Moran Takes Control

Last weekend’s British Hillclimb Championship rounds 27 & 28 at Gurston Down hillclimb in Wiltshire saw 4-time former Champion and 2012 runner-up Scott Moran really take command at the head of the title race.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran prepares for another 130mph blast down to Hollow Bend.

 

After playing catch up to OMS-driving rival Trevor Willis having missed a round at the end of last month, Moran pushed his Gould GR61X chassis as hard as he has anywhere in recent years to take two Top 12 Run Off wins in Wiltshire and kick-start his own season run in.

As always for Gurston Down events, BARC South West Press Officer Simon McBeath has put together a cracking event report for us:

Today’s/Sunday’s Avon Tyres/TTC Group British Hillclimb Championship event at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb at Broad Chalke, near Salisbury produced some brilliant motorsport action against the clock, with a good crowd enjoying the chance to get close to the 150mph plus action. And with the British Championship finely poised coming into the event, just one point separating the top two drivers, the two ‘Top 12 Run Offs, in which BHC contenders score championship points, took on even more significance than usual.

In the first Championship Run Off, which took place before the lunch break, Shropshire’s Scott Moran took a fairly comfortable win to add to his one point series lead. Scotsman Wallace Menzies was second, just over half a second adrift in the improving 3.2 DJ Firestorm. And an astounding third was young Alex Summers from Tenbury Wells in the 1.3 litre supercharged DJ Firehawk. Defending champion Trevor Willis from Worcestershire was a hundredth behind Summers in fourth place in his 3.2 OMS Powertec.

Southampton’s Tom New was eighth in his 4.0 Gould GR55 and eased into the Championship Top Ten overall despite a much delayed season’s debut because of business commitments.

The second Run Off brought the afternoon session to a thrilling climax as Menzies laid down the gauntlet with his fastest run of the weekend in the DJ Firestorm on the day’s penultimate run. But Moran was just up to the challenge and grabbed his second win, this time by just seven hundredths of a second! Incredibly, Summers and Willis tied on exactly equal times for third place. Local man Tom New moved up a place to take seventh this time up.

Scott Moran now has a six point lead in the British Hillclimb Championship over Trevor Willis, with Wallace Menzies some way behind in third.

Local drivers fared well in some of the 18 classes that ran during the meeting, and there were wins for:

Steve Holland from Portsmouth in his 1.4 Caterham Hayabusa
Karl Chard from New Milton in his 1.8 Mazda MX5
Neil Turner from Andover in his 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’
Karl Stevens from Andover in his 2.0 Ford Escort Mk 2
John Forsyth from Poole in his 1.7 Mallock Mk 17B
Sue Hayes from Salisbury in her 2.6 Force SR8

The next event at Gurston Down is on Sunday September 8th and features the nail-biting conclusion to the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship. Like the British Championship, the local series is also set to go down to the wire, so if you fancy seeing getting really close to some terrific motorsport action against the clock then pay a visit Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb on Sunday September 8th. Full details can be found at the venue’s web site www.gurstondown.org

Thanks to Simon as ever for this cracking report, and also to all of the team at BARC South West Centre for a fantastic event with goings-on on and off the track over the weekend.

The BHC title race continues at Prescott Hillclimb next weekend.

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