The British Are Back! August Meeting Preview

The British Are Back! August Meeting Preview

The weekend of Saturday August 24th and Sunday August 25th bring the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments Hill Climb Leaders Championship back to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

With 150 cars and drivers competing at the twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue, it will be a spectacular weekend. There will be a huge variety of cars, everything from standard road cars, specially prepared hill climb cars and spectacularly 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 three opportunities to take to the hill. We start around 09:00 with two runs each before lunch. Then a restart around 13:00 for one further practice. Practice day usually finishes around 15:00.

Sunday is competition day, this is when the fun starts. There will be an early morning practice, starting around 09:00. First timed runs start around 10:30 followed by the first of two top twelve run-offs. After lunch the second timed runs are followed by the second top twelve run-off.

The Top Twelve Run-Off of the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship give championship registered another run on the hill. This time 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 Championship could be won at Gurston Down!

The current championship leader, Wallace Menzies in the Gould GR59 could secure the championship after the first runoff. He has to win the Run-off and the second place man, Alex Summers finishes below fourth.If this doesn’t happen Wallace has to score 15 points in total over the weekend and he will be champion!

The Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments Hill Climb Leaders Championship is slightly different and doesn’t have a run-off. Each timed run is treated as a separate event, so competitors will score in two rounds on Sunday.

Alongside the British Championship and Leaders Championships we will have the Porsche Club National Hill Climb Championship, SBD HSA Speed Championship and a special class for BARC South West Members too!

As ever there will be a Fastest Time of Day! Who will it be?

Class Preview:

The BARC SW B Licence Class

The BARC South West B Licence Class will run first. The class has a huge variety of cars and drivers who hold MSA Speed B Licences. Look out for Nigel Holt in his new Caterham 310R, Mark Everett in the TVR Griffith 500, Alex England is the Ford Fiesta and Steve Cox in his Porsche Boxster. But on current form it’ll will probably be Martin Watson and his Westfield SeiW for the win.

The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc – A(i)

The class has a good entry with six drivers in five cars. Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5 starts favourite. It will be interesting to see how Shaun Fudge in a Mazda MX5 gets on. He won’t be the only one with a new car, Paul Levitt is sharing an MX5 with Ronald King. You mustn’t forget John Davey in the Midget.

The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Car Class – A(ii)

There are just three entrants in this class, all of which have significant Gurston experience. Jon Maycock is leaving his Mazda MX5 at home and borrowing Stephen Moore’s Class A(ii) Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS. Mike Rudge drives his Ford Focus RS and Rodney Eyles the beautiful Alfa Romeo 4C. Rodney starts favourite.

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class – B

Adrian Lewis brings the super fast Westfield Superbusa and shouldn’t be too troubled by the rest of the class. But you never know!

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class – C(i)

This class might hold a few surprises. Neil Turner’s super fast Mini is the class record holder should be able to hold off the rest of the field in this class. But he’s got James White in his Mini and the forced induction Hillman Imp of Eric Morrey to content with.

The 1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class – C(ii)

There are two drivers, Colin Satchell and Paul Drowne who share the very quick Peugeot 205. They are driving the car to beat. Simon Purcell in the Lotus Exige and the rest of the entrants will have his work cut out to catch these two.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class – C(iii)

This will be a tough class, not only does it have a big entry but it has some quick and beautifully presented cars. Stephen Moore in his Mitsubishi Evo should take this class. But it will be much more difficult to predict second place. All of the car and driver combinations have the experience to take second. Will it be the lovely Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Tim Painter and Andy Fraser or Mark Walker in the Porsche or Geoff Twemlow in the Subaru Impreza.

The Modified Specialist Production Cars Class – D

Steve Holland in his Caterham Hayabusa and Simon Jenks and his Caterham Supersport will probably be the top two in this class. But the class is always really competitive so it could be any of the drivers taking the win.

The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class – F

There’s another big entry in this class. It will be interesting to see how Tony Adams in his recently acquired Radical SR3 RS fares against Pete Steele in his Radical SR1. Look out for the lovely Norma M20FC of Duncan Barnes. Duncan is sharing the car with Tom New. But they will all be chasing Tim Pitfield in the DJ Firecat who is in sparkling form!

The Over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class – G

Allan McDonald bring the crazy Mini Evo. The Mini Evo currently holds the hill record for a closed car. You’ll find a great video on our Facebook page.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class – I

The ever popular 1100cc racing car class has another huge entry. The current class record holder Robert Kenrick in the GWR Raptor 2 has to be the man to beat. Robert reset the long standing class record in May, will he improve that again in August. There are so many other drivers in the class who will be looking for Leaders championship points and the change to qualify for the British Hill Climb Championship run-off. Look out for the Greenen brothers, Andy and Adam or perhaps Darren Gumbley, Harry Pick or Stephen Owen. The class will be settled by hundredths of a second and there might be some who will make the cut for the Top Twelve Run-Off too!

Formula Ford Racing Cars up to 1600cc Class – J(i)

Sam Lister is the only entrant in the class in her Van Diemen RF92.

The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class – J(ii)

This could be an interesting class. Olivia Cooper in the Force TA she shares with her husband Liam is having a great year, so you’ll need to look out for her. Eynon Price is also having a good year in his Force TA. Allan and David Warburton in their Gould GR59 and all the other drivers will all be chasing run-off plcaes.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – K(i)

Tim Elmer and his Dallara, Andy Bougourd in his Force PT and the GWR Pediaor driven by Johnathen Varley will probably be the top three in this class. It will be interesting to see how the Reynard TKD YV8 shared by Terry and Tricia Davis fares against the others in this class.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction – K(ii)

Richard Spedding is having a great season in the British Hill Climb Championship so far in his GWR Raptor. Paul Haines in the Gould GR59 has had some great times at Gurston ealier in the season so it will probably be between these two for the win. But you can’t actually discount anyone in this class. All of the class is registered for the British Hill Climb Championship so they will all be looking for places in the run-off.

