Records Destroyed at Doune!

After a hectic schedule of consecutive events at Gurston, Shelsley and Loton, a welcome weekend off for the British Hillclimb Championship runners preceded the first visit to Scotland of 2014 to the ever popular Doune Hillclimb, on the edge of The Trossachs, in Stirling.

Doune Hillclimb

A rare blast of sunshine at The King of Hills!

 

Usually any event at ‘The King of Hills’ is complimented by a healthy dose of Scottish rain, but on this occasion the competitors who made the long journey North were greeted by glorious hot, sunny weather and the result was a rout on the record books as drivers took advantage of a hill in fantastic condition.

Despite all of the hectic action on the hill, one of the most welcome sights of the weekend was seeing Top Ten contender Wallace Menzies back in a hillclimb paddock for the first time since his huge tumble at Shelsley Walsh a few weeks ago. Wallace was desperate to be out competing at his local hill, but had decided it was too soon for both himself and for his DJ Firestorm chassis to appear in competition, so he settled into the role of supporting his wife Nicola who was running in the 2-litre class in the Force PC she shares with Dave Uren.

All of the weekend’s headlines were set by the lightweight GWR Raptor chassis and it’s equally lightweight pilot Jos Goodyear. The 1340cc supercharged beasty stormed the hill all weekend, demolished the 2-litre class record, and even briefly held the Outright Hill Record during the opening Run Off!

Having qualified fastest for the opening shootout of the weekend Scott Moran had seen the time set by the diminutive wee Raptor and knew that nothing less than a massive effort would snatch the win away from the cheeky 2-litre. Encouraged by Father Roger, who wasn’t competing at Doune but was there to support his offspring, the four-time Champ pushed the mighty NME V8 powered Gould GR61X to the max to set the first ever sub-35sec run of the hill.

Double Doune winner back in September Alex Summers pushed hard in the DJ Firehawk, freshly rebuilt following his big off at Loton Park two weeks previously, but had to settle for third place and eight points.

The rejuvinated Will Hall had run in the top 3 all weekend with the revised Nissan V6 powered Force WH chassis but he slipped to fourth when it mattered, finishing ahead of Tommy New (Gould GR55) and Trevor Willis (OMS 28).

East Brae Doune Hillclimb

The mighty incline at East Brae is a challenge whatever the weather!

 

The story was repeated for the top two second time up as Goodyear set the pace and then Moran pulled out all of the stops. This time Scott went even quicker than first time up and reduced the record to a sensational 34.76s to take his fourth win of the season and a secure hold on the top of the title race.

Winner of the 2012 BHC Trevor Willis saved his best form of the weekend until the very end as he hustled the methanol-fuelled RPE V8 powered OMS 28 to a podium spot second time up to secure his second place spot on the points table. Hall took his second fourth place of the day in the Force ahead of Summers and New.

Top local driver on the day was Ross Napier who pushed incredibly hard with one of the oldest cars in the Run Off. The Angus based driver, running his beautifully prepared and glorious-sounding ex. Marsh/Groves&Ranson/Smith&Jouhar Gould GR37 complete with ex. Formula 1 Cosworth DFR powerplant, claimed ninth and seventh places in the Run Offs to jump straight into 14th place on the series table.

It was great to have such a stunning day at the Lothian Car Club run hill and the drivers who were unable or unwilling to make the trip will be kicking themselves for missing such a cracker!

 

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