BHC Season Review Part 7 – Will Hall

No weekend break for us this week as we plough on with our driver-by-driver look back at the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship season.

Will Hall Force WH

Will Hall rolls into pre-start at Barbon Manor hillclimb.

 

The next installment covers the man who won the final championship Run Off of the 2012 season and who had very high hopes for the new season with his unique chassised and engined contender, Midlander Will Hall and is 3.5 litre Force-Nissan WH.

6th – Will Hall (128 points)

Like Wallace Menzies with the DJ Firestorm, Will Hall is ploughing his own furrow with a unique car. The Force WH grew a large number of appendages over the winter of 2012/13 as Force Racing Car’s Ian Dayson searched for more downforce from the chassis. New sidepods and aero floor/tunnels were added to the car, which undoubtedly struggled for grip at speed over 2012. The new tweaks improved things, and allowed Will to use his undoubted talent and nail down a series of top 5 placings early in the season.

Another unique aspect of this package is the LPE-built Nissan V6 engine (from the World Series by Renault championship on the circuits). The 3.5 litre lump is incredibly tractable, being able to pull from tickover right through the range, but it certainly lacks the outright grunt of an F1 or Indycar V8. Will wrang its neck all year, but really was facing an uphill battle on the power hills especially. In the wet however, it is a proper contender as proved by fourth placed finishes at both the June Doune and Wiscombe in July. Unfortunately those results were high points, and Will was unable to repeat his Run Off win from 2012.

Will Hall Force WH

WIll Hall and car-builder Ian Dayson at Gurston Down in May

 

Ray Rowan, the 1989 BHC winner and the last man to win the title in a self-built car was brought in to the team from August Shelsley onwards, with the aim of helping Will to develop the cars suspension set-up. Some radical changes were made over the last few rounds of the year, as well as at some mid-week test sessions at Curborough and progress is being made.

It will be fascinating to see what the combination of Will, Ian and Ray come up with over the winter, and how different the Force WH will be for the new season.

 

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