Scots Shine in Prescott Precipitation

A new era of British Hillclimb Championship competition began at Prescott Hillclimb in Gloucestershire last weekend.

Prescott Hillclimb, Hillclimb Cars

The soggy paddock at Prescott Hillclimb

 

This was the first BHC round since the BARC, under the direction of co-ordinators Tim & Jackie Wilson, took control over the series following the retirement of previous incumbant Tony Fletcher of Speed Championships Ltd.

Despite hateful weather on Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds throughout, the Bugatti Owners Club ran a fantastic event and a special mention must be made to their marshals for standing on post all day.

Qualifying for the first points-scoring Top 12 Run Off of the year featured a few surprises. Conditions got steadily worse through the opening qualifier and as a result a few unexpected names made into the line-up.

Will Hall Force WH Prescott Hillclimb

Will Hall forced his new car into both Run Offs

 

There were also a couple of big names missing from the list. Neither Lee Adams or Jos Goodyear qualified in the GWR Raptor after Goodyear damaged front & rear wings in big spin at Orchard Corner.

John Bradburn (Gould) & Trevor Willis (OMS) both missed out on points after offs during the Run Off, Bradburn rotated in the Esses without damage, but Willis was the luckiest… He lost the big V8 through Orchard Corner and rotated across the old ‘Crossover’ section of course. The OMS was lightly damaged and he carried on, but was judged to have not completed the course.

For me the stars of the Run Off were Mike Manning and Alex Summers. Manning is always a threat in the wet with his rallycross-based Ford Puma and he claimed 6 points for 5th place with the 4×4 turbo car. Summers was due to be driving his uprated DJ Firehawk in the 2 litre class, but with it not quite being ready he hopped into his Mum Lindsay’s OMS 1100. The conditions suited the combo perfectly and he slithered to 4th overall!

Scott Moran had qualified behind Father Roger after a cautious run, and hence ran at the start of the proceedings. He set a 46.68s which stood as fastest until the top qualifier Menzies came to the line. The DJ Firestorm was perfectly suited to the conditions, with just enough traction control but not too much. A beautiful line into the Pardon Hairpin helped him to a time of 45.79s and the first win of the year.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm

Could this number be lower in 2013?

 

Despite many competitors opting out of the second qualifier due to the ever wetter track, the second Run Off contained a more usual list of names. The only interloper into the Usual Suspects was Tony Wiltshire who qualified and finished 12th with his Gould.

Lee Adams only qualified mid-pack with the repaired Raptor, but he stormed the hill when it counted to set a 43.82s run for FTD and the win. Willis, Moran & top qualifier Menzies all tried hard to match the Peterhead driver, but just couldn’t quite get on terms.

 

This close battle made for a great end to a largely miserable weekend (due to the weather) for all present, and was great reward for Graeme Wight Jnr & his team for all of their efforts in getting a Raptor to the hill at all.

Full (but unofficial for now) Run Off results are contained in our results page.

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  1. Yip sure was wet it sorts the men out from the boys

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