BHC Season Review Part 10 – Wallace Menzies

Today we continue with our driver-by-driver look back over the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship year as we move in to the overall top three of the series.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm

Wallace prepares to unleash the ferocious Firestorm at Gurston in May

 

Third overall in the title race was the top-scoring Scottish driver during 2013, DJ Firestorm-Cosworth driver Wallace Menzies had his best BHC season to date…

3rd – Wallace Menzies (204 points)

The Flying Scotsman had his best BHC season so far, and by a long way as finally the potential long been shown by the unique DJ Firestorm started to be realised. The bare stats are 4 wins, 12 other podium finishes and the first ever Outright Hill Record at National level for both Wallace and for DJ Racecars, but somehow in many ways it was a frustrating and disappointing season.

Whilst better than previous years, Wallace still suffered from a slightly slow start to the year (33 points after Round 6, compared to 44 points for Scott) as the DJ crew got used to running the very different Firestorm package which rolled out for the new season. The Cosworth XD engine in the back of the chassis had seen a lot of work over the winter as it was developed in what is surely now the most powerful single-seater in the paddock. The change to methanol fuel, which is consumed at a spectacular rate via two Indycar fuel pumps and no-less than 24 injectors, made the car difficult to run and especially tricky to warm up. Del Quigley and the crew at High Peak, Derbyshire got into a routine and got on with the job though!

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm

Wallace charges into Ashes Bend at Gurston (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Unfortunately inconsistency is still the biggest thorn in Wallace’s side, a glance at the championship table shows too many ’0′ scores and blank spaces for a sustained title challenge. This reached a peak at Doune where the pressure and expectation of being the local star possibly got to Wallace a bit, and he had to watch on as he scored no points and his young DJ stable mate¬†Alex Summers scored a pair of wins in the 2-litre DJ Firehawk. It will not be lost on Wallace that he ran the exact same type of DJ as Summers over 5 years ago.

There is no doubt though that Wallace and DJ are providing a huge challenge to the top two in our sport. Willis and Moran are no longer only looking at each others results, they are having to check over their shoulders all the time to make sure that they haven’t been pipped by the popping, banging and whining Cossy V8.

We think that, as the XD motor has all of the power in the world already, most development will be aimed at the Firestorm chassis over the winter.

 

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