The Meadens Skoda Championship Standings by Class after Round Two and Three

The Meadens Skoda Championship Standings by Class after Round Two and Three

Rounds two and three of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship ran at the 50th Anniversary Meetings on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June.

Round two and three produced some interesting results. Only the top three in each class are included in the results tables below. The full results can be found on our website.

Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship – Class Results

The Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5

After Round Three

Points

Mark Crookall

67.50

Lucy Cuff

42.41

Mark Jones

40.00

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

After Round Three

Points

Tim Forster

61.43

Paul Dickinson

58.27

Dean Cubitt

57.39

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

After Round Three

Points

Stephen Moore

64.50

Jon Maycock

60.00

Shaun Fudge

59.31

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

After Round Three

Points

Adrian Lewis

60.24

Clive Skipper

58.66

Richard Yeomans

43.47

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

After Round Three

Points

Steve Butts

62.50

Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

After Round Three

Points

Simon Purcell

64.23

Steve Holley

60.00

Paul Slade

35.08

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

After Round Three

Points

Neil Turner

64.50

Derek Mullis

58.91

David Bean

52.33

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

After Round Three

Points

Tim Painter

60.54

Mike Butler

57.67

Mark Walker

36.89

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

After Round Three

Points

Mike Rudge

60.97

Martin Watson

59.35

Antony Orchard

58.82

Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

After Round Three

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 Three

Points

Keith Diggle

42.02

Tim Pitfield

38.20

Jonathan Gates

20.29

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels

After Round Three

Points

Chris Cannell

64.50

Sue Hayes

60.00

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

After Round Three

Points

James Moore

64.20

Calum Kemp

59.81

Murray Wakeham

59.57

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

After Round Three

Points

Ian Tucker

35.66

Peter D Smith

20.47

Richard Gaylard

20.00

Formula Ford Class

After Round Three

Points

Mark Alley

59.94

Russell Haynes

59.13

Paul Marcom

53.85

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class

After Round Three

Points

Dave Lord

42

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class

After Round Three

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

The Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy Winner 2017

The Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy Winner 2017

At our Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend, held every year at our double headed June meeting. Gurston Down awards the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy.

The Trophy is awarded to any driver, registered for the Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship, who makes the best improvement in a class record. If no class records are improved, the driver who comes closest to the existing class record as it stands before the weekend will win the Trophy.

The 2017 Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy was won, for the second year in success, by Mark Crookall. Mark improved the MX5 Class record on both days. In April he set the class record at 40.98s, on Saturday it was reduced to 40.75s and on Sunday to 40.55s.

Mark is currently the leader in the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Championship.

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

Championship and Challenge Standings after Round Three

Championship and Challenge Standings after Round Three

Championship and Top Ten Challenge Standings after Round Two and Three

Rounds two and three of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge ran at the 50th Anniversary Meetings on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June.

Round two and three produced some interesting results.

The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge

The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge saw a change in fortunes for many of the cars and drivers in the challenge.

The mechanical issues the Jonathan Gates / Peter Sexton Force LM had at the May meeting couldn’t be fixed in time for round two and three. The SR8 of Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes was running on seven cylinders in June. Peter D Smith and the Empire he shares with Richard Gaylard suffered too.

Chris Cannell now leads on 23 points with James Moore second. Andy McBeath jumps into third. Mike Rudge and Martin Watson are fourth and fifth, respectively.

These issues have changed the complexion of the challenge standings. With two more rounds to go and drop scores to take into account, these seasons challenge looks the most open for a while.

The full table reads:

After Round Three

Points

Chris Cannell

23

James Moore

21

Andy McBeath

20

Mike Rudge

19

Martin Watson

13

Anthony Orchard

12

Jonathan Gates

10

Keith Diggle

10

Peter D Smith

9

Peter Sexton

8

Richard Gaylard

7

Calum Kemp

3

Murry Wakeham

3

Ian Tucker

3

Sue Hayes

2

Ritchie Gatt

2

Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship

The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship is still lead by Mark Crookall from the Gurston Down Mazda MX5 class. He broke his existing class record on Saturday and Sunday at the June meetings! He is now has 67.50 points.

The next three have 64.50 points, Stephen Moore, the 2015 and 2016 champion, Neil Turner and Chris Cannell. The next two are Simon Purcell, the 2014 champion on 64.23 points and James Moore on 64.20 points.

After Round Three

Points

Mark Crookall

67.50

Stephen Moore

64.50

Neil Turner

64.50

Chris Cannell

64.50

Simon Purcell

64.23

James Moore

64.20

With the scores like they are the July meeting may well be the decider.

Mark is in a very secure position at the moment. But there are two more rounds to go. And with the quality of the competition and taking drop scores into account, only time will tell.

Perhaps the July meeting will be the decider?

The championship class report and 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

Event Report – 50th Anniversary – 18th June

Event Report – 50th Anniversary – 18th June

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary on the 17th and 18th June with two meetings over the Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend.

The Anniversary Celebrations included a number of cars, motorbikes, drivers and riders who were part of the Gurston family over the years. We will publish a separate report of the celebrations later.

Sunday brought an array of around 130 different cars and 30 motorbikes on the hill. Conditions were similar to Saturday.

The Sunday’s event was the third round of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ship Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge. There will be more news of that later.

Sunday’s meeting also decided the who will be awarded the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy.

Full Event Results:

Invited Classes:

The Volvo Owners Club Class went first. There were two lovely cars. It wasn’t much of a surprise to see the current class record holder, Richard Conway in the PV544 take the class win from Kevin Diamond in an Amazon. Not quite his record breaking form he had at the April meeting but it was close. His time was 43.54s.

