June Motorbike Preview

June Motorbike Preview

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June sees the seasons second and third visits of theAutocycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship. So you know just how quick the motorbikes are at Gurston Down, the current hill record for a Solo Motorbike is 31.85s and is held by Ben Watkins.

The riders and their machines always produce a fabulous display of skill and spectacular racing. The motorbikes are expected to start practice around 08:45 and have their first timed run at 13:00 each day. And look out for the Top Ten Run-off at the end of the day.

If you would like to see what it is really like on a solo motorbike or on a motorbike and side-car combination check the videos posted on our Facebook page!

The Solo Motorbikes run first and are separated in to classes based on engine cubic capacity, just like the cars are. You’ll see by the entry that riders tend to bring different bikes to compete on different days.

Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class

Saturday has just two entries, Pauline Ford on a Honda and Steven Garlinge on another Honda. It’ll probably be Steven’s class. There aren’t any entrants on Sunday.

Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class

Saturday sees four bikes in the entry. Simon Wilson and his Yamaha was the 2018 winner so we should expect him to be there or there about both days. But he will be looking over his shoulder all weekend.

Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class

There is a huge entry both days in this class. There’s a whole bunch of very quick and talented riders. Chris Keates on his Honda CRF has stiff competition from Mike Tilley (Honda CR), Simon Hockling (Husqvama), Glyn Poole (Honda) and Callum Short (KTM), just to name a few of the riders.

Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class

This class brings some seriously quick bikes and talented riders to the hill. There are so many winners of fastest time of the day in this class, there’s no way you could call who will be in the top five, let alone the top three. Look out for Tommy Hodges on his KTM, Peter Short and Tom Short on their respective KTMs, Guy Ursell and none of the other riders can be ruled out!

Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class

Both days have a great entries. Allan Jolly (KTM) looks a likely winner here but he will need to beat some riders and bikes that will fight him for the win through out the meeting. Look out for Stu Mills on his Aprilia Tuono V4. Fastest Bike of the Day will probably come from this class, but who will it be.

All the riders will be looking for a Top Ten Run-off places

Trike Class

There’s just one entry in the class. Jon and Isaac Warren ride the Suzuki trike.

Sidecar Class

Then it’s the turn of the motorbike and side car combinations! The side cars are a proper spectacle! The pillion (passenger) only stays on by holding on buy their feet and hands, no seat belts or harnesses. The pillion hanging on or sometimes out of the combination!

There are a couple of great videos of the current hill record holders on our Facebook page. The previous record holders, Patrick and Paul Keates return and must start favourite but it’s a very competitive class. Who will take the win and can the Keates take back the class record?

Then at the end of the meeting, if time allows, there bikes will have a Top Ten Run-off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again to score additional points.

Why not come and join us?

With this variety of motorbikes (and cars) Sunday 22nd will be an action packed day at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

Don’t miss it!

Key info
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

 

 

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend 2019

Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend 2019

Saturday 15th and 16th June are the Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend. There are four rounds of the Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship and two rounds of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

Both the Championship and the Challenge are in their early stages, although there are a few drivers and cars that didn’t feature last season. Will the June meetings change that or will they establish the main contenders. Although the meetings are likely to settle who will be in the top two or three in the class championships.

What is the Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy? The Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Meadens Skoda Championship registered competitor who makes the greatest improvement in or is nearest to their respective class record in any of the timed runs at either of the June meetings. Mark Crookall and his MX5 has won this for a record three successive years.

We have over 110 cars and drivers together with 40 motorbikes competing on both days with a separate event on Saturday and Sunday.

All will face the challenge of the legendary 12 feet wide, fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous, award winning, speed hill climb venue, Gurston Down.

With unrivalled access to the hill, paddock, cars, drivers and facilities available to our spectators, the weekend promises to be a veritable sceptical of sound, smell, skill and speed. We have excellent catering and refreshments on site too!

You really can’t get closer to the action!

In addition to the regular Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Championship classes, there are a number of invited clubs on both days.

Saturday’s Invited Classes:

The double drives in batch three head to hill first in their own very small batch then the ACU National Hill Climb Championship motorbikes and sidecars run in batch two. There’s a separate preview available.

BARC Connaught Speed Championship Class

There are just four entries in this class but there’s a good range of cars. William Hunt in the turbo charged Ford Sierra should take charge of this class but none of the other competitors will make it easy.

