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Moran’s maximum

Scott Moran scooped BTD (26.02 seconds on his final run of the day) and both Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship Run Off wins today (Sunday August 25th) at Gurston Down in the 3.5 Gould GR61X, despite coming under increasing pressure from Wallace Menzies in the screaming 3.2 DJ Firestorm.

Scott Moran, Gould, Gurston Down

Scott Moran won both Run Offs. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

Menzies was second in both Run Offs, 0.57 seconds behind Moran in the first but just seven hundredths adrift after putting up his best time of the weekend on his final assault on the hill.

Wallace Menzies, DJ Firestorm, Gurston Down

Wallace Menzies closed in on Scott Moran in the second Run Off. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

If there had been an award for Driver of the Day it would surely have gone to Alex Summers who made it a very good day for the DJ marque, lowering his own class record by 0.14 seconds on his second class run and taking two astounding third places in the 1.3 supercharged DJ Firehawk, the second of those exactly equal with current champion Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS 28). Summers had edged Willis into fourth place by just one hundredth in the first Run Off!

Alex Summers, DJ Firehawk, Gurston Down

Alex Summers was outstanding in the DJ Firehawk. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

So Scott Moran left Gurston with a six point lead in the Championship over Trevor Willis, with Wallace Menzies consolidating third place ahead of Roger Moran. Alex Summers moved up a place into fifth ahead now of Will Hall who scored two ninth places at Gurston. And John Bradburn collected 12 points from his two sixth places to edge closer to Hall in seventh place. Jos Goodyear remains in eighth place after two heroic efforts that both netted 11th place and zero points and Deryk Young retains ninth overall with just a single point from the weekend and a brush with the Armco in the second Run Off that removed the front wing. However Tom New’s eight and seventh places eased the absent Richard Spedding out of 10th overall.

Class records also fell on the day to joint championship sponsor TTC Group boss Graham Wynn in the 1.3 turbocharged Force LM, who shaved over half a second off Rob Stevens’ previous mark, and Colin Satchell, who took over 1.3 seconds off the HSA Speed Championship saloon and sports car class record in his rapid 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi.

Detailed results can be found on TSL’s web site by clicking here.

A full report follows below.

In the classes
The meeting commenced with damp conditions which later dried completely, and a big class for BARC SW Members holding National B licences took to the hill first. And tight it was too, with Steve Holland (1.4 Caterham Hayabusa) winning by less than a tenth from an inspired Simon Neve (2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6), he in turn another tenth ahead of Thomas Poole’s 1.1 Terrapin Mk 1/21.

In the roadgoing series production up to 2000cc class Karl Chard was close to Tony Adam’s class record for the win in the family 1.8 Mazda MX5 ahead of Dad Ian. And in the over 2000cc division Tony Bunker (3.8 Nissan GT-R) was barely a second away from the class record despite a long absence from Gurston to take the win there.

Paternal supremacy ruled in the roadgoing specialist production class as Allan Warburton got the better of son David in the 2.4 Caterham, although an intermittent misfire didn’t help David’s cause.

In the up to 1400cc modified series production class Neil Turner continued his winning ways in his 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’ to head off Andy Russell’s 1.1 Ginetta G15 by a quarter of a second. Jim White was only a tenth behind in his screaming 16 valve Mini Clubman after taking to the boonies on his first run.

The up to 2000cc modified series production cars saw some good action, Karl Stevens easing to the win with two smooth climbs in his 2.0 Escort Mk 2. Ralph Pinder’s 2.0 Peugeot 205  GTi was next up just five hundredths ahead of Martyn Pike’s lovely 2.0 Mk 1 Escort.

In the amalgamated over 2000cc modified series productions saloons and sports cars Peter Turbull was always too fast for the rest in his superb 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3. Sharing the car on this occasion, Tim Elmer was second.

Onto the modified specialist production classes, and in the up to 2000cc class another family battle saw daughter Debbie Dunbar out-drive father Andy in their shared 2.0 Westfield SEi to win by three tenths. And in the over 2000cc class Mike Rudge ran alone in his 2.3 Westfield SEi setting a time less than three tenths from his class record.

The well-supported Historically Interesting class produced changing fortunes as Chris Cannell took the lead on the first runs in his 1.7 St Bruno Roughcutter from Fyrth Crosse’s 1.6 Ensign LNF3 by nine hundredths. And although Cannell improved on his second climb, Crosse went faster still to win with a time just four tenths away from the class record.

The Hillclimb Supersports class saw John Forsyth sharing Derek Harris’s 1.7 Mallock Mk 17B and the verdict went Forsyth’s way by just four tenths.

Onto the sports libre class, and in the up to 2000cc class Graham Wynn was not to be denied the win in the 1.3 turbocharged Force LM over Keith Diggle’s 2.0 WEV HCS. But Wynn’s second climb was outstanding and he took over half a second off the class record.

Graham Wynn, TTC Group, Force LM, Gurston Down

Graham Wynn was delighted with his new sports libre class record. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

The over 2000cc class saw the times quite close and Sue Hayes produced a good second run in the 2.6 Force SR8 to see of the Metro 6R4 of Tim Painter and Andy Fraser.

The action was fast and furious in the up to 1100cc racing car class, but there was only going to be one winner, Simon Fidoe in the ‘For Sale’ 1.0 Empire.

Formula Ford class record holder Andrew Henson won again in his 1.6 Van Diemen RF91, but although some way off his July pace his margin over Les Buck’s 1.6 Lotus 61FF was exactly one second.

The pace in the up to 1600cc racing car class was amazing, the top eight all under 30 seconds. Two drivers went sub-29, but only one went sub-28, Jos Goodyear in the incredible 1.6 GWR Raptor, less than three tenths from his own class record. Dave Uren (1.6 Force PC) edged out Ed Hollier (1.6 Pibleam MP62) by a tenth for second place.

The up to 2000cc racing car class has become a battle between the pressure charged bike engined cars these days, and there was only just over half a second between Alex Summers in the 1.3 supercharged DJ Firehawk, getting under his class record to win, and Paul Haimes in the 1.3 turbocharged Gould GR59, Haimes also well into the 27s. Simon Moyse was third in the supercharged GR59, a second or more adrift after father Brian spun out at Hollow on run 2 and the Moyse’s retired the car.

In the over 2000cc racing car class there wasn’t much between the top three, who all went deep into the 26s, with Scott Moran getting the verdict by nine hundredths from Wallace Menzies, he in turn just seven hundredths ahead of Trevor Willis.

The entry rounded off with the HSA Speed Championship class for Saloons and Sports Cars, and here the class record fell first to Chris Howard-Harris in the 1.8 Caterham Superlight he was sharing with Lynn Gilbert, but then to Colin Satchell in his ultra-quick 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi who obliterated the previous mark for the win ahead of Howard-Harris and Gilbert.

Colin Satchell, Peugeot 205 GTi, HSA, Gurston Down

Colin Satchell decimated the HSA Saloon and sports car record. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

The BHC Run Offs rounded off the morning and afternoon sessions in great style, and were enjoyed by a big and very appreciative crowd who stayed to applaud the drivers back down the hill at the meeting’s conclusion. It had been an absolutely cracking weekend’s speed hillclimbing.

Don’t miss the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship final round on Sunday September 8th, our last meeting of the 2013 season. It’s going to be a nail biting conclusion to the Championship… And there are some lovely classic cars to enjoy as well as all the usual modern machinery. So that’s September 8th, practice from 0830, competition from approx. 1300.

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