Annual Dinner and Awards – 12th November

Annual Dinner and Awards – 12th November

Just to remind everyone that the closing date for the Annual Dinner and Awards is only ten days away. Becky needs the forms, menu choices and table preferences (and the money!) in her hands by the 24th October.

Get your form HERE

We are also looking for raffle prizes. All the proceeds of the raffle go to the Marshals Fund!

And for those of you who were wondering which drivers won which awards:

Annual Awards:

THE CAVENDISH SHIPS STORES TOP TEN CHALLENGE

1st – Simon Marsh wins THE GUARDS TROPHY

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2nd Peter Marsh

3rd – Peter D Smith


THE MEADENS SKODA GURSTON DOWN CHAMPIONSHIP

1st – Stephen Moore wins THE WADHAM STRINGER / BRUNTON TROPHY

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2nd – Simon Purcell


MARSH MEMORIAL TROPHY – Nearest to or Broken by the most, the current relevant Class Record during the 2 June Meetings

Mark Crookall

CORONA CHALLENGE CUP – Class Record improvement

Stephen Moore

HEATHER BRAMPTON – Highest Championship position by a Lady

Sue Hayes

LOGETTE CUP – Highest placed Saloon or Closed Sports Car in the Championship

Stephen Moore

TERENCE TATTAM MEMORIAL TROPHY – Highest placed Open Sports Car in the Championship

Graham Beale

PITT TROPHY – Highest placed Sports Libre Car in the Championship

Chris Cannell

DORCHESTER PLANNING CONSULTANCY – Best position in championship without having won an award during season

Calum Kemp

KEITH SALMON – Concours & Championship combined

James Moore

PARKHOUSE & WYATT – Concours

Clive Stangle

MARSH & MASTERS TROPHY – Best Position in championship for competitor of pensionable age

Tim Painter

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PITSTOP TROPHY – Driver of the season who has not won an Annual Award

Simon Purcell

PENSKE MARSHAL OF THE YEAR

Rob Broomfield

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THE JOHN FORSYTH ENDEAVOUR AWARD

To be announced

STAN HUNT MEMORIAL TROPHY

To be announced


The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship – Class Awards

Class 4a – Roadgoing Series Production Cars Up to 2000cc – Supported by AutolinkMX5.com

1st – Adam Greenen

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2nd – Andy Greenen

3rd – Tim Forster

Class 4a – MX5

Mark Crookall wins the Record-Designs Award

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Class 4b – Roadgoing Series Production Cars over 2000cc – Supported by Turbo Dynamics

1st – Stephen Moore

2nd – Clive Stangle

Class 4c – Roadgoing Specialist Production Cars – Supported by Fieldfare Trailer Centre

1st – Clive Skipper

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Class 5 – Modified Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000 cc – Supported by The Hire Shed

1st – Graham Beale

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Class 6 – Modified Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000 cc – Supported by New Techniques

1st – Simon Purcell

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2nd – Steve Holley

Class 7 – Modified Production Saloon Cars up to 1400 cc – Supported by Cock & Sons (Builders)

1st – Neil Turner

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Class 9 – Modified Production Cars over 2000cc -Supported by Meadens Skoda

1st – Tim Painter

Class 11 – Modified Specialist Cars up to 2000cc – Supported by Gates of Brockenhurst

1st – Mike Rudge

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2nd – Antony Orchard

Class 13 – Historically Interesting – Supported by Kelvin Jouhar

1st – Hugh Kemp wins the KEIR & CAWDER QUAICH

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Class 15 – Sports Libre Cars up to 2000cc – Supported by Hawke Motorsport

1st – Tim Pitfield

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Class 16 – Sports Libre Cars over 2000cc – Supported by Lewis Property Services

1st – Chris Cannell

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Class 19 – Racing Cars 601 – 1100cc – Supported by Drynham Project Management Ltd

1st – James Moore wins the TOM ELTON TROPHY

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2nd – Murray Wakeham

Class 20 – Racing Cars 1101 – 1600cc – Supported by SM AeRo Techniques

1st – Peter D Smith wins the A & S RACING TROPHY

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2nd – Richard Gaylard

Class 20a – Formula Ford 1600 (Kent Engines) – Supported by Veloce Publishing Ltd

1st – Simon McBeath

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2nd – Russell Haynes

Class 21b – Racing Cars 1601 – 2000cc (Forced Induction) – Supported by Gundrys Farm Caravan & Camping

1st – Simon Marsh wins THE CHAIRMAN’S CUP

2nd – Peter Marsh

RESULT: 2016 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship

RESULT: 2016 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship

The Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship has been very close all season.

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The September meeting was going to be the decider! Both Stephen Moore (the 2015 Champion) and Simon Purcell (the 2014 Champion) could be crowned depending on class wins and record breaking runs!

After the first timed runs, Simon had a bit of a spin at Ashes and Stephen “just” matched his previous record! So it was all going to be decided on the second timed runs!

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Stephen did exactly what he needed to, breaking his own record again and winning the class! But it now depended on Simon’s run! Sadly, Simon didn’t quite make it, leaving Stephen as Champion!

FULL CLASS RESULTS:

The Road Going Series Production up to 2000cc Class Champion is Adam Greenen. His brother, Andy, was second in their rather rapid Honda Civic Type R. Tim Forster and his lovely Lotus Elan, finished third.

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Gurston Down’s Mazda MX5 Class Champion is Mark Crookall. His change of car mid-season didn’t hurt his performance and results! Mark Jones was second! This class looks like it will be hotly contested next season.

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The over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class Champion is also the 2016 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Stephen Moore. His 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6 has now helped him to two consecutive championships! Clive Stangle was second.

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The Road Going Specialist Production Class Champion is Clive Skipper (2.0 Caterham HPC). But the battle with Adrian Lewis’(1.4 Westfield Megabusa) went down to the wire. Clive winning by just 0.55 points!

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The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class Champion is Graham Beale with his Ginetta.

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The over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class Champion is Simon Purcell with his supercharged and turbo charged Lotus Exige. Steve Holley came second.

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The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class Champion and third overall in his Mini Cooper S is Neil Turner. His class record in September boosted him up the overall standings! Derek Mullis was second.

