The Word from North of the Border

We haven’t had a proper update from the Scottish Hillclimb scene since back before the Doune National. Our Scottish Correspondent Danger Mouth has been in touch with this report on his recent travels.

It was nice to see everyone at Doune.  Lee Adams won both run offs  with Scott second on both.  Other Scottish interest in the run offs was Steve Marr in the ex. Rob Barksfield PCD Saxon, but unfortunately it broke.  Wallace Menzies has a car that does not sound nice but goes well and he scored a 3rd and a 4th.  Trevor Willis did not have a very good weekend in the new OMS25 V8.  After having an off at Garden Gate on Saturday and repeating this, but not as bad, in the second run off.  Alistair Crawford did his usual of qualifying for an odd run off and got a point.  Jos Goodyear had another trip up north with some sucess getting points in both run offs and keeping it on the track.  Dave Uren had a good weekend qualifying the green Force for both run offs but not scoring any points.
 
Last weekend it was the annual Scottish Sprint at Alford.  First time I have been there and it was a good day. Alford Sprint is held on the oval go kart track at the Grampian Transport Museum in the middle of Alford.  Daughter of Pete Lawton had one of her first goes that I know of in the yellow Citroen Saxo.  Donald Macaskill was entered but didn’t race as I think the car was broken yet again.  Graeme Bremner was very quick as usual in the turbo charged Radical. FTD went to Roy Munro in the red OMS. George Ritchie was Clerk and showed off his Ferrari 458 italia. 
 
It was good to see that Wallace Menzies took his second ever win in Jersey and Tom New got his with the Chris Merrick Gould in Le Val des Terres.
 
We will be out for the last two meetings of the year in the British Championship at Doune and then Loton Park.
 
The next Scottish round for us will be Fintray in August but I think the next round is back at Kames at the weekend.

Thanks for the news DM, we look forward to your next report and to seeing you back at a BHC round soon!

Podium for Priaulx

After the disappointment of qualifying on Thursday evening, the BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT of Andy Priaulx, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller recovered to finished 3rd in the GTE-Pro class of the Le Mans 24 race in France today.

The 1995 British Hillclimb Champion drove some cracking stints to overcome challenges from 3x Porsche 911 RSRs to claim the final spot in the podium at what was probably the most competitive Le Mans race ever.

The GTE-Pro class was expected to be an absolute classic but unfortunately the mice got at the machinery in a few cases and 1x Aston Martin Vantage, 1x Lotus Evora, 1x Porsche 911 RSR, 1x BMW M3 GT, 1x Chevy Corvette and 4x Ferrari F458s all fell by the wayside.

This attrition, plus the stunning fight at the front of the prototype field, somewhat overshadowed the catagory which has provided the best racing anywhere in the world over the past 3 years.

Very well done to Andy and his team-mates for this great result in the Worlds Greatest Motor Race.

Priaulx’s Provisional Pole

This weekend sees the 79th running of the Le Mans 24 hour race in Central France. Speed Hillclimbing is well represented at the Circuit de la Sarthe with 1995 British Hillclimb Champion Andy Priaulx right at the sharp end of what is probably the most competitive class at the event.

Priaulx, driving his Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M3 GT2 alongside Dirk Muller and Joey Hand, went out early in last nights 1st qualifying session and set the pace with a 3:58.426s lap. Several drivers looked likely to challenge the Guernseymans time but none managed to get there. The closest challengers were the ‘F1′ team of Gianmaria Bruni & Giancarlo Fisichella, sharing their Ferrari F458 with GT specialist Toni Villander.

The GTE Pro class that Priaulx and his team mates run in is likely to be the talk of the race, 1st qualifying has seen the top 8 cars within 1.5s (on an 8 mile track), and these 8 cars are from 4 different manufacturers!

Final qualifying will take place tonight with sesssions from 18.00hrs until 20.00hrs and then 21.00hrs until 23.00hrs (BST). To find out how Speed Hillclimbings best export gets on then follow the action live at the excellent radiolemans.com!