The Morgan Cars Class came next. There were some really love;y cars running the hill. The Morgan Plus 8’s were dominant. Both drivers, Robert Toon and Alan Foster were close. Robert’s first timed run came in at 39.22s ahead of Alan. But Alan had a great second timed run but it wasn’t quite enough. He ended on 39.39s.

The Bugatti Owners Club Championship went next. Richard Jones in the Brabham BT29X was quickest with a 31.67s first timed run. The battle was now for second. Mike Broome in the Alexis Mk17 F3, switched classes from the Historically Interesting Class and took second from Nick Stephens in the Lotus 51b. Second, third and forth were all within one second of each other and the result would have been very different after the first timed runs.

Dave Reed and Ian Perry went next in the Service Hydraulics Speed Championship. Unfortunately, Ian had a serious mechanical failure at the start of the first timed run and just about made it to Hollow before pulling off the track. Dave Reed’s time 39.80s was quicker than Saturday’s time too!

The Gurston Down Regular Classes:

The Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5 went next. Mark Crookall was favorite after Saturday’s performance and Sunday’s performance was no expect. Not only did he win the class, broke his existing class record again. It now stands at 40.55s. As a consequence he has maintained his lead in the Meaden’s Skoda Gurston Down Championship. He also retained the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy!

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs was next up. Tim Forster and his Lotus Elan lead from the first timed run and went even faster on the second, his time 37.76s just 0.50s short of the current class record. Dean Cubbit (Mazda MX5) and Paul Dickinson (Honda S2000) had a great battle for second and third ater the first timed run. But Paul had a fantastic second timed run finishing on 38.19s with Dean on 39.02s.

Stephen Moore, the former double Gurston Down Champion and class record holder had a good day in the over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class supported by Turbo Dynamics. He wasn’t as fast as the previous day and finished on 34.40s. The next three were Jon Maycock and his MX5, Simon Marsh in the Golf R and Shaun Fudge and his Subaru Impreza.

It was all change in the Fieldfare Trailer Centre supported Road Going Specialist Production Class. Alan Mugglestone in his Raw Falcrum finished on 33.23s, ahead of Adrian Lewis (Westfield Superbusa) and Nicholas Mugglestone (Raw Falcrum). Nicholas beat Clive Skipper by just 0.01s! The first four being separated by just 1 second!

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class was a repeat of Saturday’s event. Steve Butts, a former Gurston Down Champion, and his Lotus Elise take the win with an improved time of 34.99s.

Simon Purcell and the Lotus Elise won the over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class. He was a little quicker than Saturday on the first timed, his time 33.83s. However, things didn’t quite go to plan on the section, Simon has a little bit or work to do after a little off on the second timed run.

There was a surprise in the all Mini line-up in the up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class. Neil Turner produced an identical time of 35.26s to take the win!

Richard Wood Yamaha Mini had a better day. He end a little ahead of Saturday’s best with a 38.14s in the Modified Series Mini Class.

The 1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Tipadel saw Tom Reeves and his Peugoet 106 win again. This time he was managed a 38.63, almost a second faster than Saturday. A great performance!

Jason Tunnicliffe and his 205 repeated Saturday’s win in the over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Meadens Skoda. He also improved on his time and finished on 33.99s. Roy Baker in the Mitsubishi Evo saw a welcome return. He finished third behind Tim Painter’s Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Victory in the Gates of Brokenhurst supported Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class went to Mike Rudge. He beat his Saturday best time and finished on 31.51s. Anthony Orchard and Martin Watson switched places with Martin grabbing second after a super second timed run.

Fyrth Crosse and his Ensign F3 also repeated his Saturday victory in the Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar. He improved his time too, 33.52s was almost six seconds ahead of the second place man, James Dean.

Derek Harris improved his time in his Mallock17b in the Hill Climb Super Sports Class. Derek improved time was 34.41s.

It was another good day for Keith Diggle and his WEV HCS. His 31.99s first timed run in the Lewis Property Services supported Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class. Tim Pitfield and the DJ Firecat was second. It’s good to see the car both cars and drivers back.

The Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels gave Chris Cannell and the Force SR8 he shares with Sue Hayes the class win. His time means he is currently second in the Cavendish Ship Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management Limited was a repeat of Saturday’s results. James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 lead from the start. He improved his Saturday time by a small margin, his time of 31.26s.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody was interesting on Sunday. Neal Coles did another sub 30 second run, finishing a on 29.89s, just a shade quicker than Saturday.

The first five cars in the Formula Ford class were separated by less than one second. The class record holder Simon McBeath was pushed hard by Peter Hannam, Mark Alley and Russell and George Haynes. Sam took the win, 36.43s, Peter, 36.60s and Mark 36.73s.

Dave Lord and his Quest SF86 won the 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class. He couldn’t quite match his Saturday time but he was well clear of Roger Cook. His time was 34.01s.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class saw Andrew McBeath and his OMS manage a 30.31s first timed run.

Sandra Tomlin could match the pace of her son Oliver in the Over 2000cc Racing Car Class. Oliver also secured Fastest Time of the Day in the Pilbeam MP97-03. His finishing time was 27.92s

 

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 and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Event Report – 50th Anniversary – 17th June

Event Report – 50th Anniversary – 17th June

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary on the 17th and 18th June with two meetings over the Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend.

The weather could only be described as sweltering!

The Anniversary Celebrations included a number of cars, motorbikes, drivers and riders who were part of the Gurston family over the years. We will publish a separate report of the celebrations later.

Saturday had 130 or so cars and 30 motorbikes on the hill and could only only be described as busy. Conditions were superb as far as the track was concerned but the air temperature meant some suffered with performance issues.

The weekend’s events were the second and third rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ship Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge but more on that later.

The June meetings decide the who will be awarded the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy.