The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class – L

The class brings the fastest cars and drivers to the hill. With Gurston Down being a power hill, the fastest time of the day is likely to be a driver in this class. The British Championship has just a few rounds to go and is very much in progress and undecided. Wallace Menzies in the Gould GR59 currently leads the championship and will be looking for more points to consolidate his lead. Alex Summers is sharing the DJ Firestorm with Debbie Dunbar this season and she is having a great season too. As is Nicola Menzies in another Gould, this time a GR55. The ladies record might be under threat!

You can’t ignore another Gould, the Judd engined, factory GR59J DB4, driven by Sean Gould nor Will Hall in the Force WH-XTEC and Trevor Willis, the current champion, in his OMS 28. They will all be looking to qualify for Top Twelve Run Off places too.

The Sports and Racing Car Built up to 1971 Class – M

This class is full of beautiful classic racing and sports cars, the Chevron B19 of Amanda and Richard George, Mike Broome and his Alexis Mk17 F3 and the Brabham BT35 of Christopher Bentley-Jones. The class win is likely to come from the George camp or Mike Broome but we are all winners watching these gorgeous cars compete.

The Sports and Racing Car Built up to 1985 Class – N

Roger Deans in his Lola T142 has Fyrth Crosse in the Dempster Ensign LNF3 are the only two entrants in this class. Both of these cars are beautiful. The class winner, too difficult to call, the power of the Lola against the lightness of the Ensign!

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class A2 Saloons and Sports Cars

There is a quite a strong entry in this class. Chris Berrisford in the Subaru Impreza is the likely winner. He has Gurston experience and a very quick car.

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The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class A2.1 Mazda MX5s

The Mazda MX5 class has a small entry, just three cars and four drivers. The Mazda shared by father and son, Alan and Nicholas Mugglestone is quick. They both have plentry of experience too.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class B2 Roadgoing Specialist Cars

There are just two entrants, in just one car. The Westfield is shared by Simon Price and Paul Evans.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class C Modified Saloons and Sports Cars

There are five entrants in four cars. The Ford Puma of Richard Worth and the Renault Clio of Robin Lee and Geoff Lancaster should be in with a great chance of beating the BMW E30 of James Rushworth. But they will have to drive well.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class F Supersports / Sports Libre Cars

There is just one entry, Paul Batey in a Rawlison S-F Stiletto.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class I and J Racing Cars

With four entrants in three cars in this class. There are two Formula Ford cars and one Jedi Mk2. Can the 919cc Jedi overcome the Van Diemen RF84 of Laurance Marks and the Royale RP24 shared by Nick Alnold and Graham Cheery?

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 2 – Standard Production Cars

This class should be interesting this year. Last year there was an all 911 GT3 line-up. This year we have three 911 and two Caymans. Look out for Robert Lancaster-Gaye in his 911 GT3, he has Gurston experience which should help him. But he’ll have to look out for Duncan Andrews in the Cayman and David Dyson in his 911.

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 1 – Modified Cars

Class 1 has the super fast 911 RSR with Paul Howells at the wheel. It will be interesting whether the 911 GT3 of Peter Turnbull can overcome the RSR.

We will also have two Top Twelve Run-offs these will at the end of each timed run.

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 24th and Sunday 25th August
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. Times are estimated.
Admission: £10 for adults Sunday (£6 on Saturday), accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking. Animals are not permitted on site..

 

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

Mid Season Challenge – July 2019 Meeting Report

Mid Season Challenge – July 2019 Meeting Report

There were four rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship and two rounds of Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge the Challenger over the weekend of 20th and 21st July 2019. These rounds may have decided the 2019 overall championship but some of the class championships are yet to be decided. More on the championship in a later report.


A damp start on Saturday lead to a few off at Karousel, which could only be described as a little difficult!

Invited Classes:

The Sevenoaks and District Car Club Speed Championship Class

There was s good entry both days in this class. Dave Rayner in his Caterham S-Sport won both days, lowering the class record both days. Saturday’s 38.40s record breaking run was surpassed on Sunday with a 38.03s.

Bugatti Owners Club Henney’s Cider Classic Speed Championship Class

This class only ran on Saturday. Phil Fisher in his Mallock MK11 lead the way after the first timed run by a margin of over one second. Simon Braithwaite in the Ford Escort Mk1 second timed run managed a 37.98s run but by then Phil had already put in a 37.87s run. A wide ranage of cars competing in this class with all 15 runners covered by just seven seconds. Simon was second and Gurston experience paid off for Mike Broome in the Alexis Mk17 F3 who finished third.

Historic Rally Car Register Speed Championship Class

This class just ran on Sunday. The Lotus Elan shared by Peter Lythell and Guy Brooker were first and second in this class. Peter’s time was 39.99s and Guy’s 40.95s. Another Lotus was third, Paul Boscott in his +2, his time 41.89s.

Downton Motor Club Class

The small entry in this class both days was dominated by the Locost of Andrew Mathis. His power to weight ratio paid dividends. Stuart Lugger in his Mini Cooper was second. Interestingly, Steve Harris and John Davies competed in a Mini Cooper S that was at our first meeting in 1967. It didn’t quite go to plan with a bonnet flying up during one of their runs.

Westfield Sports Car Club Speed Championship Class

The great entry in this class both days saw two wins and the long standing class record broken on Sunday by Adam Phelps with the Megabusa, he shares with Charlotte. He reset the record which now stands at 31.48s. On Saturday, Keith Adams was second and Charlotte third. On Sunday second and third swapped places with Charlotte taking second.

The Regular Gurston Down Regular Classes:

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by The Window Doctor:

This was an important weekend for two of the runners in this class. Mark Crookall in his MK2 RS and Jason Richardson in his MK2.5 RS were leading the championship at the beginning of the meeting and every point would count. Saturday was Mark Crookall’s day, his pushed Jason into second after a 39.33s first timed run. Jason missed a gear and that lead to a 40.31s run. Jason never gives up but couldn’t match Mark’s time. He imprived significantly finishing on 39.80s.

Sunday saw a tie between Jason and Mark. Jason was ahead with a 39.60s first timed run with Mark on 39.86s. Jason didn’t improve his time but his second timed run was 39.63s and Mark managed a 39.60s. Under the rules, where there is a tie, the best average time takes the win, meaning Jason took the win on Sunday.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class

John Davey, Managing Director of Cavendish Ships Stores, our Top Ten Challenge sponsor has a great Saturday. Taking the win in both rounds of the championship and the overall class win on the day.

