British Hill Climb August 2017 – Brief Report

British Hill Climb August 2017 – Brief Report

The weather was with us for the second visit of the British Hill Climb Championship and Hill Climb Leaders Championship. There was plenty of sun and some great action.

The main events were the two Top Twelve Run-Offs for the British Hill Climb Championship.

Round 27 was won by Will Hall in the Force WH-XTEC with a great performance stopping the clock on 26.01s. Trevor Wills in his OMS28 was second and Jason Mourant in the Gould GR55 third.

Round 28 was won by Wallace Menzies in his Gould GR59-M with an equally great performance stopping the clocks at 26.07s and crossing the finish line at 159.5 mph! Jason Mourant was second, pipping Trevor Willis by just one hundreth!

Full Review of the meeting coming soon!

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshals, timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Insight Medical Services, Insight Security, Steve Lister for the great photographs and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

Anthony Record – Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Press Officer

 

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – AUGUST MEETING

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – AUGUST MEETING

CAMPING / CAMPERVANS / TRAILERS:

The image below details the camping arrangements. Trailers may be parked attached to campervans provided they are parked in the way detailed in the map.Tents may also camp in the trailer area if they wish.

Camping on Thursday night is NOT permitted. Our land-lord has specifically requested this as it is outside the terms of our lease!

Trailers not attached to campervans MUST be parked in the trailer park.

FRIDAY ARRIVAL TIMES:

Please do not arrive before Noon, put your car in or obstruct the paddock areas before this time.The adverse weather has left these areas worse than usual. We usually have these areas road swept in the morning on Friday but we expect this task will take longer than usual.

DOGS:

Dogs are NOT permitted at our August and September meetings.

The British are Back – August 26th and 27th

The British are Back – August 26th and 27th

August Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th sees the second visit of the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA Hill Climb Leaders Championship to the narrow, twisty and spectacularly fast Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

The weekend brings some of the fastest cars and drivers in British Hill Climb. They will all pit their wits against each other, the clock and Wiltshire’s award winning famous Speed Hill Climb Venue.

There will be over 140 cars and drivers competing in everything from standard road cars, specially prepared hill climb cars and super fast sports and single seat racing cars.

Spectators have fabulous unrivalled access to the hill, paddock and facilities. We have excellent catering and refreshments on site too.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

Saturday is practice day. Each driver will be allowed three practice runs. The first cars will come to the line just before 09:00. There will be two runs in the morning and one after lunch. Practice usually finishes around 15:00.

The day doesn’t finish there. Saturday evening includes live music from Darren Mitchell.

Sunday sees another practice run in the morning, starting around 08:30. Timed runs will start around 10:30 followed by the first of two British Championship Top Twelve Run-Offs. After lunch the second timed runs are followed by the second Top Twelve Run-Off.

The Top Twelve Run-Off allows the fastest twelve registered competitors in the British Hill Climb Championship to score championship points. Ten points for a win, down to one for tenth. These run-offs ultimately determine who becomes the British Champion! The current leader in the championship is Trevor Willis.

Alongside the British and Hill Climb Leaders Championships, the Porsche Club, SBD HSA have rounds of their respective championships and the BARC South West Members have their own class.

As ever there will be a Fastest Time of Day award.

Class Preview in Detail:

The BARC South West B Licence Class

This class has a variety of cars and drivers. Martin Watson’s Westfield, Sarah Fudge’s Impreza, Mike Butler’s M3, if it’s sorted after the off he had a Goodwood earlier this month, and Alex England’s Ford Fiesta, to name just a few of the drivers likely to feature in the top five. Martin’s previous times will probably give him the class win.

The Porsche Club’s National Championship Class

There is an all 911 line-up in the Porsche class. Peter Turnbull has the form to win the class but this class is really competitive. Robert Lancaster-Gaye and Paul Howells and all of the rest of the class will make him work for the win.

The Gurston Down MX5 Class supported by DoctorMX5

There are six MX5’s running in this class. Julian Cox, the class sponsor, bring his Mk1 to the hill for the first time this season and Nick Revels, Gurston’s competition secretary will be the drivers to beat.

