Gurston Championship & Challenge
The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship
Basis of the Gurston Down Championship.
The Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship, now generously sponsored by Meadens Skoda, comprises five rounds at events held in April, June (two), July and September. And a new scoring system was adopted for the 2013 season and onwards, which now sees points awarded on the basis of how fast competitors are on the day relative to their opponents. The rules are as follows:
i) 1st place in class will score 20 points plus the time difference between 1st and 2nd place, up to a maximum of 21.50 points; 2nd place in class will always score 20 points; all other registered finishers’ scores will be based on their time relative to that set by 2nd place e.g. a time 1.35 seconds slower than 2nd place will score 20.00 – 1.35 = 18.65 points, et cetera.
ii) If there is only one finisher in class, if registered he/she will score 20 points plus a bonus if they achieve the following; within 0.00 to 0.25 secs of the class record, plus 1.50 points; within 0.26 and 0.50 secs, plus 1.00 points; within 0.51 and 0.75 secs, plus 0.50 points, based on the existing class record at the start of the meeting.
iii) If there are only 2 finishers in a class, if registered the winner will score 21 points. He/she will also score 0.50 extra points if they are within 0.50sec of the existing class record. Likewise he/she will score 0.25 extra points if they are between 0.51 and 1.00secs of the respective class record.
iv) An additional bonus point will be awarded to any competitor breaking an existing class record on the day, based on records at the start of the meeting.
v) All competitors, registered or not, will have their positions counted towards the scoring, with points only being awarded to registered contenders.
vi) Points gained in four of the qualifying events will count towards the Championship scoring total.
There is an award for the overall winner of the Championship of course, but awards also go to the winners of each class in the Championship too, so there is plenty of competitive action throughout the whole field as drivers vie for position.
You can see how close is the competition between some of the drivers in the Championship listings accessed from the links above, with the gap between places being measured in a few hundredths of a second in places.
Basis of the Top Ten Challenge.
Running in parallel with the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship, and at the same meetings, The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge sees points being awarded to the ten fastest registered competitors at each meeting, irrespective of which class they compete in.
So, as you might expect, the Challenge tends to be dominated by the larger capacity single-seater racing cars running at the end of the entry, though it is by no means impossible for the Supersports or Sports Libre cars to get amongst the points, or indeed the smaller capacity racing cars.
And should Mother Nature decide to interfere by raining part way through the meeting, then the whole Challenge is thrown wide open.
The remarkably rapid smaller single-seaters, particularly the bike-engined cars, often spring surprises, especially if conditions are less than perfect, when their nimble handling can overcome the power deficit to the bigger engined cars.
As in the Gurston Championship, a drivers best four scores count towards overall position in the Cavendish Ships Stores Challenge, and with the race for “Best Time of the Day” being so competitive at Gurston these days, predicting a Challenge winner is no easy task. The tussle for supremacy in the Challenge is just as ferocious as in the Gurston Down Championship.