FIA Hillclimb Masters

One of the most talked about events in the hillclimb paddock at the moment is the very exciting FIA European Hillclimb Masters event, which will take place in Luxembourg this coming weekend.

Keith Edwards Audi Quattro

Keith Edwards will be returning to Europe with his mighty Quattro (thanks to www.zipp.co.uk)

 

The event has been created to bring together the very top runners from all of the national championships across Europe to a single venue on the same weekend to finally decide who is the fastest competitor in Europe.

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Class B Party!

One of the most sociable classes in any Hillclimb Championship across the British Isles has to be Class B within the Midland Hillclimb.

Midland Hillclimb Championship

 

The category is characterised by incredibly close competition amongst the mostly LoCaterField mounted drivers and an impressive level of fun and banter.

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Dave’s Doune Diff Drama!

The familiar DTA Caterham of Allan & Dave Warburton has been getting faster and faster in recent weeks as the duo have got used to the new for 2013 Ford Duratec power.

Dave Warburton Caterham 7

Dave Warburton attacks East Brae at Doune (thanks to www.zipp.co.uk)

 

Despite currently running an intermediate-spec 2.3 litre Duratec powerplant in the car, rather than the full-house 2.5 litre lump which they had planned to be running this year, the car has demonstrated phenomenal grunt since it first appeared at Doune back in June.

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King of the Castle

As well as the hillclimb action going on at Loton Park in Shropshire, the Camel Vale Motor Club in Cornwall also ran a pair of ASWMC Hillclimb Championship events at the brilliant Castle Hillclimb, near Lostwithiel in Cornwall.

David Sims Ralt RT33

David Sims in action at Manor Farm Hillclimb (thanks to www.teltphotography.com)

 

The short, but technical, and very fast hill is almost like a ‘reverse’ Shelsley Walsh and is very popular in the West Country. Healthy entries are always received at this challenging course.

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David & Cameron Take Dorset Victories!

The weekend just gone saw just one competitive Speed Hillclimb in England and that was at the new, but already popular Manor Farm venue, near Charmouth on the Devon/Dorset border.

David Sims Ralt RT34

David Sims powered his Ralt to FTD in the dry on Saturday (thanks to www.teltphotography.com)

 

Woolbridge Motor Club discovered this venue, but share it with a few local motor clubs, and there are two weekends of competition each season. The ambition of this very new venue lead to it being awarded ‘Venue of the Year’ in the inaugural year of the Speedhillclimb.com Awards.

Torbay Motor Club were one of the ‘Three Clubs’ who ran the event last weekend, along with Taunton MC and Burnham on Sea MC, and their Press Officer Rupert Barker has very kindly sent us the following report from the ASWMC Hillclimb Championship events.

The winners of the weekend’s Three Clubs Manor Farm hill climb had a prime ministerial ring to them, with Newton Abbot’s Dave Sims taking FTD on Saturday and Ian Cameron snatching the honour in Sunday’s worsening conditions. Co-promoted by Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea and Torbay Motor Clubs, the events were rounds of two regional contests, the Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S 2013 Association of South Western Motor Clubs Hill Climb and the Top Performance Services 2013 Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs Speed Hillclimb Championships. The two days of competition proved to be very different, with Saturday’s entrants enjoying largely fair conditions, enabling Sims (2-litre Ralt RT33/34 SRD) to dip into the 27 second bracket on his second run, a full one and half seconds faster than his nearest rival in the racing car classes, John Burton (Ralt RT3) only managing a time of 29.19 seconds; more intense competition for the top of the podium came from Andrew Short’s Sports Libre OMS SC21, and Colin Satchell and Paul Drowne in their modified-class Peugeot 205’s. All three set sub-29 second times, with Drowne snatching the C3 class award from Satchell by the slimmest of margins, just 1/100th of a second. Robert Thomson (Vauxhall Nova GTE) initially dominated the packed ranks of 13 competitors in Class A2 with two runs under 32 seconds, which none of his rivals could approach until Jonathan Langmead (Lotus Elan S3) topped the times with a last-gasp run of 31.35 seconds.

Sunday was a very different proposition, with erratic bursts of rain and drizzle making track conditions hard to read, a progressively wet practice period and only marginally better conditions for the second timed run. Unable to put down the full power of the SRD-powered Ralt, Dave Sims had to be content with a class win whilst Cameron’s nimble 1300 cc category Chaplin Hornet was better able to cope with the slippery track, taking the win with a second run of 29.37 seconds. For the second year running, Stuart Browne (OMS SF2) was once again the ‘best of the rest’, with a Sunday time of 30.12 seconds.

In A2 Jonathan Langmead was inexplicably off-form in the wet conditions, allowing Honiton-resident Robert Thomson to exact revenge for the previous day, his winning time of 34.91 being almost a full second ahead of his nearest rival. The long-standing battle for supremacy in the largest capacity standard production class was ‘honours-even’, with Yeovil’s Simon Neve (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6) taking the class on Saturday and Exeter garage-owner Steve Clarke (Subaru Impreza) settling the score with half-second advantage on Sunday. Father and son pairing David and Jan Yeo, who share their Westfield SEi, scrapped for the class award once again in B2, with David this time turning the tables on his son by taking victory on both days, exactly the opposite result from 2012.

No less than ten drivers completed double victories, winning their classes on both days, including David Foster (Mini 1275GT), Burnham-on-Sea member Anthony Wright (Audi A3), Andy Cawsey (Westfield SEW), Gordon Iles (Vauxhall Tigra), Paul Drowne (Peugeot 205 GTi), Tim Porter (Darrian T90) and Andrew Forsyth (Alfa-Dana). Graham Gonzalez was also a double victor, taking the honours in the DEWS Speed Series class with his 1380 cc Austin Mini.
Other class winners from the organising clubs included Tim Dodwell (VW Scirocco) and Crediton’s Kevin Frost (KMD Sports), both from Torbay MC.

Thanks so much for this report Rupert, sorry that we couldn’t make it this weekend, but we will get there soon!

Gurston Gossip

There are a few interesting driver and car combinations, as well as a few enforced changes, on the entry list for Gurston Down’s first National Championship event of the year this weekend.

Paul Webster Mazda MX5

Stripey will have a new pilot this weekend!

 

The fast, flowing Wiltshire farm venue always gets a good and competitive entry and this time around there is no exception. So, let’s have a look at who is and is not appearing on the hill.

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