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The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class Champion is Tim Painter and that gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage. Mark Walker (3.4 Porsche Cayman S) finished on equal points but Tim took the championship on tie-break rules.

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The Modified Specialist Production Car Class Champion is Mike Rudge. This class is probably the most competitive! Anthony Orchard finished second.

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The Historically Interesting Class Champion is Hugh Kemp in that rather lovely Palliser WDF3. Fyrth Crosse was second.

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The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Class Champion is Tim Pitfield (DJ Firecat). Peter Steel was second in his lovely Mallock Mk20.

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The over 2000cc Sports Libre Class Champion is Chris Cannell and his Force SR8. Chris fended off Keith Diggle and Sue Hayes who finished second and third respectively.

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The up to 600cc Racing Car Class Champion is David Cuff.

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The 601 to 1100cc Racing Car Class Champion is James Moore (Empire EVO) with Murray Wakeham (OMS) second.

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The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class Champion is Peter D Smith (Force), who finished third in the Top Ten Challenge. Richard Gayland was second.

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The ultra-competitive Formula Ford Class Champion and current class record holder is Simon McBeath and his Swift SC92F. Russell Haynes was second.

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The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Forced Induction Class Champion is Simon Marsh who beat his brother, Peter, in their shared DJ Firehawk. Simon also won the Cavendish Ships Stores Gurston Down Top Ten Championship!

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The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class Champion is Jason Mourant in his Gould GR55. He finished tenth in the British Hill Climb Championship.

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Well done to all the competitors and the class champions for their valiant work all season!

And lets not forget all those people who made our championships possible! The office staff, the marshalls, timekeepers, control, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run our meetings. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Insight Medical Services, Insight Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA for their years service.

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

 

 

RESULT – The Cavendish Ships Stores Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge

RESULT – The Cavendish Ships Stores Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge

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The Cavendish Ships Stores Gurston Down BARC SW Top Ten Challenge was decided at the September meeting. Peter and Simon Marsh, driving the DJ Firehawk they share, were very much in contention before the meeting!

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Conditions were almost perfect for a really competitive days racing!

Peter needed to be fastest and for Simon to fall back. Peter D Smith was on hand to make that possible but it wasn’t to be either Peter’s day! Simon was fastest and won Fastest Time of the Day so he ended the day in front and became Challenge Champion!

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The Final Results were:

Third: Peter D Smith

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Second: Peter Marsh

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First and Challenge Champion: Simon Marsh

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Congratulations Simon!

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

Annual Dinner / Awards – 12th November

Just a reminder that the Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Annual Dinner and Awards is coming up soon.

It’s at the Royal Chase Hotel in Shaftsbury – starting at 18:30!

Menu choices can be found on the form. There should be something for everyone!

Here’s a link to the application form! Get your booking in early!

Annual Dinner and Awards – Application Form

Why not book a room? Check the application form for the Royal Chase Hotel’s number!

Championship Finale – Event Report

Championship Finale – Event Report

The weather was almost perfect for the season finale at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb. Saturdays rain was gone by late evening and the prospects for some really competitive motorsport loomed.

Both the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge were to be decided. There will be a full report on the both championships later.

This years Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship was decided in the second timed runs. Stephen Moore, last years champion, made it two in a row. Stephen had to break the class record to win the championship. The first timed run almost went to plan but he “only” matched the record! It was all to do in the second run! Stephen did exactly what he needed, breaking his own record again! Finishing on

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The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge was also up for grabs. Simon Marsh maintained his lead, taking fastest time of the day too!

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FULL CLASS RESULTS:

Invited Classes:

The TR Class is up first. Roderick Warner’s TR7 V8 took the honours finishing on 39.38s with Dale Huxford in his Spitfire second on 40.74s and Tony Browne in the Triumph Dolomite taking third finishing on 41.14s.

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The MG Cars went next, the top two drivers finishing jusy 0.12s apart. Richard Withers (MGB GT) won with a first timed run of 40.20s and Robert Orford’s (MGB Roadster) second timed run almost snatched the win. Robert could quite match Richard’s first timed run and finished on 40.32s.

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The Austin Healey, Big Healey and Warwick Cars Class was another close class, with Paul Baker (Austin Healey 3000), at Cooper (Austin Healey 100/6) and Richard Mason (3.0 3000 Mk 2) finished in first, second and third, on 39.03s, 39.12s and 39.40, respectively.

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The Austin Healey Sprite Class was another hotly contested class! The first three were separated by less than 0.5s and the first five less than 1s! Andrew Taylor was second, to Joseph Mackrell after the first timed run. But it all changed in the second timed run, Andrew pulled a 39.34s run, narrowly beating Joseph’s first time run of 39.56s. Stephen Casson and his Sprinzel Coupe stopped the clocks on 39.75s to take third.

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The Reliant Scimitar and Sabre Cars class wasn’t quite as close as the previous classes. Steven Louch and his beautifully presented Scimitar GTE took first with a first timed run of 38.48s. Craig Hughes secured second in his Scimitar Sabre with a second timed run of 39.22s.

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The special Isle of Wright Car Club class saw a variety of cars. With the Ford Escort MK1 RS2000 of Richard Weaver and a Locost driven by Steve Wells stopping the clocks on identical times of 36.99s in the second timed runs! Steven takes the class win because he had a better aggregate time.

Regular Gurston Classes

Gurston Down’s Mazda MX5 Class saw six cars in the class. Mark Crookall with his gold Mk2 RS started favourite but Nick Revels had a new car (another MK2 RS) and Dean Cubitt’s MK1 was finally running right, it wasn’t going to be easy!Mark finished first on 41.04s, Dean second on 41.20s and Nick third on 43.44s. The MX5 class next season looks like it’ll be one to watch!

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The Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc, just gets better and better. The Greenen brothers have had a great season in their Honda Civic Type R but the unexpected star this season is Tim Forster and his lovely Lotus Elan! Adam finished first on 37.52s, Tim second on 37,61s and Andy third on 37.74s.