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

There are just five cars entered. John Davey and his refreshed MG Midget are back. Steve Harris is entered in the Vauxhall Corsa and Richard Brant and his 172 Clio Sport will probably be fighting for the top two places.

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

Shaun Fudge and the Lewis Dean Motorsport Subaru Impreza is favourite in this class. Andrew James and the Nissan 350Z won’t let him have an easy time of it.

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

The Caterham 7 of Allan and David Warburton is likely to dominate this class. Can Adrian Lewis’s Westfield Superbusa and local knowledge help him to victory?

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class

There are just two entries in this class. David Bean and the extra-ordinary Mini and Andrew Russell and his Imp powered Ginetta G15. Hopefully, the Ginetta will behave this weekend and make this class another close battle.

The Modified Series Mini Class

There is just one entry in this class. Richard Wood and the Yamaha power Mini will be chasing personal bests and class records.

The 14001cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class

This class brings Colin Satchell and his ultra-fast Peugeot 205 back to Gurston Down. He is sharing the car with Paul Drowne. Colin will probably take charge of this class so it’ll be down to Paul Drowne and Darren Balster and Tom Reeves to fight it out for second.

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

This class features former Gurston champion. Simon Purcell in his Lotus Elise. He will be up against Geoff Tremlow’s beautiful Subaru Impreza, Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser’s stunning Aston Martin Vantage and Bob Mortimer’s 911 to name just a few of the large entry in this class. It will probably be between Simon, Bob and Geoff but you cannot discount Tim or Andrew or for that matter any of the rest of this class.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported Gates of Brockenhurst

Anthony Orchard and Simon Jenks and their respective Westfield and Caterham will be the one’s to watch in this class. On previous form, Anthony should end up on-top. This class is never easy to predict and it could be anyone’s!

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

There are four gorgeous cars entered in this class. The Lotus 22 of Geoff Hunt has the form to take the win here. Mike Broome’s lovely Alexis Mk17 F3 will be chasing Geoff all the way to the line.

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

There is a good entry in this class, the Peter Sexton / Jonathan Gates Force LM is the car to beat in this class. There have been issues with the Force LM, this season, but when it is on-form, it’s almost unbeatable! Our drivers school principal, Tim Pitfield and his DJ Firecat will have to work hard to beat Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG to third.

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels

Allan McDonald will have a proper battle on his hands in his Mini Evo. With similar times, Allan and Sue Hayes in the Force SR8 she usually shares with Chris Cannell are very evenly matched and neither will give any quarter.

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

This class has a massive entry! There are 21 drivers entered. Although the Force HC of Olivia and Liam Cooper might not be repaired in time, after Liam’s off at Wiscombe Park at the end of last month. Simon Fidoe (Empire Wraith), Steve Owen (OMS 28), Lindsay Summers (DJ Firehawk), Darren Gumbley (Force TA Mistral) and the Greenen brothers, Adam and Andy (Empire Evo 2) will all be in the mix. This class will probably be settled by just hundredths of a second.

The Formula Ford Class- Cars up to 1600cc

There is another big entry in this class. 1967 is not only Gurston Down’s 50th Anniversary, it is also the 50th Anniversary of the Formula Ford. The current class record holder Simon McBeath starts favourite but this is a class that is usually very close, hundredths of a second are usually the deciding factor! With cars that are so evenly matched everyone has a chance of taking the win.


1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody

This class really have come alive recently. The specialist hill climb car manufacturers are building some amazing machinery. There are three of last years Top Ten British Hill Climb Championship drivers entered. The GWR Raptor of Richard Spedding has been very much in-form recently with three run-off wins of the last four rounds and he is currently second in the championship. Then there is the Gould GR59 of Sean Gould, currently ninth in the championship and we must not forget the Empire Evo of Ed Hollier who is tenth. And we should not discount Tina Hawks and her Force PC who has been on sparkling form.

All of these drivers will be looking for runs that secure a place in the Top Twelve Run-Off so you should expect these driver to be fast.