ACSMC Registered Road Legal Cars Class

David Newman’s Mazda MX5 probably starts this car favourite. He has extensive Gurston experience and the car is running well. He will need to look out for the Elise of Steven Elliot and Daniel Friel in the Honda Civic. They will all be looking for points in their respective classes and the championship overall.

TyreMarks ASWMC Registered Road Legal Cars Class

It will be interesting to see how the Alfa Romeo 4C of RodneyEyles fares against the Westfield’s of Ian Ingleheart and Adrian Lewis. Adrian Lewis is most likely to come out on top with his superfast Westfield Superbusa.

The Midland Speed Championship

There’s a great entry in this class and with such an interesting and wide variety of cars, it will be really difficult to predict who will end up on top. But you will need to look out for the Audi TT Spaceframe car of Stephen Barnard, the Porsche 911 shared by Helen Evans and Andrew Norris and Garry Morgan’s Vauxhall Chevette HSR. With the variety of cars, this class is likely to be down to the performance on the day.

Sunday’s Invited Classes:

The Morgan Sports Car Club Techniques Speed Championship

There’s a great entry in this class, even a very early car, the 1267cc Morgan Series 1 of George Proudfoot is likely to struggle again the more modern V8 plus 8’s of recent Saint Goueno Master competitor, Robert Toon, James and Georgina Dean, Alan Foster and the lightweight of Paul Clarke. These will be the ones to watch.

The Pirelli Ferrari Championship Class

There are some lovely cars in this class, spanning at four decades of Ferrari production. We have the Dino shared by Anthony and Iwan Attwood, the F430 of David Snelson, the 328 of Pauline Goodwin and the 355 of John Swith to name just a few. Part of the championship rules is that the cars have to be driven to the event, they can’t come on a trailer. So look out for some great cars on the local roads as they usually arrive together.

The Midland Speed Championship returns for it’s second day with one less entry. It will probably be a repeat of the Saturday but hill climbing often throws a curved ball when you are least expecting it.

The Gurston Down Regular Classes – running both days

The Gurston Down Mazda MX5 Class, supported by The Window Doctor

Charles Gaylard joins the other competitors who run both days, on Sunday. This will be a class to watch, The triple Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy winner, the 2018 class and 2018 overall champion and current class record holder, Mark Crookall is having to work hard to retain those titles and records. Jason Richardson, who is the current class and overall championship leader is making serious headway with some great performances. Both of these drivers are likely contenders for the 2019 Tony Marsh Memorial Award.

The Road Going Series Production Class up to 1400cc

With two entries on Saturday and the addition of Chris Briant in the MG ZR on Sunday, the winner both days is likely to depend on whether John Davey, the managing director of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores, has completed the rebuild of his “new” MG Midget. Although, David Nutland will be looking forward to the challenge! If John’s new car is as good as the old, which it sounds like it could be, he will be another contender for the Tony March Memory Trophy!

The Road Going Series Production Class 1401cc to 2000cc, supported by Record-Designs

The current record holder, Miles Horne, in the Peugeot 306 will have to work hard for the class win. Tim Forster in that lovely Lotus Elan and Dean Cubitt in the Mazda MX5 won’t make it easy for him. There are a few other that might just pop into the top three but that will be down to the performance on the day. On Sunday, there are a few new comers to Gurston Down, Olly Wright and Anna-May Furness in the Peugeot 106 so it will be interesting where they will finish. Miles is also a contender for the Tony Marsh Memorial Award but he’ll have to smash the record.

The Turbo Dynamics supported Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class

Saturday gives Shaun and Sarah Fudge and their Subaru Impreza a great chance to build on their class championship points. They won’t get it all their own way with the others in the class either and on Sunday, Stephen Moore bring that superfast Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS. He will be very difficult to beat but Shaun and Sarah should be able to get some very solid championship points.

Road Going Specialist Production Class, supported the Fieldfare Trailer Centre

Look out for Antony Orchard in Adrian Lewis’s Westfield Superbusa on Saturday, he will start favourite. On Sunday, Adrian is back in the class so it will be interesting to see how those two get on.

Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc Class

Simon Purcell in the Lotus Elise runs in the class on his own. He is a previous champion and has recently changed classes.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class

Phil Price his Porsche 911 RS has the class to himself on Saturday but Paul Slade in the Jaguar E Type joins his on Sunday. Likely winner both days is Phil.

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class

David Bean, Derek Mullis, James White and Neil Turner entered both days in their respective Minis and Steve Luscombe in an MG Midget runs on Saturday. The current record holder, Neil Turner and former record holder James White will have a proper fight on their hands. Here’s another class where records are pushed back regularly. Another Tony Marsh Memorial Trophy winner here perhaps?

Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class

That gorgeous Aston Martin of Tim Painter and Andy Fraser will be the car to beat in this class. Mark Walker in the Porsche Cayman and Jim Herbert in the Mitsubishi Evo will be trying to snatch his away from them. It will be tough but it’s all about the timed runs.

Modified Specialist Production Class supported by Gates of Brokenhurst

Steve Holland in the Caterham Hayabusa and Ritchie Gatt in the Westfield SeiW will be the ones to watch in this class. Simon Marsh, Tony Marsh’s son bring a Caterham R300 to the hill. He is sharing the car with Thomas Marsh both days. Who of those two with finish on top? The Dax Rush of David Mitchell might put a spanner in the works here but it will be an uphill battle with all the experience hewill have to overcome.

The Historically Interesting Class, supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Saturday has the 1932 Morgan of George Proudfoot and Jeremy Smithson’s Lotus Elan. The class should be Jeremy’s on Saturday. On Sunday George moves to the Morgan Car Club class and two Alvis’ arrive, an Alvis 1250 SD of Chris Sutton and a 12/50 TJ of Anthony Norton. It is great to see these cars out and especially competing! Jeremy should take the win on Sunday too…

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class

Tim Pitfield, Gurston Down Drivers School principal in his DJ Firecat is probably favourite and is on form this season, breaking the class record in April. He also went quicker in May but the May and August events don’t run the same class structure. So Tim is a very strong contender for the Tony Marsh Memorial Award. But Peter Steel in his Radical SR1 has been improving so might be a threat to Tim.

Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class, supported by Lewis Property Services

Saturday sees a good entry. The lovely Lancia Stratos replica of Malcolm Cole runs both days but Saturday will probably go to Clive Wooster in the Radical SR4. Sunday sees Malcolm on his own but we will see the beautiful car on the hill.

The Sports Libre over 2000cc Class

Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes run the Force SR8 both days and will both be looking for championship and Top Ten Challenge points.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, supported by Drynham Project Management

Murry Wakeham in the OMS CF96 has had a great season so far. But James Moore and his Empire Evo 2 are back both days. James has the form to take this class but he will have to have some great performances to gain championship nd Top Ten Challenge points.

Formula Ford Racing Car up to 1600cc

Russell Haynes in the Zeus ZR163 runs both days but only has competition on Saturday when David Matthews joins him in another Zeus. Russell should take the win Saturday.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class

Pete Hammock in the gorgeous Empire Wraith has a tough class with Andrew Forsyth in the OMS CF04 and Mike Lee in his OMS3000M. Mike and Pete will both be hunting championship and challenge points.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Normally Aspirated Class

There are two entries, both days. Roger Cook with the Pilbeam MQP54 and Tony Wiltshire in his Ralt RT34. It’s a while since Tony has competed in a racing car at Gurston Down but he’ll be the one to watch in this class.

The 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car – Forced Induction

Paul Haimes and the lovely turbocharged Gould GR59 has this class to himself. He must be a contender for Fastest Time of the Day.

Paul Crute runs on his own in the Jaguar power OMS 28 in the Over 2000cc Racing Car Class, both days. He may well be a contender for Fastest Time of the Day but he will be looking for more Top Ten Challenge points as he is the current leader. Two great performances will help him strengthen his position.


With a weekend packed with great cars and great motorsport – Why not join us?

 

Key info
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th
Times: Competition runs from approx. 1300, practice runs from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

 

 

 

 

WOW! What a weekend!!

WOW! What a weekend!!

WOW! The first of the two visits to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb by the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments Hill Climb Leaders Championship to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb was amazing. The weather was kind, particularly on practice day but Sunday saw some amazing performances with long standing records being broken and two incredibly close run Top Ten Run-offs.