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The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, saw the 2015 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Stephen Moore and his 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6 needing a class record to take the title for the second year running. The record stood at 33.31s and Stephen matched that in his first timed run! So it was all or nothing in the second timed run! Stephen arrived at Top Paddock wondering whether he’d done what was needed. He took 0.35s off his first run and set a new class record at 32.96s! He won the class and the championship too! You can find an in-car video on our facebook page!

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The Road Going Specialist Production Class had Clive Skipper’s 2.0 Caterham HPC and Adrian Lewis’ 1.4 Westfield Megabusa, stopping the clocks on 34.33s and 34.35s respectively in their first timed runs. Neither improved on their second timed run so Clive took the class win!

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There was only one starter in the Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class, Sarah Bosworth and her Lotus Elise! Sarah managed a 34.98s run!

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The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class was won by Simon Purcell in his supercharged and turbo charged Lotus Exige. Simon first timed run wasn’t a good run, he needed to beat the class record to win the championship. His second timed run of 35.99s won the class.

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The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class is complemented with classic Minis as usual. Neil Turner and his Mini Cooper S won the class and set a new class record with a 35.22s second timed run! He was a happy man in Top Paddock!

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Richard Wood in his Yamaha Mini took the Modified Series Mini Class, stopping the clocks on 38.68s.

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The 1400cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, was won by Daniel Jacobs in his Peugeot 205 finishing on 36.32s.

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Tim Painter and the gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage won the over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class. But Mark Walker and his 3.4 Porsche Cayman S made it tough! Tim finishing on 35.33s just 0.14s ahead of Mark.

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Mike Rudge won the over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class in his super quick Westfield Sei. He managed a 31.46 beating Martin Watson.

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Hugh Kemp and his 1.6 Palliser WDF3 fended off Geoff Hunt and his Lotus 22 and the Jensen C-V8 Mk1 driven by Richard Lovell-Butt to win the Historically Interesting Class. Hugh managed a 35.61s with Geoff second on 37.43s.

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The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Class was won by Peter Steel in his lovely Mallock Mk20. He was challenged hard by Tim Pitfield but Tim couldn’t quite match Peter’s first run time of 33.44s.

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The over 2000cc Sports Libre Class saw Chris Cannell and his Force SR8 fend off Keith Diggle and Sue Hayes! Chris finished just over a second ahead of Lance stopping the clock at 30.82s.

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The ‘500 Owners Association’ historic 500cc racing cars came next. Andrew and James Forsyth brought the Alfa Dana of their late father John Forsyth.

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But the Alfa Dana suffered a mechanical issue during the first timed run and didn’t complete a climb. Mark Riley and his Creamer won finishing on 41.38s.

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The ‘500 Owners Association’ – Other Car Class had just one entrant so Ainsley Barwick won with a 45.87s first timed run.

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James Moore Empire EVO beat Murray Wakeham’s OMS to take the honours in the 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class. James’s time of 31.45s. The next three in this class were separated by less than one second. Great racing!

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The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class was won by Peter D Smith (Force), with a 29.95s run. Pete Hammock (OMS) was only 0.50s behind and finished on 30.45s!

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The ultra-competitive Formula Ford Class was next! Simon McBeath and his Swift SC92F, the current record holder, won. He managed a 36.60s first timed run with Russell Haynes and Roger Moran finishing second and third. The top three were separated by just 0.35s.

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Simon Marsh beat his brother Peter in the 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Forced Induction Class in their shared DJ Firehawk. Simon also won the Cavendish Ships Stores Gurston Down Top Ten Championship and the Fastest Time of the Day. Well done Simon!

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Full Championship Report Coming Soon!

Gurston Marshall of the Year: Rob Broomfield

Rob’s won Marshall of the Year for his sterling work in the Top Paddock! Well Done!

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And he hates having his picture taken!!

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshalls (who braved the rain), timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Insight Medical Services, Insight Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

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

Championship Finale – Sunday 11th September

Championship Finale – Sunday 11th September

The season finale at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb, on Sunday 11th September. There will a full day’s exciting and entertaining championship action.

Over 130 cars and drivers will compete in standard road cars, classic and modern cars and amazingly fast sport and single seat racing cars. All of them will pit their wits against the fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue and each other to score valuable championship points.

Spectators have unrivalled access to the hill, paddock and facilities. The excellent catering and refreshments are available on site too.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

Meeting Details:

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb hosts a number of championships, including the final rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge. Both of these championships have yet to be decided, so September will be important for many of the registered contenders.

In the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship there are two drivers, both former champions, who can win. Simon Purcell leads on 88 points with Stephen Moore second on 87 points. Stephen will need a class record breaking timed run to grab the extra point but he would then be equal with Simon. Third and fourth places aren’t decided either! Chris Cannell leads Graham Beale by just 0.33 points.

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June 2016 – Copyright: Chris Burch

The Cavendish Ships Stores BARC SW Top Ten Challenge is currently lead by Simon Marsh, his brother Peter is second, Peter Sexton, Peter D Smith and Jonathan Gates, third, fourth and fifth respectively could all mathematically win the championship. But they are all dependant on each others results!

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John Davey – Top Ten Championship Sponsor

Other championships visiting the hill include, Triumph TR cars, MG Cars, Austin Healeys, the Reliant Scimitar and Sabre cars as well as the historic 500cc racing cars.

Fastest Time of the Day should be interesting! Peter D Smith’s Force and Simon and Peter Marsh’s DJ Firehawk are likely contenders. But we shouldn’t forget the SR8 of Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes and the Force LM being driven by Jonathan Gates and Gurston Championship Sponsor, Peter Sexton, which might all be in with a chance.

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The TR Class is up first. Roderick Warner (TR7 V8) probably starts favourite with the TR6 of Nick Smith second favourite, based on April meeting results. But what does the April form book mean? You can’t ignore any of the car and driver combinations in this class.

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The MG Cars go next. There are fifteen drivers in this class. Robert Orford (MGB Roadster), Richard Withers (MGB GT) or Steve Luscombe (MG Midget) are, on previous form, likely to be the top three.

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In the Big Healey and Warwick Cars Class should see Richard Mason (3.0 3000 Mk 2) take the honours. Although Pat Cooper (Austin Healey 100/6) and Paul Baker (Austin Healey 3000) won’t let him take that win without a fight.

