Here are the final documents for the British Hill Climb Championship Weekemd.
The May and August event is run under the class definitions of the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb and Hill Climb Leaders Championship. The classes are defined within the regulations which can be found at www.http://britishhillclimb.co.uk
the following document explains the differences between the Gurston Down Class and the British Hill Climb Classes.
Gurston to BHC Classes
Anthony Record – Press Officer Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb
There have been the following ammendments to the entry list for the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developements British Hill Climb Championship and Hill Climb Leaders Championship.
There will be revisions to the Batch List and the class amalgamations printed in programme.
The following cars / drivers have withdrawn:
138 – Graham Wynn
96 – Rob Kenrick
91 – Chris Cannell
79 – Mike Broome
61 – Eric Morrey
25 – Rob Brodie
3 -Richard Spedding
The follwing cars / drivers have been added:
133 – Paul Haimes – Class K(ii), first in Batch 6.
912 – Steve Owen – Class I, running last in Batch 3, Double driving with Harry Pick (112)
95 – David Tatham, – Class H, running after David Cuff (94) in Batch 4
Class H will not be amalgamated.
There will be reflected in the REVISED Final Instructions, Batch Lists and Entry List published later this evening – Thursday 24th May 2018.
Anthony Record – Press Officer – Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb
There have been changes to the documents issues earlier this week.
The revisions can be found on the Competitor Information Page (click here) in the Entry Lists & Final Instructions Section.
They can also be found here:
REVISED FINAL INSTRUCTIONS – MAY 2018
REVISED ENTRY LIST – MAY 2018
REVISED PADDOCK PLAN – MAY 2018
PROVISIONSAL RUNNING ORDER MAY 2018 – This is likely to change
PLEASE DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE 12:30 ON FRIDAY as the paddock areas and the course will NOT have been finished being cleaned before that time – Thank you.
Here is the Camping Plan for the May Meeting.
Camping is £10 per weekend and must be paid at Sign-On. The camping money is given to the local village!
The weekend of Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th is the first of the two visits by the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments Hill Climb Leaders Championship to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.
The Championship brings some of the fastest cars and drivers to the twisty course at Wiltshire’s 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 spectacularly fast fast sport and single seat racing cars.
Spectators have fabulous unrivalled access to the hill, views of the course, 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 competitor gets the opportunity to take three practice runs, starting around 09:00. There are two runs in the morning and one after lunch. Practice usually finishing around 15:00.
Sunday is competition day, there will be an early morning practice, starting around 09:00 followed by one timed run before lunch and the first of two top twelve run-offs. Then after lunch the second timed runs are followed by the second top twelve run-off.
The Top Twelve Run-Off allows the fastest twelve, championship registered, competitors to take an additional run, after which the fastest ten score points for the British Championship. Ten points for a win, down to one for tenth. These run-offs ultimately determine who becomes the British Champion!
Alongside the British Championship and Leaders Championships, the Lotus 7 Club and the Porsche Club have rounds of their championships and the BARC South West Members have their own class.
As ever there will be a Fastest Time of Day! Who will it be?
Class Preview in Detail:
The BARC South West B Licence Class will run first. The class has a variety of cars and drivers who hold MSA Speed B Licences. On current form it’ll be between Martin Watson and his Westfield, Sarah Fudge in the Lewis Dean Impreza and Dean Cubitt’s and his Mazda MX5. These three will probably be fighting for the top three places. There are a number of new car and driver combinations that might just mix this class up a bit.
The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class has an all 911 line-up. This championsip is another one of those that is so difficult to predict. On previous form, Phil Price and his 930RS, Bob Mortimer in his 911 and Peter Turnbull’s 911 are likely to be in the top three. But you can’t discount any of the other drivers!
The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc rounds off batch two. It has just four cars entered. It looks like it will be a Renault Clio one, two. Richard Brant and his Clio 172 will probably squeeze Paul Hearne and his Clio 172 Cup out to second if previous form is anything to go by.