Full Event Results:

Invited Classes:

ACSMC Registered Road Legal Cars went to the hill first. The Westfield SEIW of Mike Williams took the win with an outstanding performance finishing on 36.53s. The Renault Clio’s of Andrew Bisping and Hugh Mackey took second and third on 42.57s and 43.52s, respectively.

ASWMC Registered Road Legal Cars ran next. The form book was a great indicator, Steve Clark and his Subaru Impreza took the win by a good margin over the Lotus Elise of Jonathan Langmead finishing on 38.17s.

The Porsche Club GB class went next. David Dyson and his 911 turbo really pulled out the stops finishing on 34.38s. The 924S of Graham Rose was next, his second timed run of 36.36s secured his second place. The next five cars were separated by just one second with their positions changing after the first timed run.

The Service Hydraulics Speed Championship went next. The Lotus 61FF of Dave Reed stamped his authority on the class in the first timed run, only to improve on the second. His time was 40.40s.

The Gurston Down Regular Classes:

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5 went next. It was the current leader in the Meaden’s Skoda Gurston Down Championship and the 2016 Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy winner, Mark Crookall who lead all day. He pulled out all the stops in the second timed run, beating his existing class record, finishing on 40.75s and scoring maximum points in the Meaden’s Championship. Was he about to take the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy again? We’d have to wait until Sunday after all the timed runs to find out.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs went next. Martin Ellis and his Ford Escort had a great second run snatching the win from Tim Forster and his Lotus Elan. Dean Cubbit (Mazda MX5) and Paul Dickinson (Honda S2000) were third and forth respectively.

The over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class supported by Turbo Dynamics was an exciting class on Saturday. The current class record holder and former Gurston Down Champion, Stephen Moore and his Evo 6 was in command of the class from the start of the meeting. His time of 33.70s was unbeatable. The next three were Jon Maycock and his MX5, Shaun Fudge and his Subaru Impreza with Simon Marsh in the Golf R finishing just a second apart.

Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa took the The Fieldfare Trailer Centre supported Road Going Specialist Production Class finishing on 33.61s but he was chased by Alan Mugglestone in his Raw Falcrum who finished on 33.75s. Clive Skipper and the Caterham 7 HPC came third.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class saw Steve Butts, a former Gurston Down Champion, and his Lotus Elise take the win with a 35.81s first timed run.

Simon Purcell and the Lotus Elise won the over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class. His first timed run of 34.18s gave him a commanding lead and ultimately the class win.

The all Mini line-up in the up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class saw Neil Turner produced a near class record time of 35.26s to take the win. Derek Mullis was second.

Richard Wood Yamaha Mini was in good form. He managed a38.47s in the Modified Series Mini Class.

The 1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Tipadel saw Tom Reeves and his Peugoet 106 go under 40s to take a convincing win. Tom’s second timed run was slightly better than his first at 39.44s.

The over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Meadens Skoda went next. Another Peugeot, taking the class win against some very strong competition. Jason Tunnicliffe and his 205 held of that gorgeously presented Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Tim Painter. Jason’s times was 34.95s just 0.60s ahead of Tim.

The huge entry in the Gates of Brokenhurst supported Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class saw some very close racing. The first timed runs didn’t really give an overall indication of the likely finishing order. Mike Rudge made the class his with his second timed run of 31.73s and gave him eighth fastest time of the day. An outstanding performance by all the entrants. The top three in this class separated by less than one second. Anthony Orchard and Martin Watson finishing second and third.

Unfortunately the Marsh Special wasn’t able to compete in the competitive runs but was involved in the cavalcade runs on Saturday in the Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar. Fyrth Crosse and his Ensign F3 and Mike Broome and his Alexis Mk17 F3 were very close after the first timed run. But Fyrth must have found another gear in the second timed run as he took almost 1.50s off the first run. He finished on 35.04s with Mike on 36.09s. All the cars in this class were so well turned out.

Derek Harris in his Mallock17b had the Hill Climb Super Sports Class to himself. Derek had a fabulous first timed run stopping the clocks at 34.67s.

Adrian Lewis’, Lewis Property Services supports the Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class. The Force LM shared by Jonathan Gates and championship sponsor Peter Sexton hadn’t had the mechanical gremlins sorted so there were no Top Ten Challenge points for them. Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS took full advantage and took the win with a 32.43s.

The Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels had Sue Hayes and Chris Cannell with the Force SR8 both looking for Cavendish Ship Stores Top Ten Challenge points. Chris took the win in the slightly mis-behaving SR8.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management Limited was lead from the start by James Moore and his Empire Evo 2. His time of 31.32s scored a solid second in the Top Ten Challenge.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody took to the hill next. It wasn’t to be for Peter D Smith and Richard Gayland with the Force PT. Allowing Neal Coles and Morgan Jenkins to fight it out. A sub 30 second run from Neal (29.94s) in the first timed run was just enough to take the win from Morgan who was only 0.13s off Neal’s time.

The Formula Ford class had a busy Saturday. The class record holder Simon McBeath was on top form. His sub 37 second runs were enough to take the win. Second was different, Mark Alley had a good lead after the first timed run but George and Russell Haynes pulled out some great runs but they couldn’t quite edge Mark out.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class went next. Dave Lord and the Quest SF86 started favourite and finished with the win. His time was 33.72s.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class saw Andrew McBeath and his OMS manage a 29.83s.

Sandra Tomlin put on a great performance in the Over 2000cc Racing Car Class. Sandra in the Pilbeam MP97-03 won the class and Fastest Time of the Day. Her time was 29.82s

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 and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Event Report – Motorbikes – 17th and 18th June

Event Report – Motorbikes – 17th and 18th June

Our 50th Anniversary Weekend brought some amazing weather and some superb performances by the riders of the Auto-Cycle Union’s National Hill Climb Association.