Sunday wasn’t John’s day. David Nutland in his BMC Mini took the win and reset the class record to 40.55s

The Road Going Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc Class, supported by Record-Designs

Saturday saw Miles Horne in the record holding Peugeot 306 take the win. He was just under a second quicker than Tim Forster in the Lotus Elan and Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5. Miles’ time was 37.52s, Tim’s 38.48s and Dean’s 38.50s.

Sunday saw Dean Cubitt ahead on Miles after the first timed run, but only by0.01s. A personal best for Dean at 37.30s. Miles had it all to do and put a great run, just 0.04s off the class record. His time was 37.08s. Interestingly, the Honda Civic of Christopher Davies was third, just one hundredth ahead of Tim Forster. They finished on 38.58s and 38.59s respectively.

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

Saturday saw Stephen Moore in his Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS take the class win. Clive Stangle in the Mitsubishi Evo 5 he shares with his wife Jennie, took second. But after the first timed run Clive was ahead. Stephen’s second run was a 33.55s. Clive finished on 34.18s and Jennie was third with a 35.89s

Stephen switched classes on Sunday. Clive and Jennie took first and second on 34.06s and 35.50s respectively. Mike Rudge in the Ford Focus RS third on 36.21s.

Road Going Specialist Production Class supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Saturday saw Bruce Bosley in his Caterham Supersport take the class win with a 39.69s first timed run. Nigel Holt in his Caterham Acadamy car was second on 40.75s.

Sunday saw Adrian Lewis in the Westfield Superbusa. He took control of the class and dominated it from the outset. He finished on 32.92s with Bruce Bosley second on 39.42s.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars

Simon Purcell’s up to 2000cc class was merged with the over 2000cc class. Phil Price in the Porsche 930RS was last after the first timed run. Graham Beale in the Ginetta G33 was ahead. But the 500plus HP Porsche improved dramatically and finished on 34.36s, with Graham second on 35.45s. Sunday was a repaet of Saturday but everyone was quicker. Phil won on 33.42s and Graham second on 34.94s.

The Modified Series Production Car up to 1400cc Class

The all Mini line-up in this class both days saw James White in his Mini take the wins. Saturday’s time was 36.34s and Sunday’s 34.36s.

The Modified Series Production Car 1401cc to 2000cc Class

The Peugeot 306 with Colin Satchell had an outstanding weekend. Dominating the class all weekend. Neil Brogden in his 205 was second. Colin’s time were 34.43s and 33.90s on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Neil’s times were 38.82s and 38.68s.

The Modified Series Production Car Over 2000cc Class

Saturday saw Jim Herbert in his Mitsubishi Evo 5 take the class win over Mark Walker in the Porsche Cayman S with Tim Painter in the lovely Aston Martin Vantage, he shares with Andrew Fraser, third. Jim’s time was 33.66s, Mark’s 35.10 and Tim’s 35.24s.

Sunday saw Jim win again finishing on 33.54s with Stephen Moore just 0.25s behind on 33.79s. Andrew Fraser in the Aston, had a great afternoon, finishing on 36.33s.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported by Gates of Brokenhurst

Steve Holland in the Caterham Hayabusa was the current overall leader of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge at the beginning of the meeting and his great times and class wins haven’t harmed this. He finished on 32.11s and 31.27s.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Ginetta G12 of James and David Tearle in James’s hands won Saturday’s class with Christopher Bentley-Jones in the lovely Brabham BT35 second. James’s time was35.39s and Christopher 35.95s.

On Sunday Robin Johnson in his Tiga SF83 won the class with Mike Broome in his Alexis Mk17 F3 second. Robin’s winning time was 35.96s.

The Sports Libre Cars up to 1400cc Class

Saturday saw Tim Pitfield take the class win with a 32.58s. And on Sunday Tim Pitfield won again but this time he was so consistent matching his timed runs with 32.72s.

The Sports Libre Cars Classes over 1401cc were amalgamated.

The Force SR8 shared by Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes in Chris’s hands won this class. Chris’s time of 30.93s also helped with his Cavendish Ships Store Top Ten Challenge points. Sunday was another great day for Chris, not only did he win the class but he also collected the Fastest Time of the Day.

500 Owners Association Speed Championship / 2001 Rules

James Forsyth brought the family Alfa Dana back to the hill. On Saturday there was a good entry and James dominated the class with a 44.22s run. On Sunday James was on his own but improved his time signicicantly to 42.24s.

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

James Moore in the Empire Evo had a great weekend with class wins both days. He was a little faster on Sunday. Saturday’s time was 31.80s and Sunday 31.32s.

Formula Ford Race Cars up to 1600cc Class

The current record holder, Shaun Macklin in his Swift SC92 looked like the win on Saturday was going to elude him. After the first timed run he was fourth. But improved his time by about 1.5s and ended with a 36.73s. His nearest rival, Russell Haynes and his Zeus ZR163 ended on 37.34s. Paul Morcom and the Merlyn Mk11A was third just 0.09s behind Russell on 37.43s. The next two Simon Andrews and Samantha Lester both in Van Diemens were just 0.18s and 0.20s behind Paul respectively.

On Sunday Shaun’s first timed run was the only completed run. However, the time of 36.05s won the class. Simon Andrews was second, Russell Haynes third and Paul Morcon fourth on 36.68s, 36.74s and 37.38s respectively.

Racing Cars up to 2000cc Classes were Amalgamated

Paul Haimes and the lovely Race Parts Gould GR59 lead the class after the first timed run, finishing on 27.68s. The second timed run didn’t quite go to plan however the first run was good enough for the class win and Fastest Time of the Day. Tony Wiltshire in the Ralt RT34 was second but also had an issue on the second timed run. Tony finished on 30.76s

On Sunday Pete Hammock in the Empire Wraith won the class with a 31.45s, beating Ian Tucker into second. Ian finished the second timed run on 31.88s which was an improvement of over one second on his first run.

