Cracking June Gurston

The events at Gurston Down at the weekend featured lots of cars, lots of variety and lots of hot competition. Both of the cluby one-dayers were over-subscribed and many regulars only got an entry to one or other day.

Tony Wiltshire Gould GR55 Gurston Down

Wilt took FTD on Sunday (thanks to Everly Photography)

Gurston Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent us this report & images:

Dorchester’s Rodney Thorne scored his first Gurston Down ‘Best Time of the Day’ on Saturday June 23rd with a splendid 28.91 second time in his 3.5 litre Pilbeam MP58 in the first runs. Thankfully for Rod nobody else was able to overhaul his time on their second runs because the final drive broke leaving the Pilbeam MP58 sidelined for the rest of the weekend!

Rodney Thorne Pilbeam MP58 Gurston Hillclimb

Rodney Thorne in his ex. Roy Lane MP58 (thanks to Everly Photography)

 

On Sunday June 24th Tony Wiltshire from Newton Abbot set Best Time of the Day in his ex-Tony Marsh 2.5 litre Gould GR55 with an amazing 27.67 second run, a fitting tribute on this particular weekend to the late Tony Marsh, who co-designed Gurston’s course in 1966/7.

Local drivers did well all weekend. On Saturday there were class wins for Bernard Cowley from Wimborne in his Austin 7; Simon Neve from Yeovil in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6; Chris Bealing from Sturminster Newton in his 1.8 Rover MGF; Salisbury’s Steve Holley in his 5.2 TVR Griffith; Jim White from Southampton in his 1.4 Austin Mini Clubman; Karl Stevens from Andover in his 2.0 Ford Escort Mk 2; Roy Barker from Stockbridge in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 5; Chris Cannell from Salisbury in his 1.7 St Bruno Roughcutter; Mark Mortimer from Mudford in his 2.0 Mallock Mk 18B; Keith Diggle from Aldershot in his 2.0 WEV HCS; Sue Hayes from Salisbury in her 2.6 Force SR8; John Forsyth from Poole in his 500cc Alfa Dana and Dave Gardner from Honiton in his 1.0 Empire.

 

On Sunday local drivers taking class wins were Dylan Ferrett from New Milton in his 2.0t Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, despite a high speed spin on his second run; Simon Purcell from Sherborne in his 1.4 supercharged Lotus Exige; Jim White from Southampton in his 1.4 Mini; Karl Stevens from Andover in his 2.0 Ford Escort; Roy Barker from Stockbridge in his 2.3 Mitsubishi Evo 5; Chris Cannell from Salisbury in his 1.7 St Bruno Roughcutter; Mark Mortimer from Mudford in his 2.0 Mallock; Keith Diggle from Aldershot in his 2.0 WEV HCS; Rodney Thorne from Dorchester, this time in the 5.0 Pilbeam MP43 that wife Hayley brought into third in class; Mark Riley from Frome in his 500cc Creamer Jap and James Blackmore from Ropley near Winchester in his 1.6 OMS 25.

 

Highlight among the motorbikes was Ben Wilkins from Bourne, Lincs, resetting the outright bike hill record on Saturday, carving almost half a second off the old mark on his 998cc Aprilia before going on to win the bike Top Ten Run Off in fine style.

Thanks, as always, for the report Simon.

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