The British Are Back!

The British Are Back!

The weekend of Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th 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.

Both championships are just a few events away from the season finale at Loton Park at the end of September so there is still all to play for!

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

This class has an all 911 GT3 line-up with Christian Aryes running a GT3RS. Last years champion Robert Lancaster-Gaye won’t have an easy ride with this field. He has last years championship runner-up to contend with, Simon Tarling. But Robert has also been battling with Christian too this season. It’ll be a very close run class. Winner? Well we can say it will be a GT3 but who will be behind the wheel?

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

Class 1 has a 964 in addition to the six other drivers with 911s. Phil Price and his 930RS has had some great Gurston form this year with a 33.99s timed run at our July meeting. Bob Mortimer in his 911 and Peter Turnbull’s 911 are likely to be in the top three too. As well as the in form man and last years champion, Paul Howells.

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

The class has a good entry with nine drivers and seven cars. This class looked like it might be between two drivers, Richard Brant in the very quick Renault Clio and Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5. But the event regulations means that we will see Tony Wiltshire in the Lotus Elise in this class too. It will be between these three for the win.

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

There are just two entrants in this class, both of which have significant Gurston experience. Simon Neve in his Mitsubishi Evo RS, goes head to head with Mike Rudge in a Ford Focus RS. It will be interesting to see how Mike copes with a road car on the hill.

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class – B

Adrian Lewis shares his Westfield Superbusa with Anthony Orchard again. The July meeting saw Adrian take the win in this class but we should expect Anthony to be quicker this time out but will it be enough to snatch a win?

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

Neil Turner’s super fast Mini has been repaired after the problems at the July meeting so he will be the man to beat. Andrew Russell’s delightful Ginetta is always competitive but second might be the best outcome with Neil back in the race!

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

Two drivers, Colin Satchell and Paul Drowne share the very quick Peugeot 205. This might well turn into a really close class.

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

This will be a tough class, not only does it have a huge entry, twelve drivers but it has some really quick cars too. On previous form and Gurston experience, we should see Stephen Moore in his Mitsubishi Evo and Steven Darley in his Subaru Impreza in the top two places. But there are plenty of other cars that might just topple them on the day.

The Modified Specialist Production Cars Class – D

Andrew Griffiths in his Caterham Hayabusa and Simon Jenks and his Caterham Supersport were the top two at the May meeting. It was close and it will be in August too. Although this class is really competitive it could be any of the drivers taking the win.

The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class – F

Keith Diggle in the WEV HCS-BDG won the class in May by a good margin over Duncan Barnes and his Norma M20FC. But that was the first time out for the Norma. Look out for Peter Steel and the Mallock has been on sparkling form so he’ll probably be mounting a challenge too.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class – I

This class has another huge entry, 20 drivers. Debbie Dunbar in the DJ Firehawk she shares with Richard Summers, won this very competitive class after a fantastic second timed run in May. Based on the form she is showing, she will be very much in contention. But she won’t have an easy time with all the rest of the drivers in this class. Look out for the Greenen brothers, Andy and Adam or perhaps Darren Gumbley or Robert Kenrick to name just a few. 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)

There are five entries in the class. Simon McBeath and his Swift SC92F starts this class as favourite. He will be looking to take his class record back and for a class win. But the other four drivers will also want rhe championship points and the class win. The class is always close and we should expect it to be the same this time out.

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

Les Mutch in his GWR Raptor starts as favourite in this class after his win in May. But he has David and Allan Warburton in a Gould GR59, Lian and Olivia Cooper in the Force and another group of drivers who will be looking for points and run-off places.

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

The GWR Pediaor driven by Johnathen Varley.has to start favourite in this class. He produced a great second timed run in May that gave him victory. There are nine drivers entered so it’s going to tough for Johnathen particularly as Tim Elmer and his Dallara who was just 0.09s behind Johnathen in May.