Batch three gets underway with the Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Car Class has five cars entered. With Stephen Moore in his Mitsubishi Evo RS, Justin Andrews and Shaun Fudge in their respective Subaru Imprezas, it’s going to be close. Stephen will probably end up on top.
The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class has just two entries, Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa and John Davey in his TVR. Adrian should take this class.
The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class sees some lovely machines entered. Not only do we have the Gurston regulars, David Bean, James White and Neil Turner in their Minis but we have two Hillman Imp powered cars and a Peugeot 106 too. Andrew Russell’s delightful Ginetta is always competitive but the one, two will probably be Neil Turner and James White.
The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class has a great entry. Tim Painter and Andy Fraser bring their lovely Aston Martin. But it will be a tough class with the two Subaru Imprezas of Steven Darley and Jim Herbert to content with. Winner, we will have to wait and see.
The Modified Specialist Production Cars Class, goes next. On previous form, Simon Jenks and his Caterham Supersports starts favourite but Andrew Griffiths, Richie Gatt and Steve Holland will not make it easy. In a class with these cars and drivers it could be anyones.
Next to come to the line will be the beautiful cars entered in the Historically Interesting Class. Look out for the Lola T142 of Roger Deans and the Chevron B19 shared by Richard and Amanda George. However, Mike Broome in the Alexis Mk17 F3 starts favourite. All of the drivers are very capable of taking the class win.
The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class starts batch four. Duncan Barnes brings his Norma M20FC to the hill for it’s first outing and the first outing of a Norma in British Hill Climb. Those of you who know about or compete in European hill climbing will recognise the car as one of the most competitive cars on the European stage. The Norma is a big car and usually competes in the relatively wide and long courses in Europe. It’ll be interesting to see how the car copes with the narrow and short courses here in the UK. Chris Cannell should be back in the Empire Evo and will probably win this class.
The over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class has a former Manx Grand Prix winner (on a bike, of course), Allan McDonald and his Mini Evo. You can see some of his in-car video on our Facebook page.
The up to 600cc Racing Car Class has just one entrant. David Cuff in his Jedi Mk4.
The ever popular 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class has a huge entry, over 20 cars! Simon Fidoe (Empire Wraith), Darren Gumbley (Force TA), Lindsay Summers and Debbie Dunbar (DJ Firehawk), Adam and Andy Greenen (Empire Evo) and Eynon Price (Force HC) to name just a few. Class winner? Could be any of the entrants and most will be looking to get a place in the Top Twelve Run-off.
The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class sees some new drivers car combinations that make this class even more difficult to predict than the up to 1100cc class. You’ll need to look out for the ex-Sean Gould, Gould GR59 driven by David and Allan Warburton, Oliver and Liam Cooper with the Force TA and Les Mutch in the GWR Raptor. They will be looking for great times in both timed runs to qualify for the Run-offs.
Batch five ends with some serious racing cars. The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – has another big entry. our cars and six drivers competing. Terry Davis’ OMS and Tim Elmer’s Dallara are both very capable of winning this class. But we have a new car from GWR, the Pedator driven by Johnathan Varley.
Batch six brings the even faster cars to the hill with the 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction – has four cars entered. Richard Spedding was third in the British Hill Climb Championship last year in this GWR Raptor so he’ll probably take the class and a place in the Top Twelve Run-off too.
The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class is the class that will probably bring the Fastest Time of the Day. With the British Championship in it’s early stages and being so close at the moment, this class could be very close. Wallace Menzies brings his Gould GR59b and Dave Uren and Nicola Menzies have the ex-Martin Groves GR55, Trevor Willis, the 2017 champion in his OMS will be one to watch. But you can’t really discount any of the driver / car combinations here. Will Hall and Jason Mourant will also be looking for run-off places.
Batch seven brings the Formula Ford Class. This sees the current class record holder Simon McBeath and three other drivers competing for the win. These car are so similar, the class will be close. The winner will be decided by hundredths as will all of the places!
Then it’s the turn of the Lotus 7 Club Championship runners. With the Lotus 7 Club Championship in it’s early stages, it will be tough to predict any of these classes. It will be down to performance on the day.