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

The class is also well supported and extremely competitive! There are fourteen drivers competing. Chris Cannell, who usually shares the Force SR8 with Sue Hayes in the Sports Libre class, is out this time sharing, the recently revitalised Pilbeam MP53 of Roger Cook. Tim Davies and his Pilbeam MP88 has Lee Griffiths and his OMS 25 as well as Tim Elmer and his Dallarra F399 and the rest of the class to contend with. This class will be down to the best driver and car performance on the day.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction

There are only three entrants in the Force Induction class. It’s likely to be between the two lastest cars from Pilbeam and Gould here. The Gould GR59 of Paul Haimes and the Pilbeam MP101 of Kelvin Broad will probably make up the top two.

The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class

This class is all about qualifying for the Top Twelve Run-Off. There are two former British Hill Climb Champions, Alex Summer and Trevor Willis, as well three other drivers currently in the top ten in this years championship. The class is difficult to predict. Trevor Willis and the OMS 28 are leading the 2017 Championship and will be one to watch. Wallace Menzies, fresh from a Run-Oiff win at Wiscombe Park in his constantly improving Cosworth / Gould GR59-M will be one to watch. In May Wallace went through the Hollow speed track at 150 mph and over the line well in excess of that! The car seems to be getting better all the time. Jason Mourant in the Judd / Gould GR55b had a win at Gurston Down in the Midland event in July and Will Hall and his Force WH-XTEC (2000cc turbo-charged) will also be chasing. And the former champion, Alex Summers, will be there or there about too. Although he will have to fight hard in the Opel V6 (2500cc) / DJ Firestorm.

British Hill Climb Championship Top Twelve Run-Off

There will be two Top Twelve Run-Offs on Sunday, one before lunch on Sunday and one at the end of the meeting. With the British Championship still undecided, any points will be important to all of the qualifiers. We suspect the Fastest Time of the Day will come from one of these run-offs.
SBD HSA – Speed Championship – Saloons and Sports Cars Class

The HSA championship has an eclectic group of cars entered. It’s quite a difficult class to predict, the Caterham of Colin Bowdidge, the Raw Striker of James Robertson start favourite although the Peugeot 205 of Jason Tunnicliffe might be a surprise.

SBD HSA – Speed Championship – Sports Racing and Racing Cars Class
There are two entries in this class, John and Charlotte Phelps share the Westfield Megabusa so it’s a win for the Phelps family!

Another exciting weekend of at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – Don’t Miss It!

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: Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th
Times: Saturday Practice from 0830 until 1500 approx. Sunday 0830 Final Practice then timed runs from approx 1030, then first timed runs followed by First Top Twelve Run-Off, then lunch and final timed runs from 13:00 Second Top Twelve Run-Off.
Admission: £10 for adults Sunday (£6 on Saturday), accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

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

The Meadens Skoda Championship Standings – by Class after Round Four

The Meadens Skoda Championship Standings – by Class after Round Four

Round four of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship ran at the 22nd and 23rd July meeting.

Round four produced some interesting and surprise changes to both the overall championship and the class championships. Full details of the results.

Here are the top three in each class.

Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship – Class Results

The Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5

After Round Four

Points

Mark Crookall

88.09

Mark Jones

60.00

Nick Revels

58.36

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

After Round Four

Points

Dean Cubitt

76.96

Christopher Davies

74.70

Tony Record

66.28

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

After Round Four

Points

Stephen Moore

86.00

Shaun Fudge

79.31

Sarah Fudge

75.62

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

After Round Four

Points

Adrian Lewis

78.78

Clive Skipper

77.40

Richard Yeomans

43.47

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

After Round Four

Points

Steve Butts

82.50

Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

After Round Four

Points

Simon Purcell

84.95

Steve Holley

78.85

Paul Slade

50.02

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

After Round Four

Points

Neil Turner

86.00

Derek Mullis

78.91

David Bean

70.37

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

After Round Four

Points

Tim Painter

79.72

Mike Butler

57.67

Mark Walker

52.30

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

After Round Four

Points

Mike Rudge

80.97

Martin Watson

77.12

Antony Orchard

77.05

Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

After Round Four

Points

Mike Broome

60.99

Fyrth Crosse

60.35

Geoff Hunt

20.00

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

After Round Four

Points

Keith Diggle

63.52

Tim Pitfield

58.20

Peter Steel

34.51

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels

After Round Four

Points

Chris Cannell

85.50

Sue Hayes

80.00

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

After Round Four

Points

James Moore

82.38

Murray Wakeham

74.51

Alan Joy

71.53

1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody

After Round Four

Points

Ian Tucker

35.66

Peter D Smith

20.47

Richard Gaylard

20.00

Formula Ford Class

After Round Four

Points

Mark Alley

79.25

Russell Haynes

77.85

Paul Marcom

69.95

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class

After Round Four

Points

Dave Lord

57.91

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class

After Round Four

Points

Andy McBeath

40.00

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support in our 50th Anniversary year!