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

 

Results Motorbikes – July 2019

Results Motorbikes – July 2019

The final two meetings of 2019 of the motorbikes from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) Motorbikes and Combinations, National Hill Climb Championship ended on a high. There were some great performances!

Saturday’s over night ran brought a rather slippery track for first practice runs. Not that this ever deters the riders and pillions in the ACU’s Hill Climb Championship. By the time it was competition runs, the track had dried. This produced some great performances. Ben Watkins has held the solo motorbike record since 2012 it stands at 31.85s.

As there were two events, there were two fastest times of the day. Saturday’s went to Paul Jeffery on his KTM RC8R. His second timed run was 32.88s.

Sunday saw Tom Short on his KTM SMR take FTD with a 32.39s run in the Top Ten Run-off. It’s a very long time since we’ve seen performances this close to the record.

The Full Class Results are:

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Pauline Ford was the only rider on her Honda CBF in this class. Her best time was on Sunday were she finished on 50.49s.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

There were three riders both days in this class. Richard Peaty on the KTM took the win from Allan Harvey on his KTM took the win on Saturday with 37.64s.

On Sunday the positions were reversed. Allan Harvey took the win with a 37.51s pipping Richard Peaty by just 0.05s.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

There was a huge entry both days. Saturday belonged to Chris Keates on the Honda CRF. His first timed, 35.87s run was just 0.05s ahead of Callum Shorts’ KTM, 35.92s. Mark Short on the KTM was third on 36.41s.

On Sunday the top two positions were swapped. Callum went quicker and finished on 34.89s with Chris on 35.10s. Both great improvements. Mark Short repeated his third place and ended quicker on 35.83s.

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

There was a great entry on both days in this class. On Saturday, Tom Short on the KTM SMR was the man to beat in this class, after a great performance on Saturday with a 33.33s, 0.70s ahead of Tommy Hodges on the Team GV KTM. Sunday, Tom was on it again. His first timed run was another great performance and faster, 32.88s. Tommy took second with 33.64s.

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Paul Jeffery on the KTM RC8R was on sparkling form all weekend. Not only did he win the class both days but his second timed run on Saturday gave him the Fastest Bike of the Day with a 32.88s run. Paul also won on Sunday with a 32.70s. Stu Mills on the Aprilia was second on both days, finishing on 33.73s and 33.34s. Simon Gates on the Kawasaki ZX10R was third, 34.55s on Saturday and 33.63s on Sunday.

Sidecar Class

Then it was ther turn of the combinations! There were four entered both days. Patrick and Paul Keates on the Baker F1 took the wins both days. Their times were 36.78s and 37.19s on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Motorbike Top Ten Run-Off

Due to an over run on Saturday we only had the Sunday Top Ten Run-off. Tom Short produced one of the fastest runs on a solo motorbike for many years. His 32.39s won him the Top Ten Run-off and the Fastest Time of the Day. Tommy Hodges was second and Paul Jeffery third.

 

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb
Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Championship – Review

Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Championship – Review

The overall leaders table in the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship is starting to get interesting. There is a chance that the championship is decided at the July meetings with it’s four rounds.. However, the overall table might suggest it could go all the way until the September meeting!

Mark Crookall in the Mazda MX5 is back on-top after some great performances in June but he won’t be given any quarter by the other five in the top six!

Jason Richardson in his Mazda MX5 is second. His performances have been great too.

Equal third are Shaun Fudge in the Lewis Dean Subaru Impreza and Tim Pitfield in the DJ Firecat. They are both having great seasons with Shaun having very consistant performances.

Tim pushing the class record back and hence beating the target times, has given him extra points and pushed him properly in contention.

But there equal fifth, just one point behind are Steve Holland in the Caterham, who currently leads the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge and Murray Wakeham in the OMS CF96.

There are so many drivers who are within a few points of the championship top three, July’s meetings might well give us more clarity on who’ll be champion!

The Overall Table looks like this:

Driver / Class

Points

Mark Crookall – Mazda MX5

73

Jason Richardson – Mazda MX5

69

Shaun Fudge – Subaru Impreza

68

Tim Pitfield – DJ Firecat

68

Steve Holland – Caterham

67

Murray Wakeham – OMS CF96

67

Class Championships

Most of the class championships are wide open too. There is more information on the individual and class standings on the website www.gurstondown.org

 

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb
Motorbikes Meeting Preview – July 2019

Motorbikes Meeting Preview – July 2019

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July sees another two days of action from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) Motorbikes and Combinations, National Hill Climb Championship. This time there are some of the regulars but some new comers too!

The riders and their machines always produce a fabulous display of skill and spectacular racing. They will be running in the second batch again so if you are planning to come and watch, they will start practice around 08:45 and have their first timed run at 13:30 each day (times are approximate).

If you would like to see what it is really like on a solo motorbike or on a motorbike and side-car combination check the videos posted on our Facebook page!

The Solo Motorbikes run first and are separated in to classes based on engine cubic capacity, just like the cars are.

The Solo Motorbikes are the to run.

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Pauline Ford on her Honda CBF has the class to herself both days. She will be looking for an improvement in her personal best.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

There are three riders both days in this class. Richard Peaty on the KTM will be looking to repeat his win at the June meeting. His margin over Allan Harvey on another KTM was just 0.15s. Allan will be looking to snatch the win.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

This class has a huge entry both days. Ten bikes on Saturday and eleven on Sunday. There are some class riders in this class. Will it be a Short, Callum or Mark? Could it be Richard Bowker, Chris Keates or Robert Jones? This class will be very hard fought – the winner, far to difficult to predict!

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

There a great entry on Saturday in this class. Look out for Tom Short on the KTM SMR and Tommy Hodges on the Team GV KTM. These two are both previous winners.

On Sunday, Dan Hurley on his Husaberg and Nick Cronin on his Aprilia join Saturday’s riders. Dan has the experience to give the other riders a run for their money. This will be an interesting class both days.

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Look out for Simon Gates on his Kawasaki ZR10R, he only in his second season hill climbing but in really enjoying the experience and it shows in his riding. He has Stu Mills on the super quick Aprilia Tuono to beat, which will be difficult. And you can’t discount Paul Jeffery on the KTM. All the riders in this class will be looking for a win!