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The Austin Healey Sprite Class has eight drivers, all of whom could take the win. Andrew Taylor and Colin Gale are the fastest two based on previous results but all the other drivers will want to score points and take a win.

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The Reliant Scimitar and Sabre Cars class has a good entry, including a now super rare Scimitar SS1. The GTE of Steven and John Louch likely winners.

The Isle of Wright Car Club class sees three cars. A Mazda MX5 driven by Kevin Richardson, a Ford Escort RS2000 of Richard Weaver and a Locost driven by Steve Wells. It’ll probably between the Escort and Locost. But these drivers are new to Gurston so it will be great to see just how much they will improve over the day.

Regular Gurston Classes

Gusrton Down’s Mazda MX5 Class will be particularly interesting. Mark Crookall has already won this class in the championship. But Dean Cubitt, Mark Jones and Nick Revels will all be wanting to beat Mark in the season finale!

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The Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc brings both Andy and Adam Greenen competing together. Andy has missed a few events and will be wanting to grab his brothers class record. But they will have Tim Forster in his Lotus Elan to contend with after he posted a time just 0.01s off the class record. Paul Webster, Gurston’s competition secretary, in his Mazda MX5, shouldn’t be forgotten but he’ll have to be on top form to catch them.

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The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, is likely to be won by the 2015 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Stephen Moore in his 2.0t Mitsubishi Evo 6. But the Subaru of Shaun Fudge should be back so we will see. Stephen will be looking to break the class record as it’s the only way he can regain his title. It will be interesting to see how the turbocharged Mazda MX5 of Jon Maycock does, particularly his times against the standard car class.

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Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

The Road Going Specialist Production Class always brings fast cars to the hill. Clive Skipper’s 2.0 Caterham HPC or Adrian Lewis’ 1.4 Westfield Megabusa are the most likely winners in this class. We will have to wait and see.

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class pits Graham Beale’s Ginetta G20 against Sarah Bosworth and her Lotus Elise. Sarah will probably be the surprise here, to those who haven’t seen her drive! She’ll be one to watch! She’ll make Graham’s job of improving his championship position a real problem! Hill record for Sarah? Sarah holds a number of class records at other hills so she’ll be looking to add Gurston to her collection!

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The over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class sees Bob Mortimer (Porsche 911), Paul Slade (Jagaur E Type), and the TVR Griffith of Steve Holley in what will be an interesting class. Bob’s probably favourite.

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class is complemented with classic Minis as usual. Jim White, the class record holder, in his highly developed 1.4 Mini Clubman will be starting as favourite. Derek Mullis and Neil Turner have been having a good season so this should make an interesting battle.

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Richard Wood runs in his Yamaha Mini both days in the Modified Series Mini Class.

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The 1400cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, has just one entrant. Daneil Jacobs in a Peugoet 205.

The over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, has the gorgeous the Aston Martin Vantage of Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser up against Simon Purcell in that super fast Lotus Exige, Mike Butler in his BMW M3, Brendon Jones in his supercharged Escort RS2000 and Mark Walker in his 3.4 Porsche Cayman S. Tim and Andrew’s Aston Martin and Simon’ Exige will be the top three. But who will be first?

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Mike Rudge will have his work cut out in the over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class with a field of five cars. Antony Orchard beat him in August! Martin Watson and Steve Holland won’t let either of them walk away with the win.

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The Historically Interesting Class always brings out stunning cars! This Sunday will be no exception! Hugh Kemp in his 1.6 Palliser WDF3 and Geoff Hunt in his Lotus 22 have a Jensen C-V8 Mk1 driven by Richard Lovell-Butt. Geoff Hunt and the Lotus 22 are likely winners.

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The up to 2000cc Sports Libre Class is likely to be headed up by Jonathan Gates / Peter Sexton in the supercharged Force LM. Tim Pitfeild has taken the class once this season so you should ignore his DJ Firecat. It’s another class that will go down to the wire!

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The over 2000cc Sports Libre Class sees Chris Cannell start favourite in the Force SR8 he shares with Sue Hayes The WEV HCS of Keith Diggle will make sure Chris has to earn his championship points!

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The ‘500 Owners Association’ historic 500cc racing cars are up next. Six cars and seven will start, including the Alfa Dana of the late John Forsyth driven by Andrew and James. It’ll be good to see these cars back. The other 500 class, has only one entry, Ainsley Barwick’s Mk6.

The 601 to 1100cc Racing Car Class has a great entry! James Moore and Tony Levitt’s Empires should be the front runners both days.

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Five cars go in the Formula Ford Class! Simon McBeath and his Swift SC92F, the current record holder, is the favourite, although he had a tough August meeting! None of the others drivers should be discounted, it only takes a small error to loose this class.

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The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class has Peter D Smith (Force), in the car he shares with Richard Gayland, up against Gurston regulars, Pete Hammock (OMS) and Ian Tucker (OMS). Peter D Smith is likely favourite here and possible fastest time of the day too!

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The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Forced Induction Class has the brothers Peter and Simon Marsh going head to head is their DJ Firehawk. They always fight hard and their times are great too. Both have their sights on the Gurston Top Ten Championship and they are contenders for Fastest Time of the Day…

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Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – You really can’t get closer to the action!

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

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: Sunday September 11th
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

THE BRITISH CAME! And British Bank Holiday Weather too!

THE BRITISH CAME! And British Bank Holiday Weather too!

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb hosted the second visit of the British Hill Climb Championship last weekend. There were two rounds of the spectacular Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA Hill Climb Leaders Championship.

Over 130 cars and drivers competed, all of them pitted their wits against each other, the clock and the fast, twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue.

Fastest Time of the Weekend went to Scott Moran and his Gould GR61X in the second of Sunday’s Top Twelve Run-Off. He won the second Run-Off with a 26.40s run.

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The first Run-Off was won by Trevor Willis and his OMS with a 27.86s in conditions that weren’t exactly conducive to high-speed motorsport.

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Pete Hammock won the Bath Speed Trophy for the fastest BARC SW member not registered in the British Hill Climb Championships.

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Saturday was practice day. There were three practice runs, two in the morning in dry conditions and one after lunch, in conditions that could only be described as wet. Great fun for the drivers but not for the spectators!