The fast, narrow and twisty course at Gurtson Down Speed Hill Climb is a challenge in a car and it’s a wholly different experience on a bike or a sidecar.

As part of our 50th Anniversary Meeting, Peter Isaac and his Velocette 500 returned to the hill. Peter a rider, who competed in our very first event, rode the hill on the motorbike he used in 1967 and still competes with!

Combined Results:

The first class to go on Saturday was the 100cc to 250cc Solo Motor Cycles. Callum Short on his Honda 250cc won the class with his first timed run which stopped the clock on 38.27s. Darren Butler on his Suzuki and Allan Harvey on his Yamaha were second and third, finishing on 39.23s and 39.74s, respectively.

Callum Short was on even better form on Sunday on his Honda. He took his second win of the weekend with an even quicker second timed run 36.93s. Darren Butler on his Suzuki and Allan Harvey on his Yamaha repeated their second and third from Saturday but they also improved their time. Darren finished on 38.51s and Allan on 39.70s.

The 351cc to 500cc Solo Motor Cycle Class went next. Chris Keates on the Honda CRF was just 0.09s in front of Mike Tilley on his Honda CR after the first timed run. But Mike pulled out a fantastic second timed run, pipping Chris to the win. Mike managed a 35.64s and Chris just couldn’t improve on his first run of 35.91s.

Sunday’s first timed run saw Mike ahead of Chris this time, his time of 35.40s was 0.43s ahead of Chris. But the second timed runs, Chris went faster still, 35.37s. Chris took the win with Mike second.  Terry Hall and Richard Bowker were close for third and forth, Terry’s 36.49s just 0.19s ahead of Richard’s 36.68s.

It was Tommy Hodges weekend in the 501cc to 750cc Solo Motor Cycle Class. He won both days on his Team GV KTM. Saturday’s time was 33.56s whilst Sunday’s was quicker at 33.25s. He was almost a second ahead of Peter Short on the KTM both days. Stuart Mills was out on a Kawasaki Z750 on Saturday and took third by just 0.02s ahead of Guy Ursell. Stuart finished on 34.92s and Guy on 34.94s. On Sunday Guy took third with an improved time of 34.53s.

Paul Jeffery and his KTM RC8 were another tough partnership to beat in the the Solo Motor Cycle 751cc to 1300cc Class. On Saturday he produced a 33.13s run taking the win from Alan Jolly and his KTM. Alan’s time was 34.22s. On Sunday Paul’s first timed run of 32.55s was enough to push Stuart Mills’ 33.66 into second. Alan Jolly ended third on 34.67s.

Then came those amazing Side Cars. It was the Ian Guy / Steve English on the LCR Suzuki were another team that were unbeatable this weekend. Their 36.81s first timed run on Saturday gave them a win over Patrick and Paul Keates who finished on 37.07s.

Sunday was a repeat of the previous day. Ian Guy and Steve English of 35.30s gave them a new Side Car record. An outstanding performance! Patrick and Paul Keates finished second on 36.72s.

Paul Jeffery’s two great performances earned him Fastest Time of the Day on both days. His Sunday time of 32.55s was just 0.70s off the long standing hill record set in 2012 by Ben Wilkins of 31.85s.


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 and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

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

 

 

50th Anniversary Meeting Preview – Cars – June 17th and 18th

50th Anniversary Meeting Preview – Cars – June 17th and 18th

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary during the Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend on the 17th and 18th of June.

The Anniversary Celebrations include some of the cars and drivers who competed at the first event or were part of Tony Marsh’s racing career. There will be a convoy run of the cars during practice and during the events both days. Tony Marsh was instrumental in the design and build of the hill as we know it today.

There are over 130 cars and drivers together with more than 30 motorbikes competing on both days with a separate event on Saturday and Sunday.

All will face the challenge of the legendary 12 feet wide, fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue, Gurston Down.

With unrivalled access to the hill, paddock, cars, drivers and facilities available to our spectators, the weekend promises to be a veritable sceptical of sound, smell, skill and speed. We have excellent catering and refreshments on site too!

You really can’t get closer to the action!

The weekend’s events are the second and third rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ship Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge.

In addition to the regular Gurston Down classes, there are a number of invited clubs on both days.

Saturday’s Invited Classes:

ACSMC Registered Road Legal Cars will head to the hill first. There are a wide range of cars in this class. The Westfield SEIW of Mike Williams, the Supercharged Mini Cooper S of Steve Barnett and the Clio 200 of Andrew Bisping are likely to head the field. But with the variety of cars and drivers, this class could be anyone’s.

ASWMC Registered Road Legal Cars run next. There are four drivers and cars in this class. The form book would suggest that Steve Clark and his Subaru Impreza should take the win. Although the Caterham of Paul Reynolds and the Lotus Elise of Jonathan Langmead might just give Steve something to think about.

The Porsche Club GB Class runs next. The class has 14 drivers in a variety of Porsche cars. It’s such a difficult class to predict. There are some driver / car combinations that are likely to be in the top three. Geraint Evans and his 911, Ian Wadsworth 911 Carrera and Graham Rose 924s should all be there or there abouts.

The Service Hydraulics Speed Championship goes next. The class has just two entries, Ian Perry and his Rover 25 and Dave Reed in his Lotus 61 FF. That should be interesting, the Lotus will probably snatch the win.

Sunday’s Invited Classes:

The Volvo Owners Club Class has just two entries. The current class record holder, Richard Conway in the PV544 and Kevin Diamond in an Amazon. It will probably be Richard who will take the win.

The Morgan Cars Class comes next. There are nine cars entered. The Plus 8’s of Robert Toon and Alan Foster should be in the top five but this is another competitive class.

