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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Wallace Wins!

The King of Hills, Doune Hillclimb in Scotland, opened it’s 2014 event calendar last weekend with a pair of single-day events that formed the start of the Scottish Hillclimb Championship.

Doune Hillclimb

 

Local driver Wallace Menzies took a pair of wins with the familiar DJ Firestorm single-seater, it’s Cosworth XD V8 engine freshly delivered from Cosworth Racing following it’s winter fettling.

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Scots Title Decided

After narrowly missing out to Garry DicksonĀ last year and having to settle for the runner-up spot, Finlay Whyte is the 2012 Scottish Hillclimb Champion.

 

DouneĀ at the weekend was the scene for a battle royal between the three title contenders Jonathan Rarity, George Coghill Jnr and Fin.

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Scottish Stars!

The prestigious Scottish Hillclimb Championship will be decided at this weekend’s joint British & Scottish Championship event at Doune.

 

Jonathan Rarity

Jonathan Rarity at Doune in 2008 when the MH Ghost was still ‘naked’!

 

 

Orkney driver Garry Dickson claimed the 2011 Championship at Doune last year, but there are three different drivers in the hunt for 2012 honours.

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Dickson victorious as Scottish Hillclimb Championship goes to the wire

The Battle for the 2011 Scottish Hillclimb Championship was a thrilling story as Garry Dickson, Steve Marr and Finlay Whyte all signalled their intentions from the start with one FTD a piece from the first 3 events of the season.

Steve Marr in his first season in the beautiful and svelte PCD Saxon was delighted with his flying start to the year, however mechanical problems cut his season short. Following a frantic week rebuilding the clutch on the 1000cc after Doune in June, the Saxon engine gave up in spectacular fashion at Forrestburn, leaving Dickson to capitalise with 2 wins.

A brace of wins at the short Fintray House Hillclimb for Finlay Whyte opened the championship up following the summer break with the London based Scot taking his 3rd and 4th wins of the season.

It was Forrestburn where Orcadian Garry Dickson exerted his command on the Championship, with the experienced competitor taking 4 wins from 4 events at the Lanarkshire track and taking an extremely tough class record along the way.

Although the championship was not mathematically confirmed going into the final round Garry Dickson was almost there with Whyte only able to tie and needing to beat British Hillclimb Championship competitors along the way.

So it was at Doune where Garry was crowned 2011 Scottish Hillclimb Champion. In fact Garry Dickson is the first competitor to complete the Scottish Grand Slam adding to his Scottish Road Car and Scottish Sprint Championships.

The 2011 Scottish Hillclimb Championship probably saw the largest radius of competitor with Dickson travelling from Orkney and Whyte from London.

Report kindly provided by Finlay Whyte. We hope to cover more Scottish hillclimbing in 2012.