BHC Season Review Part 4 – Tom New

 

Over the next couple of weeks we are reviewing the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship by looking at the individual performances of the drivers who filled the top 12 placings on Championship table.

Tom New Gould GR55

Tom New powers the Gould-Judd GR55 over Deer’s Leap (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk).

 

Part 4 of our look back at the BHC year sees us look at one of the most popular members of the hillclimb family and one of the top preparation specialists who keep cars running for customers.

9th – Tom New (60 points)

When the British Championship runner rolled into Prescott for the opening rounds of the 2013 series, the most frustrated person by far was Gould GR55 driver Tom New. Having finished in seventh place in the 2012 series and scored a couple of wins, Tom was planning on a full rebuild and remap of his immensely powerful Judd V8 for 2013. Whilst that happened seamlessly, unfortunately a supplier let Tom down and took literally months to deliver a shaft that was required to run the engine on the New Techniques dyno. The shaft in question was finally delivered in early June!

Once the dyno was complete, Tom soon discovered that he had built another cracking motor. The DTA Fast management allowed a beautifully flat torque curve to make the ex. F1 V8 even more drivable than it was before.

Tom got the car out for a shakedown at the Prescott Midland round in June, and joined the BHC runners for rounds 15 & 16 at Harewood Hill in early July.

Tom New Gould GR55

Tom will be pushing hard to climb back up the ranks in 2014.

 

Having not driven the car for almost six months, understandably it took Tom a little while to get up to speed, but he soon started to catch up with those around him and make inroads into the top 10. Things never quite seemed to click like they had in 2012, but nonetheless Tom nailed down a series of top 5 finishes to get an all important number for 2014.

As Tom told us towards the end of the year “it is very important to get a number, it means that you are on a level playing field with your competition when it comes to qualifying runs and means that you are less likely to be affected by inclement or changeable weather conditions.”

You can be sure that Tom will be back challenging for podia and wins in 2014.

 

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