Double Dry Doune!?

The penultimate round of the British Hillclimb Championship season took place at Doune in Scotland at the weekend and, after the record-breaking bonanza at the hill in June, miraculously this latest event was warm and sunny yet again!

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Different colour, same result for Team Moran.

 

As well as seeing a number of class records set over the weekend, we also crowned our 2014 British Champion. Having dominated with his usual brand of metronomic consistency and blistering pace, Ludlow driver Scott Moran claimed his fifth title, joining Martyn Griffiths and David Grace as a five times winner and just one win away from the record set by the late, great Tony Marsh.

With the title virtually a formality for the weekend (Moran just needed to score points to put the title beyond the reach of Trevor Willis), the reigning champ would have been forgiven for taking it easy, but Scott claimed the title like the champion he is… With a win in the opening Run Off at near record pace! The challengers were all half a second or so back, led by the Force WH of Will Hall who is the real form man at the moment. Star of the show at the June event Jos Goodyear was recovering from an off during the final practice runs on Saturday afternoon and building his speed back up, and he slotted into third place just ahead of Willis. All four of the front runners were sub-36s! With a deal to sell the DJ Firehawk all-but complete, Alex Summers is driving well within himself at the moment, and he put in a mid-36s to secure fifth in the shootout, just ahead of a very pleased Tommy New. The result moved New ahead of local boy Wallace Menzies on the points table, but unfortunately Menzies will be unable to respond at Loton Park this weekend as at the notorious East Brae he suffered his second big shunt of the season with the ferociously powerful DJ Firestorm.

With the Raptor now well into its stride, Jos Goodyear took the win second time up, although he just missed out on Moran’s outright pace on the day. The Champ was second on the road, ahead of Willis who finished ahead of Hall to secure his runner-up spot on the points table for the second year running. As before, Summers was fifth with New in sixth.

There were some great performances in the class runs as locals and visitors alike took advantage of the third dry Doune of the year! Road-going Kit Car runner Craig Nicol is always seriously impressive on the claustrophobic lower section of the hill, and he used that pace to win the class by nearly two seconds and approach his record from June. To sum up just how fast this guy is, the Warbys were nearly 4 seconds behind…

The unbelievable Mitsubishi Evo of Donald ‘MadMac’ McCaskill used all of its turbo and super-charged horse power to finally achieve his ambition of a sub-45s run in the Unlimited Mod Prod class, a fantastic performance.

With a record that has stood to the Scottish Hillclimb legend Kenny Allen since 1988 the Unlimited Sports Libre mark is one of the toughest records in the country. Championship sponsor Graham Wynn OBE powered his Force LM to the top of the challenging hill within a second of Allen’s best, Wynn is getting closer but will the weather Gods allow an attack on this record in 2015?

Having seemingly turned a bit of a corner with the Empire aero car in recent weeks, Simon Fidoe lead the 1100cc Racing Car class, ahead of Steve Marr in the lovely ex. Rob Barksfield PCD Saxon, all day on Sunday to take top Leaders points as both drivers pushed their way in to the second Run Off.

An all Scotch battle at the head of the 1600cc class was highly entertaining as Garry & Danny Dickson (ex. James Blackmore OMS 25), George Coghill Jnr (Force PT) and wee-hairy Les Mutch (ex. Lee Adams GWR Raptor) set the pace. Garry Dickson needed just a single run to take the win ahead of Coghill and Danny Dickson. Mutch was getting on the pace with the Raptor he recently acquired from Steve Day and qualified for the opening Run Off, but a small rotation on the second class run ruined his chances of an extra run in the afternoon.

In the big class will Hall again proved the ever increasing pace of the Force WH chassis by taking Scott Moran’s Unlimited Class record in Q1.

So, the event brought the Scottish Hillclimb season to a close, but the British runners still have one event to go, the finale at Loton Park this coming weekend….

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