The Bugatti Owners Club Championship will head for the hill next. This class has an eclectic group of cars entered. Everything from an Ginetta G15, Mallock Mk11, a Russell Alexis FF, Lotus Type 51b, Austin Minis and a Jaguar 3.4 Saloon. They are always beautifully presented so these will be some of the cars to visit in the paddock.

The Service Hydraulics Speed Championship returns for it’s second day. It will be interesting to see if the Saturday victory, wins on Sunday.

The 500 Owners Association Championship has Mark Riley and his 500cc Creamer entered.

The Gurston Down Regular Classes, running both days:

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5 runs next. The current leader, class record holder and the winner of the2016 Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy, Mark Crookall is favourite in this class. With a class full of standard cars, Mark will have to work hard to insure his victory. Can he repeat his 2016 record breaking form and take the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy again?

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs will be next. It is a big class and has a few new comers and returnees. Miles Horne bring a 306 Rallye back after an absence. Tim Forster and his Lotus Elan will have his work cut-out with Miles and Dean Cubitt ready to pounce.

The Turbo Dynamics supported Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class goes next. This will be a challenging class for most of the entrants as the current class record holder and former Gurston Down Champion, Stephen Moore and his Evo 6 comes back after missing the May meeting. The biggest battle might be for the places in this class. But who will it be? Shaun and Sarah Fudge and their Subaru Impreza, Jon Maycock and his turbo Mazda MX5 or Simon Marsh in the VW Golf R?

The Fieldfare Trailer Centre supported Road Going Specialist Production Class comes next. There are nine entries! Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa and Clive Skipper and the Caterham 7 HPC usually have this class pretty much to themselves. But with the experienced group in this class both days, everyone will need to be on top form.

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

Steve Holley has an interesting weekend ahead in the Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class. Graham Beale returns in his Ginetta G33 and Simon Purcell will be in his Lotus. Simon will have an interesting weekend. On Sunday these three are joined by Bob Mortimer and his 911 and Paul Slade in the Jaguar E Type. An interesting class this weekend!

It’s an all Mini line-up with David Bean, Derek Mullis and Neil Turner entered both days in the Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class. The class record holder, Neil Turner will have to work really hard to keep David and Derek from taking the win.

Richard Wood is certain to have a good weekend in the Modified Series Mini Class, he is the only entrant.

The 1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Tipadel will be the next to start. It has just two entrants, Tom Reeves and his Peugoet 106 and Rod Wheat in his Racing Ford Puma. Both of these cars should be quick.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Meadens Skoda takes to the hill next. This should be a very interesting class to watch on Sunday as we see the return of Roy Barker and that super fast Evo!

There is a huge entry in the Gates of Brokenhurst supported Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class. Mike Rudge and Antony Orchard in their respective Westfield’s will have a really tough time this weekend. There are some really great cars and drivers entered. A notable entry is Graham Masters who competed at Gurston in 1967, shares his son Neil’s Westfield.

Peter Marsh brings his father, Tony Marsh’s three time British Hill Climb Championship winning, Marsh Special to the Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar. The Marsh Special is a 4200cc four wheel drive car that Tony won the British Championships in 1965, 1966 and 1967. Geoff Hunt and the Lotus 22 will be competing as will some beautiful historic machines. This class is another class full of beautiful cars!

Derek Harris in his Mallock17b has the Hill Climb Super Sports Class to himself. Derek will be chasing personal bests and class records!

There is a good entry in the Lewis Property Services supported Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class. Saturday sees nine entrants and Sunday ten. It’s probably going to be the Force LM shared by Jonathan Gates and championship sponsor Peter Sexton that will take the win as long as the oil leak they had in May has been sorted. Peter and Jonathan will be looking for Top Ten Challenge points too.

Jeff Way brings the mad Chevrolet Camaro to the Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels on Sunday. Sue Hayes and Chris Cannell with the Force SR8 go both days. On current form, Chris is the likely class winner both days. He will also be looking to improve his standings in the Cavendish Ship Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management Limited run next. There is a good entry with five driver and car combinations. James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 should take the win but the others will make him work for it.

The Formula Ford Class has nine entries on Saturday and seven on Sunday. All these cars have been built to roughly the same regulations and usually finish within a few tenths of seconds of each other. With the class record holder Simon McBeath heading the field, it’s going to be the driver who does best on the day who will take the win.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody takes to the hill next. There is a pretty good entry. Peter D Smith and Richard Gayland with the Force PT start favourites. All these competitors will be looking for Top Ten Championship Points.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class has two entries. Dave Lord and the Quest SF86 and Roger Cook with the Pilbeam MQP54. This class is too close to call.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class sees Andrew McBeath go head to head with Ben Wheeler on Saturday in their OMS25 and Empire Evo respectively and Andrew alone on Sunday.

There are three entrants in the Over 2000cc Racing Car Class, both days. Sandra Tomlin in the Pilbeam MP97-03 and Paul Crute in the Jaguar OMS 28 run both days. They are joined by David Gardner and his Pilbeam MP62 on Saturday. Sandra is joined by her son Oliver on Sunday. He’s competing in the historical interesting class on Saturday.

And don’t forget we have the motorbikes and sidecars of the ACU’s National Hill Climb Championship both days too!

With the event being the official celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hill Climbing at Gurston Down and the variety of cars and motorbikes, June 17th and June 18th will be provide two action packed days of motorsport.

There will be more on the 50th Anniversary Celebrations soon! So don’t miss it!

Why not join us?

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 June 17th and Sunday June 18th
Times: Competition runs from approx. 1300, practice runs from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Meeting Preview Motorbikes – June 17th and 18th

Meeting Preview Motorbikes – June 17th and 18th

The 50th Anniversary Weekend brings the riders of the Auto-Cycle Union’s National Hill Climb Association motorbike championship to the award winning, fast, narrow and twisty course at Gurtson Down Speed Hill Climb.

