Harewood Dodges the Rain!

The British Hillclimb Championship spent two days in Yorkshire at weekend, visiting the long, twisty & demanding Harewood Hillclimb, nr Harrogate.

Harewood Hillclimb

Pre-event weather forecasts suggested that the conditions would be as bad as they were at Doune three weeks ago, however that proved to not be the case and despite a spectacular downpour on Saturday evening the competitors were on slicks all weekend.

Reining Champion Scott Moran extended his already huge BHC points lead with a pair of composed, committed and devastatingly quick Run Off victories.

 

At every event since the wet Shelsley Walsh round back in May, the only car to seriously challenge the Ludlow-based Gould driver was the remarkable GWR Raptor-Suzuki.

Lee Adams, already a Run Off winner at Harewood in the past was in the low-50 second bracket all day on Sunday, but as at Loton Park a month ago Adams just couldn’t match the pace of his co-driver Jos Goodyear. Jos’ was smoothness personified as he charged to an amazing new class record of 49.39s in second qualifying! Goodyear was on target for another podium position in the Run Off that followed before a gentle spin at Farmhouse ruined his plans. Surely Jos’ first win in the Raptor cannot be far away now?

 

 

The impressive consistency of OMS 25 driver Trevor Willis is the only thing that is keeping Moran in sight as far as the championship is concerned, and a second and a third this weekend kept him in touching distance. These results were achieved despite a huge tail slide at the first corner in the opening Run Off.

 

1997 Champ Roger Moran took a third & a fourth, as well as a coveted first sub-50s Harewood run, to maintain his championship third place.

Two Doune wins and impressive Run Off consistency is keeping Adams ahead of his co-driver as they battle for fourth & fifth place.

Scotman Wallace Menzies (husband of Force driver Nicola) has to work hard to make up for a few patchy results recently and an off in first qualifying did nothing to help that. He kept it on the black stuff second time up and put in a banker to leave the venue with 6 points more than he’d arrived with.

Impressive Run Off performances were also put in by John Bradburn, Oliver Tomlin, Richard Spedding & Tony Wiltshire, who was at Harewood for the first time on the Long Course. Wilt’s only previous event at the hill was in his modsports Lotus Elan back in 1990, and as we discovered on Saturday evening there is a class record holder at Harewood who wasn’t even born then!

 

So, we have another weekend off next weekend, before a good selection of the Championship contenders rendezvous on the Channel Island of Jersey on Thursday 19th July for Rounds 17 & 18 of the series. See ya there!

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