Sidecar Class

Then it’s the turn of the combinations! There are four entered both days. Kevin and Sara Dewell on their Honda SKR have been having a good season. But they will probably need to chase down Patrick and Paul Keates on the Baker F1. The Keates are former class record holders.

Look out for the Motorbike Top Ten Run-Off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again!

With over 30 motorbikes each day and 100 cars, the July meetings will be great fun.

Why not come and 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 July 20th and Sunday July 21st
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

Mid Season Challenge – July Meetings Preview

Mid Season Challenge – July Meetings Preview

We have around 110 cars and drivers competing on both days with a separate event on Saturday and Sunday as well as the motorbikes and combinations of the Auto Cycle Union’s Hill Climb Championship.

All will face the challenge of the legendary 12 feet wide, fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous, award winning 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!

There are four rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship, two rounds each day and two rounds of Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge the Challenger, one round each day.

The Meadens Skoda Championship is close after the first eight rounds. The performances at the July meetings might well determine the overall championship but as ever that will depend on the performances during every timed run.

The current championship leader is Mark Crookall in his Mazda MX5. Second is Jason Richardson in his Mazda MX5 is second. Mark has 73 points and Jason 69 points. Shaun Fudge (Subaru Impreza) and Tim Pitfield (DJ Firecat) are third equal on 68 points.

The Challenge is currently lead by Steve Holland. The challenge results will probably be decided at the July meetings but there are plenty of people who might knock Steve off the top spot.

We also have over 30 motorbikes and side-cars running both days. There is more on that in the Motorbike Preview that will be available soon

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

Invited Classes:

The Sevenoaks and District Motor Club Speed Championship Class

There’s a good entry in the class both days. Dave Rayner in his Caterham S-Sport was last years class winner and should be the one to watch. Dave has a much lighter car than his competitors but there are some quick cars in this class.

Bugatti Owners Club Henney’s Cider Classic Speed Championship Class

This class only runs on Saturday but with a line-up of some beautiful cars. There are Ford Escorts, a Ginetta G4, two Brabhams., two MGs just to name some of the cars in this class. There are 17 cars, all of which will be beautifully presented and will be looking for great times too.

Historic Rally Car Register Speed Championship Class

This class only runs on Sunday. There is another great mix of cars in this class. Nigel Patten brings a Renault R8 Gordini, Stephen Akers, aMini Cooper, Phil Cheek an MG B and there are two Lotus Elans.

Downton Motor Club Class

There is a small entry in the class just three cars both days. Steve Harris and Stuart Lugger are both entered in Minis but they will have to fight hard to beat the Locost of Andrew Mathis. His power to weight ratio should keep the other two at bay.

Westfield Sports Car Club Speed Championship Class

It’s good to see such a strong entry from the Westfield Sports Car Club. Five drivers on Saturday and six on Sunday. With Charlotte ad Adam Phelps and their Megabusa being the car / driver combination to beat. But none of the other drivers should be discounted, performance on the day will be critical.

The Regular Gurston Down Regular Classes:

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by The Window Doctor:

This class has been an incredibly competitive class since it started and this season is no expection. The class record has been broken event after event and event, this season. It now stands at 39.13s and is held by Mark Crookall. Mark in his RS will have the usual stiff competition from both Jason Richardson in his RS and Chris Burch in the car he shares with Mark. Mark and Jason are first and second in the overall Meadens Skoda Championship and will both be looking for solid points. Mark looking to cement his lead and Jason to over-take Mark.


The Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class

John Davey, Managing Director of Cavendish Ships Stores, our Top Ten Challenge sponsor currently leads the class championship. He’s sharing the car with Gordon Weston this weekend. John needs to keep Dabid Nutland and his Mini at bay as both need great points to secure their position in the class championship.

The Road Going Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc Class, supported by Record-Designs

There’s a large entry in this class. Miles Horne bring the Peugeot 306 back after issues at the June meeting. Miles is the current class record holder but needs to secure solid points to hold onto or extend his lead over Christopher Davies in the Honda Civic Type R and Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5. This class might be decided on drop scores. Miles will need reliability to maintain the lead.

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

There is a ten driver entry in this class. Shaun Fudge, in the Subaru Impreza is third in the overall championship and first in the class championship so he will be looking for some good points to secure his championship position. He will have a tough weekend. The current class record holder and former Gurston Down Championship is entered in his Road Going Mitsubishi Evo as are Jenny and Clive Stangle in their Mitsubishi Evo. And we shouldn’t forget Steve Cox in the VW Golf R and Mike Rudge in the Ford Focus RS. This really will be a tough class for everyone.

Road Going Specialist Production Class supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Adrian Lewis in the Westfield Superbusa must start favourite in this class. The “Screaming Tangerine” is very fast and driven well by Adrian. Mark Parrett, Manager of the class sponsors, in his lovely Autotune Gemini will be looking for points to help secure his class championship position.

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

Simon Purcell runs his supercharged Lotus Exige with it’s smaller engine in the upto 2000cc class. He hasn’t got any competition but as ever he will be looking for personal best times.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000cc Class

There are just three entries both days but this should be a scrap between Phil Price in the Porsche 930RS and Graham Beale in the Ginetta G33. Sadly the E Type of Paul Slade will struggle against these two monsters. If you are in the paddock you should come around and take a look at all three of these cars!

The Modified Series Production Car up to 1400cc Class

The all Mini line-up in this class, it will be down to Gurston experience. James White starts favourite but David Bean will be looking to score some valuable points in the championship as the current class record holder and class championship leader, Neal Turner isn’t competing.

The Modified Series Production Car 1401cc to 2000cc Class

The Peugeot 306 with Colin Satchell at the wheel will probably dominate this class. Colin’s car is outstandingly quick and Colin is an accomplished driver.

The Modified Series Production Car Over 2000cc Class

The beautifully presented Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser will have some stiff competition on Saturday. Mark Walker in the Porsche Cayman S will make sure they both have to work for the win on Saturday. Mark will be looking for championship points both days.

