in a bit of a spin, but his second timed run was 39.61s. He managed to just stay ahead of Chris Burch, who shares Mark’s Mazda, who finished on 39.70s. Sadly, Jason is taking some time off and has sold the car to another regular in the class, Paul Wheatley.

Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class

John Davey, Managing Director of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores had issues with his gearbox during the first practice so didn’t take any further part in the meeting. This left David Nutland in his Mini to run alone. He finished on 41.10s.

Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs

This class has become very competitive this season. The top seven in this class were covered by just two seconds. The class championship leader and current class record holder, Miles Horne in his Peugeot 306 took the win with a 37.59s first timed run. Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5 was second on 38.48s with Russell and Chris Davies third and fourth respectively in the Honda Civic they share. They finished on 38.87s and 38.88s.

Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, supported by Turbo Dynamics

Mike Rudge in the Ford Focus RS had a great day. He took the class win with a 36.22s first timed run. Paul Dickinson in the Renault Megane 250 Cup took second with a 37.11s first timed run.

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Thomas McMillan in his Lotus Exige took control of this class from the first timed run. Thomas turned in a 36.00s second timed run, which left the rest of the class far behind. Bruce Bosley in the Caterham Super Sport took second on 38.37s and Andrew McMillan in the Lotus Exige was third on 38.61s.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class and the Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000cc Class were amalgamated

Graham Beale in the Ginetta G33 took the win over Simon Purcell in the Lotus Exige. Graham finished on 35.06s and Simon on 36.25s.

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class

Neil Turner, the class record holder, in the Mini Cooper S won this class. He had a good lead over James White and the rest of the field after the first timed run. Unfortunately, James didn’t improve his time on the second run, meaning Neil takes the win. Neil’s time was 35.36s and James 36.54s.

Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class, supported by Meadens Skoda

Jim Herbert in the Mitsubishi Evo took control of the class after the first timed run. Jim finished on 33.77s with Paul Meadows in the Renault Clio stopping the clocks on 38.57s.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported Gates of Brockenhurst

Richie Gatt in his Westfield and Martin Watson in his Westfield were just 0.02s apart after the first timed runs with Martin leading. That meant second timed runs were likely to be a decider. Martin improved his time by just over a half a second. Martin’s time was 31.91s. Richie Gatt didn’t improve his time so ended second on 32.58s.

The Historically Interesting Class (Pre 73), supported by Kelvin Jouhar

With just two lovely cars in this class. Mike Broome in the Alexis MK17 F3 was dominant. Mike’s time was 38.14s with Jeremy Smithson in the Lotus Elan finishing on 44.50s.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class

Tim Pitfield in the DJ Firecat is the current class record holder and is having a great season. Sunday wasn’t any different. He did have a worrying mechanical issue during the day but that ended up being a very minor and simply fixed. He smashed the class record by more than one second, reducing it again this season. It now stands at 31.62s. Peter Steel in his Radical SR1 Gen 2 took second with almost identical times, 34.12s and 34.11s.

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class

Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes double drove the Force SR8 in this class. Chris had a great day, won the class on 30.95s and also added to his points in the Top Ten Challenge. As a consequence he won the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge for 2019.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management

James Moore in the Empire 00 had a good lead after the first timed runs with a 31.56s. James didn’t improve on the second run but that time was good enough to secure first place. Murray Wakeham in the OMS CF96 was second on 32.36s with Tony Levitt in another Empire, this time an Evo, just 0.01s behind Murray after the first timed runs. Although both Murray and Tony improved their times, Tony’s was a little better. Tony finished second on 32.11s with Murray third, just four hundredths behind on 32.15s.

1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class and 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated were Amalgamated

This meant Roger Cock in the Pilbeam MP54 and Mike Lee in the OMS 3000M had a tough day. Pete Hammock and the lovely Empire Wraith was quickest. His time of 30.86s not only won the class but took the fastest time of the day too. Mike finished second on 31.54s and Roger third on 32.46s.

Our season, sadly, has now come to an end, well almost….

Don’t forget that we have our Annual Awards at The Stones, High Post, Near Salisbury on Saturday 2nd November. These are in the evening and those who would like to stay overnight should contact the hotel directly and mention the Awards Dinner and you’ll get rooms at discounted rates. More details of the Awards Dinner and an application form for the evening are available by following this link – ANNUAL AWARDS

As ever we would like to thank all those who made our weekend and season possible!

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer BARC SW Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb
The Meadens Skoda Championship 2019 – Class Results

The Meadens Skoda Championship 2019 – Class Results

There have been some amazing performances, close finishes and records broken in the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship. The final two rounds of the took place at our September meeting.

Many of the Class Championships were undecided prior to the September meeting so every point in every round suddenly became very important. A number of classes didn’t have championship contenders entered which meant the dropped score rules made a difference.

Thank you to all the entrants in the championship, we couldn’t run it without all your support!

We would also like to thank all of the class sponsors for their support during 2019.

Here are the Official Class Results for the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship:

The top five in each class have been included in these results. The full results are available online on our website.

The Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5

This class turned out to be the one to watch again this season. Mark Crookall won the class championship and the overall championship too! Jason Richardson pushed Mark all year, they swapped firsts and seconds, broke the target time and the class record through-out the season. The record, set by Mark at the September meeting, now stands at 38.61s. Jason’s performances gave him third in the overall championship after the tie-break rules were taken into account.

Mark wins the Record-Designs Award.

Result 2019

Points

Mark Crookall

109

Jason Richardson

102

Chris Burch

83

Paul Wheatley

72

Malcolm Francis

64

 

Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc

The two contenders in this class have traded places all season. This class was another class settled on the tie-break rules. David Nutland in the Austin Mini won after John Davey had a number of mechanical issues with the Midget, one of which meant he had to withdraw from the September meeting. The class record, 40.55s, is held by David Nutland but this record is still higher than the class’s target time of 40.44s originally set by John. What will next season hold?

Result 2019

Points

David Nutland

84

John Davey

84

 

Road Going Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs

This class has been another very competitive class in 2019. Miles Horne brought his superfast Peugeot 306 back to the hill. Miles stamped his authority on the class in the very first round of the season by breaking the class record. He had some mechanical issues mid-season but things came good and he reset the record again in July. Dean Cubitt in his Mazda MX5 had to push hard to keep Chris Davies in the Honda Civic and Tim Forster in the Lotus Elan at bay and took second. Chris was third and Tim fourth.

Result 2019

Points

Miles Horne

102

Dean Cubitt

92

Chris Davies

80

Tim Forster

79

Russell Davies

67

 

Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, supported by Turbo Dynamics

The Lewis Dean Subaru Impreza pretty much dominated this class this season. The car is shared by Shaun and Sarah Fudge. Shaun winning the majority of the rounds being beaten by Sarah twice and Steve Cox once during the season.

Result 2019

Points

Shaun Fudge

99

Sarah Fudge

88

Steve Cox

78

Tony Mullis

76

 

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Mark Parrett, manager of Fieldfare Trailers, in his Autotune Gemini, won the class with some solid performances. The class is small and the class record very low, which means it is difficult to score maximum points. Nigel Holt changed his car in August to a non-road going Caterham, would this have made any difference? Looking at the class results in September, Mark would have still taken the class championship.

Picture by Ian Rawlings

Result 2019

Points

Mark Parrett

87

Nigel Holt

84

Adrian Lewis

50

 

Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

The Porsche 911 and Phil Price were always the likely winners of this class. Paul Slade’s E Type just doesn’t have the grunt of the 911. Paul also had mechanical issues for the first part of season which meant he had lots of catching up to do.

Result 2019

Points

Phil Price

84

Paul Slade

41

 

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

Neil Turner, in the Mini dominated class, has reset the class record this season. The record now stands. As a consequence you may have expected him to have easily won the class championship. However, David Bean, in his Mini, chased Neil right to the end of the season and the points margin between them was just 2!

Result 2019

Points

Neil Turner

83

David Bean

81

Jim White

56

Connor Manley

41

 

Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Meadens Skoda

Mark Walker and the Porsche Cayman won this class. He’s had a great season after suffering reliability issues last year. Richard Hillyar in the rather rare and unusual Renault 21 Turbo took second.

Result 2019

Points

Mark Walker

77

Richard Hillyar

72

 

Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class, supported Gates of Brockenhurst

Steve Holland in his Westfield has had a great season winning the class. Steve, Richie Gatt and Martin Watson had great battles when they all competed together. You really didn’t know which would come out on top.

