Event Round-up…. Gurston Down

Last weekend the British Hillclimb Championship made it final visit of the season to the edge of Salisbury Plain and the cracking Gurston Down venue in Wiltshire.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran was flying high at Gurston (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

This years championship is really hotting up now with Scott Moran still in the pound seat, but behind him there is a mighty scrap going on for positions two to nine!

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Event Round-up…. Shelsley Walsh

Who would have predicted two years ago that a 2-litre class car would win a National Run Off, in the dry, at Shelsley Walsh?

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

The venue was in superb condition for the biggest event of the year.

 

Not very many people, if any. But at Shelsley in August Warwickshire Motorsport Engineer Jos Goodyear did exactly that with the 1400cc motorcycle engined GWR Raptor 2. And what’s more, he did it with a time just a couple of tenths or so away from Martin Grove’s long-held Outright Hill Record at The World Famous venue.

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Event Round-up…. Craigantlet

The second and final offshore event of the championship season, at Craigantlet Hill on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Island saw a very small entry of National runners line-up for the public road course in what can only be described as Biblical conditions…

Craigantlet Hillclimb

Conditions were very tricky, but mostly consistent, at the once a year Ulster venue.

 

 

During the morning of the one-day event, it rained and rained and rained some more!

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Event Round-up…. Wiscombe

From the Channel Islands the championship continued in the South West of the British Isles with the annual visit to the twisting, tree-lined, parkland hill of Wiscombe Park in Devon.

Will Hall Force WH

Hall’s weekend was nearly over before it began… Fortunately gearbox issues in P1 were easily sorted.

 

As in previous years, the Moran team chose not to compete at Wiscombe, so it was a golden opportunity for the other championship contenders to play catch-up and put pressure on Scott and Roger ahead of the series run in.

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Event Round-up…. Channel Islands

From Harewood the championship circus went on its holidays with the annual trip to Channel Islands, for Bouley Bay (Jersey) on Thursday and Le Val des Terres (Guernsey) on Saturday.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Jos Goodyear on the Bouley Bay startline in 2012.

 

These relatively low speed, public road events were expected to favour the diminutive little GWR Raptor of Jos Goodyear, but his success on the weekend didn’t come quite as quickly as expected.

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Warwick Castle!

It is always great to hear about new venues coming into our sport, and we were very pleased to hear about another new venue which has run in recent weeks on the Channel Island of Guernsey.

Vale Castle Guernsey

Picturesque setting for the new event on the Island.

 

Nobody reading this will be in any doubt as to how keen on hillclimbing the folks on Guernsey are, events on the island always have huge entries and enthusiastic crowds.

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