Sunday morning there was an early morning practice, again run in damp conditions. The first timed runs were all in damp or wet conditions. The first of the top twelve run-offs were in similar conditions. After lunch the weather didn’t improve until much later in the afternoon. By the second top twelve run-off came, the track had dried, producing much better times.

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The meeting got under-way with The Porsche Club’s National Championship Class. It had an all 911 line-up. The form book suggested Peter Turnbull would take this but a problem in practice on Saturday forced him to retire on Saturday. Paul Howells took the win after being fourth after the first timed run. His second timed run of 36.27s, four seconds faster than his first timed run, stole the win from early leader, Andy Norris

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The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc went next. Adam Greenen’s Honda Civic Type R was ahead after first timed runs and stayed there with an absolutely stunning 38.28s run in tricky conditions. Paul Webster, Gurston’s competition secretary in his Mazda MX5 was second with Gurston new-comer Richard Brant (Clio 172) taking third, 40.79s, a great performance!

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Allan Warburton (34.87s) took the Road Going Specialist Production Car Class beat his son, David (35.16s), in their super quick Caterham.

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Neil Turner and his Mini finished on 36.36s to win the up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class after trailing to Eric Morrey after the first timed run. Eric ended second on 36.99s.

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The Modified Series Mini Class had just one entrant so Richard Wood and his Yamaha Mini had his personal best to beat. But that wasn’t going to happen with the conditions like they were. His second timed run was 40.55s.

Colin Satchell’s amazing Peugoet 205 won the 1400cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class with a 35.46s second timed run. Christrian Evans’ pretty VW Golf just couldn’t match the 205s pace!

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The over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class saw the former Gurston champion, Simon Purcell in his Lotus Exige and Geoff Tremlow’s beautiful Subaru Impreza, fight it out for first. In the earlier damp conditions, Geoff’s four wheel drive sneaking ahead after the first timed runs. Geoff was probably hoping the conditions wouldn’t improve but they did. Simon’s Exige came to the fore in the afternoon when the track dried. Simon ending on 34.82s and Geoff 36.51s. Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser’s stunning Aston Martin Vantage and Mark Walker’s beautifully prepared Porsche just couldn’t match their pace!

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Antony Orchard pipped Mike Rudge to the Modified Specialist Production Cars Class. Antony coming from behind after Mike set the early pace. Antony finished on 33.04s just 0.25s ahead of Mike.

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In the Historically Interesting Car Class Fyrth Cross and his Dempster Ensign LNF3 took victory after an issue on his first timed run left him last, some20s off the pace. His second timed run produced a 34.73s run, pushing Hugh Kemp’s Palliser WDF3 into second. Unfortunately, the Chevron B19 of Amanda and Richard George was a non starter.

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The Up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class had three non starters. Jonathan Gates, Peter Sexton and Tim Pitfield were all absent. This left Peter Steel and Paul Batey to fight it out. Peter and his Mallock Mk20 won. Paul and his Imp first run failure didn’t help.

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Allan McDonald was on form this weekend in his Mini Evo. He took the Over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class with a 31.57s run which was only half a second slower than his personal best. Gurston regular Keith Diggle (WEV HCS) couldn’t match is pace and ended the day, second, on 32.52s.

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Simon Fidoe’s Empire Wraith won the 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class. The huge class entry saw the first seven places separated by just over 1s! Simon being the clear winner with a 30.74s, second timed run. Simon Andrews finished second on 31.23s with Harry Pick third on 31.38s, Adam Steel fourth on 31.55s, Martin Jones fifth on 31.58s, Steve Owen sixth on 31.72s and Jake Cottrill rounding off the top seven with a 31.78s.

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The Formula Ford Class looked like it would be a family affair with Tony and Hannah Wiltshire and their Swift SC93 being in first and second respectively, after the first timed run. But the course was very much drier by the time these cars came out for their second timed runs. Simon McBeath and his Swift SC92F came back to challenge Tony Wiltshire but he didn’t quite make it. Tony ended on 37.12s, Simon on 37.32s!

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The Racing Car up to 1985 Class saw the Lyncar Formula Atlantic 5 litre shared by Mat Morrison and John Hewett race alone. Mat beating John with a 34.77s second timed run after John had lead after the first.

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With many of the drivers in the 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class registered for the British Hill Climb Championship this class promised to be close. It was just one second separated the top four. Ed Hollier in his Empire Evo won with a 28.72s, Richard Spedding and his GWR Raptor second on 29.55s and the shared Gould GR59 of Sean Gould and Eynon Price finishing third and fourth respectively on 29.79s and 29.80s.

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The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – saw Tim Davies’ Pilbeam MP88 (30.38s) beat Tim Elmer’s Dallara F303 (30.71s).

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Peter Marsh won the 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction with a 28.37s second timed run beating Dave Uren and his Force PC back into second by just 0.07s. Dave has a small off in the first timed run which stopped him qualifying for the first run-off. Simon and Peter qualified for both top twelve run offs with their DJ Firehawk too!

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With all to play for in the British Hill Climb Championship, the Over 2000cc Racing Car Class was going to be a proper battle for run-off qualification. Trevor Willis (OMS 28) won the class and the first run-off. His second timed run stopped the clocks on 27.07s with Wallace Menzies’ Gould GR55 NME, second on 27.30s, Scott Moran Gould GR61X NME third on 27.44s, Oliver Tomlin (27.92s) and Jason Morant (28.00s), fourth and fifth respectively.

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Whilst the top twelve run-off qualifiers were preparing their cars three other classes headed to the hill.

The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Sports and Saloons class saw victory for the Raw Stricker of James Robertson finishing on a 37.79s with Colin Bowdidge’s Caterham second and Dave Newman’s Mazda MX5 third on 41.99s ans 42.36s respectively. The HSA Championship may be a single class but the results are divided up into their correct classes when calculating their overall HSA Championship so it’ll be interesting to see what has changed!.

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Dean Cubitt won the Mazda MX-5 Class. Dean was pushed by Chris Burley. Chris improved on his second timed run, beating the first timed run time set by Dean. Dean crossed the line on 42.29s edging Chris out by just 0.35s.