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

This class has another good entry including Richard Spedding who was third in the British Hill Climb Championship last year in his GWR Raptor. He will have a tough battle against Paul Haines in the Gould GR59 and Lee Griiffiths with the OMS. All of them will be looking for Run-Off places in addition to class wins.

The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class – L

The class brings the fastest cars and drivers to the hill. The class is most likely to produce the driver / car combination that will take Fastest Time of the Day. The British Championship has just a few rounds to go and is very much in progress and undecided (as at the time of writing).

Will Hall took Fastest Time of the Day in May and both Top Twelve Run-Off wins, one jointly with Trevor Willis. You will also need to look out for Jason Mourant in the Gould GR55, Wallace Menzies and his Gould GR59M, Dave Uren and Nicola Menzies in their GR55, 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, Geoff Hunt’s Lotus 22, the Chevron B19 of Amanda and Richard George, Sue Hayes’ Palliser WDF3, Mike Broome and his Alexis Mk17 F3 and the Brabham BT35 of Christopher Bentley-Jones. The winner in this class will probably be Amanda or Richard but we are all winners watching these gorgeous cars compete.

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

Roger Dean in his Lola T142 is the only entrant in this class.

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

There is a small entry in this class, just three cars. Martin Ellis in his Escort should take the win here.

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

The Mazda MX5 class has a small entry, just two cars. The 1800cc of Ken Morris should over-come the 1600cc car of Stephen Dally.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class C3 Modified Saloons and Sports Cars

There are just two entrants, a Lotus Espirt driven by Nicholas Olson and Subaru Impreza of Chris Berrisford. Chris is the likely winner here.

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The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class D Modified Specialist Sports Cars

There are three entrants in two cars. Looking at this class the win is likely to go to the Caterham Superlight of Lynn Gilbert and Chris Howard-Harris.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Class J and J1 Racing Cars

With just one entrant, Mark Schlanker in his OMS.

The BARC SW B Licence Class

The BARC South West B Licence Class will run last. The class has a variety of cars and drivers who hold MSA Speed B Licences. On current form it’ll be between Martin Watson and his Westfield and Steve Holland in his Caterham. Martin will probably snatch the win but there will be plenty of drivers wanting to chase him down.

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 25th and Sunday 26th 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.
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

July Events Report – Cars

July Events Report – Cars

The Saturday and Sunday July meetings would probably be described by most as the meeting of the year! The events were part of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship and of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The four rounds of the Championship and two rounds of the Challenge pretty much decided championship positions. More on that in a later report.

We had just over 100 cars and drivers, competing on both days. The weather was superb and very conducive to class records and personal bests, particularly on Saturday when the air temperature was a little lower.

SATURDAY’S CLASSES:

The Sevenoaks and District Motor Club Class

Robert Wood in his Lotus Cortina and Dave Rayner in his Caterham 7 were the only two entrants in the class. With the lighter and more powerful Caterham won the class and a new class record, finishing on 38.75s.

The DEWS Motor Club Class

Then it was the turn of eclectic cars of the DEWS Motor Club Class. This class again went to form, Derek Kessell in the gorgeous and fast Maguire Mini took the win finishing on 36.62s. Second was Marc Morris in his Renault Clio on 39.97s and third Lee Kessell on 41.27s.

Then came the regular Gurston Down Regular Classes:

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

This class seems to have a surprising knack of pulling some very competitive racing and unsurprising Saturday wasn’t any different. Jason Richardson and Mark Crookall have been swapping places for most of the season. Jason took the lead in the first timed run which he kept in the second. His times were just 0.02s different between his runs and he finished on 40.46s.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class

David Nutland and his Mini and John Davey, the managing director of Cavendish Ships Stores, our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his MG Midget were the two runners in this class. John was having issues with the car all weekend and could repeat his June wins. David putting in two very consistent runs of 41.73s and 41.79s.