The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 1 – Cars Up to 125 bhp – has three entries. Paul Boston has previous form at Gurston Down so he looks good for this class.
The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 2 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1A Tyres – David Nelson starts favourite as he has won in previous seasons. But it is very early in the season.
The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 3 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1B Tyres – has seven entrants. This class was decided by just a few hundredths of a second last year. Robert Jacobs the eventual winner. Based on his previous experience he should be in with a good chance of repeating his win.
The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 4 – Car up to 210 bhp – has just two entrants, Tom Price and Bruce Bosley.
The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 6/7 – sees seven cars and drivers entered. Simon Rogers won last year so he’’ probably be the man to beat.
Another exciting weekend of at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – Don’t Miss It!
Here’s the PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST
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 May 26th and Sunday May 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
We are having our Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm in the restaurant at the hill. Here’s a summary of the agenda.
Minutes of the last AGM
Chairman’s Report followed by Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer reports
Election of Officers and Committee
Under rule 12; Geoff Hunt, Tim Pitfield, Paul Webster, Sarah Howard and Linzi Alley retire from the Committee and being eligible offers themselves for re-election.
Election of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer.
Any Other Business
There will be a short break for a chat before a formal committee meeting.
The over-night rain, thunder and lightening had cleared by early morning and the sun began to dry the course and spectator areas. The second event of the 2018 seaosn at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb gpot underway with rounds three and four of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the second round of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.
With some 140 cars and 30 motorbikes entered, the place was humming with activity by 08:00. Saturday has been a good day for many of the drivers and cars. Sunday brought the ACU’s motorbikes and combinations which have been reported on separately.
Fastest Times of the Day went to Peter D Smith in the car he shares with Richard Gaylard who rounded off the weekend with second fastest time of the day. Peter’s time of 30.44s an improvement over Saturday was just over half a second quicker than Richard’s.
Full Details of the Class Results:
First to the line were the Triumph Register Car Class. There was a huge entry in a wide variety of Triumph cars. The TR8 V8 of Steve Small and Roderick Warner and the TR6 of Nick Smith, dominated the first three places. Steve producing the only sub 40 second run and stopped the clocks at 38.97s. Roderick couldn’t catch him and finished on 40.71s although Nick Smith was second after the first timed run but ended on 41.44s.
The Big Healey and Warwick Cars class went next. Roles were reversed over last year with Paul Baker taking the win on 39.19s Pat Cooper second on 39.52s and Richard Mason third with a 39.85s run.
Then came the Healey Sprite Class ventured up the hill. Robin Johnson with his Sprite overcame Stephen Casson in his Sebring and Colin Gale in his Sprite to take the win. Robin only managed one timed run and it was the only sub 40s run which gave him the class win. Stephen and Colin finished second and third on 40.17s and 40.25s respectively.
The Morgan Cars Class went next. The Roadster Lightweight of Paul Clarke put in a great time of 38.46s leaving everyone else in his wake. Patrick Hadley took second with a 40.10s second timed run.
For the second time this weekend we saw the lovely cars that form the ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class.. Gary Dawkins in his Lotus Exige won the class with a second timed run of 36.94s. The win looked like it wasn’t to be his after the first timed runs with thee drivers ahead of him. Stephen Hill in his Lotus 7 was second and Matthew Eady, Saturday’s winner taking third.
The regular Meaden Skoda Gurston Down Championship Classes were next.
Saturday’s Mazda MX5 Class, sponsored by The Window Doctor was a interesting affair with the reigning Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Mark Crookall and his RS being bumped into second. Sunday first timed runs looked like they might go the same way. Graham Hadley lead the first timed run by just 0.03s from Jason Richardson and 0.26s ahead of third place man, Mark Crookall. The second timed runs brought Graham Hadley within a tenth of Mark’s class record, he managed 40.65s. Jason’s big spin at Karousel, left Mark with a good chance to snatch third back but it wasn’t to be. Graham won the class with the 40.65s run with Jason and Mark, second and third with 40.68s and 40.91s respectively.
