2012 MSA British Hillclimb Championship Launched

Yesterday I attended the official launch of the 2012 MSA British Hillclimb Championship, which for the first time will be organised by the BARC. The venue for the launch was Mallory Park which, whilst not a hillclimb venue, is one of the race circuits which is operated by the BARC.

There were at least 60 of us there for the event – a great turn out considering the forecast snow, which thankfully didn’t start to come down until after the launch. (We hope everyone got home safely).

So, what were the key points from the launch?

  1. British Championship WebsiteAvon Tyres are the confirmed sponsors
  2. TTCGroup are sponsors of the Leader’s Championship
  3. Whilst there will be no major changes during the 2012 season, the BARC are keen to listen to the opinions of all the stakeholders to make the Championship stronger.
  4. Avon’s investment in the sport will be:
    • Better, cheaper tyres
    • PR for venues and drivers (to increase awareness of hillclimbing)
  5. Plus a new website (www.britishhillclimb.co.uk) where you can find the regs, entry forms, and more.

After the presentations there was an opportunity to raise questions about the contents of the presentation, and also the championship in general. Whilst no conclusions were reached, comments were certainly taken on board. Key topics were:

  • The number of rounds – that the full season is a big time commitment
  • Not getting a practice run on Sunday mornings
  • Opportunities for more entry-level classes

To sum up the meeting, the overall focus was making hillclimbing more accessible. To encourage new competitors and new spectators. But it’s going to be a while before there’s a concensus on how to do that.

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