Result 2019

Points

Steve Holland

94

Richie Gatt

81

Martin Watson

53

 

Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Jeremy Smithson in his beautifully presented Lotus Elan Fixed Head Coupe was the only entrant in this class.

Result 2019

Points

Jeremy Smithson

40

 

Hill Climb Super Sports Cars Class

There was just one entry in this class, Richard Fry in his rare Mallock 25/27.

Result 2019

Points

Richard Fry

32

 

Sports Libre up to 1400cc

Tim Pitfield in his DJ Firecat has had, what can only be described as, a fantastic season. Tim and the DJ Firecat have set and reset the class record at almost every event. The record now stands at 31.62s. Peter Steel and his Radical SR1, a new car to Peter this year, has been improving his times all season as has Craig Russell in his Westfield XTR2.

Result 2019

Points

Tim Pitfield

102

Peter Steel

90

Craig Russell

80

 

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class

Chris Cannell in the Force SR8 he shares with Sue Hayes has had a great season. Not only did he win the class championship but he took the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge.

Result 2019

Points

Chris Cannell

90

Sue Hayes

80

 

601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management Limited

David Cuff in his OMS CF97 has had to fight hard against Murray Wakeham in an OMS CF96 all season. Murray had some reliability issues mid-season which may have helped David with his championship challenge. They ended just one point apart, David ultimately winning.

Picture by Dan Young

Result 2019

Points

David Cuff

85

Murray Wakeham

84

Steve Loadsman

46

Alan Joy

35

 

1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class

Peter Hammock’s Empire Wraith have dominated the class for much of the season. Mike Lee in the OMS3000M has made sure Peter didn’t have it all his own way, beating Peter a couple of times. In September Peter finished the season on a high by winning Fastest Time of the Day.

Result 2019

Points

Peter Hammock

82

Mike Lee

42

 

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class

Roger Cock in the Pilbeam MP54 had a great season. Tony Wilshire brought his Ralt RT34 to the hill for a few events and made Roger work for every point.

Result 2019

Points

Roger Cock

73

Tony Wiltshire

38

 

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Force Induction

Paul Haimes and his lovely turbocharged Gould GR59 was the only entry in this class.

Result 2019

Points

Paul Haimes

32

 

Racing Car Over 2000cc

As many of your know, Paul Crute had a rather dramatic incident in his lovely Jaguar powered OMS. Fortunately, Paul was uninjured. We understand that Paul and the car will be back with us next season. We look forward to seeing Paul again next year.

Result 2019

Points

Paul Crute

48

 

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support in 2019.

We would also like to thank everyone who made our events and championship possible.

E&OE

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

RESULT – The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge

RESULT – The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge

The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge title was decided at the September meeting. Chris Cannell and the Force SR8 won the title.

In previous years the Top Ten Challenge had already been won at the July meeting but the 2019 season was different. Mathematically, Chris could have been beaten but as we all know, motorsport can be full of surprises.

The Result of the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge 2019 were:

Results 2019

Points

Chris Cannell

47

Peter Hammock

40

Steve Holland

37

Paul Crute

29

Murray Wakeham

28

Ritchie Gatt

25

Tim Pitfield

24

Tony Wiltshire

23

Paul Haimes

20

Mike Lee

20

Martin Watson

16

Roger Cock

15

Second – Peter Hammock

Third – Steve Holland

We would like to thank all of our sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores for their continued support in 2019.

E&OE

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

Championship Finale Preview – September 8th

Championship Finale Preview – September 8th

The final event of the year at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb takes place on Sunday 8th September with two more rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Championship and the final round of the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge. There is a full entry for Sunday’s event which should result in a full day of exciting and entertaining action.

Over 110 cars and drivers will compete in standard road cars, classic and modern cars and amazingly fast sport and single seat racing cars. All of them will pit their wits against the fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue and each other to score valuable championship points.

Spectators have unrivalled access to the hill, paddock and facilities. The excellent catering and refreshments are available on site too.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

The overall Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Championship was decided at the July meeting. Mark Crookall in his Mazda MX5 RS took the overall championship and the Mazda MX5 class championship with some amazing performances at the July meeting.