The Road Going Series Production up to 1400cc class saw John Davey, the MD of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his quick MG Midget is running on his own. He was lloking to take the class record but didn’t quite make it, he finished on 41.35s.
The Road Going Series Production Class, 1401cc to 2000cc, sponsored by Record-Designs ran next. Paul Dickinson and his Honda S2000 repeated his Saturday performance. The first timed run pushed Tim Foster, last years class champion, and his lovely Lotus Elan back to third behind Dean Cubitt but a great second time run meant second was assured. Paul’s time of 38.06s was over a second clear of Tim who stopped the clocks on 39.23s.
The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, sponsored by Turbo Dynamics, saw Stephen Moore and his Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS back. Stephen, last years class champion, took control from the outset. Shaun Fudge was second, rounding off a great weekend for Shaun and championship points. He currently leads the class. Jon Maycock in the turbo Mazda MX5 kept the car on the track and finished third in both rounds and third overall.
The Road Going Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Fieldfare Trailers, came next. The result was almost identical to Saturday’s timed run. Clive Skipper in his 2.0 Caterham HPC overcame Adrian Lewis in his Westfield. Clive finished on 34.57s and Adrian 35.67s.
The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class turned out to be an interesting class on Sunday. Mark Walker shared Simon Purcell’s Lotus for the day and Phil Price brought his Porsche 930RS were additions to the Saturday line-up. The first timed run went to Simon Purcell with Graham Beale and Phil Price second and third. The second timed runs saw Phil Price take the win with Simon second and Graham third. The overall win went to Simon Purcell with a 34.80s run with Phil Price just 0.04s behind in his Porsche 930RS.
Next up were the Minis in the Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Cock and Sons (General Builders). James White took the win with a 37.23s second timed run and both of the rounds of the championship too.
The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Meadens Skoda, was a repeat of the Saturday’s meeting as far as the first two places were concerned. Tim Painter won both rounds of the timed run and the class overall. His time was 37.23s.
The Gates of Brockenhurst sponsored Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class three car line-up saw Martin Watson, Richie Gatt and Steve Holland go head to head. It was close, Martin won with a 32.78s run with Richie on 32.80s and Steve on 33.16s.
The Historically Interesting Class, sponsored by Kelvin Jouhar, cam next. Fyrth Crosse repeated his Satuday form taking both the rounds of the championship and the overall class win. His time being an improvement 34.47s.
Mark Mortimer in his Mallock17b stopped the clocks on 34.91s in the Hillclimb Super Sports Class.
The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class’s second outing saw a similar result to the first. Gurston Down’s Driver School Principle, Tim Pitfeild took both rounds and the win overall. Tim’s time was 33.94s with Peter Steel in his Mallock second on 34.89s.
Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class had just one entry, Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG. Keith improved his Saturday time with a 32s dead first timed run.
The Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class saw the Chevrolet Camero Z28 of Jeffery Way up against the super fast Force SR8 of Chris Cannell. Chris took the win and third fastest time of the day with a 31.10s.
The 500 Owners Association Championship Cars Class, sponsored by Riley Cranes went next. The car shared by Max and John Finlay Mac Kintosh was the car to beat. John won the class and both timed runs. He managed a 41.90s with Max second on 43.59s.
The up to 600cc Racing Car Class saw David Cuff and his Mk4 Jedi. His time 37.85s.
The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by Drynham Project Management, gave James Moore, the 2017 Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge winner another victory. But his time of 32.40s only gave him seventh fastest of the day.
The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by SM AeRo Techniques, saw Peter D Smith repeat his Saturday win over Richard Gaylard in the Force PC they share. Peter’s time was a little better than Saturday’s stopping the clock on 30.44s. This also gave him Fastest Time of the Day.
The New Techniques sponsored 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car (Normally Aspirated) Class was won by David Lord. Although Roger Cock took the second time run after David’s error at the bottom of Karousel. The overall victory went to David with his 33.28s first timed run.
Paul Crute and his OMS was the last car to run and he won the Gould Engineering sponsored Racing Cars Over 2000cc class.
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, Steve Lister, A-Cute Medical Services, Venture Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.
Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb