July Gurston Round-up

There was a long, but very entertaining days hillclimbing at Gurston Down on Sunday. A wet start to the day didn’t dampen anyones spirits as there were some cracking battles, a champion being crowned and a ‘big’ birthday to celebrate (see seperate post).

Pilbeam MP58 driver Andy Forsyth took his 3rd championship round win in row to nail down the Top 10 Challenge title with a round in hand. This time though he was under massive pressure and rose to the occasion with a champions drive.

Still getting up to speed in his GR55, Tony Wiltshire pushed Forsyth very hard as the 2 traded FTD all day. Wilt eventually had to give best by a 10th.

Rodney Thorne secured 3rd after a close battle with Gould-DFR driver Terry Graves and John Forsyth in the family Pilbeam.

It really is great to see so many quality unlimited class cars appearing at the Wiltshire hill for clubbies, and harks back to the days of Durling, Painter, Fraser, Fry, Davison, Cannell & Hayes in the late 90s.

 

Unlimited class cars at Gurston

 

The class-based Hill Championship is really hotting up now, with Neal Masters leading the way from Jim White (both in mod prod Minis) in the overall standings. Running in the Historically Interesting class, Chris Cannell came closest to a record on the day with a 33.14s run in the lovely St. Bruno Roughcutter Clubmans car. Chris’ time maintained his current 3rd place on the Championship table.

However, there is someone sneaking up on the championship front-runners. There will be a seperate post by Chloe to cover this.

Although the Challenge title has been decided, there is still everything to play for at the title decider in September.

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