There were over 140 cars and drivers competing in everything from standard road cars, specially prepared hill climb cars and spectacularly fast sport and single seat racing cars.

Spectators saw some fabulous performances but more on that later in the report.

Saturday was practice day and the weather was almost perfect for racing. The course was warm and dry and the air temperature cool. The practice performances gave an indication of what was to come when the cars took to the track on Sunday.

Sunday’s weather was a little over cast for morning practice but it didn’t stop there being some great performances.

Fastest Time of the Day went to Will Hall in the Force WH-Xtec with a 26.03s second timed run.

Class Results in Detail:

The BARC South West B Licence Class

A good entry in this class of B Licence holders saw Martin Watson dominate the class in his Westfield. He lead the class from practice and dominated the timed runs finishing on 32.20s. Second was the Roland Hanbury / Campbell Adams OMS 2000M in Roland’s hands and third in Campbell’s hands, finishing on 37.20s and 38.26s. Russell Davies in the Honda Civic was fourth on 39.55s and Nigel Holt in his Caterham fifth on 40.44s. A personal best for Nigel.

The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc and the Over 2000cc Class was Amalgamated

Mike Rudge and the Ford Focus RS won with a 36.77s first timed run ahead of Dean Cubitt in his Mazda MX5 on 37.57s a personal best for him too! Nick Revels, Gurston Down’s Competition Secretary, switched to the MG Midget he’s running in the Hill Climb Masters at St Goueno next weekend as he hadn’t had any seat time in the car.

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class

Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa was dominant in this class from first practice. His second timed run stopped the clock on 34.92s with Mark Parrett in the Fairfield Trailers Autotune Gemini second on 41.29s. John Davey, the Managing Director of our Top Ten Challenge Sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores, had issues with the gearbox not staying in gear in the TVR Vixen so he withdraw after practice. As he and the car are entered in the St Goueno.

Modified Series Production Car Class up to 1400cc

Eric Morrey in his turbo-charged Hillman Imp put in a great performance and managed to beat James White in the Austin Mini to take first in class. Eric first time run was 36.48s and James’s was 36.85s settled the class as neither improved their times in the second timed run.

Modified Series Production Car Class over 2000cc

The current class record holder Stephen Moore in the Mitsubishi Evo RS put in superb performance, lowering his existing class record with a second timed run of 32.16s. His margin over the rest of the class was handsom, more than two seconds. Jason Tuncliffe took second on 34.56s. Third was decided by the second timed runs as Tim Painter in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 had tied with Jim Herbert in the Mitsubishi Evo 5.on 35.75s. Tim improved his time by more than a second. Jim improved his time but not by enough to that third. Tim’s second time run was 34.79s and Jim’s 35.37s. Stephen may be another contender for next months Tony Marsh Memorial Award.

Modified Specialist Production Cars Class

Simon Jenks in his Caterham S3 had a great weekend. Simon took the win with a 31.46s first timed run with Steve Holland second on 32.13s.

Up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class

It was Tim Pitfield his DJ Firecat was on sparkling form, his new slicks proved their worth right out of the box. Tim took the win with a 32.79s which had this been the usual Gurston class up to 1400cc would have been a class record. He should be a contender for the Tony Marsh Memorial Award which is awarded at the June meetings. Pete Steel and the Radical SR1 was second after having a few issues.

Over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class

The mad Mini Evo of a former Manx Grand Prix winner (on a bike, of course), Allan McDonald took the win. Geoff Twemlow just couldn’t get his Saker GT to behave and decided that it would be better to withdraw. Alan times was 31.43s.

Up to 600cc Racing Car Class

Les Buck in his OMS Hornet was alone in the class and finished on 35.62s..

601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class

The huge entry in this class really did produce some great performances. Robert Kenrick in the GWR Raptor 2, took the win, qualifies for both Top Ten Run-offs and set a new class record. The record has stood for 15 year! It now stands at 24.42s. The DJ Firehawk of Debbie Dunbar was second on 30.08s pipping Steve Owen by one hundredth, who took third. The next six places were covered by just one second.

Formula Ford Racing Cars up to 1600cc Built Before 1994

Samantha Lester in her Van Diemen FR92 was in sparkling form and took the class win with a 37.82s first timed run.