On Sunday, the class record holder and former Gurston Down Champion brings his fantastically quick Mitsubishi Evo to the hill. With the form Stephen is in at the moment, the rest will be chasing each other for second.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported by Gates of Brokenhurst

Steve Holland in the Caterham Hayabusa is the current overall leader of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge. Not only will he be looking to be in the fastest ten on both days but he will be chasing championship points as he also leads the class championship.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

There are five entries on Saturday. The lovely Brabham BT35 of Christopher Bentley-Jones has the Tiga SF83 of Robin Johnson and Joe McKrell are joined by the Ginetta G12 of James and David Tearle. Winner of the class, that’s far to difficult to predict!

The Sports Libre Cars up to 1400cc Class

Tim Pitfield in the DJ Firecat is having a great season so far. He is the class current record holder, current class championship leader and has broken the class record twice this season already. Look out for Pete Steele in the Radical SR1, he looking for a 33s run providing the weather is good. Tim will have to be on top form take the win.

The Sports Libre Cars 1401cc to 2000cc Class

The V8 powered Lancia Stratos replica of Malcolm Cole is the only entry in this class. It’s another great car to take a look at when you are in the paddock.

The Sports Libre Cars Over 2000cc Class

Geoff Twemlow brings the Saker GT to the hill. The Subaru engined car hasn’t been behaving properly over the past few meetings, hopefully Geoff has had time to sort it out, enabling him to enjoy a full weekends racing. The Force SR8 shared by Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes also goes in this class. On current form Chris will probably take the win but he will be looking for Top Ten points as well as class championship points. Chris will also be looking for Fastest Time of the Day too!

500 Owners Association Speed Championship / 2001 Rules

Saturday see a good entry in some proper classic racing cars in this class, all with engines of 500cc or less. The drivers almost throw themselves and their cars into the corners. They are a spectacle! On Sunday, John Dent in the Cooper Mk8 runs on his own.

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

There is a good entry in this class both days. Murray Wakeham in the OMS CF96 is having a great season so far and is dominating the class championship. James Moore in the Empire Evo will make sure Murray really has to work for the win.

Formula Ford Race Cars up to 1600cc Class

There’s a great entry in this class on Saturday. The current record holder, Shaun Macklin in his Swift SC92 must start favourite. But with Russell Haynes in the Zeus ZR163, Simon Andrews in the Van Dieman RF90, Doug Auld in a Swift SC93 and Samantha Lester in a Van Dieman FR92 to name just a few, Shaun will have to be in class record breaking territory to grab the win. This class is usually separated by hundredths of a second.

On Sunday, there a six more entrants. So it’ll be interesting to see how Sunday shapes up!

Racing Cars 1101cc to 1600cc Class

Pete Hammock in the lovely 1600cc Empire Wraith has the class to himself both days. The car is new this season so Pete will be looking for new personal bests and learning more of how the car behaves.

Racing Cars up to 2000cc (Normally Aspirated)

Although there are just three entries in this class. This could be one of those that is tough to call. Look out for Tony Wiltshire in the Ralt RT34 who leads the class championship from Roger Cock in the Pilbeam MP54. But you can’t discount Ian Tucker in the OMS 28. This class could bring us Fastest Time of the Day.

Racing Cars up to 2000cc (Force Induction)

Saturday sees Paul Haimes in the lovely turbo-charged Gould GR59. He will be one of the contenders for Fastest Time of the Day.

With a weekend packed with great cars and great motorsport – 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 July 20th and Sunday July 21st
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
Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend 2019

Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend 2019

Now that was an interesting weekends speed hill climb! Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June was the Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend.

There were just three rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship and two rounds of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge after an incident in hollow at the very end of the first timed run on Sunday. More on that later in this report.

The weekend was the Tony Marsh Memorial weekend. A special trophy is awarded to the Meadens Skoda Championship registered competitor who makes the greatest improvement in or is nearest to their respective class record in any of the timed runs at either of the June meetings. There will be a full report on this later.

There is a full report on the Motorbikes is available on our website.

The regular Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship classes were supported by a number of invited classes.

Saturday’s Invited Classes:

ACSMC Registered Road Legal Cars Class

David Newman and his Mazda MX5 was in a very strong position after the first timed runs, he was just under two seconds ahead of Steve Elliott in the Lotus Elise. The second timed runs were in much better conditions, David put together a great performance and reduced his time from 42.92s to 39.68s. Daniel Friel in the Honda Civic Type R took more than five seconds out of his first timed run, finishing second on 40.78s and Steve Elliott in the Elise was third on 41.03s.

TyreMarks ASWMC Registered Road Legal Cars Class

Adrian Lewis and the Westfield Superbusa took the win and a new class record with a 34.29s second timed run. Ian Ingleheart in his Westfield SE Cosworth was second on 35.27s and the Alfa 4C of Rodney Eyles was third on 36.33s.

The Midland Speed Championship

The Porsche 911 Carrera of Andrew Norris was ahead from the start. Stephen Barnard in the space-frame Audi TT ran second after the first timed run. However, after the second timed run, Stephen’s advantage fell away and Simon Jones and his Westfield SeiW improved his first timed run by six seconds. Andrew finished on 35.68s, Simon on 36.05s and Stephen on 36.26s.

Sunday’s Invited Classes:

There was only one timed run on Sunday

The Morgan Sports Car Club Techniques Speed Championship

Robert Toon in his Plus 8 took the win. Simon Ashby in his 4/4 was second with Clive Hall is his 4/4 third. Robert finished on 38.71s, Simon on 39.30s and Clive 39.95s.

The Pirelli Ferrari Championship Class

David Snelson has been a regular visitor to the Gurston Down Drivers School this season and it paid off. David and his Ferrari F430 finished ahead of Tim Dickinson in the 458. David crossed the line at 103 mph. These two were close, David put in a 36.39s and Tim in 37.16s.

The Midland Speed Championship

The class was much smaller than Saturday’s. It was a repeat of Saturday, Andrew Norris with the Porsche 911 Carrera finished with a 35.13s and the space-frame Audi TT of Stephen Barnard on 35.59s.

