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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BHC Season Review Part 2 – Richard Spedding

Over the next twelve days we will continue our run down of the heavy-hitters from the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship by looking at the individual performances of the top 12 drivers in the series.

Richard Spedding Force PC

Spedding started the year sharing with Eynon Price.

 

In the second part of our 2013 BHC review we will look at the man who was the first to miss out on a number for 2014, Sheffield-based 1600cc Force-Suzuki PC driver Richard Spedding:

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Harewood Heat

Harewood Hillclimb hosted its second British Hillclimb Championship event of the year last weekend and we certainly saw a bit of everything over the weekend with scorching temperatures, new records, a bit of history and few surprises!

Roger Moran Gould GR61X

Roger Moran returned to form in the 2nd shoot out

 

Former triple BHC winner Scott Moran became the most succesful hillclimber in history (in terms of Run Offs) by claiming his 105th & 106th shootout wins in the Gould GR61X, and took FTD with a new outright hill record in the opening Run Off. But he was pushed very hard…

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1600 Comparison

The 1600cc Racing Car class has always been a hotbed of intense competition on the hills. Whether the event is a regional clubby or a full-house BHC event over the past 40 years or so the 1600 Warriors have always put on a great show whether the engine of choice was a Lotus Twin Cam, a Cosworth BDA, a Suzuki GSXR1300, a Honda Blackbird or the current engine of choice the Suzuki Hayabusa.

Richard Spedding Force PC

The Spedding Force has been the 1600 pace-setter so far in 2013

 

So far in 2013, the 2012 pace-setters Jos Goodyear and the GWR Raptor have been virtually absent from the results sheets, initially due to a niggly electrical problem and more recent due to Jos’ unfortunate practice shunt at Shelsley Walsh at the start of the month.

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Family Fortunes

After the meteorological challenges of the Saturday of Barbon Manor, it was a pleasure for all involved to roll into the level, partially tarmaced paddock of Harewood Hillclimb near Harrogate, for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran took victory in the 2nd Run Off and now leads the title race

 

Harewood had already hosted a very busy club event on the Saturday, but there were significantly fewer entries for the National round on the Sunday. All of the big hitters were present though, with the exception of the still absent Jos Goodyear.

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Boggy Barbon!

The Barbon Manor Hillclimb venue is on a very exposed hillside on the edge of the Lake District in the North West of England. Unfortunately this means that often inclement weather can have a dramatic affect on events at the fast switch-back course.

Trevor Willis OMS 28

Reigning Champ took the sole win at Barbon Manor

 

Combine this with the fact that the venue is a temporary venue with a mostly grass paddock, then unfortunately wet events can be a very challenging exercise for drivers, crews and organisers alike.

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