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

There was a big entry in this class. Paul Dickinson in his Honda S2000 was already in a strong position in both the overall championship and class championship but more on that later. However, Tim Foster didn’t let Paul have it all his own way. Tim and his Lotus Elan put a very quick second timed run and finished the day on 37.75s with Paul’s 37.89s first timed run giving him second and Dean Cubitt and his Mazda MX5 third on 38.29s.

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

Simon Neve in his Mitsubishi Evo pretty much took charge of this class from the outset. The first timed run produced some interesting results. Sarah Fudge in the Subaru Impreza she shares with her husband Shaun put in a great time pipping Shaun for the first time by 0.08s! Jon Maycock in his Mazda MX5 was second after a great 36.43s run. Shaun was third with a 37.25s second timed run.

Road Going Specialist Production Class supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa was pushed very hard by both Clive Skipper in his Caterham and Anthony Orchard who was sharing Adrian’s car. It looked like it could be anyone’s class with them separated by just 0.43s after the first timed run. But Anthony was the only one to improve his time in the second timed run but it wasn’t enough to take second from Clive. Adrian finished on 34.41s, Clive on 34.59s and Anthony on 24.78s.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

The lovely Porsche 911RS with Phil Price at the helm put in a great performance but Graham Beale and his Ginetta pushed him every step of the way. They were sepataed by just three quarters of a second after the first timed run. Graham improved his time but it wasn’t enough to overcome Phil’s first timed run and Phil went faster too. Phil finished on 33.99s and Graham on 34.57s

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

Neil Turner, the class record holder and class championship leader was on good form, breaking the class record which now stands at 35.14s and taking the class win. However a second timed run wasn’t to be after an engine that decided to let go.

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

This class is becoming one of those classes that is increasing competitive this season. Stephen Moore in his Mitsubishi Evo RS fought hard to take the win from Tim Painter and the Aston Martin Vantage he shares with Andrew Fraser. Stephen took the win on 34.74s, Tim second on 35.03s and Andrew third on 36.03s.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported by Gates of Brokenhurst

This was another very close class, Martin Watson in his Westfield took the class win with a 32.31s run but it was close. Second, Steve Holland in his Caterham and, third, Richie Gatt in his Westfield just 0.18s and 0.25s adrift respectively.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Fryth Crosse and the Dempster Ensign LNF3 took the class with a 33.81s from Sue Hayes and her Palliser WDF3.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class

Peter Steel in his Mallock took the class win here and a new class record with a 33.89s second timed run. Needless to say Pete was very pleased with the result!

The Sports Libre over 2000cc Class

Chris Cannell with the Force SR8 was they only entry in this class but he is looking for Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge points, rather than championship points.

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

James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 took the win in this class. The class was very close with the first five separated by 1.5s. James’ time 31.34s followed by Tony Levitt in the Empire Evo on 32.08s.

The NTM Training supported Formula Ford Class

Saturday’s was the first of the two day Gurston Down Formula Ford Festival. The win was taken by Shaun Macklin in his Swift SC92 with a class record breaking time of 36.22s. The former record holder, Simon McBeath in another Swift was second on 36.70s.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques

Peter D Smith took this class and Fastest Time of the Day. He also took the lead in the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge. It was also the first time Peter had done a sub-30 second run. He finished on 29.68s.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class and the Over 2000cc Racing Car Classes were amalgamated

Paul Crute in the Jaguar power OMS 28 took the class win with a 29.76s run with Tim Elmer in his Dallara F399 secomd on 30.83s.

SUNDAY’S CLASSES:

The Sevenoaks and District Motor Club Class

There was an additional entrant, Toby Galbraith with his Subaru Impreza and he pushed Saturday’s winner Dave Rayner in his Caterham 7 very hard. Dave didn’t hold back and not only did he win the class but he set a new class record again, this time 38.47s.

The DEWS Motor Club Class

Derek Kessell in the Maguire Mini repeated his Saturday win with a 37.20s and Marc Morris in his Renault Clio was second matching his previous days time of 39.97s. Third was Paul Denning in a Morgan 4/4 on 40.49 with Lee Kessell fourth on 40.69s.