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The BARC South West B Licence Class had a large entry, seventeen cars! Steve Holland and his Caterham were victorious (33.16s), but it wasn’t clear cut after the first timed runs. Martin Watson’s Westfield finished second (34.69s) with Dave Lord third (35.04s).

The Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship first Top Twelve Run-Off, event 27, was won by Trevor Willis (27.86s), second Wallis Menzies (28.03s), third Scott Moran (28.51s), fourth Jason Mourant (28.74s) and Ed Hollier fifth (29.27s).

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The Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship second Top Twelve Run-Off, event 28 and the 100th Run-Off at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb, was won by Scott Moran (26.40s), second Wallis Menzies (26.60s), third Trevor Willis (26.64s), fourth Jason Mourant (27.63s) and Oliver Tomlin (27.84s).

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Another great weekend motorsport at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshalls (who braved the rain), timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Insight Medical Services, Insight Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

Next Meeting: September 11th – Championship Finale

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

 

THE BRITISH ARE BACK! – Event Preview 27th and 28th August

THE BRITISH ARE BACK! – Event Preview 27th and 28th August

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb hosts the second visit of the British Hill Climb Championship on 27th and 28th August. There are two rounds of both the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA Hill Climb Leaders Championship.

Over 130 cars and drivers will compete in standard road cars, specially prepared hill climb cars and spectacularly fast sport and single seat racing cars. All of them will pit their wits against each other, the clock and the fast, twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue.

The weekend will be full of glorious sounds, smells, skill and speed.

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Spectators have unrivaled access to the hill, paddock, cars drivers and facilities, Gurston Down offers. We have excellent catering and refreshments on site too.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

Saturday the 27th August is practice day. There will be three practice runs, two in the morning and one after lunch.

On Sunday the 28th August, there will be an early morning practice followed by one timed run before lunch and the first of two top twelve run-offs. After lunch the second timed runs are followed by the second top twelve run-off. First timed runs typically start at around 10:30.

The Top Twelve Run-Off allows the fastest twelve registered competitors in the British Hill Climb Championship to take an additional run. The ten fastest score points, ten points for fastest, down to one for tenth fastest. These run-offs ultimately determine who becomes the British Champion! The current leader in the championship is Scott Moran, five time champion and hill record holder at 25.37s.

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Every driver currently (15th August) in the championship top ten will be at Gurston Down. The weekend will be very important for all of the challengers! So expect there to be spectacular speeds and performances all weekend.

Full Class Preview:

The meeting gets under-way with another visit of The Porsche Club’s National Championship Class has an all 911 line-up. The form book says Peter Turnbull, Jonathan Williamson and Paul Howells should be in the top three.

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The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc go next, with Adam Greenen’s super quick Honda Civic Type R and Paul Webster, Gurston’s competition secretary in his Mazda MX5 likely to be the top two. Richard Brant and his Clio 172 have been very successful in the Midland Championship this season so it’ll be interesting to see how his first visit goes!

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There is only one car in The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Car Class. Jamie Powell and his Mitsubishi Evo will have the class to himself.

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class brings the Warburton’s, David and Allan, Caterham to the hill. So the rest of the class will have their work cut out to win!

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Then we will have the up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class. Andrew Russell’s Gineta G15 will have an uphill struggle to over-come the super fast Minis of Neil Turner and James White.

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The Modified Series Mini Class has just one entrant, Richard Wood and his Yamaha Mini. Will Richard be looking to improve his personal best? Of course he will, just like every other driver!

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The 1400cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class pits the stunning Peugeot 205 of Colin Satchell against Dee Stapley’s MGF and Christrian Evans’ VW Golf. Colin is a man very much “in form” and will probably take the class win!

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The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class has former Gurston champion, Simon Purcell in his Lotus Exige up against Geoff Tremlow’s beautiful Subaru Impreza, Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser’s stunning Aston Martin Vantage, Mark Walker’s Porsche and the Datsun 240z of Steph Colvin and Hannah Stapley. It will probably be between Simon and Geoff for first place, although the Aston might just be in the mix too!

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The Modified Specialist Production Cars Class sees Mike Rudge, Antony Orchard and five other highly competitive cars and drivers. The class win could go to any of the drivers. It will depend on the day!

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The Historically Interesting Car Class has a host of beautiful cars competing. Mike Broome’s Alvis Mk17 F3, the Chevron B19 of Amanda and Richard George, Jeremy Smithson’s Merlyn Mk11, Fyrth Cross and the Dempster Ensign LNF3, Geoff Hunt’s Lotus 22 and Hugh Kemp’s Palliser WDF3. These cars are always wonderful to see and great to watch. Fyrth has the form but in June it didn’t go all his way.

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The Up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class is likely to be headed up by the supercharged Force LM shared by Jonathan Gates and Peter Sexton. Tim Pitfield and his DJ Firecat would make it easy for the Gates / Sexton team. But who will take the win?

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The Over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class sees the Mini Evo of Allan McDonald against Gurston regular Keith Diggle (WEV HCS) and Paul Punnett’s Metro 6R4 Replica. Much too difficult to predict who will be the victor.

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The 601 to 1100cc Racing Car Class has a huge entry! Simon Fidoe in his Empire Wraith, Adam Steel (Marlet AS1), Steve Owen (OMS 28), Olivia and Liam Cooper (Force HC), Lindsey Summers (DJ Firehawk) to name just a few. This class will be close class. At May’s meeting the top nine drivers were separated by just 1.5s.

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Simon McBeath starts favourite in the Formula Ford Class. Simon in his Swift SC92F, who is the class record holder won’t have an easy time. The class sees Roger Moran and Tony Wiltshire and four other drivers who won’t let Simon walk away with the win. Another class that will be decided on the day.

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The Racing Car up to 1985 Class sees one car and two drivers. The amazing Lyncar Formula Atlantic 5 litre of John Hewett and Mat Morrison is a spectacle in it’s own right and sounds gorgeous!

The 1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class puts Ed Hollier in his Empire Evo up against Sean Gould and Eynon Price’s Gould GR59 and Richard Spedding’s GWR Raptor. All of these drivers are currently fighting for the British Championship to ten places so they won’t be holding anything back on the day. But there are six other drivers! Current season form and a top twelve run off place at stake means this class will be fast and close!