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

Meadens Skoda Championship and Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge – After Round Four

Meadens Skoda Championship and Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge – After Round Four

Championship and Top Ten Challenge Standings after Round Four

The July 22nd and 23rd meeting was the fourth round of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The result of the fourth round have decided the overall champions and some of the class champions. It also produced some interesting results, changes of fortune and perhaps even some surprises in the challenge!

The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge

Jonathan Gates’ lead in the challenge has evaporated after issues in June and July with the Force LM he shares with Peter Sexton, Managing Director of Gurston Down’s main championship sponsor, Meadens Skoda.

The current leader is now James Moore. He has 26 points from the four rounds.

Chris Cannell is second, Mike Rudge third and Andy McBeath is fourth. These four are now mathematically the only drivers able to win the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The full table reads:

After Round Four

Points

James Moore

26

Chris Cannell

23

Mike Rudge

21

Andy McBeath

20

Martin Watson

13

Anthony Orchard

12

Jonathan Gates

10

Keith Diggle

10

Stephen Moore

10

Peter D Smith

9

With all to play for at the September meeting. Here are details of the maximum and minimum points each of the top four can score.

After Round Four

Points

Min

Max

James Moore

26

26

32

Chris Cannell

23

23

33

Mike Rudge

21

21

29

Andy McBeath

20

20

30

The table assumes that each driver scores a maximum of ten points. Only one of which can.

September’s meeting will be the decider for the Challenge. But who will be the champion?

Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship – Overall

The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship has been won by Mark Crookall from the Gurston Down Mazda MX5 class. He has broken the class record three times already this year and now has the championship in the bag! His lead is unassailable.

However, the places have yet to be decided.

The next two have 86.00 points, Stephen Moore, the 2015 and 2016 champion, and Neil Turner. Chris Cannell has 85.50 points. Next is Simon Purcell, the 2014 champion on 84.95 points.

Here are the top twelve.

After Round Four

Points

Mark Crookall

88.09

Stephen Moore

86.00

Neil Turner

86.00

Chris Cannell

85.50

Simon Purcell

84.95

Steve Butts

82.50

James Moore

82.38

Mike Rudge

80.97

Sue Hayes

80.00

Tim Painter

79.72

Shaun Fudge

79.31

Mark Alley

79.25

With all to play for at the September meeting. Here are details of the maximum and minimum points each of the top four can score.

After Round Four

Points

Min

Max

Mark Crookall

88.09

88.09

90.00

Stephen Moore

86.00

86.00

87.00

Neil Turner

86.00

86.00

87.00

Chris Cannell

85.50

85.50

87.00

Simon Purcell

84.95

84.95

86.73

Steve Butts

82.50

82.50

85.00

James Moore

82.38

82.38

86.70

Mike Rudge

80.97

80.97

83.47

Sue Hayes

80.00

80.00

82.50

Tim Painter

79.72

79.72

83.04

Shaun Fudge

79.31

79.31

82.34

Mark Alley

79.25

79.25

82.44

This assumes that each driver has a class record and is more than 1.5s ahead of second place in their respective classes.

The full class tables will be available online shortly.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support in our 50th Anniversary year!

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

July 22nd and 23rd Full Meeting Report

July 22nd and 23rd Full Meeting Report

Our July meeting at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb was a rather damp affair! The rain came and disrupted the meeting a few times. Hollow was awash for a while but the marshalling team and stuaf dug some extra drainage ditches to cope with the additional water. Thank you to them for their efforts. We would like to thank the marshals, officials and spectators who braved the weather too.

The July meeting had a number of championships visiting as well as hosting the fourth round of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship and the Cavendish Ships Store Top Ten Challenge. There will be separate reports on the last two later.