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

This class had been a class to watch all weekend. Sunday produced some stunning performances. The current record holder and class champion, Mark Crookall reset the record by a significant margin. The record now stands at 39.88s. Unsurprisingly, he took the class win. Jason Richardson just couldn’t match Mark’s pace today. Jason finished with a first timed run of 40.77s.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class

David Nutland and his Mini completed the double over John Davey, the managing director of Cavendish Ships Stores, our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his MG Midget. David time was 41.84s.

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

This was Tim Foster and his Lotus Elan’s class again today. This time by the closest of margins, 0.01s over Paul Dickinson in his S2000. Tim’s time was 37.87s and Paul’s 37.88s. It wasn’t just the first two places that were close, Dean Cubitt and his Mazda MX5 was just 0.06s behind Paul. That probably equates to less than 30cm over a 967m run!

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

Simon Neve in his Mitsubishi Evo put his stanp on the Sunday event too. He finished on 34.54s with Jon Maycock in the Mazda MX5 second on 36.35s (a personal best) and Andrew Thorp in his Porsche Cayman S third on 37.28s.

Road Going Specialist Production Class supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Anthony Orchard and Clive Skipper really pushed Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa hard to a 33.76s second timed run. The first three were again just separated by just 0.5s, although this time Anthony was second, 34.20s and Clive third on 34.25s.

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

Andrew Hurle in his Sylva Phoenix ran alone in this class and put in a 39.15s run.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

The sunday timed runs were almost a repeat of the Saturday timed runs. Phil Price in his Porsche 911RS put in another great performance. Graham Beale and his Ginetta pushed him very hard improving his time from the previous day. Phil’s second timed run was 34.01s and Graham on 34.34s.

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class.

Derek Mullis in his Mini took the win with a 38.87s beating David Bean’s Rover Mini.

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

Stephen Moore in his Mitsubishi Evo RS was in sparkling form today. His second timed run of 32.95s took a class win by a great margin. A great performance leaving Tim Painter and the Aston Martin Vantage he shares with Andrew Fraser trailing in his wake!

The Modified Specialist Production Class, supported by Gates of Brokenhurst

This was another very close class, Martin Watson in his Westfield had taken the class win on Saturday but with a class as competative as this, it would be a tough call to do it twice in a weekend. Steve Holland in his Caterham took the win with a 32.07s with Martin just 0.09s behind on 32.16s. Richie Gatt in his Westfield was third after a bit of an issue on the second timed run.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Fryth Crosse and the Dempster Ensign LNF3 repeated his Saturday win with a 33.12s first timed run beating Sue Hayes and her Palliser WDF3.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class

Peter Steel in his Mallock had a great weekend. Not only did he take the class again but he reset the class record too! His time was 33.73s!

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

James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 took the win in this class with a 31.48s first timed run. He fended off Murry Wakeham in the OMS who finished on 32.62s.

The NTM Training supported Formula Ford Class

Sunday was the second of the two day Gurston Down Formula Ford Festival. Not only did Shaun Macklin in his Swift SC92 take the class win for the second day and he set another new class record, at 35.81s. Simon McBeath in another Swift was second on 36.50s.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques

Peter D Smith had another great weekend. Not only did he take the class win both days but he also took Fastest Time of the Day both days too and another sub-30 second run. He finished on 29.57s

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class and the Over 2000cc Racing Car Classes were amalgamated

Paul Crute in the Jaguar power OMS 28 took the class win with a 30.19s run with Tim Elmer in his Dallara F399 secomd on 30.63s.

 

 

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, Steve Lister, A-Cute Medical Services, Venture Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

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

 

 

 

 

Motorbikes Meeting Report – July 2018

Motorbikes Meeting Report – July 2018

WOW what a wonderful weekend! We really couldn’t have asked for better weather over the weekend for the two days of action from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) Motorbikes and Combinations. We also had two two twelve run-offs too!

