BHC Season Review Part 9 – Alex Summers

From the, uhum, more senior end of the Top 12 yesterday to the youngest member today with the latest installment of the speedhillclimb.com 2013 British Hillclimb Championship season review.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex returns to the paddock after his Run Off win at Loton in September

 

The star of the year for 2013 in British Hillclimbing, following in the foot-steps of GWR Raptor drivers Lee Adams (2011) and Jos Goodyear (2012) was undoubtedly Worcestershire-based student Alex Summers.

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Junior… Reports of Raptor Return

Whilst scanning about on the net and catching up with the goss on the awesome uphillracers forum this week we spotted a very interesting post from a former British Hillclimb Champion about how he would like to get back out on the hills again.

Graeme Wight Jnr Gould GR55

Graeme has a demo run in a Gould V6 (now owned by Tony Wilt) at TWF Shelsley Walsh in 2007.

 

A phone call and a chat later and we can confirm that 2001 & 2002 BHC winner and owner of GW Racing, the manufacturers of the awesome little GWR Raptor, Graeme Wight Jnr is indeed going to be seen in a racesuit and skid lid again. But like so much goss and rumour at this time of year, all is not as it seems!

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Raptor Ready to Return?

The beautifully built GWR Raptor has been one of the biggest stars of the past couple of British Hillclimb Championship seasons.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Our Correspondent’s shot of the Goodyear Raptor in the paddock at Loton in April

 

In the hands of Lee Adams initially and later Jos Goodyear the car has revolutionised what is expected from a 1600cc Racing Car and has decimated class and even hill records all over the country at National level.

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Loton Members Practice

Well, here we go! Can it really be nearly six months since we were all at Loton Park watching Trevor Willis and Team OMS score their first ever British Hillclimb Championship?

Trevor Willis OMS 25

Trevor Willis returns to the Loton paddock as British Hillclimb Champion

 

The time has now come, and this weekend many hillclimb folk will be rolling in to Loton’s deer park venue again, this time for the first mainland Speed Hillclimb of the 2013 season.

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Day’s Test Day

The word on the street is that Steve Day has been out testing with his new toy for the 2013 season.

Steve Day Caterham 7

Steve Day in the Caterham he used at the start of the 2012 season

 

The former Caterham, Pilbeam and DJ driver has acquired the ex. Lee Adams GWR Raptor over the winter and has had a couple of runs around Curborough Sprint Track in the past weeks to get used to the little bike-engined car.

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2012 SHC Awards – Driver of the Year

To celebrate the end of speedhillclimb.com’s second full year of existence, we have decided to review the year and recognise some of the stunning performances we have seen on the hills over the 2012 season.

The prizes are purely for bragging rights in the 2013 paddock, but nevertheless over the last few days of the year we will be announcing the winners of the 2013 speedhillclimb.com Awards!

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