Gurston Championship & Challenge

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The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship 2019

Target Times 2019

Class Championship 2019

Overall Championship 2019

The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship




Final Class Championship 2018

Final Overall Championship 2018


The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship

Overall Class Championship 2016

Overall Championship 2016                                                                                                                        

Winner for 2016 – Stephen Moore and his Mitsubishi Evo Copyright: John Hayward



Stephen Moore , 2015 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Champion. Copyright: Akina Media

Stephen Moore , 2015 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Champion. Copyright: Akina Media


CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 POSITIONS BY CLASS FINALOverall Championship 2016 round 1

Basis of the Gurston Down Championship.

The Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship, now generously sponsored by Meadens Skoda, comprises of Fouteen rounds, two at each of the seven events being part of the Championship. The events are held in April (two), June (two), July (two) and September. And a new scoring system was adopted for the 2018 season. This new systems sees points awarded on the basis of the position competitors finish in relative to their opponents on EACH timed run. Hence two rounds per Event.

The brief SUMMARYof the rules are as follows:

i) Points will be scored according to class position, taking into account only registered contenders, as follows:

3 or more registered starters: 10-9- 8 (-7- 6-5- 4-3- 2-1) points down to 10th place,
plus 1 point to every other starter i.e. who crosses the start line.
2 registered starters: 9-8 points
1 registered starter 8 points

A bonus point will be awarded to any driver breaking the class target time during a competition run.

Class Target Time: The class target time will be the best time set in each class by a registered Gurston Championship contender
in the previous three seasons (ie, 2015, 2016 & 2017). These target times will be updated
annually as required so that year on year they reflect the state of competitiveness in each class as recently as
possible (without making changes during a season).

Target Times 2019

ii) In the case of class amalgamations in a counting event, for whatever reason, scores will be calculated in
the class for which competitors were originally eligible.

iii) Points gained in TEN of the 14 qualifying rounds will count towards the Championship scoring total. The
qualifying events will be April Saturday, April Sunday, June Saturday, June Sunday, July Saturday, July
Sunday, September. Each of these meetings will comprise two qualifying rounds of the Championship. The
two competition runs at each event will count towards Championship scoring. Registered contenders will be
awarded points according to their position in the class on each class run.

iv) Competitors may score points in more than one class, but these will not be added together to count
towards the overall championship total.

v) In the event of a tie for position between two or more competitors the following tie-break procedure will
be adopted in the sequence shown below until a result is achieved.

a) The competitor who beats by the most or gets closest to their class target time shall be the winner.

b) If competitors are still tied after comparing their season’s best time to the target time, their second best
times shall be compared to the target time, and the third etc. as required.

c) If appropriate, dropped scores will be counted i.e. the eleventh, twelfth etc. scores as

d) Should these methods fail to produce a clear winner, the Committee of the BARC (SW) will decide what
further action should be taken.

When a new class is introduced into the SRs at Gurston Down, the class will not be incorporated into the
Championship until it has run for at least one full season with sufficient support that the best time to be used for
the target time can be considered to be representative. If the committee of the BARC (SW) considers one season
to be inadequate for a particular class, then to protect the fairness of the Championship as a whole, this
‘probationary period’ may be extended pending further review.

If using the methods described it is not possible to define what the Committee deems to be a representative
target time for a particular class, the Committee will decide what further action should be taken.

Trophies as currently outlined in Clause 8 will be unaffected.

NOTE: These are a summary of the rules. They are NOT the final and full version of the rules. These can be found in the competitor information area. Or this link  CHAMPIONSHIP AND CHALLENGE REGULATIONS 


The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge


Top Ten Challenge 2019


Final Top Ten Challenge 2018


Top Ten Challenge 2017

James Moore – 2017 Challenge Champion


Top Ten Championship 2016

Winner 2016 – Simon Marsh Copyright: John Hayward


Ed Hollier, 2015 Top Ten Challenge winner. Copyright: Akina Media

Ed Hollier, 2015 Top Ten Challenge winner. Copyright: Akina Media


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.

LogoSmallTen points go to the overall fastest contender, down to one point for the 10th fastest.

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.