Saturday and Sunday saw the riders and their machines produce a fabulous display of skill and spectacular racing. There were many changes and additions to the original entry too!

SATURDAY’S CLASSES:

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Paul Winch on his BSA had the class to himself and finished on 46.78s.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

Mike Tilley on his Honda CR went head to head with Isaac Warren on his KTM. Mark made his Gurston experience and previous form pay, he took the class with a 35.99s run.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

What a great class this was! The top three all had extensive Gurston experience. It was Chris Keates on his Honda CRF day., he took the win with a 35.34 with Richard Bowker on his Honda CFR second on 36.40s and Simon Hocking on the KTM, third on 38.80s.

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

Guy Ursell on his KTM took command of this class from the outset. 33.63s run was not only a great time but Fastest Bike Time of the Day! Great riding!

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Allan Jolly and the Aprilia TZV took the class win on 33.78s. Second in class was Simon Gates on his Kawasaki ZR10R, a first time rider at Gurston and on a hill climb too. He finished on 35.75s and said after his first day “most fun I’ve had in leathers for a long time”. Simon wasn’t entered for Sunday but was back in the morning for another go!

Trike Class

It’s a while since we have had a trike at Gurston Down. We have just one entry, Jon and Isaac Warren go on their Suzuki 1000cc trike, they finished with a 36.83s.

Sidecar Class

This was such a great class to watch on Saturday. The lead swapped between the timed runs. Patrick and Paul Keates, on the Baker F1 were just 0.05s ahead after the first timed run. But Simon and Jayne Foster on their Honda F2 pulled it back in the second, going half a second quicker. Despite an improvement by the Keates, it was the Foster’s day. They finished on 36.05s and the Keates on 36.51s

Then came the Top Ten Run-Off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will competed again.

Guy Ursell had been in top form all day and the Run-Off was no exception. His time was just a whisker slower than his class time, finishing on 33.68s, Alan Jolly second on 34.07s, Chris Keates third 35.25s and Simon Gates fourth 35.29.

SUNDAY’S CLASSES:

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Tristan Anderson with his KTM had the class to himself and finished on 37.82s.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

Mike Tilley on his Honda CR had another great class win, improving on Saturday’s time stopping the clocks at 35.60s.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

Glyn Poole on his Honda put together a fabulously quick first timed run which left the rest of the class in his wake. His time 33.77s was enough to take the win from Saturday’s winner Chris Keates on his Honda CRF who managed at 34.82s. His time was significant improvement on the previous day as was Richard Bowker on his Honda CFR, taking third on 35.51s and Simon Hocking on the KTM, fourth on 35.55s. (Glyn – We’ll find a picture soon!)

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

Guy Ursell on his KTM took command of this class on Sunday too. He had an improvement over his Saturday time finishing on 33.51s.

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Allan Jolly and the Aprilia TZV and Simon Gates on his Kawasaki ZR10R, had equal times of 34.32s, but Allan’s other timed run was faster so he took the class win.

Trike Class

Jon and Isaac Warren took to the hill again on their Suzuki 1000cc trike. Their Sunday time was an improvement over Saturday’s, they finished with a 36.65s.

Sidecar Class

Simon and Jayne Foster on their Honda F2 were in charge from the outset on Sunday. They ended the day on 36.49s ahead of the Patrick and Paul Keates on 37.35s.

Then came the Top Ten Run-Off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will competed again.

This time it was Glyn Poole on his Honda who took the win and Fastest Time of the Day for bikes at 33.49s. Guy Ursell on his KTM second, Alan Jolly on his KTM third and Simon Gates on his Kawasaki fourth. They finished on 33.70s, 34.17s and 34.36s respectively. Simon Gates went through Hollow at 108.0 mph and over the finish at 103.7 mph!

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, Steve Lister, A-Cute Medical Services, Venture Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

 

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

 

Motorbikes Meeting Preview – July 2018

Motorbikes Meeting Preview – July 2018

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July sees an additional two days of action from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) Motorbikes and Combinations. 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.