The next four places in the championship are not finalised. Each of the drivers could change positions within the top five. Jason Richardson (Mazda MX5 RS), Tim Pitfield (DJ Firecat), Shaun Fudge (Subaru Impreza) and Steve Holland (Caterham) will all be looking for maximum points on Sunday.

Chris Cannell in the Force SR8 secured the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge after the July meeting. His minimum score is 46 points (maximum 48 points) and second place is Steve Holland (Caterham) maximum is 41 points (minimum 37 points) and third place man Pete Hammock (Empire Wraith) maximum is 40 points (minimum 30 points). Second place will be decided at the meeting! Who will it be?

Our September meeting hosts a number of invited championships and classes. These championships are the Triumph Register Cars, MG Cars and the Austin Healeys. Time of the Day will win The Russell Challenge Trophy, who will that be?

Preview in detail:

The Triumph Register Class

The Triumph Register always bring a huge class of classic British cars. There are TR4As, TR6s, TR7s and a rather lovely Dolomite Sprint amongst others. The fastest cars in this class are usually the TR7 V8s. Roderick Warner in his TR7 V8 has Gurston experience and has won here more than a few times. If fact in both 2017 and 2018! He will be the man to beat. You can’t discount Dale Huxford in the Spitfire, who was second last year. Look out Steve Small in his V8. You simply can’t ignore any of the car and driver combinations in this class.

The MG Class

There are thirteen cars and driver combinations running in this class. Ben Rolls in his Sprite must start favourite as he has won this class for the past two years. But you have to look out for the other members of this class as they might just pip Ben to the post.

The Austin Healey Class – Big Healey and Warwick Cars Class

There are just five cars in the Big Healey and Warwick cars class entered. With Paul Baker and Pat Cooper will have to look out for John Tewson. John won last years event by just one hundredth of a second. Just like many of today’s invited classes, you can’t really ignore of the any other drivers here either.

The Austin Healey Class – Austin Healey Sprite Class

The Austin Healey Sprite Class has six drivers entered. Last years winner, Joe Mackrill, isn’t amongst the entrants so the favourite has to be Colin Gale, who was pipped to victory last season by just 0.50s.

The Isle of Wight Car Club

With the superfast Mitsubishi Evo 5 of Jennie and Clive Stangle entered in this class. They both have very good Gurston experience so it will be interesting to see who actually takes the win. Will be Jennie or Clive?

Regular Gurston Classes

The Gurston Down MX5 Class supported by the Window Doctor

The 2017, 2018 and 2019 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Mark Crookall, returns to the hill in his Mazda Roadster RS. He is having a really great season, breaking records and winning the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy at the June meeting. Jason Richardson in another RS has also had a great season with stunning performances and looks like he might get second in the overall championship. Mark is the current record holder, it stands at 39.13s. Will Jason steal the record back?

Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class

There are just two entrants in this class. John Davey, Managing Director of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores and David Nutland in his Mini. David holds the class record at 40.55s. It will be interesting to see how this class ends the season?

Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs

The class championship is currently lead by the class record holder, Miles Horne in his Peugeot 306. He is having a great season. Miles, Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5 and Tim Forster in his Lotus Elan are the likely top three in this class. But watch out, Rob Brodie in his Renault Clio and the Honda Civic shared by Chris and Russell Davies have been improving all season. David Bellamy in the Peugeot 106 might spice up the class too!

Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, supported by Turbo Dynamics

Shaun Fudge is in a strong position in the class championship but hasn’t entered in September, leaving his wife Sarah as one of the top two contenders along with Mike Rudge in the Focus RS. It will be interesting to see how this class goes?

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

With a few of this classes regular competitors and winners missing from the class. It will be interesting to see how that affects the result. Will it be Nick Morgan in the Lotus Elise or Bruce Bosley in the Caterham? These two are the fastest two by previous times. Looks like this class will be determined by performance on the day.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class

Simon Purcell runs in this class on his own in the Lotus Exige. Sadly he is likely to be amalgamated with the over 2000cc class. That will make it a really tough class for Simon.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000cc Class

Graham Beale in the Ginetta G33 runs on his own in this class. Although the class amalgamation might well make it a great class to watch. Graham and the G33 will have a tough run against Simon Purcell in the Lotus.