The Gurston Down Regular Classes

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by The Window Doctor

Mark Crookall in his Mazda MX5 RS took the win both days and lowered the class record by 0.45s. The record now stands at 39.13s. Jason Richardson in his RS had lowered the record by 0.01s in the run directly before Mark’s run. Chris Burch had a great run on Saturday’s damp conditions and pushed Jason back to second. Chris had a rather tough second timed run as you will see from the great video on our Facebook page and couldn’t improve his time.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc

David Nutland in his Mini took the win both days. John Davey, the managing director of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores took second. It will be interesting to see how July pans out as John’s “new” Midget should be much more settled by then.

The Road Going Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs

The current record holder, Miles Horne, in the Peugeot 306 was in front after the first timed run on Saturday with a 39.00s. But mechanical issues forced him out of the rest of Saturday’s meeting and the car couldn’t be fixed for Sunday. With the conditions drying, Tim Forster in that lovely Lotus Elan stopped the clock on 38.06s. Saturday’s results was Tim Forster, 38.06s, Miles Horne 39.00s, Christopher Davies (Honda Civic) and 39.07s and Alex England (Ford Fiesta) 39.08s.

Everything changed in Sunday’s single run event, Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5 had a great run. He seemed to be struggling on Saturday. His timed run was 38.48s. Christopher Davies in the Honda Civic was second on 38.97s, Tim Foster in his Elan, third on 39.00s.

The Turbo Dynamics supported Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class

Shaun Fudge and the Lewis Dean Subaru Impreza took the win on Saturday from Steve Cox in the Golf R. Shaun managed a 36.94s just over a second ahead of Steve who finished on 38.05s

Sunday’s single run event turned everything around. Steve Cox put together a 37.26s and took the class win. Sarah Fudge pushed Shaun back to third with a 37.72s run with Shaun just 0.13s behind.

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported the Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Antony Orchard in Adrian Lewis’s Westfield Superbusa was unbeatable on Saturday. Adrian was away winning the ASWMC class. Antony’s time was 34.15s. Claire Tooth in her Lotus Elise was second on 39.75s.

Sunday saw Adrian back in the class but Antony was in sparkling form. He took the win with an improved time compared to the previous day. Antony’s time 33.79s and Adrian just 0.03s behind on just 33.82s.

Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars

The two Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car classes were amalgamated. Phil Price in the 500 plus bhp Porsche 930RS. He stopped the clock on 33.45s on Saturday and 33.46s on Sunday.

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

Neil Turner took the win both days. He also reduced the class record on Saturday to 35.04s, a great performance.

Modified Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc Class

Colin Satchell and the superfast Peugeot 205 took the class win, 33.59s on Saturday and 33.83s on Sunday.

Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class

Mark Walker in the Porsche Cayman put together a class winning second timed run. Pushing interesting Mazda 323 of Chris Edwards and Tim Painter in the gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage. It was close between these three, Mark 34.43s, Chris 34.80s and Tim 34.89s, great performances all round.

On Sunday everything changed! Stephen Moore in the amazing Mitsubishi Evo RS returned and took the class with a 33.43s run. Second was close, Tim Painter and Mark Walker were almost even at the intermediate time, 18.71s and 18.91s respectively. But Mark’s 110 mph over the line was 6 miles and hour faster than Tim in the Aston. What a great class this has become this year!

Modified Specialist Production Class supported by Gates of Brokenhurst

Steve Holland in the Caterham Hayabusa dominated this class from the outset. Saturday he stopped the clocks on 31.85s and Sunday 32.03s. Satuday’s second place man was Ritchie Gatt on 33.53s and Sunday’s was Jonathan Smith on 33.33s.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Jeremy Smithson in the Lotus Elan won the class both days. His best time was on Saturday 43.86s on Saturday’s second timed run.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class

Tim Pitfield, Gurston Down Drivers School principal in his DJ Firecat had a great Saturday and won the class. Sunday was even better, he won the class and lowered the class record by 0.43s. It now stands at 32.61s. Peter Steel in his Radical, known as the “Tory Canyon” improved his times over the weekend, Saturday 35.32s and Sunday 34.31s.

Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class, supported by Lewis Property Services

After issues with on Sunday, this class only ran on Saturday. Clive Wooster in the Radical SR4 had a great first timed run had a great lead. The lead was significantly cut by a great second run by Steven Wells in the SEWC SubZero. However, Clive went even quicker, he finished the day on a 33.04s, a great performance.

The Sports Libre over 2000cc Class

Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes ran the Force SR8 both days. Chris had a great Saturday and scored ten points in the Top Ten challenge and Fastest Time of the Day on Sunday.

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

James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 is back! But some may have thought that it would be a comfortable class win. It wasn’t. Murray Wakeham in his OMS CF96, missed out on first by just 0.06s and just 0.05s on Sunday. James’s times were 32.31s, on Saturday, and 31.81s on Sunday. Murray’s were 32.37s and 31.86s respectively. This class will be an interesting one to watch for the rest of the season.

Formula Ford Racing Car up to 1600cc

Russell Haynes in the Zeus ZR163 ran on both days. The Saturday to himself wasn’t a great day, there were issues in his run.

On Sunday he was joined by David Matthews in his Zeus. Russell was ahead after the first timed run, with a 39.52s, but as the weather David improved his time and ended on 38.90s. Russell had issues and didn’t complete the second timed run. should take the win Saturday.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class

Mike Lee in his OMS3000M had a great lead over Pete Hammock in the Empire Wraith after the first timed run on Saturday. Pete had mechanical issues and didn’t complete the second timed run. Mike went faster and ended on 32.14s with Pete taking second.

Sunday saw the some class amalgamated.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction

Saturday saw Paul Haimes and the lovely turbocharged Gould GR59 take the class win and the Fastest Time of the Day with a 28.55s. The fastest time of the weekend.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class

Saturday Tony Wiltshire in his Ralt RT34 took the class win.

Racing Cars 1101cc to 2000cc amalgamated – Sunday

Tony Wiltshire in the Ralt RT34 took the win on Sunday. But he was pushed very hard by Mike Lee. Tony finished on 31.97s and Lee on 32.02.

Racing Car over 2000cc

Paul Crute ran on his own in the Jaguar power OMS 28 both days. He had a great Saturday with a 30.62s. But a very serious off at Hollow in the first timed run on Sunday saw the car very badly damaged but Paul wasn’t seriously hurt.