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.

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Saturday has just tone entry, Paul Winch on his BSA and Sunday sees Tristan Anderson on his KTM.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

Mike Tilley on his Honda CR will go head to head with Isaac Warren on his KTM. On the basis of previous experience it’ll probably be Mike Tilley who’ll grab the win.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

There is a good entry both days in this class. Not only will there be some of the regulars but there are a number of new riders. On Gurston experience, it will probably between Chris Keates on his Honda CRF, Simon Hocking on the KTM and Rochard Bowker on his Honda CFR. But there are new riders here too, that’ll make the competition especially stiff!

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

This class brings three riders to the hill on both days. Looking at Gurston form and experience, the man to beat will be Guy Ursell on his KTM.

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Saturday’s class has five entries and Sunday five. Allan Jolly (Aprilia TZV) looks a likely winner both days. Not only does Allan have form and he is always quite. Allan could well be produce the Fastest Time of the Day.

Trike Class

It’s a while since we have had a trike at Gurston Down. We have just one entry, Jon and Isaac Warren go on their Suzuki 1000cc trike. They are expected to run in batch which is a little later than the rest of the bikes.

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!

It will probably between Patrick and Paul Keates, on the baker F1 and Simon and Jayne Foster on their Honda F2. These four were separated by a few hundreths at the last meeting in July.

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?

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: Cars Saturday 21st and Motorbikes and Cars Sunday 22nd July
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 Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge after Round Four

The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge after Round Four

The first four rounds of the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge have taken place and the challenge standings are as follows:

Overall Results After Round Four

After Round Four

Points

Peter D Smith

40

Chris Cannell

33

Richard Gayland

33

Paul Crute

27

James Moore

22

Keith Diggle

20

Martin Watson

13

Murray Wakeham

12

Ritchie Gatt

6

Steve Holland

4

Roger Cock

2

We would like to thank all of our sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores for their continued support in 2018!

E&OE

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

The Meadens Skoda Championship Standings after Round Eight

The Meadens Skoda Championship Standings after Round Eight

The first eight rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship have taken place and the Championship standings are as follows:

Overall Results After Round Eight

After Round Eight

Points

Paul Dickinson

80

James Moore

80

Fryth Cross

79

Clive Skipper

78

Martin Watson

78

Mark Crookall

76

Shaun Fudge

75

Graham Beale

72

Tim Painter

72

Phil Price

71

Adrian Lewis

70

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Results After Round Eight

The Mazda MX5 Class, supported by DoctorMX5

After Round Eight

Points

Mark Crookall

76

Jason Richardson

66

Paul Wheateley

46

Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc, supported by Record-Designs

After Round Eight

Points

John Davey

67

David Nutland

33

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

After Round Eight

Points

Paul Dickinson

80

Tim Forster

61

Dean Cubitt

53

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

After Round Eight

Points

Shaun Fudge

75

Jon Maycock

65

Andrew Thorp

58

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

After Round Eight

Points

Clive Skipper

78

Adrian Lewis

70

Tony Wiltshire

32

Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

After Round Eight

Points

Graham Beale

72

Phil Price

71

Paul Slade

42

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

After Round Eight

Points

Derek Mullis

68

David Bean

61

Neil Turner

60

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

After Round Eight

Points

Tim Painter

72

Richard Hilyar

64

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

After Round Eight

Points

Martin Watson

78

Richie Gatt

69

Steve Holland

53

Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kalvin Jouhar

After Round Eight

Points

Fyrth Crosse

79

Sue Hayes

63

Jeremy Smihson

48

Sports Libre up to 1400cc

After Round Eight

Points

Peter Steel

68

Richard Wood

60

Tim Pitfield

36

Sports Libre 1401cc to 2000cc, supported by Class Lewis Property Services

After Round Eight

Points

Keith Diggle

64

Sports Libre over 2000cc Class, supported by Berazzi Wheels

After Round Eight

Points

Chris Cannell

64

Geoff Twemlow

16

Racing Car up to 600cc Class

After Round Eight

Points

David Cuff

16

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

After Round Eight

Points

James Moore

80

Murray Wakeham

70

Alan Joy

66

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

After Round Eight

Points

Peter D Smith

66

Richard Gaylard

59

Mike Lee

32

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class

After Round Eight

Points

Dave Lord

67

Roger Cock

42

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction Class

After Round Eight

Points

Paul Crute

64

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support in 2018!