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class

Neil Turner, broke his own class record again in August, so he has to start favourite. He needs two good point scoring rounds to take the class championship position. Derek Mullis, James and Derek White along with David Bean will make sure he works for the win because they are require points too.

Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class, supported by Meadens Skoda

Jim Herbert in the Mitsubishi Evo has a small class of just three cars. The Renault 21 turbo of Hillyar and Mark Walker in his Porsche Cayman S will be looking to keep Jim and maybe just snatch the win.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported Gates of Brockenhurst

Richie Gatt in his Westfield has to start favourite in this class. Nigel Holt in the Caterham 310R which he first drove at the August meeting and the other 310R driven by Simon Cassey and Neil Robinson will all be looking to make sure he works for the win and snatching the second place.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

There are just two lovely cars in this class. Mike Broome in the Alexis MK17 F3 and Jeremy Smithson in the Lotus Elan. On previous experience, Mike will probably win.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class

This class has a great entry. Tim Pitfield in the DJ Firecat is have a great season. Peter Steel in his Radical SR1 Gen 2 are likely to be the top two. Tim unofficially broke the up to 1400cc record at the August meeting but the differences in class between Gurston and National regulations, means technically it doesn’t count. But it is very much a statement of intent!

The Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class, supported by Lewis Property Services

Steven Wells run his SEWC SubZero on his own in this class.

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class

Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes run the Force SR8 in this class. Chris will be looking for fast time so he can add to his Top Ten Challenge points and make sure of his Challenge win.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management

This should be a class dominated by the two Empire Evo’s entered by Tony Levett and James Moore. The winner of past performance should be James Moore.

The Formula Ford Class- Cars up to 1600cc

There is just one entrant in this class, David Matthews in his Zeus 163.

1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class

Mike Lee and Pete Hammock are the two entrants in this class. Mike driving an OMS 3000M and Pete in the lovely Empire Wraith. This class should belong to Pete, he has been improving all season in the new car.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated

Roger Cock runs alone in this class in his Pilbeam MP54.

 

The Championship Finale will be a decider for the Top Ten Challenge and most of the Gurston Down Championship Class titles. It will be a specular day!

Why not come and join us?

 

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 AA signs.
Dates: Sunday September 8th
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 15s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer BARC SW Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb
Record Breaking Weekend and Championship Won!

Record Breaking Weekend and Championship Won!

The August meeting at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb brought the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments Hill Climb Leaders Championship to the hill.

There were 150 cars and drivers competing at the twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue and it was a spectacular weekend with class records falling all over the classes! Some great performances!

The British Hill Climb Championship was decided at the first run-off on Sunday. Wallace Menzies won the first run-off and sealed the championship. It was his 299th run-off too. Such a great performance with seven run-off to go! More on the run-offs later in the report.

Wallace also won the Fastest Time of the Day with a 25.54s run in the first run-off. That’s less than 0.2s off the overall hill record.

Saturday’s practice had a few incidents but it showed how Sunday’s events might be.

Class Results:

The BARC SW B Licence Class

The BARC South West B Licence Class went first. Martin Watson in his Westfield SeiW dominated the class from the outset. His second timed run was 32.13s four seconds ahead of the Isabella Lawrence in Stephen Moore’s Mitsubishi Evo, she was sharing with Jon Maycock this weekend. She finished on 36.14s with Mark Everett in the TVR Griffith. There were many personal bests in this class too.

The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc – A(i)

Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5 stamped his authority on this class from the start of practice. He best timed run was 38.24s. It was interesting to see how the four “new” Mazda MX5 drivers got on. Ronald King snatched second in the MX5 he was sharing with Paula Levett, finishing on 41.46s.

The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Car Class – A(ii)

Jon Maycock in the Mitsubishi Evo he was sharing with Isabella Lawrence had a great day. He one the class with a 33.98s first timed run. Interestingly, his second timed run was just 0.01s slower on 33.99s. Jon was a little surprised by the car! Second was Rodney Eyles in the gorgeous Alfa Romeo 4C on 35.14s, narrowly beating Mike Rudge in the Ford Focus RS.

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class – B

Adrian Lewis with the super fast Westfield Superbusa was dominant in this class. He improved his fiorst timed run 33.05s with a 32.98s second timed run. Second was John Pick in the Subaru powered AMS Murtaya with a 36.96s second timed run.

