Harewood Heat

Harewood Hillclimb hosted its second British Hillclimb Championship event of the year last weekend and we certainly saw a bit of everything over the weekend with scorching temperatures, new records, a bit of history and few surprises!

Roger Moran Gould GR61X

Roger Moran returned to form in the 2nd shoot out


Former triple BHC winner Scott Moran became the most succesful hillclimber in history (in terms of Run Offs) by claiming his 105th & 106th shootout wins in the Gould GR61X, and took FTD with a new outright hill record in the opening Run Off. But he was pushed very hard…

reigning champ Trevor Willis pushed his OMS-Powertec beyond the limit as always and really made Scott work for his opening win, but had to settle for third place in the second stanza as Scott’s Father Roger found form with the runner-up spot.

Jos Goodyear returned to competition at Harewood after a fraught start to the season with the tiny GWR Raptor and, after a steady first practice run, was a podium contender all day on Sunday. Jos switched on the newly installed DTA traction control for the first time in Q2 and qualified equal fastest with Scott Moran. After a cracking Run Off charge, which saw the Raptor flying over the lower reaches of the hill, unfortunately Jos slightly overcooked it into the tricky Farmhouse Bend and rotated into the kitty litter, fortunately without damage.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Jos and the Raptor were back at Harewood


Scotsman Wallace Menzies had an up and down weekend with the ferociously powerful DJ Firestorm. Menzies was fastest in Saturday practice, despite only taking a single run after he suffered a fuel pump failure on the mighty Cosworth XD, when it mattered though Wallace slipped to a pair of fourth places.

Local hero Richard Spedding was also flying in the 1600cc Force PC, which he is now running on his own. He kept Goodyear in sight all weekend and claimed a fifth place second time up.

The intense heat of the summer sun took its toll on this event as track, tyre and engine temperatures soared. The tyre issue in particular seemed to affect the big V8s more than the bike-engined masses and this was reflected in the second Run Off line-up. Top unlimited class runners Will Hall & John Bradburn both failed to qualify, but new 1100cc record holder Simon Fidoe got in with his Empire 002 each time!

Paul Haimes Gould GR59

Tyre prep was critical at Harewood


Other good performances came from Dave Uren and Alistair Crawford, who both qualified each time and took chunks off of their respective PBs.

The BHC takes another weekend off this weekend, before the circus gathers on the Channel Islands for the Jersey and Guernsey events next weekend.

Full results are available on www.harewoodhill.com.

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