There are two meetings over the weekend, one on Saturday 17th and the other on Sunday 18th. Both events have more than 30 solo motorbikes and sidecars competing. Some of the fastest of the UK’s motorbike hill climb racers will be joining us. They will also have two of their amazing Top Ten Run-Offs!

The solo motorbikes are in classes just like the cars are. The classes are based on cc of the motorbike. The bikes competing at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb on June 17th and 18th range in capacity from under 250cc and over 1100cc. And there are side cars with rider and pillion too!

As part of our 50th Anniversary Meeting, a rider who, and the motorbike he competed on at our first meeting in 1967. Peter Isaac bring his Velocette 500 to the hill and will take part in the event. We look forward to seeing Peter and the Velocette!

Full Preview of Classes:

On Saturday, the first class to go will be the 100cc to 250cc Solo Motor Cycles. Callum Short on his Honda 250cc won the class in April so he will start as favourite. He has some stiff competition. Darren Butler (Suzuki), Allan Harvey (Yamaha) and Quentin Woollacott (Suzuki) were second, third and forth respectively. All were with 1.5s of Callum’s winning 38.43s, so that’ll be an interesting battle.

However, on Sunday there is an additional entry, Steve Atkins and his Greeves 250cc. It will be interesting to see if this will upset Callum Short (Honda) and the rest of the class.

Saturday’s 351cc to 500cc Solo Motor Cycle Class goes next. There are eight riders in this class and it’s always close. The one, two, three in April was Chris Keates (Honda CRF), Mark Tilley (Honda CR) and Richard Bowker (Honda CRF). But you won’t be able to discount anyone else. Hill Climbing is all about the performance on the day.

Sunday sees a reduced entry, just five riders. But last April’s top three are still in the mix. These riders will treat every run as a completely separate event so they will not be thinking about Saturday’s winners.

The 501cc to 750cc Solo Motor Cycle Class on Saturday, brings some really fast motorbikes to the hill and some of the fastest riders too! Tommy Hodges (Team GV KTM), Peter Short (KTM) and Mark Short (Aprilia SVX) as well as Daniel Hurley (Husaberg) will be amongst the front runners. There are some great riders here but on April’s form Tommy should end up on top.

Sunday’s event brings Keith Haines and his Aprilia SVX to the class. He’ll be challenging Tommy, Peter, Mark and Daniel for spots in the Top Ten and a class victory.

Saturday’s Solo Motor Cycle 751cc to 1300cc Class comes next. There machines are fast, properly fast. At April’s meeting, Stuart Mills managed a 34.02s run. He’s not competing on Saturday so Alan Jolly and Paul Jeffery will have just four additional riders to compete against. These are the bikes that will probably give us the motorbike Fastest Time of the Day. But you should never discount anyone.

The entry on Sunday includes Stuart Mills, April’s Fastest Time of the Day and Top Ten Run-Off winner. Will Stuart be able to repeat April’s fine performance?

Then come they amazing sight of the Side Car. Saturday and Sunday’s Side Car Class has four combinations with a rider and pillion in each. Patrick and Paul Keates with the Baker are the current class record holders and won the event in April. They must start as favourites but at April’s meeting they were only 0.19s ahead of the Guy and Pilmoor-Brady, LCR Suzuki combination. Ian has a different pillion in the shape of Steve English for the June event. Which of these two will have the edge?

Both days will have a Top Ten Run-Off after the class runs. The fastest ten go head to head. This usually produces some fabulous riding.

Why not join us for either or both days? We have the motorbikes and cars competing, making the weekend a fantastic weekend’s motorsport at the South’s premiere Hill Climb Course!

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 June 17th and Sunday June 18th
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British Came and So Did the Competition!

The British Came and So Did the Competition!

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb hosted the first of this year’s two visits by the British Hill Climb Championship. Both the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA Hill Climb Leaders Championship were competing on the hill.

Saturday May 27th was practice day. Those who camped were treated to an amazing thunder and lightening show during Friday night but the consequence was a rather damp course in the morning.

Fortunately, first practice was uneventful. During the day, the weather improved and so did the times. By the end of the afternoon practice session there were some interesting times being posted.

Sunday morning practice was another damp start. The track was cold and visibility changed by the minute. By the first timed runs there was more heat in the track and the air. The weather forecast suggested that the afternoon runs might be affected by rain, which had been predicted as heavy on Saturday ended as a little drizzle.

The highlight of the Sunday were the two Top Twelve Run-Offs. More on those later.

Class Results in Detail:

The BARC South West B Licence Class ran first. The class had a huge variety of cars and drivers. Martin Watson’s Westfield overcame Sarah Fudge and the Impreza she shares with Shaun to take the win. Sarah’s time was a personal best at 37.52s. Gordon Weston and his Porsche 924 also had a good day, his first 40 second run, 40.93s, another personal best.

The Porsche Club’s National Championship Class was as competitive as ever. Andrew Norris and his 911 Carrera took the class win, finishing on 34.58s, with Peter Turnball’s 911 GT3 and Tim Barber’s, 996, 911 GT3 RS taking second and third respectively, both within three-quarters of a second on Andrew’s time.

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5 went next. There were just two entrants. A fabulous performance by Jason Richardson, 41.15s, less than 0.20s off the class record, on his first timed gave Nick Revels, our newly appointed Competition Secretary, an impossible mountain to climb. Jason’s second timed run was a little more eventful and he couldn’t improve on the time.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs ran next. Dean Cubitt’s new A licence allowed him to transfer from the B Licence event and add his quick Mazda MX5 to the mix. Tim Forster and the gorgeous Lotus Elan took the win with a 38.42s second timed run but he was pushed all the way to the line by Richard Brant and the Clio 172 and Dean who finished second and third respectively on 39.04s and 39.67s.

