Dickson victorious as Scottish Hillclimb Championship goes to the wire

The Battle for the 2011 Scottish Hillclimb Championship was a thrilling story as Garry Dickson, Steve Marr and Finlay Whyte all signalled their intentions from the start with one FTD a piece from the first 3 events of the season.

Steve Marr in his first season in the beautiful and svelte PCD Saxon was delighted with his flying start to the year, however mechanical problems cut his season short. Following a frantic week rebuilding the clutch on the 1000cc after Doune in June, the Saxon engine gave up in spectacular fashion at Forrestburn, leaving Dickson to capitalise with 2 wins.

A brace of wins at the short Fintray House Hillclimb for Finlay Whyte opened the championship up following the summer break with the London based Scot taking his 3rd and 4th wins of the season.

It was Forrestburn where Orcadian Garry Dickson exerted his command on the Championship, with the experienced competitor taking 4 wins from 4 events at the Lanarkshire track and taking an extremely tough class record along the way.

Although the championship was not mathematically confirmed going into the final round Garry Dickson was almost there with Whyte only able to tie and needing to beat British Hillclimb Championship competitors along the way.

So it was at Doune where Garry was crowned 2011 Scottish Hillclimb Champion. In fact Garry Dickson is the first competitor to complete the Scottish Grand Slam adding to his Scottish Road Car and Scottish Sprint Championships.

The 2011 Scottish Hillclimb Championship probably saw the largest radius of competitor with Dickson travelling from Orkney and Whyte from London.

Report kindly provided by Finlay Whyte. We hope to cover more Scottish hillclimbing in 2012.

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