Party in the Park!

The final event of the 2014 British Hillclimb Championship season took place at Loton Park in Shropshire at the weekend and provided everything that is good about our wonderful sport.

Loton Park Hillclimb

A healthy crowd enjoyed a great day at Loton Park.

 

A popular double winner, a fond farewell, a recently crowned champion, some hot competition, cracking commentary, relatively little damage and a very large & enthusiastic crowd combined to provide a real festival atmosphere both in the paddock and in the spectator areas.

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Double Dry Doune!?

The penultimate round of the British Hillclimb Championship season took place at Doune in Scotland at the weekend and, after the record-breaking bonanza at the hill in June, miraculously this latest event was warm and sunny yet again!

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Different colour, same result for Team Moran.

 

As well as seeing a number of class records set over the weekend, we also crowned our 2014 British Champion. Having dominated with his usual brand of metronomic consistency and blistering pace, Ludlow driver Scott Moran claimed his fifth title, joining Martyn Griffiths and David Grace as a five times winner and just one win away from the record set by the late, great Tony Marsh.

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Records Tumble at Prescott

Last weekend saw a stunning event at Prescott with lots of action on the track, a host of records reset and unfortunately quite a lot of carbon crunched.

Prescott Hillclimb

Prescott was in a fine condition for it’s final Championship event of 2014.

 

Two very competitive British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Offs saw the hill record blitzed each time and two different winners in two very different racing cars.

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Event Round-up…. Gurston Down

Last weekend the British Hillclimb Championship made it final visit of the season to the edge of Salisbury Plain and the cracking Gurston Down venue in Wiltshire.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran was flying high at Gurston (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

This years championship is really hotting up now with Scott Moran still in the pound seat, but behind him there is a mighty scrap going on for positions two to nine!

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Event Round-up…. Shelsley Walsh

Who would have predicted two years ago that a 2-litre class car would win a National Run Off, in the dry, at Shelsley Walsh?

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

The venue was in superb condition for the biggest event of the year.

 

Not very many people, if any. But at Shelsley in August Warwickshire Motorsport Engineer Jos Goodyear did exactly that with the 1400cc motorcycle engined GWR Raptor 2. And what’s more, he did it with a time just a couple of tenths or so away from Martin Grove’s long-held Outright Hill Record at The World Famous venue.

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Event Round-up…. Channel Islands

From Harewood the championship circus went on its holidays with the annual trip to Channel Islands, for Bouley Bay (Jersey) on Thursday and Le Val des Terres (Guernsey) on Saturday.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Jos Goodyear on the Bouley Bay startline in 2012.

 

These relatively low speed, public road events were expected to favour the diminutive little GWR Raptor of Jos Goodyear, but his success on the weekend didn’t come quite as quickly as expected.

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