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class – C(i)

Neil Turner and his super fast Mini reset the class record in the second timed run and won the class. The new record and the class winning time was 35.01s. The Hillman Imp with Eric Morrey at the wheel was pushed hard by Jim White in the Austin Mini. Those two finishing on 35.96s and 36.17s respectively.

The 1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class – C(ii)

Colin Satchell and Paul Drowne who share the very quick Peugeot 205 swapped places between the first and second timed run. Paul was just 0.03s ahead of Colin after the first timed run. They both went quicker in the second timed run. But it was Colin who took the win with a 33.68s run. Paul was just 0.01s behind on 33.69s.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class – C(iii)

Yet another record fell in this class. Stephen Moore in his other Mitsubishi Evo had an outstanding second timed run. After the first timed run he was in front by just 0.64s. But in the second he got everything together and finished on 31.99s, beating his own class record for the second time this season. Mark Walker in the Porsche Cayman finished second with a 34.26s. Tim Painter in the lovely Aston Martin Vantage was third on 34.53s

The Modified Specialist Production Cars Class – D

Simon Jenks and his Caterham Supersport had a great weekend. Not only did he win the class with a 30.44s second timed run but he took Mike Rudge’s ten year old record with it. Interestingly, Mike, whilst being interviewed during the meeting, promised he would be back with his Westfield soon! Steve Holland was second with a 31.87s second timed run.

The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class – F

Tim Pitfield in the DJ Firecat was in sparkling form! His winning time of 31.75s would be a record in Gurston Down’s own up to 1400cc class. But with the class structures different in the national events, sadly it won’t count. Needless to say he was very pleased! The Norma M20FC, belonging to Duncan Barnes was second, not in Duncan’s hands, but in his hands of the driver he was sharing with, Tom New. Tom was only 0.13s behind Tim and 0.33s ahead of Duncan. A great performance for a car that is usually seen on European hills.

The Over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class – G

Allan McDonald bring the crazy Mini Evo was joined by Geoff Twemlow in the Saker GT. Geoff switching cars. Allan and the Mini Evo currently holds the hill record for a closed car, he didn’t quite match that pace but won the class with a 31.23s second timed run.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class – I

The current class record holder Robert Kenrick in the GWR Raptor 2 was the man to beat in this class. Robert reset the class record in May and reset it twice in both of the timed runs. He won the class with a 28.04s run. He also helped his Leaders Championship points and he qualified for both British Hill Climb Championship run-offs too. Stephen Owen in the OMS 28 was second on 29.66s with the Greenen brothers Adam and Andy third and fourth respectively, both finishing on 29.87s but Andy’s second timed run failgave Adam the third place.

Formula Ford Racing Cars up to 1600cc Class – J(i)

This class was amalgamated with the 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class (J(ii)) as Sam Lister is the only entrant. Sam and her Van Diemen RF92 managed a 37.99s second timed run, a great performance.

The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class – J(ii)

Eynon Price in the Force TA took the lead in the first timed run, didn’t improve in the second but none of the rest of the class could match his pace. He stopped the clocks on 28.59s. David and Allan Warburton in their Gould GR59 were second and third respectively, finishing on 28.62s and 29.27s respectively. David and Eynon also qualified for the first Top Twelve Run-off.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – K(i)

Tim Davies in the Pilbean MP88 won a very hard fought class with a 29.26s first timed run. Tim Elmer and his Dallara was second on 29.50s and the GWR Pediator with Johnathen Varley at the wheel with a 29.69s run. The first four in this class were separated by less than one second.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction – K(ii)

Paul Haines in his Gould GR59 took this class with a 27.58s. He has had some great runs during the season at Gurston earlier in the season. Richard Spedding had issues with his car all weekend. He finished second on 27.94s and they both qualified for the two Top Twelve Run-offs. Great performances all round in this class.

The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class – L

With the Championship at stake, this class really was a great one to watch. Will Hall in the Force WH-Xtec had a little spin in the first timed run which meant he didn’t qualify for that. But in the second timed run, he was on the money. His second timed run took the win and took him into the second Top Twelve Run-off. His time was 25.79s, which is close to the long standing hill record but he didn’t get fastest time of the day. That went to Wallace Menzies in the Gould GR59 in the first run-off. Wallace’s class time was 26.03s with Sean Gould in the relatively new Gould GR59-Judd third with a 26.11s. Dave Uren in another Gould, but this time a GR55, was fourth on 26.39s. Debbie Dunbar in the DJ Firestorm had a great weekend, she qualified for the run-offs and her first timed run was just 0.07s off the long standing Ladies Hill Record held by Sue Young.

