Sims Raceway

The South West of England enjoyed its final hillclimbs of the year last weekend with a pair of single-day meetings at Manor Farm Hillclimb in Charmouth, Dorset.

David Sims Ralt RT33/34

David Sims cleaned up at Manor Farm Hillclimb (thanks to


This very technical, twisty and busy hill won the 2011 award for Venue of the Year largely due to the track extension and the enthusiasm of the land owners & Woolbridge Motor Club.

Former British Sprint Championship contender and Chairman of Torbay Motor Club David Sims took a pair of FTDs over the weekend with the Duratec-powered Ralt RT33/34 that he shares with his Father, ASWMC Championship Co-ordinator Revvin’ Roy Sims.

Sims Jnr was pushed hard by Duncan Barnes (having another run in Ross Browne’s 1100cc Force 10), but he secured the win with his first timed run.

Third overall was the remarkable Modified Production Peugeot 205 GTi of Paul Drowne, who got ahead of a strong field of single-seaters. Paul has returned to the hills this season in this car, which he shares with ace Pug tuner Colin Satchell (check out the youtube of Colin in the car at Wiscombe a couple of weeks ago), and is sure to be a Championship threat in 2013.


Sunday saw the expected torrential rain arrive, and many competitors decided not to play. Those that did though enjoyed a tricky, but driveable hill.

David Sims was in control again, with a more comfortable margin over the field than on Saturday.

A gaggle of saloon cars followed Sims home as the 205 of Drowne & Satchell (separated by 1/100th of a second!) and the grunty Mitsubishi Evo of Simon Neve claimed second, third & fourth places.

Former Porsche 911 pilot Mark Mortimer rounded off the top 5 finishers with his Vauxhall-engined Mallock Mk17B.

The ASWMC Hillclimb Championship was decided over the weekend, but as yet the results have not been issued, we will reveal all as soon as we know the score!

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