BHC Season Review Part 8 – Roger Moran

Our look at the dozen drivers who topped the time sheets in the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship continues today as we break into the top 5.

Roger Moran Gould GR61X

Relaxing with a brew at Shelsley Walsh

 

Today’s driver is a man who has had unprecedented success at National level in the modern era. but who also likes to mix up the disciplines and have fun in other forms of motorsport, 1997 British Hillclimb Champion Roger Moran.

The record books will show that in 2013 Roger Moran had his least successful season since he started in top-line hillclimbing back in 1996, but that doesn’t really tell the tale. The elder statesman of the top 10 has finished in fourth place or better every year since 1996 which, when you consider the commitment that is required to get a top 4 placing just once, is nothing short of remarkable.

Having been kept sharp by a winter of rallying in his Group 4 Escort and Historic 911, Roger burst out of the blocks with a pair of podiums at Prescott, this was backed up by a similar result at Harewood where Roger score his first win of the season. After that things started to slip a little as others raised their game and Roger started to support Scott’s title bid. He claimed further podium finishes at Harewood (a hill he has always excelled on, being like a tarmac rally stage) and at Craigantlet.

Roger Moran Gould GR61X

Roger Moran preparing for his 2013 Run Off win at Harewood

 

Having been a little bit out of sorts at the August visits to Shelsley, Gurston and Prescott (“I just didn’t seem to get my head in gear at either of them” he said later), Roger started to come under increasingly heavy threat from young Summers in the pesky 2-litre. The writing was firmly on the wall even before Summer’s trio of wins at Doune & Loton, but Roger didn’t give up and finished the year with a couple of top 5 finishes.

Roger keeps saying that he would like to pursue more rallying, and clearly he gains huge satisfaction from drifting around on the rough stuff (it is where he came from after all), but we reckon that as long as the GR61X is winning and Scott is still keen, then we will continue to see Roger out keeping his son honest.

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