 

 

There’s a separate report on the bikes which run both days.

We would like to thank all those who made our weekend possible!

 

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

 

 

 

 

June Motorbikes Meeting 2019

June Motorbikes Meeting 2019

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June saw the second and third visits of the Auto Cycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship.

For the spectators who braved the Saturday weather might have noticed some TV cameras and an interesting motorbike built for the TV Show Goblin Works Garage by it’s presentor Ant Partridge. The Ducati Scrambler will feature in the Quest TV show later in the summer together with some footage from the Saturday event. We have a few pictures on an album on our Facebook page. Ant had a great time, arriving on Friday but after walking the hill and meeting Gurston officials and all the bikers in the afternoon, decided to stay over-night at Gurston rather than coming back on Saturday after a hotel stay.

The weather was tough for those on four wheels let alone those on two and three wheels!

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Pauline Ford on a Honda had the class to herself on Saturday and finished on 52.27s.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

Saturday saw four bikes and riders, Richard Peaty on a 349cc KTM had a good, solid lead after the first timed runs of almost 1.5s. That lead almost slipped away in the second timed runs. Richard finished the day on 38.51s with Allan Harvey on a 300cc KTM SX was second, just 0.15s adrift on 38.66s.

Sunday saw five bikes and riders. The top two were a repeat of the Saturday meeting but the margin slightly better Richard finished on 38.07s and Allan 38.60s.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

Glyn Poole on the 500cc Honda took a commanding lead on after the first timed run on Saturday. He was 1.5s ahead of the rest of the field and he improved that in the second timed run too. Glyn finished on 33.63s and Mike Tilley on his 491cc Honda CR on 35.46s.

On Sunday Glyn finished on 33.57s with Mike on 35.14s. Great performances by Glyn.

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

This class brought some seriously quick bikes and talented riders to the hill. The top three in the class were the same both days. Tommy Hodges on the 613cc Team GV KTM took the win on Saturday with a 32.93s second timed run. Tom Short on another 613cc KTM was second on 33.10s, just 0.17s difference and Guy Ursell on another KTM, was third on 34.62s.

On Sunday Tom Short matched his Saturday time with a 33.10s. Tommy Hodges was just 0.11s behind on 33.21s and Guy Ursell on 34.48s.

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

The Goblin Motor Work Ducati Scrambler designed and built Ant Partridge joined this class for Saturday.

Stu Mills on his Aprilia Tuono V4 was fastest both days. Simon Gates on his Kawasaki was second. These two with Allan Jolly on his KTM were the top three on Saturday. On Sunday Matthew Moggridge on his Suzuki took third.

Saturday’s times were Stu Mills, 34.32s, Simon Gates, 35.11s and Allan Jolly 35.20s.

Sunday’s times were Stu Mills, 34.21s, Simon Gates, 34.81s and Matthew Moggeridge 34.48s.

Trike Class

Jon and Isaac Warren rode the Suzuki trike both days. Their best time of the weekend was Sunday with a 36.82s timed run.

Sidecar Class

There were five combinations in this class. The Foster’s on their 600cc Honda F2 won both days but they really had to work for it. The Keates on the 998cc Baker F1. On Saturday, the Fosters finished on 37.26s and the Keates, 37.57s. On Sunday, the Fosters finished on 37.11s and the Keates 37.60s.

The bikes will be back for both days in July. Why not come and join us?

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

June Motorbike Preview

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June sees the seasons second and third visits of theAutocycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship. So you know just how quick the motorbikes are at Gurston Down, the current hill record for a Solo Motorbike is 31.85s and is held by Ben Watkins.

The riders and their machines always produce a fabulous display of skill and spectacular racing. The motorbikes are expected to start practice around 08:45 and have their first timed run at 13:00 each day. And look out for the Top Ten Run-off at the end of the day.

If you would like to see what it is really like on a solo motorbike or on a motorbike and side-car combination check the videos posted on our Facebook page!

The Solo Motorbikes run first and are separated in to classes based on engine cubic capacity, just like the cars are. You’ll see by the entry that riders tend to bring different bikes to compete on different days.

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Saturday has just two entries, Pauline Ford on a Honda and Steven Garlinge on another Honda. It’ll probably be Steven’s class. There aren’t any entrants on Sunday.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

Saturday sees four bikes in the entry. Simon Wilson and his Yamaha was the 2018 winner so we should expect him to be there or there about both days. But he will be looking over his shoulder all weekend.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

There is a huge entry both days in this class. There’s a whole bunch of very quick and talented riders. Chris Keates on his Honda CRF has stiff competition from Mike Tilley (Honda CR), Simon Hockling (Husqvama), Glyn Poole (Honda) and Callum Short (KTM), just to name a few of the riders.

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

This class brings some seriously quick bikes and talented riders to the hill. There are so many winners of fastest time of the day in this class, there’s no way you could call who will be in the top five, let alone the top three. Look out for Tommy Hodges on his KTM, Peter Short and Tom Short on their respective KTMs, Guy Ursell and none of the other riders can be ruled out!

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Both days have a great entries. Allan Jolly (KTM) looks a likely winner here but he will need to beat some riders and bikes that will fight him for the win through out the meeting. Look out for Stu Mills on his Aprilia Tuono V4. Fastest Bike of the Day will probably come from this class, but who will it be.

All the riders will be looking for a Top Ten Run-off places

Trike Class

There’s just one entry in the class. Jon and Isaac Warren ride the Suzuki trike.

Sidecar Class

Then it’s the turn of the motorbike and side car combinations! The side cars are a proper spectacle! The pillion (passenger) only stays on by holding on buy their feet and hands, no seat belts or harnesses. The pillion hanging on or sometimes out of the combination!

There are a couple of great videos of the current hill record holders on our Facebook page. The previous record holders, Patrick and Paul Keates return and must start favourite but it’s a very competitive class. Who will take the win and can the Keates take back the class record?

Then at the end of the meeting, if time allows, there bikes will have a Top Ten Run-off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again to score additional points.

Why not come and join us?

With this variety of motorbikes (and cars) Sunday 22nd will be an action packed day 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 15th and Sunday 16th April
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