The Sports and Racing Car Built up to 1971 Class – M

The Brabham BT35 of Christopher Bentley-Jones finished fastest in this class. Although issues meant that he only did one timed run. He finished on 34.85s, just ahead of Amanda George in the Cheveron B19 who finished on 35.11s.

The Sports and Racing Car Built up to 1985 Class – N

Roger Cock transferred from the Racing Car Class in the Pilbeam MP54 and took the class win from Roger Deans in the Lola T142. Roger Cock finished on 31.95s and Roger Deans on 37.47s.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class A2 Saloons and Sports Cars

Chris Berrisford in the Subaru Impreza was a non-starter, leaving the class very wide open. Charles White in Lotus Elise won after a great first timed run of 41.78s with Oliver Beale in the Audi TT just 0.20s behind.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class A2.1 Mazda MX5s

The Mazda MX5 class had a good entry. The Mazda shared by father and son, Alan and Nicholas Mugglestone dominated the class. They both broke the existing class record. Ultimately. Alan was the quickest. He finished on 38.26s with Nick on 39.29s.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class B2 Roadgoing Specialist Cars

The Westfield is shared by Simon Price and Paul Evans was the only car in this class. Simon was ahead after the first timed run and stayed in that position during the second as Paul couldn’t improve on the mornings run.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class C Modified Saloons and Sports Cars

Robin Lee in the Renault Clio he shares with Geoff Lancaster took the class win here. It was a hard fought and very close battle for the top three places. Paul Meadows in another Clio was second and Julian Harper in a Mini was thirds. Their times were 39.38s, 39.64s and 40.36s respectively.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class F Supersports / Sports Libre Cars

This class was amalgumated with Class I and J Racing Cars.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class F, I and J Racing Cars Amalgumated

Paul Batey in his Rawlinson S-F Stiletto took the class win, by a good margin. He stopped the clocks on 37.16s. Laurence Marks in the Van Diemen RF84 took second with a 39.14s first timed run.

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 2 – Standard Production Cars

Another class record fell in this class. A great performance by David Dyson in his 911 beat Robert Lancaster-Gaye in his 911 GT3. David’s time and new class record was 34.89s with Robert finishing on 36.82s

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 1 – Modified Cars

Class 1 had the super fast 911 RSR with Paul Howells at the wheel. Paul was ahead after the first timed run. None of the three improved their times in the second timed run so Paul took the win. His time 33.27s finishing ahead of Peter Turnball who stopped the clocks on 34.03s. Their times were probably affected by the late afternoon heat.

Top Twelve Run-offs, Rounds 27 and 28 of the British Hill Climb Championships

Round 27

This run-off could decide this years Motorsport UK Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship. In order for Wallace Menzies in the Gould GR59 to win, he had to win the run-off and Alex Summers in the DJ Firestorm, his competition needed to finish below fourth. Wallace won the Run-off and Alex finished fifth, so Wallace became the 2019 British Hill Climb Champion. His time also won fastest time of the day, he finished on 25.54s, just 0.07s off the Hill Record. It was an all Gould top three, Sean Gould in the GR59-Judd was second on 25.81s, Dave Uren in the GR55 was third on 25.89s with Trevor Willis in his OMS28 fourth on 26.34s. Alex Summers was fifth on 26.88s.

This was the 299th time Wallace had qualified for a Top Twelve Run-off and the 19th time a Gould has won the British Hill Climb Championship.

Round 28

Sean Gould had a great second run-off in the GR59-Judd. The “new” car is really coming together now and it will be interesting to see what will happen during the rest of the season. Sean finished on 25.62s with Wallace Menzies in another GR59 second on 25.78s. Will Hall in the Force WH-Xtec slotted into third on 25.96s and Dave Uren and Trevor Willis fourth and fifth respectively.

We would like to thank all those who made our weekend possible!

Anthony Record – Press Officer Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – BARC SW