1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class

David and Allan Warburton in the Gould GR59 took the one two in this class, although issues with the car meant they couldn’t take the second timed runs. David finished on 29.03s and Allan on 30.30s.

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated

Tim Elmer and his Dallara F399 had a great weekend. He made the class his own during practice and followed through in the timed runs. His final time of 30.21s put him well ahead of Roger Cock in the Pilbeam MP54 who was chased hard by Nikki Cottrill in the MP82. Roger finished on 32.99s and Nikki 32.12s.

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction

Richard Spedding in this GWR Raptor was the sole entrant in this class. He was here to qualify for the Top Ten Run-offs, which he did both times, and score championship points. He did exactly that, finishing on 27.20s.

Over 2000cc Racing Car Class

The Force WH-XTEC of Will Hall hasn’t been out on the hills due to engine issues. However, after the performance this weekend, they are BACK. Practice was close with most of the runner’s times just a few tenths or less apart. The first timed run went to Wallace Menzies in his Gould GR59 is the current leader of the British Championship who stopped the clocks on 26.30s but Will managed to pip that time with a 26.03s second timed run. That also gave him Fastest Time of the Day. Scott Moran in the Gould GR61x was third and Sean Gould in the new Gould GR59 Judd was fourth.

Racing and Racing Cars Built up to 1971

The Chevron B19 shared by Amanda and Richard George, in Richard’s hands took the win in this class with a 35.77s run. The Brabham BT35 with Christopher Jones was second on 36.04s.

Sports Racing and Racing Cars Built up to 1985

Roger Deans in the 5 litre car Lola T142 first timed run was 36.91s.

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 2

David Dyson and his 911 GT3 lead from the first timed run but it’s wasn’t certain by any means. His first timed run was 35.95s. Robert Lancaster-Gaye in his 911 GT3 worked hard but couldn’t quite catch David. David improved his time a little on the second timed run, 35.91s. Robert finished on 36.36s.

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 1

The all 911 line-up in this class. Phil Price a Gurston Down regular, joined the class and chased the eventual winner Paul Howells every step of the way. Paul’s first timed run 32.83s was good enough after Phil had issues on the second timed run.

Then it was the turn of the Lotus 7 Club Championship runners.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 1 – Cars Up to 125 bhp

Paul Boston took the win in this class with a first timed run of 38.85s.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 2 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1A Tyres

The huge entry in this class produced an amazing result. The top four in this class were separated by just 0.50s. Both of Clive Marsden’s runs were ahead of all of the other drivers. His first run of 37.30s was the winner. Graham Howard, Rob Clay and Alan Bowler were second, third and fourth respectively. Their times were 37.75s, 37.78s and 37.80s.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 3 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1B Tyres

Richard Price took the class win with a 36.37s first timed run, a great performance. Robert Jacobs’s experience might have helped him with the second place on 36.88s. Philip Matchmix was third on 37.15s. Interestingly, Philip’s first and second timed run were identical times, a remarkable feat as the timing is to 0.01 of a second.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 4 – Car up to 210 bhp

Mike Cocker had a great first timed run, putting himself in first place. In the second timed run he went faster as did others in the class. Unfortunately, Jon Davies couldn’t match Mike’s first timed run. Mike went better in the second timed run and took the win by almost three quarter of a second.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 5

Michael Sankey looked like second might be where he would finish after the first timed run. He was behind Jeremy Davies by almost 0.75s. But a sterling performance in the second timed run turned that around. Michael finished on 34.55s and Jeremy on 34.80s.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 6/7

Simon Rogers took control of the class after the first timed run. He was almost one second over Shaun Elwell. But Simon had an issue and didn’t complete the second timed run leaving the door open for the others in the class. It was Shaun who snatched second, Robert Margel improved his time by over one second overhauling Shaun. Simon was first and Robert second and Shaun ended third.

 

Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments MSUK British Hill Climb Championship – Round 9

The weather greeted the first run-off with a very light drizzle. It didn’t seem to make any difference to the performances. Will Hall in the Force WH-XTEC was fastest with a 26.44s run. Wallace Menzies in the Gould GR59 second on 26.73s but he was almost than half a second down at the intermediate timing point but made half of that up in the Karousel to Ashes and the final section. Scott Moran in the Gould GR61X was third with a 26.90s.

Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments MSUK British Hill Climb Championship – Round 10

Scott Moran put in a great performance in the afternoon run-off. He won with a time of 27.07s. Wallace Menzies, second just 0.08s behind on 27.15s, Alex Summers in the DJ Firestorm just 0.02s behind Wallace, on 27.17s and Sean Gould in the Gould GR59 Judd just 0.01s behind Alex, 27.18s. The next three were separated by just 0.20s! Great performances all round. Unfortunately, Will Hall managed to spin and had a failed run.

E&OE – Anthony Record – Press Officer Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – BARC SW

Look Out the British are Coming!

Look Out the British are Coming!

The weekend of Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th is the first of the two visits by the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments British Hill Climb Championship and the Avon Tyres / Wynn Developments Hill Climb Leaders Championship to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

The Championship brings many of Britain’s fastest cars and drivers to the twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue. There will be over 140 cars and drivers competing in everything from standard road cars, specially prepared hill climb cars and spectacularly fast fast sport and single seat racing cars.

Spectators have fabulous unrivalled access to the hill, views of the course, paddock and facilities. We have excellent catering and refreshments on site too.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

Saturday is practice day. Each competitor gets the opportunity to take three practice runs, starting around 09:00. There are two runs in the morning and one after lunch. Practice usually finishing around 15:00.

Sunday is competition day, there will be an early morning practice, starting around 08:30 followed by one timed run before lunch and the first of two top twelve run-offs. Then after lunch the second timed runs are followed by the second top twelve run-off.

The Top Twelve Run-Off allows the fastest twelve, championship registered, competitors to take an additional run, after which the fastest ten score points for the British Championship. Ten points for a win, down to one for tenth. These run-offs ultimately determine who becomes the British Champion!

Alongside the British Championship and Leaders Championships, the Lotus 7 Club and the Porsche Club have rounds of their championships and the BARC South West Members have their own class.

There will be a fastest time of the day and As ever there will be a Fastest Time of Day! Who will it be?

Class Preview in Detail:

The BARC South West B Licence Class

The class will be first to the hill. The class is specifically for those driver who hold an MS UK B Speed licence. There are a number of new comers to this class and the hill. Daniel and Andy Reeve bring their Aston Martin N24 and Campbell Adams and Roland Hanbury bring their OMS 2000M. Martin Watson and his Westfield, Sarah Fudge in the Lewis Dean Impreza and Dean Cubitt’s and his Mazda MX5 probably start as favourites for the top three places because of their experience on the hill. But with a real mix of cars and drivers in this class and the new car and driver combinations this class will be especially hard fort.


The Road Going Series Production Car Class up to 2000cc

There is a small entry in this class, just two cars. Tim Forster in his beautifully prepared Lotus Elan, Nick Revels, Gurston Down’s Competition Secretary, in John Davey’s New Midget and Tony Record, Gurston Down’s Press Officer, in the Proton Satria Gti he usually shares with Nick Revels. Tim will dominate this class!

Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Car Class

Mike Rudge is the sole entrant in this class. He’ll bring back his Ford Focus RS. It will be interesting to see how he compares to last season when he first brought the car to the hill.

Thanks to Stuart Freeman for this great picture of Mike having an issue with Ashes….

The Road Going Specialist Production Car Class

John Davey, the Managing Director of our Top Ten Challenge Sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores, bring his TVR Vixen to the hill for the first time this season. Adrian Lewis and his Westfield Superbusa should dominate this class, providing the car behaves!

Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Car Class

Not only do we have the Gurston regulars, David Bean and James White in their Minis but we have two Hillman Imp powered cars. Eric Morrey in his turbo-charged Hillman Imp and the delightful Ginetta G15 of Andrew Russell. It will be probably be between James White and Andrew Russell.

1401cc to 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class

There is just one entry in this class, Paul Meadows in his Renault Clio.

Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Car Class

There is a massive entry in this class. The current class record holder Stephen Moore in the Mitsubishi Evo RS has some stiff competition with Phil Price and his Porsche 911RS and the Aston Martin of Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser. There are a few new car and driver combinations that may mix this class up a little.

Modified Specialist Production Cars Class

Steve Holland and Simon Jenks in their respective Caterham’s go head to head in this class. It will be the performance on the day that will decide this class!