We also hosted our second Formula Ford Festival and two Top Twelve Run-Offs of the BMTR Championship.

Jason Mourant and his Gould GR55 won both of the run-offs and Fastest Time of the Day with a 28.08s run in the second run-off. This gave him some very useful practice for the British Hill Climb Championship event on 26th and 27th August.

Here’s the full class review.

The Record-Designs Road Going Series Production up to 2000cc classes.

The B Licence class drivers went first, they had a damp first run and a wet second. Dean Cubitt with his Mazda MX5, won the class with a 39.96s first timed run. But he was chased hard by Robert Brodie and his Renault Clio and Christopher Davies’ Honda Civic who finished on 40.26s and 40.38s respectively.

The A Licence class saw David West and the Peugeot 106 take the class win with a first timed run of 39.07s. Richard Brant and his Clio took second on 39.53s. Tim Forster and his Lotus Elan had a spin on the first timed run which put him out. There is a series of pictures on our Facebook page.

The Turbo Dynamics Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Classes.

Sarah Fudge was the B Licence class’s only entrant and her class was merged with the A Licence Class.

The A Licence class has been dominated in the recent past by the class record holder and 2016 Gurston Down Champion, Stephen Moore and his Mitsubishi Evo. Stephen had a problem with his transfer box but still managed a 35s dead in the first timed run. Shaun Fudge took second with the Lewis Dean Motorsport Subaru Impreza stopping the clock on 36.69s, a personal best for Shaun.

The Fieldfare Trailer Centre Road Going Specialist Production Classes.

The B Licence class was Clive Skipper and his Caterham 7 HPC class from the very first run. He finished on 36.33s, over five seconds faster than his nearest competition.

The A Licence class was won by Allan Warburton and the Caterham 7. He stopped the clocks on 34.39s in the first timed run. The weather stepped in in the afternoon and there was little chance of bettering these times so first timed runs decided both the A and B Licence classes.

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class was run by the current class record holder, Neil Turner. After the first timed run Derek Mullis, lead the class by just 0.02s. But Neil had an exceptional second run finishing on 39.50s, more than 1.5s faster than the first timed run and over three seconds faster than his nearest competitor in that run. A great performance and some good points in the Meadens Skoda Championship.

The Tipadel 1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Classes.

Scott Hanham and his Ford Fiesta won the B Licence class with a first timed run time of 45.15s beating Laurence Colvin in his MG by just one second. The second timed runs where weather affected and neither improved their times.

Martyn Pike with his Ford Escort Mk1 won the A Licence class. His time of 38.42s on the first timed run, pushed Ralph Pinder and his Peugeot 205 into second. Ralph took a second timed run but couldn’t improve on the 39.52s he set in the first run.

The Meadens Skoda Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Classes.

Steve Elliott and Jeremy Bloor and the rear wheel drive BMW 325i were first and second in the B Licence class. They were close, Steve was ahead after the first timed run on 46.31s with Jeremy on 46.67s but Steve’s second timed run was faster, 46.05s.

The very quick Vauxhall VX220 of Mike Turpin won the A Licence class. But the Aston Martin Vantage of Andrew Fraser did not make it easy. They were separated by just 0.34s after the first timed run, 38.23s and 38.57s, respectively. Mike improved his time a little on his second run, finishing on 38.05s.

The Gates of Brokenhurst Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Classes.

The B Licence class was Martin Watson and his Westfield after the first timed run. With a four second lead and deteriorating weather, the class was decided by lunch-time. Martin finished on 39.52s.

The A Licence class was a completely different matter. This class is always competitive and July wasn’t an exception. The top four in this class, Ash Mason, Mike Rudge, Simon Jenks and Steve Day were all within 0.50s of each other. They finished on 37.18s, 37.29s, 37.56s and 37.64s respectively. Second timed runs deciding the second to fourth places.

The Kelvin Jouhar Historically Interesting Class brought out those beautiful cars. The victor was the Chevron B19 driven by Amanda George. Her time was 38.97s.

The Lewis Property Services Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class went next. Keith Diggle and his WEV HCS-BDG won this class finishing on 39.26s. Tim Pitfield was second with his first timed run time. Tim couldn’t improve this time after his a spin at Ashes. The Force LM shared by Jonathan Gates and championship sponsor Peter Sexton was a non starting, leaving them struggling in the Top Ten Challenge points as well as the championship.