E&OE

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

MEETING PREVIEW JULY 21st and 22nd – CARS

MEETING PREVIEW JULY 21st and 22nd – CARS

The two July meetings now form part of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship and of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

There are four rounds of the Championship, two each day and two rounds of the Challenger, one 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 Challenge doesn’t seem to be quite as open. There’s more on that in the reports on the website. Needless to say, this weekend will probably decide this too.

We also have over 30 motorbikes abd side-cars running both days. There is more on that in the Motrorbike Preview that will be available after the entries have closed.

We have around 130 cars and drivers 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, 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!

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

Invited Classes:

The double drives in batch three head to hill first in their own very small batch then the Auto Cycle Union’s motorbikes and sidecars run in batch two.

Batch three begins with the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club Class. There are just two entries, Robert Wood in his Lotus Cortina and Dave Rayner in his Caterham 7. This one should be won by Dave in the Caterham but Robert Wood’s Lotus will make him work hard for the win. But can he take the win both days?

Next to the line will be the DEWS Motor Club Class. On Saturday, this class hosts a very wide range of cars ranging from Derek Kessell’s lovely Maguire Mini, a host of Mini Coopers and Marc Morris’ Renault Clio. Sunday, there are a few changes to the class, a couple of cars drop out and there is the addition of the Morgan 4/4 of Paul and John Denning. The form book would suggest Derek in the Maguire should take the win both days but second, that could be anyones.

Batch three concludes with the first of the regular Gurston Down Regular Classes:

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by The Window Doctor runs next. All the competitors, except Chris Burch, run both days. The class championship leader, class record holder and the winner of the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy at the June meeting, Mark Crookall needs wins both days to stop Jason Richardson taking his class title. Mark also needs great points to maintain his challenge in the overall Championship. It will be important to everyone to score points in each timed run.

Finishing batch three is the Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc Class. David Nutland runs his Mini and John Davey, the managing director of Cavendish Ships Stores, our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his MG Midget. John won in June. Can he repeat that and get the class record somewhere near his personal best.

Batch four brings the Road Going Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc Class, supported by Record-Designs to the line. There’s a big entry in this class. Paul Dickinson in his Honda S2000, the joint current overall championship and class leader will want to secure this position and take the win. But he will have the newly refreshed Mazda MX5 of Dean Cubitt and Tim Forster and his Lotus Elan to contend with. Let alone the Clios of Rob Brodie and Paul Hearne as well as the Honda Civic of Chris and Russell Davies who have been inform recently. There are three additional unknowns in the class, another Lotus Elan shared by Peter Lythell and Guy Brooker and the stunning Alpine A110 of Peter Ellens.

The Turbo Dynamics supported Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class goes next. Simon Neve in his Mitsubishi Evo came back in June and took the class win. Shaun Fudge, in the Subaru Impreza is the current class leader. Shaun will need to put in a solid performance to maintain his class championship challenge. Jon Maycock in the Mazda MX5 is currently second. Andrew James in the Nissan 350Z GTS is back and there’s an Audit S3 double driven by Daryl Newstead and Jonathan Sweet just to add to the mix.

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The Fieldfare Trailer Centre supported Road Going Specialist Production Class is the last to go in batch four. The class championship is very close this year. Clive Skipper in his Caterham currently leads and has had some great performances. However, you can’t discount the Adrian Lewis Westfield Superbusa which he is sharing with Anthony Orchard at these events. But with the experienced group this class is too difficult to predict.