Up to 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class

There is an eclectic entry in this class. Derek Kessell brings his Maguire Mini, Duncan Barnes his Norma M20FC (he shares with Tom New), Pete Steel his Radical SR1, Tim Pitfield his DJ Firecat and Keith Diggle in the WEV. Keith starts favourite but his car didn’t make it to the April meetings so that might open this class right up.

Over 2000cc Sports Libre Car Class

The mad Mini Evo of a former Manx Grand Prix winner (on a bike, of course), Allan McDonald has Geoff Twemlow and the Saket GT as his only competition. Allan who, who holds the closed car hill record should take the win.

Up to 600cc Racing Car Class has just one entrant. Les Buck in his OMS Hornet.

601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class

Another huge entry in this class, 20 drivers! Robert Kenrick in the GWR Raptor 2, Eynon Price in the Force TA, Andy and Adam Greenen in the Empire Evo, Harry Pick in the OMS 3000M along the DJ Firehawk of Debbie Dunbar and Felix Summers will be some of the names to watch for in this class. But this class and it’s places will be settled by hundredths of a second. And there’s a really great chance that some of these cars will qualify for the Top Twelve Run-off too!

1100cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class

There is a good entry in this class. David Warburton in the Gould GR59 probably starts favourite here and he is having a good season, 11th in the British Hill Climb Championship. He will be looking for a qualification place in the top twelve.

Formula Ford Racing Cars up to 1600cc Built Before 1994

Just three entries in the class but it is such a competitive class! Doug Auld in his Swift SC93 and Samantha Lester in her Van Diemen FR92 have Gurston experience which should be critical. Ed McDonough in his Dulon F-Ford MP15 will have his work cut out to catch Doug and Samantha. But who will take the win?

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Normally Aspirated

There another big entry in this class. Look out for Tim Elmer and his Dallara F399, the GWR Predator of Johnathen Varley and Andy Bougourd in the Force PT. It will be a close class, Johnathen has been performing well in the Leaders Championship and will be looking for a points.

1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car Class – Forced Induction

Richard Spedding was fifth in the British Hill Climb Championship last year in this GWR Raptor and is currently third. He’ll probably take the class and a place in the Top Twelve Run-off too but you just can’t discount Kelvin Broad in the Force TA and Simon Moyse in another Gould GR59. They will all be looking for championship and leaders points!

Over 2000cc Racing Car Class

This class brings the fastest cars to the hill. Wallace Menzies in his Gould GR59 is the current leader of the British Championship and holds the fastest finish line speed of in excess of 159 mph. He will be chasing run-off places and championship points as will all of the others in this class. Look out for the Scott Moran (Gould GR61x) the current hill record holder, Will Hall in the Force WH-Xtec, Alex Summers in the DJ Firestorm, the Gould GR55 of Nicola Menzies and Dave Uren, Sean Gould in the factory Gould GR59 and Jason Mourant is his Gould GR55.

Sports Racing and Racing Cars Built up to 1971

There are three drivers and two lovely cars in this class. The Brabham BT35 of Christopher Bentley Jones and the Chevron B19 shared by Amanda and Richard George. The Chevron will probably take this class.

Sports Racing and Racing Cars Built up to 1985

Roger Deans in the Lola T142 runs in this class on his own. The 5 litre car makes a wonderful sound!

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 2

An all 911 line up in this class compete in this class. The road going class is always very competitive. Robert Lancaster-Gaye should be a contender for the win after visiting Gurston’s Driver School at the beginning of May. But David Dyson, Simon Tarling as well as Richard York and Ross Mcdonald will also be ready and willing to take the win.

The Porsche Club’s National Hill Climb Championship Class 1

This class is another all 911 line-up. Peter Turnbull and Paul Howells start favourites but, just like the road going class, everyone will be happy to take the win.

Then it’s the turn of the Lotus 7 Club Championship runners. With the Lotus 7 Club Championship in it’s early stages, it will be tough to predict any of these classes. It will be down to performance on the day.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 1 – Cars Up to 125 bhp – has just two entries. Paul Boston has previous form at Gurston Down so Rebecca Boston will need to make him work for the win.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 2 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1A Tyres – There is a huge entry in this class and as usual it will be difficult to predict who will come out on top.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship Class 3 – Cars up to 150 bhp – List 1B Tyres – has nine entrants. This class was decided by just a few hundredths of a second last year. Robert Jacobs has Gurston experience so he should be in with a good chance of repeating his win.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 4 – Car up to 210 bhp – has just four entrants. It’s difficult to gauge who might be at the front in the end. However, Bruce Bosley has Gurston experience which may play in his favour.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 5 – there are just three entries.

