Super Shelsley

The British Hillclimb Championship event at Shelsley Walsh at the weekend was highly competitive throughout the field, with plenty of incident and accidents as the drivers pushed hard on the hallowed 1000 yard course.

Shelsley Walsh

 

A couple of records fell during the class runs as the hill, and the venue in general, was in great condition and the warm sunny day allowed the tyres to make plenty of grip!

Lotus Elise driver Vic Lord has taken in plenty of events this season and the seat time seems to have paid of as he eclipsed Sarah Bosworth’s tough record in Class A1. The whining Audi Quattro of Neil Duncanson powered to the A2 win ahead of a good scrap between the highly entertaining Sierra Cossy of Richard Brant and the Works Vauxhall Astra VXR of David Finlay.

 

There were several non-starters in the Kit Car Class including the Warby’s who are still waiting for their engine and Jerry Neary who is re-fettling his Westfield following his excursion at Barbon. Dave Wilson lead throughout with Ken Evans second, and Joy Hoyle dipped into the 30′s to stay ahead of Steve Garner and Ray Lohr.

 

Classes C1 & C2 were merged, and with Keith Murray non-starting and Martin Depper at the Pembrey Sprint round class stalwart Andy Russell took a rare class win at Shelsley win with his ever-quick Ginetta G15. First-time competitor, but regular visitor, at Shelsley Matty Price was second on his first outing in the MG Midget he now co-owns with original driver (and Leaders Championship runner-up in the 80′s) Kim Johnson. Reiging Midland Champion Mike Turpin was back in command of C3, powering the blown VX220 to the win ahead of the 4 wheel drive cars of Mick Harriman (Audi Quattro) and Geoff Twemlow (Subaru Impreza). The Dunbar’s were in charge of the Mod Kit Car division with Andy just over half a second ahead of Debbie in the family Westy.

 

The smaller Sports Libre division was never in doubt. Leaders series sponsor Graham Wynn OBE was setting stunning finish trap speeds again with his turbo-charged Force LM, he couldn’t match his 131mph from practice but still claimed an easy win. Mark Dempster pushed hard for the runner-up spot in his Rick Fielding designed Imagination-Vauxhall, and Charles Williams and Tim Cross continued to have a ball with their OMS-Suzuki in third & fourth. Former Midland Champ Rob Stevens improved on his already stunning Shelsley form from the May event to blast the ‘million-horsepower’ Force SR4 between the banks quicker than Nick Mann’s 2007 Sportscar record, co-driver Adrian Britnall took a good chunk off of his PB to claim second and Allan McDonald kept ahead of the challenge from a trio of Group B cars for third.

Rob Stevens Force SR4

Rob Stevens & Adrian Britnall return the all-conquering Force to the paddock

 

In the 1100s, the two front-runners all season have been a pair of very different Bill Chaplin built chassis. The carbon-tubbed Force PT of George Brown and the space-framed Empire 002 of Simon Fidoe have been battling hammer & tongs at all of the Midland events this season and they continued on Sunday. Fidoe lead at the break by a couple of tenths, but Brown solved the understeer he’d been suffering from on the first run and elbowed through for the win by 6/100ths as Fidoe slowed second time up.

George Brown Force PT

George Brown bounced back for a class win

 

The very smooth and rapid Andrew Henson further trimmed his Formula Ford record from May on both timed runs and never looked threatened in the Van Diemen he shares with Nicola Dearden.

All spectators at the hill were looking forward to the return of the Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor. With the electrical issues that have plagued the car so far this year now solved Jos and the team had high hopes. Unfortunately a small mistake on the first practice run of the weekend saw the car involved in a large accident at Kennel Bend. Thankfully Jos is perfectly ok, but there is a lot of work to be done back at base before we will see the wee beasty on the hills again. The remaining 1600 warriors again put on an amazing display of commitment as Eynon Price, Richard Spedding, Dave Uren, Steve Day and James Blackmore all made at least one Run Off. Spedding took the class win with a stunning new PB, ahead of fellow Force PC drivers Price and Uren.

Class Record holder Alex Summers was always in charge of the 2-litre division with his incredibly powerful DJ Firehawk, but it all went wrong on the second class run when he clipped the inside of the corner at Crossing and slammed the back right corner of the car into the outside bank, wishbone and pushrod damage was the result. The GR59s continued to develop at Shelsley with Paul Haimes second in class with the turbo-car and Simon Moyse third in the blown version. Unfortunately Simon pushed a touch too hard into Bottom Ess second time up and front suspension and wing damage was the result.

Trevor Willis lead the big class at the break, and Wallace Menzies took the lead during the second runs, but former Champ Scott Moran hit top form when it mattered and took the class by a couple of tenths.

Round 9 & 10 of the 2013 BHC series saw the man of the moment Scott Moran extend his already dominant Championship lead with his 101st & 102nd Run Off wins. Trevor Willis and Wallace Menzies challenged hard, but Scott just looked as though he had it all under control and put in a great display of confident and committed hillclimbing. 2-litre winner Alex Summers put in a stunning low 24s (which would have trimmed the 2-litre record if it was set in the class runs) to complete the podium first time up. Will Hall and John Bradburn were on great form each time as well, as was Alistair Crawford in the ‘little engined’ GR55C who set a cracking first ever sub-25 in the first shoot out.

Scott’s series lead is now out to 18 points, with Willis behind him and in the midst of a big scrap with Roger Moran. Missing out on the first Run Off has cost Menzies badly and he is now in the sights of the ultra-consistent Hall and Bradburn as the circus moves on to Loton Park this coming weekend.

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