British Hillclimb Championship Preview – Mr Editor…

Last year for the launch of speedhillclimb.com we asked a number of paddock celebrities to make some predictions for the 2011 British Hillclimb Championship. There was some highly accurate guesswork, some slightly dodgy theories and a lot of fun!

Due to the big names that we managed to collar for their views, we kept our guesses to ourselves.

So, this time around Chloe & I will be putting our reputations on the line and letting you all know what we think will happen in the 2012 British Hillclimb Championship.

What do you think? Please add comments below…

1. What will be the BHC top 3?

There could be a lot of change during the 2012 season. The 2-litres will undoubtedly have taken a big step forward with all the superchargers & turbos being installed.

Despite this, I still think that beating Scott Moran will still be a major challenge for the entire field, so he is my prediction for the win.

Wallace Menzies and Tom New both made big steps forward in 2011, so I’ll stick my neck out and say that they will continue their upward momentum and make up the overall podium.

2. Who will win the Leaders?

The Leaders is always difficult to predict, due to the complex scoring system which often means that the season’s most competitive driver often loses out due to the number of entries in their class (think Andrew Griffiths).

Last season Lee Adams was one of the stars of the year as he set the 1600cc class alight with his GWR Raptor. He was very disappointed to have missed out on the Leaders (he just lost out to Scott Moran), so I think that he be making a big effort in that direction this year. Lee is my bet for the championship.

3. Which hill record will fall?

We could well see a few records this year. Wiscombe & Doune will both have been resurfaced by the time of the National rounds at the venues so they have to be in the mix. Also, as Scott Moran trimmed the Loton Park record in far from perfect conditions last September, there may well be a bit more to come there.

However, as I am clearly stalling here, it’s time to make a decision… Wiscombe Park. Adam Fleetwood set the record there in perfect conditions back in 2004 but the Gould chassis has come a long way since then with aero and suspension improvements, so I think that it could be do-able.

4. Who, if anyone, will win a round for the first time?

With so many first time winners last year, there’s hardly anyone left to win one!

Will Hall is the highest ranking driver without a win, and his new for 2012 Force WH is unlikely to be in a position to take a Run Off for a little while, but despite that I still think that he will be on the pace by mid-season. So I predict that Will Hall will win a Run Off, and more than that, I think that he will win at the September Prescott!

5. What will be the surprise of the year?

I think that the suprise of the year will be that the British Hillclimb Championship will not be a complete disaster. There seems to be a lot of chatter about the BARC taking over from Tony Fletcher and what it will mean for the series, but my opinion is that it will work. It may be different, and not everything will go perfectly, but I think that we all must give it our support to help it succeed.

So, there we are, my neck is on the block. Tomorrow is Miss Admin’s turn….

Comments

  1. David Hill says:

    For those of us that live on the other side of the world please explain the BARC problem (if any).
    Thank you
    Regards
    David

  2. James says:

    For many years the BHC has been organised & run by Tony Fletcher of Speed Championships Ltd, however Tony retired from the BHC job at the end of 2011. In 2012 and beyond, the series will be organised by Tim & Jackie Wilson with assistance from the BARC.

    I don’t think that there is a problem with the new regime, it’s just different and people don’t always like/appreciate change…

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