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 12 – Scott Moran

Our twelve part series looking at the top contenders in the British Hillclimb Championship comes to an end today as we move to have a look at the experiences of the man who became a four-time Champion in 2013.

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Scott Moran on his way to another Run Off win at Gurston Down (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Scott Moran set a pace in the early part of the Championship which nobody else could match and it always seemed likely that he would claim his fourth title, although 2012 Champ Trevor Willis had other ideas and pushed Scott hard through till the end of the year.

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Report on Racing Rivals

In recent years we have seen a massive increase in press coverage of our sport, and not by the specialist motorsport press but by the general mainstream media.

Local news and television in particular have taken an interest in Speed Hillclimbing and are using the angle of local sportsmen and sportswomen taking part in regional competition.

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Summers Stuns at Damp Doune

Doune Hillclimb in Scotland is a very difficult challenge for drivers and cars alike with narrow, high speed shutes and some very tricky braking areas.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Summers was mighty through the close confines of the Scottish hill (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

Whilst they may lack the ultimate grunt and downforce of the big bangers, often smaller and more nimble cars excel on this high-speed test of nerve and commitment.

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2013 Champion Crowned

After a season long battle with reigning champion Trevor Willis, a third place finish in the opening Top 12 Run Off at Doune Hillclimb in Scotland on Sunday saw Scott Moran confirmed as British Hillclimb Champion for the fourth time in his career.

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Scott Moran claimed his fourth BHC crown at Doune on Sunday

 

Willis, who took his first title in 2012 with an OMS 25 chassis, fought to the very end with his new for 2013 OMS 28 but had to give best to the smaller and nimbler DJ Firehawk of Alex Summers in the Run Off when he needed a win to keep his challenge going. Moran followed Willis home with a third place finish to take his points total beyond reach.

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Summers Stuns!

Those present at Gurston Down’s second British Hillclimb Championship event of the season last weekend were fortunate enough to witness one of the most incredible hillclimb performances we have ever seen.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex Summers in the DJ Firehawk at Gurston Down (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Mr Editor has always maintained that the single most impressive hillclimb run he has ever seen was Ray Rowan hurling his self-built, aluminium honeycombe-chassised, crossply-tyred Roman Hart IV up the fast chutes of the J Hichins Partnership’s hill in 28.77s in 1991. He is now re-assessing this.

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