The over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, supported by Turbo Dynamics went next. Andrew James and his Nissan 350Z made huge improvements during the weekend but just couldn’t catch the Subaru of Shaun Fudge. Shaun stopped the clocks on 37.09s and Andrew on 38.96s. Both of these cars are beautifully presented.

Next up was the Fieldfare Trailer Centre supported Road Going Specialist Production Class. Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa produced an outstanding performance. Adrian’s first timed run of 34.63s, left everyone else in his wake!

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class saw Neil Turner first timed run produce a 35.27s run. That run was just 0.05s shy of his existing class record. But he didn’t have it all his own way, Eric Morrey and the Hillman Imp finished just 0.67s behind.

Richard Wood had a good weekend in the Modified Series Mini Class. His Yamaha powered car managed a 40.47s first timed run.

The over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Meadens Skoda ran next. Former Gurston champion, Simon Purcell in his Lotus Elise lead from the first timed runs but with competition from Mark Walker’s Porsche Cayman and Jeff Twemlow’s Subaru Impreza, it wasn’t a sure thing. Simon’s first timed run of 34.48s saw off Mark and Jeff who finished second and third on 35.31s and 35.44s.

Mike Rudge ended up on his own in the over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class, supported by Gates of Brokenhurst. His second timed run was a significant improvement on the first and he ended the day on 31.97s. That time was just 0.33s off the class record.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kalvin Jouhar ran next. Fyrth Cross and his Ensign LNF3 pretty much stamped his authority on the class after the first timed run, stopping the clocks on 33.77s. It was left for the other entrants to fight for second. The gorgeous Chevron B19 of Richard and Amanda George, in Amanda’s hands came home next on 36.57s just 0.03s in front of Richard.

The Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class, supported by Lewis Property Services saw the super quick, supercharged Force LM shared by Jonathan Gates and Peter Sexton take the win. Although only Peter managed a run before the Force decided to dump it’s oil in the finish holding paddock. This left the WEV HCS of Keith Diggle to take second. A great result since he has swapped classes this season by re-joining the up to 2000cc class. Peter’s time was 30.26s and Keith’s 32.41s.

Allan McDonald and his Mini Evo had the Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels, to himself. He managed a 32.31s run.

The 26 entrants in the 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management Limited ran next. As predicted the class was extraordinarily close. This time there were eleven car and driver combinations within one second of the winning time! Harry Pick had a fantastic first timed run in his OMS finishing on 30.02s, with Simon Fidoe and his Empire Waith second on 30.11s and Steve Owen in the works OMS third on 30.24s. Adam and Andy Greenen, Gurston regulars in the Road Going class, with their new Empire Evo 2 finished 7th and 13th respectively. It will be interesting to see how they progress this season. Roll on August!

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques with Brian and Adrian Moody ran next. This class was as hotly contested as the 1100cc class. The first five covered less than one second. Ed Hollier and his amazing Empire Evo ended up on top with a 28.46s in the first timed run which was good enough to qualify for the first Top Twelve Run-Off. Richard Spedding and the GWR Raptor came second with a great first timed run which also lead to a Top Twelve Run-Off place. Les Mutch and his GWR Raptor was third just missing out on the qualification time.

Simon McBeath was favourite in the Formula Ford Class, supported by Basil and Lorraine Pitt. Simon had stiff competition but put some great runs together. His first timed run was enough to give him victory in the Swift SC92F. The next three places were separated by just 0.11s. Richard Summers’s 37.49s first run, held off Nev Rollason and Mark Alley who were third and fourth with 37.59s and 37.60s.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – was won by Tim Elmer and the Dallara. His time 29.98s left Tricia and Terry Davies and their shared OMS to fight for third. Terry couldn’t overcome Tricia’s slim first timed run advantage. Tricia finished on 31.17s and Terry 31.47s.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction – was won by Paul Haimes and his Gould GR59 on the first timed run. Paul also qualified for the Run-Off. Paul’s car suffered mechanical issues during the first Run Off as it had done all weekend. Kelvin Broad and the Pilbeam MP101 was second with 28.69s.

The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class was close. With almost all of the drivers wanting to qualify for the Run-Offs, no-one was taking any prisoners! The new GR59b of Wallace Menzies won the class but it was close. The next five were all withion one second of his time of 26.49s.

Then it was the turn of the Lotus 7 Club Championship.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 1 – Cars Up to 125 bhp – had one entry, so Paul Boston’s 38.53s first timed run secured victory!

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 2 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1A Tyres – This competitive championship always produces close results and Class 2 wasn’t an exception. Robert Jacobs, Andrew Willoughby and Graham Howard, ended up first second and third respectively just separated by 0.13s. Robert finished on 37.39s, Andrew on 37.46s and Graham on 37.52s.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 3 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1B Tyres – swa Richard Price take the win but by just 0.03s from Daniel Malkin, reversing the fortunes of last year.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 4 – Car up to 210 bhp – Jeremy Davis was the only entrant in his R300 and ended up on 35.82s.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 6/7 – saw a new class record in the first timed run. Simon Rogers’s 31.59s run beat the existing record held by Simon Jenk’s by 0.31s. Simon didn’t manage a second timed run.

RUN-OFF RESULTS:

Round 7 of the British Hill Climb Championship – Top Twelve Run-Off

Championship Leader, Trevor Willis (OMS 28) took the first run-off with a solid 26.22s run which was enough to keep former champion Scott Moran (Gould GR61X) and Wallace Menzies (Gould BG59b) at bay. The first five were all within one second of Trevor who won Fastest Time of the Day with this run!

