BHC Season Review Part 12 – Scott Moran

Our twelve part series looking at the top contenders in the British Hillclimb Championship comes to an end today as we move to have a look at the experiences of the man who became a four-time Champion in 2013.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran on his way to another Run Off win at Gurston Down (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Scott Moran set a pace in the early part of the Championship which nobody else could match and it always seemed likely that he would claim his fourth title, although 2012 Champ Trevor Willis had other ideas and pushed Scott hard through till the end of the year.

Champion – Scott Moran (258 points)

Fourth title in the bag. What a year for the Ludlow flyer. Scott scored win after win in the early part of the season and quickly overtook Martin Groves’ record of the most Top 12 Run Off wins, which he achieved in style at Harewood with an Outright Hill Record. Further records were secured during the year at Guernsey (although that was snatched back in the second shoot-out by Jos Goodyear) and at Craigantlet in Northern Ireland.

The Gould GR61X, it’s 3.5 litre Nicholson McLaren XB engine and the brilliant Gould/Xtrac Transverse gearbox has no equal across all of the challenges of the BHC. The package is generally dominant on the steep slopes of Gurston Down and Shelsley Walsh, it has the traction and downforce to cope with a wet Doune, Wiscombe or Barbon, and also the ability to keep the bike-engined cars in sight (if not under control!) somewhere twisty like Prescott, Bouley Bay or the lower reaches of Craigantlet.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott’s record-breaking win came at Harewood in July

 

After the Moran team took their now traditional mid-season break, just missing Rounds 21 & 22 at Wiscombe Park in Devon this year, the title was really won with a series of stunning results over the next four events at Craigantlet, Shelsley, Gurston and Prescott. The 10 Run Offs that made up those events saw 5 wins, 2 seconds and a third place which meant that Team Moran rolled into Doune just needing a steady finish to secure the title. Third place in the morning Run Off secured the prize and Scott drew level with Groves, 50s star Ken Wharton and the late great Roy Lane on four title wins.

Scotty’s stats now stand at 112 Run Off wins and 4 BHC titles, he really is the man to beat these days.

The rumour is that the all-conquering NicMac engine is being rebuilt for 2014 and that the 450kg or so GR61X will be going on a little bit of a diet. As always, you can bet that Roger & Scott will dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s so they can be fast and reliable from the get-go.

 

So there we have it, we have reached the end of our season review and the Christmas break is rapidly approaching. We hope that you have enjoyed this series, keep checking in over the holiday period for ’2013 in Pictures’ as well as the all-important, but just for fun(!), ‘SHC Awards’!!

 

Comments

  1. Andy Barton says:

    Congratulations to the Editor, and the all staff at SHC, not forgetting their Special Correspondent, on giving such an informative and detailed account of the 2013 season, packed with expert insights which only insiders can impart to those of us who follow the sport at a relative distance. Happy Christmas to all at SHC, and here’s wishing us all an eventful and gripping season in 2014.

  2. Andy Barton says:

    Happy Solstice this p.m.

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