Tom New

Since starting hillclimbing aged 17 with a self-built Caterham 7, Tom has steadily climbed the ranks of the sport to the point where he will carry number 7 on his car in 2011.

He has won a runoff in changeable conditions at Gurston Down in 2005 as well as a Leaders Championship with a Pilbeam V6, surely the next step is another runoff victory and a sustained championship challenge in the Gould-Judd he shares with Chris Merrick.

Tom New being interviewed for Brayspeed

 

2011 Plans

Having re-built and re-painted the Gould, the car should be absolutely spot on. This year the Team NewMerrick car will be carrying two numbers, Tom’s 7 and Chris’ 5.

 

2011 Season

Finally secured that elusive second run off win on Guernsey this year, and seemed to grow in confidence after that. With co-driver Chris Merrick retiring from topline competition at the end of 2011, Tom will be running the Gould-Judd on his own in 2012. Being able to focus entirely on his own efforts, and having a bit more breathing space between runs with less pressure, Tom could well step up a gear and challenge Scott Moran for the biggest prize in the sport.

 

2012 Season

Not the best year for this hard-working, hillclimb-loving engineer from Southampton.

Previous seasons with the big V8 Gould-Judd have been punctuated by big accidents, but we really felt that 2012 could be Tom’s year as he would be driving solo in the car following the retirement of his team mate Chris Merrick. Unfortunately that didn’t appear to be the case.

Lots of zero scores and DNQs can be seen next to Tom’s name on the Championship Points Table for 2012, along with several podium finishes and a win.

That win came at Gurston Down in May where Tom scored 19 points. Unfortunately that weekend was followed by a 6 point score at Shelsley Walsh just seven days later.

Tom has to perform week in and week out again if he is to break in to the Championship top 5.

 

Tom New Gould GR55

Tom New in the Team NewMerrick Gould GR55 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

Car History

1992-1997 Caterham-Vauxhall
1998-2001 Vision-Vauxhall V85
2002-2003 Pilbeam-Vauxhall MP62
2003-2008 Pilbeam-Rover MP88
2009-on Gould-Judd GR55