BHC Season Review Part 2 – Richard Spedding

Over the next twelve days we will continue our run down of the heavy-hitters from the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship by looking at the individual performances of the top 12 drivers in the series.

Richard Spedding Force PC

Spedding started the year sharing with Eynon Price.

 

In the second part of our 2013 BHC review we will look at the man who was the first to miss out on a number for 2014, Sheffield-based 1600cc Force-Suzuki PC driver Richard Spedding:

11th – Richard Spedding (47 points)

After his fourth season with the 1600cc Force-Suzuki Richard Spedding had one of his best seasons to date. The year began with Spedding sharing his car with hillclimb returnee Welsh Wizard Eynon Price, although unfortunately that arrangement didn’t last beyond the June Doune.

Once he was able to concentrate solely on his own performance, and some unreliability issues had been solved, Spedding seemed much happier with the car. Spedding always flies at his home hill at Harewood, and in last years review we suggested that he needed to improve his pace away from his home hill. He certainly seemed to achieve this in 2013, and without a couple of car failures would have scored points across the full range of hills over the past 12 months.

Richard Spedding Force PC

2013 was far from plain sailing for Richard Spedding!

 

This always spectacular driver (with the equally spectacular barnet!), had a sensible and mature year gaining points where he could and not pushing too hard when he knew he couldn’t trouble the scorers. A season-best performance at Doune in September nearly dragged the Sheffield ace into a top 10 overall position, but it wasn’t to be and he had to settle for best of the rest.

We hear that Spedders is sticking with the 1600cc package with the Force PC chassis for 2014 and this could be a masterstroke. With so many of his rivals being rumoured to be stepping up to the 2-litre class for the new year then a consistent, known package could just be the ticket to a great result.

 

Comments

  1. Phil Couch says:

    James,

    Please can you send me an e-mail address as I have some photos which you may wish to use for future articles in the New Year (we first bumped into each other at Craigantlet when you said you would have cleaned Paul’s car if you new I was going to take so many photos). Looking forward to BHC articles 10 down to 1, 12 and 11 have been excellent. Now booking 2014 accommodation for Bouley/Terres/Craigantlet/Doune/Loton/Shelsey/Prescott et al as it breaks up the winter gloom.

    Many thanks,

    Phil

    • James says:

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your email, some images for the archive would be fantastic please!
      My email address is james@jameswills.co.uk

      You are keen, getting your accomm sorted already, impressive stuff…
      Team Haimes seem to book a couple of days before!

      All the best for the festive season.

      Kindest Regards,
      James.

  2. Andrew Forsyth says:

    Is Webbo holding the car up with one hand?

  3. Andy Barton says:

    Empirically, I’d say Bill Chaplin’s fierce expression must be exerting some lift, surely.
    Who will be the other fugitives from the 1600cc. class to 2 Litres in 2014?

  4. Paul Danby says:

    Who will be left in the 1600 class most of the top runners seem to be upgrading.

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