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The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated – has five cars and seven drivers competing. Tim Davies’ Pilbeam MP88 won in May but Tim Elmer and Terry Davies and the other drivers will be looking to change that.

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The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction – brings Dave Uren and Nicola Menzies’ Force PC back to Gurston. Dave is having a fantastic season in the British Hill Climb Championship so Simon and Peter Marsh will have to use every bit of their local knowledge to catch David Uren. The Pilbeam MP101 of Kelvin Broad shouldn’t be ruled out! But Dave starts favourite.

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The Over 2000cc Racing Car Class has five of the current top ten contends in the British Hill Climb Championship including five time winner Scott Moran who leads the championship. Trevor Willis (OMS 28) should be back after a crash at Wiscombe Park in July. Wallace Menzies’ Gould GR55 NME, Will Hall (Force WH-XTEC), Graham Wynn (Gould GR55), Tony Hunt and Terry Graves (Gould GR55) and Jason Morant (Gould GR55) will all make Scott work for the win. BUT they will all want to qualify for the Top Twelve Run-Offs!

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All of these drivers will be looking for qualifying places in the Top Twelve Run-Off.

The two Top Twelve Run-Offs in the Avon Tyres / TTC Group MSA British Hill Climb Championship will be held after the next three classes. Fastest Time of the Day will probably come during one of these two run-offs.

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The SBD HSA Speed Championship – Sports and Saloons Class brings an array of different cars to Gurston Down. The HSA Championship may be a single class but the results are divided up into their correct classes when calculating their overall HSA Championship scores. David Newman (Mazda MX-5) will have Ken Morris’ MX5 to contend will so that will be an interesting battle. The overall class win will probably go to the BMW 330 ci of Sarah and Colin Davies or Colin Bowdidge’s Caterham or perhaps the Raw Stricker of James Robertson.

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The Mazda MX-5 Class sees Dean Cubitt back after various gremlins at the July meeting. He is probably favourite for this class. But there are some new-comers here too, so Dean will need to be on top form!

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The BARC South West B Licence Class has a large entry, seventeen cars! James Gibson in his OMS Hornet is seeded first, with Martin Watson’s Westfield and Steve Holland’s Caterham seeded second and third respectively. Jeff Way brings the 7.5 litre Chevrolet Camaro back too.

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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 August 27th and Sunday August 28thh
Times: Saturday Practice from 0830 until 1500 approx. Sunday 0830 Final Practice then timed runs from approx 1030, 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 15s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

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

 

Full Report – Midland Championship Weekend

Full Report – Midland Championship Weekend

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb hosted a weekend of record breaking motorsport.

The BMTR Midland Hill Climb Championship and the TTC Group Top Ten Challenge were the visiting championship and we also ran a round of the Meadens Skoda Championship, the Cavendish Ships Store Top Ten and Gurston’s first Formula Ford Festival!

Saturday practice was hot! And that wasn’t just the weather! The conditions were great and quite a few interesting times being posted suggesting Sunday’s competition runs were going to be record breakers!

Sunday turned out to be cooler but that didn’t stop the times and records falling!

Fastest Time of the Day (27.13s) and both of the Midland TTC Group Top Ten Challenge run-offs went to Alistair Crawford and his Gould GR55.

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A number of records were broken:

Mark Crookall, the previous record holder in the MX5 Class brought a new Mazda MX5 but this time a MK2 RS model, he’d purchased earlier in the month. It paid off and he set another new Class Record to 41.01s.

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Stephen Moore’s first timed run in his Mitsubishi Evo, broke the Road Going Series Production Car Class over 2000cc reducing it to 33.31s!

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Simon Purcell in his super fast Lotus Exige broke the record he set last meeting in the Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000 cc. It now stands at 33.19s!

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Gurston first Formula Ford Festival saw 15 drivers entered including Paul O’Neill, BTCC winner, British GT racer and ITV4 BTCC commentator in first first hillclimb event.

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But the victor was Simon McBeath in his Swift SC92F who broke the class record with an impressive 36.30s. The Formula Ford Festival was amazing, the first eight cars were separated by just one second!

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Nic Mann and the Mannic Beattie beat his own Sports Libre over 2000cc record with a 27.26s which was also second fastest time of the day!

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Richard Jones in his BT29X broke the Sports and Racing Car up to 1971 Class record with a 31.99s in his first timed run!

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FULL CLASS REPORT:

The meeting got under way with the B Licence Road Going Series Production Cars up to 2000cc class and was won with a stunning second timed run by Tim Forster in his beautiful Lotus Elan. His time of 37.27s was only one hundredth of a second behind the record set by the second place driver, Adam Greenen, at the last meeting!

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Next up were the A Licence Road Going Series Production Cars up to 2000cc class. Won by Paul Webster in his Mazda MX5 “Stripy”. His time was 38.37s. Paul Dickinson and his Renault Clio with a 39.55s took second.

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It was a family affair in the B Licence Road Going Series Production Car over 2000cc class with Clive and Jennie Stangle’s Audi TT taking first (35.66s) and second (36.59s) respectively. A brace of Porsche Caymans were next, Andrew Thorp 40.20s, third and Kai Vaksdal fourth.

Stephen Moore’s brilliant run breaking the class record (33.31s) in the A Licence Road Going Series Production Car over 2000cc class has helped him in his challenge for the Gurston Down Championship this year. As he said it’ll be tough to better that time.

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The B Licence Road Going Specialist Production Car Class saw Adrian Biggs and his Tiger Sports take the win with a second timed run of 42.34s with John Watson’s Lotus Elise narrowly beaten, finishing on 42.43s.

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The A Licence Road Going Specialist Production Car Class was won by Andrew Forsyth and his Westfield Megabusa with a 34.33s first timed run.

The Modified Series Production Car up to 1400cc Class was won by Neil Turner’s Mini Cooper S (35.72s) with James White and his Austin Mini second on 36.95s.

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Richard Wood and his Yamaha Mini was the sole entrant so he took the Modified Series Mini Class.

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The Modified Series Production Car over 2000cc Class was won by the favourite, Mike Turpin in his Vauxhall VX220 with a 33.50s first timed run. Peter Turnball and his 911 GT3 couldn’t capitalise on Mike’s slower second timed run but finished in second on 34.46s.

