Summers Set for Silverstone

Anyone in the Northamptonshire area this weekend would do well to pay a visit to Silverstone Racing Circuit on Saturday as one of the top stars of British Hillclimbing is participating in his first ever circuit race at the cathedral of motorsport.

Alex Summers Lola T140

Lindsay Summers watches over the Lola in the Shelsley Walsh paddock in May 2012!

 

Young charger Alex Summers, who finished a remarkable fourth overall in the BHC and claimed the coveted Hillclimb Leaders Championship, will be participating in the Derek Bell Trophy race which is a part of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Finals day.

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Autosport Show… Plans for Summers!

There was lots of talk at the show about the ever growing fleet of cars now owned by the Summers family and who is likely to drive them.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex Summers in the supercharged Firehawk at Loton Park (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

As well as the familiar ex. Tomlin/Jenkins OMS CF97, Alex’s DJ Firehawk and the beautiful F5000 Lola seen at Shelsley in 2012, the family have also acquired the giant-killing Force-Suzuki PT from Gary Thomas over the winter.

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Autosport Show…. DJ Goss!

Derbyshire-based hillclimb manufacturer DJ had a slightly low-key 2012 after the dizzy heights they hit in 2011.

DJ Racecars DJ Firestorm

Team DJ. Del, Andy & the boys pose with the new Firestorm chassis at Shelsley in August

 

Although it was a very successful year, with lead driver Wallace Menzies securing a Run Off win at National level, and 2-litre star Alex Summers demolishing records virtually everywhere he went with the Firehawk, expectations had been very high.

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New Backing for Morans

The Morans arrived at Prescott’s opening round of the British Hillclimb Championship season with a new primary sponsor.

Roger Moran Scott Moran

The familiar orange & blue Gould-NME V8 featured sign-writing from Swift Motorhomes.

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TKD Car Share

Last season we posted an update on the progress of the brilliantly devised TKD YV8 hillclimb engines, and now there is more good news about these exciting 2-litre powerplants.

TKD V8 Lola F3 Howard Savage-Jones

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Shelsley gets a Brazilian!

Glancing at the entry list for this weekend’s British Hillclimb Championship round at Shelsley Walsh we noticed a few new names in the Sports Libre classes.

Mike Turner is a familiar face in the hillclimb paddock as a regular spectator at Midland hills. Mike is a very experienced circuit racer who has been an S2000 regular for several years with a Lola T89/90 (the car which Scott Moran used for his circuit debut last year). For 2011 though Mike, along with co-driver John Owen, has bought an MCR-Duratec S2000.

MCR is a Brazilian race car manufacturer and the MCRs were very succesful in South America. The chassis has now been re-designed for S2000 and are manufactured in Pembrokeshire.

It’ll be great to see another new marque of car on the hills, and great to see Mike & John having a go. Have fun guys!