Event Round-up…. Craigantlet

The second and final offshore event of the championship season, at Craigantlet Hill on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Island saw a very small entry of National runners line-up for the public road course in what can only be described as Biblical conditions…

Craigantlet Hillclimb

Conditions were very tricky, but mostly consistent, at the once a year Ulster venue.

 

 

During the morning of the one-day event, it rained and rained and rained some more!

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Wonderful Werrington

This weekend we decided to give the Midland Hillclimb Championship event at Shelsley Walsh a miss and take on the long journey down to the M5 to Launceston in Cornwall for some proper club hillclimbing at Werrington Park hillclimb.

Werrington Park

Werrington House overlooks the famous Cattle Grid.

 

Set in the Tamar Valley, just over the county border, this very fast parkland hill is a real challenge for competitors with some very narrow and very high-speed sections to the course. It may not be World Famous, but Werrington Park has a hardy bunch of supporters!

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King of the Castle

As well as the hillclimb action going on at Loton Park in Shropshire, the Camel Vale Motor Club in Cornwall also ran a pair of ASWMC Hillclimb Championship events at the brilliant Castle Hillclimb, near Lostwithiel in Cornwall.

David Sims Ralt RT33

David Sims in action at Manor Farm Hillclimb (thanks to www.teltphotography.com)

 

The short, but technical, and very fast hill is almost like a ‘reverse’ Shelsley Walsh and is very popular in the West Country. Healthy entries are always received at this challenging course.

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Wiscombe Weekend Wrap-up

Although there was a higher-profile Midland Hillclimb Championship round at Loton Park in Shropshire at the weekend, we decided that it was time to check out some proper club hillclimbing and headed West to Wiscombe Park in Devon instead.

Wiscombe Park

It really was cracking weather at Wiscombe!

 

Local club Torbay Motor Club hosted Saturday’s event, before Wildlife Motorsport (the former organisers of Cricket St. Thomas Hillclimb) took over for Sunday. Both events were rounds of the ASWMC South West Hillclimb Championship.

2013 season sensation Ed ‘Kimi’¬†Hollier travelled the 6 miles or so from his home to the hill and used his local knowledge to great effect with another pair of stunning FTDs in the Pilbeam-Suzuki MP62.

Ed was chased hard on Saturday by Cornishman Andrew Dinner in his Vauxhall-powered Pilbeam, the mad Dougie Bennett in his mega horse-powered Sylva Striker and a delighted Paul Crute who finally managed a sub-40s run in his ex. Lane/Young Pilbeam-Jaguar MP58.

 

There was great entertainment throughout the field though and the Class A2 battle was a real highlight. Steve Ellis (Escort), Martin Ellis (Escort), Hugh Trotman (Elise) and Jon Langmead (Kings Mews Elan) had a mighty scrap. Trotman lead at the break, but despite surviving an almighty spin exiting The Esses unscathed, he slipped to third at the end. Langmead found nearly a second when it mattered most and closed in on Trotman, but the Ellis Brothers had the class in the palm of their hand by the end. Martin took the lead with a strong time, but Steve seemed to want it more and threw all caution to the wind at Martini Hairpin, nailed the throttle, and fish-tailed over the line with the rev-limiter popping away. He secured the win by over half a second. Great stuff!

Jon Langmead Lotus Elan

Jon Langmead’s lovely Elan

 

Other cracking performances came from Anthony Wright (Audi A3), Anthony Bulpitt (Sierra Sapphire), Mark Shillaber (Ford Fiesta), Gordy Eyles (Vauxhall Tigra) and Andy Short (OMS SC1).

 

Unluckiest driver of the weekend has to have been Vauxhall Nova Andy Stoddart. Stoddart installed a fresh engine in his car late on Friday night, finished the job at 1.30am, and made an early start to get to the event. Unfortunately within 13 hours of him completing the engine transplant he was sat on the exit of The Gate with a rod through the block. Motorsport can be a very cruel mistress sometimes.

On the Sunday a couple of big-hitters joined the crews at the Devon venue, including Ian Cameron (Chaplin Hornet) and former British Sprint contenders Roy & David Sims (Ralt RT33/34), unfortunately though Andrew Dinner had to depart the venue and return home due to work pressures.

Hollier stormed the hill all day and finished up on a brilliant new personal best of 35.42s, what will he achieve when he puts new tyres on the car at Gurston this weekend!?

 

The modified OMS of Cameron was second on the road, but couldn’t get within three seconds of Kimi. Dave Sims, who was start marshalling the previous day at the hill, nearly pipped Cameron for second. Dougie Bennett was still in the top 5 overall, but was not overly pleased with his times in the monster Striker.

Wiscombe really is such a wonderful place to be when the sun shines, if only we could book it for more hillclimb weekends!

Record Tumbles at Werrington

Plymouth Motor Club hosted it’s annual two-day Speed Hillclimb at the stunning Werrington Park venue, near Launceston, in Cornwall last weekend.

Terry Graves Gould GR37

More Werrington FTDs for Terry Graves (thanks to www.soperfectimages.co.uk)

 

Having partially resurfaced the hill in time for the 2012 events, the organising club completed the remainder of the hill over last winter so records were expected to tumble.

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Pilbeam Returns

One of the highlights of the Gurston Down Test Day last Sunday was seeing a familiar face return to the hills with a familiar car!

Robin Johnston Pilbeam MP82

Robin Johnston returned to the hills in rebuilt Pilbeam

 

Robin Johnston regularly ran the ex. Emma & John Williams Ralt RT30 single-seater at Gurston in the past, but now he has moved onto a purpose built hillclimb single-seater.

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