Round 8 of the British Hill Climb Championship – Top Twelve Run-Off

Current Champion, Scott Moran, turned the tables on Trevor Willis in the second run-off. Wallace Menzies finishing third, Will Hall (Force) and Alex Summers (DJ Firestorm) were fourth and fifth, just as they finished in the first run-off.

Another great weekend’s Hill Climbing at Gurston Down!

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, Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA and the Hitchings Partnership.

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

The British are Coming!

The British are Coming!

The weekend of Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th see the first of the two visits to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb by the British Hill Climb Championship. Both the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA Hill Climb Leaders Championship come to the hill.

Copyright – John Hayward

The weekend brings some of the fastest cars and drivers in British Hill Climb. They will pit their wits against each other, the clock and the fast, twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue. There will be over 130 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 unrivaled 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 May 27th is practice day. There will be three practice runs, starting around 09:00 with two runs in the morning and one after lunch, usually finishing around 15:00.

On Sunday 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 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! The current leader in the championship is Trevor Willis.

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 but with new cars and drivers this is far too difficult to call. You’ll need to be there to find out!

Class Preview in Detail:

The BARC South West B Licence Class will run first. The class has a variety of cars and drivers. Martin Watson’s Westfield, Richard Wood’s Yamaha Mini, Dean Cubitt’s Mazda MX5, Sarah Fudge’s Impreza and Alex England’s Ford Fiesta are all likely to be in the top five of this class.

August 2016

The Porsche Club’s National Championship Class has an all 911 line-up. The form book says Peter Turnbull or Bob Mortimer will probably be in the top two. But Robert Lancaster-Gaye and his 911 GT2 will be fighting hard. Robert’s recent visit to Gurston’s Drivers School will probably see him right there with Peter and Bob.

The MX5 Class runs next. With only two cars in the class Nick Revels, our newly appointed Competition Secretary’s experience will probably pay dividends.

The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc has just five cars entered. Tim Forster and the gorgeous Lotus Elan will have his work cut out with Steve Harris and his rapid Vauxhall Corsa. But you shouldn’t ever discount Richard Brant and his Clio 172.

The over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Car Class, also has just two cars entered. Andrew James returns in the Nissan 350Z GTS but he’ll have to work hard to over-come Shaun Fudge’s revitalised Impreza.

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class has a three car entry. Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa will have to work for a win.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class has former Gurston champion, Simon Purcell in his Lotus Exige up against Geoff Tremlow’s beautiful Subaru Impreza, Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser’s stunning Aston Martin Vantage and Mark Walker’s Porsche. It will probably be between Simon and Geoff for first place, although you can’t discount any of the entrants!

The Modified Specialist Production Cars Class, goes next. It could be anyone’s class, Mike Rudge, Anthony Orchard and Simon Jenks will make it a great class to watch. It will depend on who’s on form on the day!

As ever there are some beautiful cars entered in the the Historically Interesting Class. Hopefully, we will see the Chevron B19 of Richard and Amanda George out on the hill. Fyrth Cross and Mike Broome make up this class but “make up” isn’t really the right thing to say. All of the drivers are very capable of taking the class win.

The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class has a large entry. It’s a tough class these days and has some pretty amazing cars entered too. There’s the Maguire Mini of Derek Kessell, Peter Steel’s Mallock, Tim Pitfield’s DJ Firecat and Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS. However, on current form this class will probably be headed up by the supercharged Force LM shared by Jonathan Gates and Peter Sexton.

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.

August 2016

There is a massive entry in the 601 to 1100cc Racing Car Class! There are 26 entrants! Simon Fidoe (Empire Wraith), Darren Gumbley (Force TA Mistral), Steve Owen (OMS 28), Oliver and Liam Cooper (Force HC) and Felix and Lindsay Summers (DJ Firehawk) to name just a few on the competitors who will be fighting for places in the Top Ten Run-Off and Leaders points. Adam and Andy Greenen come back to Gurston with their new Empire Evo 2 a few different car from the Honda Civic they have previously competed in. This class will probably be settled by just hundredths.

The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class puts Ed Hollier in his Empire Evo up against Sean Gould and Eynon Price’s Gould GR59 and Richard Spedding’s GWR Raptor and six other drivers! All of them will be looking to qualify for the Run-Off and to maintain their respective standings in the British Championship.

Copyright: John Hayward

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – has four cars and six drivers competing. Terry Davis’ OMS has Gurston form as does Tim Elmer (Dallara). This class is pretty open.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction – has seven cars entered. Form would suggest that the Gould GR59’s of Paul Haimes and Simon Moyse are likely to be in the top two but hill climbing is unpredictable.

August 2016

The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class is the class that will probably bring the Fastest Time of the Day. There are some new car and driver combinations this season. Wallace Menzies brings his Gould GR59b and Dave Uren and Nicola Menzies have the ex-Wallace Menzies GR55. Trevor Willis is currently leading the British Hill Climb Championship so he will be one to watch. But you can’t really discount the current champion Scott Moran (Gould GR61X) or any of the other runners in this class. They will all be looking for Run-off points! Perhaps the Ladies Hill Record is at risk?

The Formula Ford Class sees the current record holder Simon McBeath, back after some time-off, along with eight other drivers in the class. These cars are so similar, the class is always close. The winner will be decided by hundredths and their performance on the day.

Then it’s the turn of the Lotus 7 Club Championship runners

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 1 – Cars Up to 125 bhp – has just one entry, Paul Boston.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 2 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1A Tyres – David Nelson who won the class last year starts favourite but there are five other entries. 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 one hundredth of a second last year so you should look forward to some spectacular and close racing. decided this! Daniel Malkin beating Richard Price last time but the top five in this class were separated by just one second.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 4 – Car up to 210 bhp – Jeremy Davis is the only entrant.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 6/7 – sees six cars and drivers.

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 May 27th and Sunday May 28th
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