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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Winning Westy Changes Masters

Following a deal which was struck at the June round of the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship, Kelvin Jouhar has now sold his Westfield-Vauxhall.

Kelvin Jouhar

 

Jouhar acquired the car at the end of last season from Jonathan Gates. The Gurston Down sponsor had achieved massive success with the car over the years, culminating in his winning the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Championship and taking the 2-litre Mod Prod Class record (which he still holds).

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Finale on the Farm

Sunday’s event at Gurston Down, Wiltshire hosted the final round of the venue’s own championship. The Top 10 Challenge title was decided in Andrew Forsyth’s favour at the July event, but going into Sunday’s finale the Hill Championship was wide open.

 

Terry Graves ran 3rd at Gurston Down

 

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Finale on the Farm

This Sunday sees the final round of the hugely popular Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship at the Wiltshire venue.

 

Gurston's Unique Downhill Start

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July Gurston Round-up

There was a long, but very entertaining days hillclimbing at Gurston Down on Sunday. A wet start to the day didn’t dampen anyones spirits as there were some cracking battles, a champion being crowned and a ‘big’ birthday to celebrate (see seperate post).

Pilbeam MP58 driver Andy Forsyth took his 3rd championship round win in row to nail down the Top 10 Challenge title with a round in hand. This time though he was under massive pressure and rose to the occasion with a champions drive.

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Monster Minis

This weekend at Prescott sees a battle between probably the 2 fastest Mod Prod Minis in the country.

Martin Depper’s Mini runs an A-Series engine mated to a 16v BMW motorcycle cylinder head and is the Min’ to beat in the Midlands. This weekend though he had a more stern challenge than usual. Gurston stars Graham and Neal Masters made their first ever appearance at Prescott with their KAD 16v engined car.

Neal made a slow start to practice, building his pace up slowly during the day, but he banged in a stonking first timed run early on Sunday morning to really challenge Depper. However a small error from Masters on the lower section of the hill on his afternoon run saw Depper win the battle. Martin also hung on to take the class win by 13/100ths from Andy Russell’s well travelled Ginetta G15.

Mini beasties line up at Prescott Hillclimb