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The Modified Specialist Production Car Class’s huge entry created a close battle between Mike Rudge and Ash Mason. Mike’s first run of 31.08s gave him the victory and Ash’s 31.24s run secured second. Third and fourth places were equally as tight. Martin Watson (Westfield) and Antony Orchard ended third and fourth respectively.

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The Historically Interesting Car Class has three beautifully presented cars, Fyrth Cross’s Dempster Ensign LNF3 was a non starter so it left Hugh Kemp and Geoff Hunt to fight it out. Hugh’s Palliser WDF3 overcame Geoff’s Lotus 22.

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Derek Harris had the Hillclimb Super Sports Car Class to himself so ended both first and last on 37.32s.

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The Sports Libre Cars up to 2000cc Class saw Tim Pitfield in his DJ Firecat, take the win from Peter Steel and his Mallock. Only 0.40s separating them. Alexander De Vries’s 2CV suffered major mechanical issues before the event and Peter Sexton (Force LM) were both non-starters.

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A new class record was set by Nic Mann and the Mannic Beattie in the Libre Cars over 2000cc Class with a 27.26s second timed run. This time was also the second fastest time of the day! An absolutely stunning performance!

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The Terrapin M41A of David Tatham took the Racing Car up to 600cc Class with 34.02s.

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The Racing Car 601cc to 1100cc Class had twenty drivers! James Moore’s Empire 00 won with a 30.33s timed run. Simon Andrews (OMS 28) and Mike Andrews (Force PC) were second and third respectively but were only separated by 0.01s. Simon Andrews finishing second on 30.73s.

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Paul O’Neill (ex BTCC, British GT and ITV Commentator) shared Mark Alley’s Swift FB91 in his first competitive hill climb. Paul was one of the fifteen drivers in the Formula Ford Car Class (up to 1600cc).

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The timed runs were close, Richard Summers looked like he had it in the bag with his second timed run at 36.80s. The next few cars came close, Nev Rollason, 36.97s then Russell Haynes 36.95s. Then it was Simon McBeath’s turn. He managed a new class record time of 36.30s. The last car up was Tony Wiltshire, he just couldn’t match Simon’s pace and ended third of 36.83s. Eight drivers were separated by just one second!

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Ed Hollier and his Empire Evo, the favourites, took the Racing Car 1101cc to 1600cc Class with a 28.56s first timed run. His fantastic season continuing! Tina Hawkes (Force PC) was second on 29.46s. Pete Hammock broke his personal best three times in Saturday practice.

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Tim Davies with his Pilbeam MP88 won the Racing Car 1601cc to 2000cc Normally Aspirated Class with a 29.27s first timed run. The battle for second was close. Tim Elmer (Dallara F303) just squeezed out Johnathan Varley (March 772P) with first timed runs of 30.06s and 30.09s respectively.

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The Racing Car 1601cc to 2000cc Forced Induction Class saw Peter and Simon Marsh in their DJ Firehawk scrap for first. Peter ended up on top by just 0.17s. Peter finished on 28.22s and Simon on 28.39s.

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Alistair Crawford with his Gould GR55 took the Racing Car Over 2000cc Class and Fastest Time of the Day with a first timed run of 27.13s. Jason Mourant also in a Gould GR55 although with a different engine couldn’t quite catch Alistair.

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The Sports and Racing Car up to 1971 Class had three drivers in two stunning cars entered. Richard Jones in the BT29X was on top form, beating the class record in the first timed run. The new record is now 31.99s!

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Stuart Ridge in his Pilbeam won the Sports and Racing Car up to 1985 Class with his first timed run at 31.34s. There were glorious sounds from Roger Dean’s 5000cc Lola T142 but no-one could match Stuart’s time.

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The MX5 Road Going Series Production Car Class looked like it would be a close battle between, Mark Crookall, who won the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy in June, and his arch rival Dean Cubitt. Dean suffered electrical and fuelling problems in practice and was a non starter in the timed runs. Mark didn’t bring his usual Mk1 RS, earlier in the month he acquired a Mk2 RS which was faster. Mark ended on 41.01s setting another class record!

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Graham Beale won the Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class up to 2000cc in his Ginetta G20. He ended the day on 39.30s.

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The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class over 2000cc saw Simon Purcell in stunning form again. He broke the class record again. His second timed run ended on 33.19s despite having a gearbox issues.

Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

The Maguire Mini of Derek Kessell won the Downton Engineering Social Club (DEWS) Class seeing off Steve Harris’s Corsa. Derek’s time was 36.90s with Steve finishing on 39.35s.

Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

Many drivers had personal bests during the weekend too!

Another great weekend motorsport at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshalls, timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Insight Medical Services, Insight Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

Next Meeting: THE BRITISH ARE BACK! August 27th and 28th! Don’t miss it!

Anthony Record – Gurston Down Press Officer – BARC SW

Event Report – Midland Championship Weekend – July 23th and 24th

Event Report – Midland Championship Weekend – July 23th and 24th

Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb hosted a weekend of record breaking motorsport.

The BMTR Midland Hill Climb Championship and the TTC Group Top Ten Challenge were the visiting championship and we also ran a round of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the Cavendish Ships Store Top Ten and Gurston’s first Formula Ford Festival!

Fastest Time of the Day (27.13s) and both Run-off went to Alistair Crawford and is Gould GR55.

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A number of records were broken:

Mark Crookall, the previous record holder in the MX5 Class reduced the Class Record to 41.01s.

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Stephen Moore’s first timed run in his Mitsubishi Evo, broke the Road Going Series Production Car Class over 2000cc reducing it to 33.31s!

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Simon Purcell in his super fast Lotus Exige broke the record he set last meeting in the Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000 cc. It now stands at 33.19s!

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Simon McBeath in his Swift SC92F won the Formula Ford Class with a record breaking 36.30s. The Formula Ford Festival was amazing, the first eight cars were separated by less than one second!

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Nic Mann and the Mannic Beattie beat his own Sports Libre over 2000cc record with a 27.26s which was also second fastest time of the day!

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A full report of the meeting will be released later this week.