Small But Perfectly Formed Craigantlet Entry

The busiest fortnight in British Hillclimbing continues this weekend as, just a two weeks after the expensive sea-crossing to the Channel Islands, the competitors and crews are back on a boat to cross the Irish Sea this time to Belfast for the Craigantlet Hillclimb.

Craigantlet Hillclimb

 

Most of those making the crossing face a 500 mile journey from Wiscombe Park in Devon where they were competing last weekend. This part of the season is the one that really rewards reliability as a problem at any of these events can cost a massive number of points.

The demands of the calendar, combined with the ever rising costs of sea crossings and fuel for the tow vehicles, seems to have had a major effect on the entry for this once a year venue. Only ten of the regular Championship contenders have entered the event, although we understand that a podium finish at Wiscombe last weekend may have inspired Tommy New to put in a late entry.

 

This is of course the second of the two events that the Moran family are skipping this season.

As well as the usual suspects, the Championship entry is bolstered by a couple of wildcards. Local Antrim driver Graham Thompson with his hairy, self-constructed, turbo-charged GTR and Yorkshire-based, Craigantlet regular Peter Herbert, who despite blowing his Westfield’s BDH engine to pieces early in the year has wheeled out his 911 fun road car for a play.

Other mainland interest will come from the Warbys, who are taking in the event as part of a family holiday. If it is dry then Dave will be gunning for Joy Hoyle’s class record, which by the way is the last remaining record for the pink car, whilst Allan will just be glad to make it to the startline after his curtailed trip with Andy Platt in 2008. Incidentally Craigantlet is also the only venue in the country where Warby has entered but not crashed! Hopefully he will keep his nose clean this time…

Craigantlet is a wonderful hill and is very historic having run pre-war and been a part of the British Championship on and off since the BHC became the first ever ‘British Championship’ back in 1948. The 1.3km hill starts with a series of tight twists & turns leading to the naggery May’s Cross Chicane. After the chicane, and the tranmission-killing crossroads, the course really opens up into one of the fastest sections of hillclimbing in the country including the mega, final corner which is taken at over 130mph for the top cars.

 

For an insight into what the weekend entails, then check out the ‘Across the Water’ story that we posted prior to last years event.

Although we won’t be there ourselves, we have our spies in place for the event and will bring as much news & goss as we can!

Comments

  1. Andy kittle says:

    Hills in good shape lot of time and effort put in during week
    Just hope the weather holds up

  2. Andy kittle says:

    Yip the weather did hold up one of the best days ever
    A big well done to all competitors especially the winners
    And yes Trevor you where awesome new hill record to
    Looking good in this championship battle

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