Thomas on Top in Teme Valley!

Last weekend saw the final events of the season at Shelsley Walsh as The World Famous venue hosted a pair of single-day club events.

Gary Thomas Force PC

Gary Thomas heads to the startline with his Force-Suzuki PC (thanks to Sarah Bosworth).

 

A healthy entry on each day was the result of several Championships running at the venue, as well as many club drivers taking the opportunity to compete on the hallowed slopes of the oldest mainland hillclimb venue.

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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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Event Round-up…. Harewood Hill

We are back! Not quite full service just yet, but until that is possible we will do what we can to keep everyone in the loop Speed Hillclimb-wise…

Tom Ingram Toyota Avensis

Tom Ingram and the BTCC Toyota were a great, if brief, addition to the Harewood event.

 

There have been many events on the hills, and a lot of gossip as well, since we were last able to spend time typing and the Bank Holiday weekend has given us a small opportunity to play catch up. So, let’s start with a run through of what has been happening at National level over the past couple of months as well as some regional reports from correspondents…

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Records Destroyed at Doune!

After a hectic schedule of consecutive events at Gurston, Shelsley and Loton, a welcome weekend off for the British Hillclimb Championship runners preceded the first visit to Scotland of 2014 to the ever popular Doune Hillclimb, on the edge of The Trossachs, in Stirling.

Doune Hillclimb

A rare blast of sunshine at The King of Hills!

 

Usually any event at ‘The King of Hills’ is complimented by a healthy dose of Scottish rain, but on this occasion the competitors who made the long journey North were greeted by glorious hot, sunny weather and the result was a rout on the record books as drivers took advantage of a hill in fantastic condition.

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Where’s Haimesy Been!?

Having been a noticeable absentee from hillclimb paddocks so far during 2014, former Run Off winner and double Leaders Champion Paul Haimes made a brief but welcome return to the British Hillclimb scene at Loton Park last weekend.

Paul Haimes Gould GR59

Freshly painted GR59 in the Loton Park paddock.

 

The Farnham-based driver had a promising year in 2013 as he developed the first turbo-charged Gould single-seater chassis into a competitive proposition. Good progress was made, but there was still a big job list for the winter.

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Summers Sets Prescott Alight!

The British Hillclimb Championship sprang into life for the 2014 season at Prescott Hillclimb, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, last weekend with a cracking weekend of competition at the home of the Bugatti Owners Club.

Empire Wraith Suzuki

 

Starting where he had left off at the end of 2013, last season’s star of the show Alex Summers claimed both British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Off wins in his supercharged DJ Firehawk single-seater.

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