May Shelsley Review

There was a slightly strange atmosphere at the Midland Automobile Clubs season opener at Shelsley Walsh last week. Maybe after the excitement and anticipation of the opening round of the British Hillclimb Championship last weekend, this event was a little of an anticlimax, maybe it was that the weather was pleasant and (after Prescott’s deluge) we were all grateful for that? Whatever it was, the action on the hill was fast and furious.

The action started right at the start of the program with a great battle in Class A1/A2. The monster Porsche 911 GT3 of Robert Lancaster-Gaye lead throughout, but he had to sweat for it as the 4×4 cars of Nigel Burke (Impreza) & Phil Oram (Pulsar GTiR) closed in second time up.

With his DJ Firehawk still not quite ready for action, Ash Mason was again out in his Westfield-Vauxhall. He really upset the formbook as well as he blasted over the finish at 107mph to take the win away from Allan & Dave Warburton. Record-Holder & first run leader Dave was relegated to third by Allan after a slightly hairy ride through the Esses on his second run.

Dave Warburton Caterham 7 Shelsley Walsh

Dave Warburton informs us that he is 2nd!


The merged Modified Kit Car Class saw a great scrap between near neighbours Peter Kukainis and Andy & Debbie Dunbar.Andy lead from Peter first time up, but Peter found over half a second on the final charge to take the class, with Debbie holding a watching brief in third.

Veteran Terry Clifford took an expected win in the Unlimited Sport Libres, but the real interest was in the battle for second place. Having been in fourth for most of the day Allan McDonald found over 5secs on the final run in his awesome Mini Evo to charge through for the runner up spot ahead of Graham Loakes’ gorgeous Lola-Porsche and Jeremy Holden’s hairy Caterham V8.

The two Top 12 Run Offs to decide points for the BMTR Top 10 Challenge saw some slightly surprising names involved, but also featured some great runs.

Trevor Willis took both wins fairly comfortably, but he really pushed himself hard and produced some cracking times on what was a fairly green hill.


Gould-Judd driver Deryk Young wound himself up over the weekend and managed to run sub-25s in the final shoot out. Wife Sue, running in the same car, also qualified each time and took a seventh and a fourth overall.

Third both times fell to Will Hall who had built up his speed over the day on Sunday following an overnight suspension rebuild on the Force WH. He eventually managed to pop in a mid-25s run on Sunday to the delight of car builder Ian Dayson and gofor Paul Danby.


Rob Stevens did brilliantly to qualify the Force sportscar both times. He suffered a broken chain first time up, but put in a storming run in the second shoot out to finish equal fifth with Steve Owen.

There were plenty of other interesting goings on over the weekend, but we will look at them over the coming days….


  1. Rob Clarke says:

    I really enjoyed the day. Stand out cars for me were Chris aspinal and Jedi
    As usual Rob Stevens, Steve Owen went very well and the Williams + force got quicker.
    The car that got me most excited was Keith Murray in the quattro, so much power from a 1.4

    Also whoever the guy who came up to me with the clip board for twitter. So so sorry
    If I was rude in any way I really wanted to chat I was just waiting for Howard savage jones run ad I had never seen the car. I owe you a pint and sorry didn’t mean to be rude I just get so into my hillclimb. Great day of racing.

  2. says:

    it was all pretty frantic in the 1100cc class again….

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