The Berazzi Wheels Sports Libre over 2000cc Class saw Sue Hayes and Chris Cannell and the SR8 back after it’s seven cylinder issue in May. Chris took the class with the second timed run time of 42.15s.

The Drynham Project Management Limited 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Classes

The B Licence class had just one entry, William Adams and his OMS 2000M. The weather wasn’t helping anyone at this time and William’s time was 49.85s.

The A Licence class was a very busy class indeed. With thirteen entries, this class was going to be close. It was! Ben Stephenson and his Empire Evo who took the win, pipping Mike Andrews and his Force PC by just 0.45s. Ben finished on 34.33s and Mike on 34.78s. James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 took third.

The SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class was won by Tina Hawkes. Tina’s recent form continued, she finished on 33.81s. Pete Hammock, practice days fastest time of the day man, came second.

The Formula Ford Class went next. The weather seriously hampered this class, with a long delay due to rain when they came to the line. Just two seconds separated the top nine car / driver combinations. The current class record holder, Simon McBeath and his Swift SC92F took the class with a 39.96s run in the much improved conditions of the second timed run. Andrew Henson, Nev Rollason and Mark Alley were second (40.30s), third (40.51s) and fourth (40.99s) respectively.

The ex-BTCC driver and ITV BTCC commentator, Paul O’Neill put on a great show and finished 8th. Here’s Paul, sideways, at the exit of Ashes on what could only be described as very wet conditions.

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

This classes first timed run went in what can only be described as a down-pour. Tim Davies and Jack Cotterill were the top two after the first run. But the weather turned and the track improved. Terry Davis (OMS CF09) had the best time in the second timed run, stopping the clocks on 32.09s. Tim Davis (Pilbeam MP88) and Johnathen Varley (March 772P) came second and third on 32.25 and 32.63s respectively.

Kelvin Broad and his Pilbeam MP101 was the only starter in the 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class. Kelvin finished on 31.52s.

The over 2000cc Racing Car Class went next. It was Graham Wynn’s day. He and the Gould GR55 were second after the first timed runs to Jason Mourant in his Gould GR55. Graham went quicker and Jason had a mini spin on the entry to Karousel in the second timed run but still managed to finish in the top twelve and qualify for the second run-off.

There were two small classes of Sports Racing and Racing Cars up to 1971 and 1985.

The up to 1971 class had just one entry, the Brabham BT29X of Richard Jones. Richard improved his time by some five seconds

The up to 1985 class was won by the Pilbeam MP53-4 of Rodney Eyles. Rodney dominated the class from the outset.

The DoctorMX5 Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class went next. Mark Crookall, the current leader championship leader, class record holder and the winner of the 2017 Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy took the win. Although that was far from certain after the first timed run. Nick Revels, Gurston Down’s Competition Secretary was just 0.70s behind and John Davey, the MD of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores, who was sharing Mark’s car was third. Mark improved his time by over 1.5s to take the class win. Mark Jones took 3.5s out of his time to finish second on 43.00s and Nick Revels improved slightly, finishing on 44.30s. Here’s John Davey in Mark’s MX5.

Steve Butts, a former Gurston Down Champion, and his Lotus Elise won the Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class saw Simon Purcell and his Lotus Elise take the win. But Simon had to work hard to keep Graham Beale and his Ginetta at bay. The former Gurston Down Champion, ended on 36.49s and Graham on 37.21s. This class really is starting to heat up!

Last class to run was the Dews Motor Club Championship. The Maguire Mini of Derek Kessell had this sown up from the start. He was three seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Marc Morris, in the first timed run. Mark just couldn’t claw back that sort of lead in the Renault Clio. Derek finished the day on 38.91s and Mark on 41.70s.

Then we had the BMTR Midland Championship Run-Offs. The fastest twelve cars registered in the championship went head to head after each timed run.

Jason Mourant and his Gould GR55 took both Run-Offs. His second run-off time was also the Fastest Timed of the Day – 28.08s.

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshals, timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Insight Medical Services, Insight Security, Steve Lister for the great photographs and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

 

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