Batch Five brings the Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class to the line next. Graham Beale and his Ginetta currently leads the class from Phil Price and his 911RS. It’s been close between these two all season and will be down to the best performance on the day.

Then there’s the 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, on previous form, will probably take the win.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, supported by Meadens Skoda takes to the hill next. Tim Painter and Andy Fraser in the gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage will have to work for their championship points with Stephen Moore and his Mitsubishi Evo entered.

There is small entry in the Gates of Brokenhurst supported Modified Specialist Production Class. Martin Watson is leading the class championship and has had some great performances over the past few events. He starts favourite but he has Richie Gatt and Steve Holland to contend with.

There are just two entries in the Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar. On previous form and current championship standings this class should go to Fryth Crosse and the Dempster Ensign LNF3.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class has just three cars entered, both days. Peter Steel in his Mallock leads the class championship. He will need to maintain his current form to secure that position as Richard Wood in the Yamaha Mini is only trailing by a few points.

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The Lewis Property Services supported Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class has just one entrant, the WEV HCS-BDG of Keith Diggle.

The Sports Libre over 2000cc Class also has just one entry, Chris Cannell with the Force SR8. Chris will be looking to improve his standings in the Cavendish Ship Stores Top Ten Challenge in which he is currently second.

Batch five is rounded off by the 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management Limited has another good entry. James Moore, the current joint leder is the overall championship and his Empire Evo 2 should take the win on past performance but Tony Levitt is sharing his Evo with Pete Hammock, both of which could easily upset James’ position in class championship.

Batch six starts with the NTM Training supported Formula Ford Class has a massive entry. The Gurston Down Formula Ford Festival looks like it will be a highly competitive event, Simon McBeath, the current class record holder, will be looking to take the win. But with such a large entry, this is by no means certain. The positions in this class is usually decided by hundredths of a second and we will expect it to be the same this time.

The shared Force PT of Peter D Smith and Richard Gayland is the only entry in the 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, supported by SM AeRoTechniques. Peter will be chasing Top Ten Championship points and is a likely contender for fastest time of the day.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class has three entries, both days. Dave Lord and the Quest SF86 and Roger Cook with the Pilbeam MQP54 will have their work cut out taking on Tim Elmer’s Dallara F399. Tim is another possible Fastest Tim of the Day winner.

Paul Crute runs his Jaguar power OMS 28 in the Over 2000cc Racing Car Class, both days. Another contender for Fastest Time of the Day perhaps?

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 21st and Sunday July 22nd
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

 

 

 

 

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – JULY MEETINGS – CARS

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – JULY MEETINGS – CARS

The July 21st and 22nd Event documents are now available for download. Of course, these are subject to change and will be updated as a when required. We will publish an Ammendments Schedule for entries changes regularly, so make sure you check our Facebook Page and the News Section of the website.

Here are the documents:

Saturday 21st July:

Final Instructions Saturday 21st July

Paddock Plan – Saturday 21st July

Entry List – 21st July

Provisional Batch List – Saturday 21st

Sunday 22nd July:

Final Instructions Sunsay 22nd July

Paddock Plan – Subday 22nd July

Entry List – 22nd July

Provisional Batch List – Sunday 22nd

AMMENDMENTS:

None at 9th July 2018

E&OE – Anthony Record – Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Press Officer

 

 

It’s Official – The Bikes Are Back in July

It’s Official – The Bikes Are Back in July

We are pleased to announce that the Autocycle Union has issued two event licences for our July 21st and 22nd meetings.

This means we will have another two meetings with the Solo Motorbikes and Combinations (Side Cars) taking to the hill.

Those who have watch the cars at Gurston Down should come and see, what can only be described as awesome, the bikes and side cars of the ACU’s Hill Climb Club. We have at least two side-cars entered so far, entries have only been open for 24 hours.

So why not come and join us – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July!