Summer Shelsley

Shelsley Walsh last Saturday saw a one-day Midland Championship round run in dry conditions and with a host of records being taken.

With this event falling on a rare weekend off for the usual suspects in the single-seater classes, there was only one big V8 car present. With the heavy hitters missing the smaller cars had a real shout in the 2x Midland Run Offs.

Ralt-BDG driver John Chalmers, son inlaw of the late, great Roy Lane, is always quick at Shelsley, but I bet even he wouldn’t have predicted his success. He left the world famous venue with 2 Run Off wins AND the 2-litre class record in his pocket. 2011 2-litre newby Alex Summers, already a Shelsley Run Off winner this year, chased hard but just couldn’t match the smooth, flowing style of JC.

As expected, Force PC driver Will Hall took the win amongst the 1600s. Will chased Chalmers home in the 2nd Run Off, but he had a tough battle in the classes as former V8 driver Jos Goodyear closed to within a 10th with his unique spaceframe DJ Firehawk. Mercedes GP engineer James Williams fought his way past a big gaggle of OMS chassis to finish an impressive 3rd his TKD developed Dallara-busa.

George Brown continued his impressive Midland year with another 1100cc win in his 1st generation carbon-tubbed Force, he qualified both times and got ever closer to Brodie Tree-limb’s class record. Speaking of Brodie, he made his 2nd Shelsley appearance in the Tony Pashley built Marengo and became a double Shelsley record holder by trimming 4/100ths off of Moto GP commentator Toby Moody’s 600cc mark.

In a good day for Force products, Rob Stevens demolished his own 2-litre Sports Libre record with the now Supercharged SR4. Rob pushed the record into the 25s bracket to become the 2nd fastest sportscar ever to climb Shelsley, behind the insane Mannic-Beattie of Nick Mann.

The other record breaker on the day was a young man who has certainly acquired a taste for records in recent weeks. Caterham-driver Dave Warburton’s 1st run time put so much pressure on his far more experienced classmates that they all had excursions 2nd time up. However Dave wasn’t worrying about them, he had another target. His final run saw him become the 1st person ever to climb Shelsley Walsh in under 30 seconds on road tyres. A stunning performance.

Record Breaker Dave Warburton (at Harewood)

The next round of the Midland Hillclimb Championship will be back at Shelsley on July 20th/21st.

Thanks to for the photo of Little Warby, the videos are from an earlier Shelsley meeting.

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