The Lotus 7 Club Championship – Class 6/7 – sees seven cars and drivers entered. Simon Rogers won in 2017 so he’s probably in with a shout.

 

Another exciting weekend of at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – Don’t Miss It!

Key info
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th
Times: Saturday Practice from 0830 until 1500 approx. Sunday 0830 Final Practice then timed runs from approx 1030, then first timed runs followed by First Top Twelve Run-Off, then lunch and final timed runs from 13:00 Second Top Twelve Run-Off.
Admission: £10 for adults Sunday (£6 on Saturday), accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

Anthony Record – Press Officer Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb – BARC SW

REMINDER – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – BARC South West

REMINDER – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – BARC South West

Here’s a reminder that the BARC South West AGM will be held on Monday 13th May 2019 at the Resturant at Gurston Down. The meeting starts at 19:30 – ONLY BARC South West members are eligable to attend.

AGENDA FOR THE AGM OF THE BARC SW CENTRE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 13th MAY 2019 AT 7.30pm AT GURSTON DOWN SPEED HILL CLIMB

PRESENT

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chairman’s Report
  5. Hon Sec’s Report
  6. Hon Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Officers and Committee – Under Rule 12 Becky Crocombe retires from the Committee and being eligible offers herself for re-election, Under Rule 10 Grahame Chubb and Jamie Buchanan offer themselves for election onto the Committee, Election of Hon. Secretary and.Election of Hon. Treasurer
  1. Any Other Business
  2. Close

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – Gusrton Down Speed Hill Climb – BARC SW
Motorbikes Meeting Report – Sunday April 21st

Motorbikes Meeting Report – Sunday April 21st

Sunday 21st April brought the motorbikes and combinations from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb. The weather was almost perfect and we had a spectacular show of riding skill.

The fastest time of the day for the motorbikes was Tom Short on his KTM SMR 613cc with a 32.58s timed run.

The riders and their machines never fail to produce some great racing. Practice did not quite go to plan for Paul Jeffery on his KTM. He had a little off over Dear’s Leap but was back on his bike ready for the next run.

The bikes are fast! The fastest car at the event on Sunday produced a 30.24s run. The fastest bike was Tom Short on his KTM SMR 613cc at 32.58s, that’s eighth fastest overall!

Motorbikes are run in classes, just like cars, based on engine capacity. We had a good range of bikes with 32 bikes and three combinations.

There was also a Top Ten Run Off for the bikes, but more on that later in the report.

Results by Class:

The Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc Class, went first. Glyn Poole on his Honda 500cc stamped his authority on the class from the first run. His time of 33.44s was almost 1.5s ahead of his nearest rival Simon Hocking, KTM SMR, Mike Tilley, Honda CR and Callum Short, KTM. Glyn’s second timed run was only 0.03s slow so everyone else had some real work to do. Mike Tilley managed a 34.94s, pipping Simon Hocking’s 34.95s with Callum just a second behind.

The Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc Class had another big entry. After the first timed runs, Tom Short, last year’s National Champion, on his KTM ahead of Tommy Hodges on his Team GV CR by just over 0.5s. These two were just over a second ahead of Daniel Hurley (Husaberg) and Guy Ursell (KTM SMR).

The second timed runs saw both Tom and Tommy improve on their times, Tom 32.87s and Tommy 33.51s. Daniel Hurley and Guy Ursell were third or fourth on 34.46s and 34.62s respectively.

The Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc Class had the biggest entry of all the motorbike classes. Paul Jeffery’s little off in practice didn’t seem to phase him at all. He came out on his KTM RC8R on the first timed run and finished with a 33.75s. Stu Mills on his Aprilia Tuono managed a 34.24s. The rest of the riders weren’t able to match their pace. There were improvements from most of the riders in this class but the top two didn’t change. Paul Jeffery went faster still as did Stu Mills. Paul’s time was 33.24s and Stu’s 33.94s.

And then it was the turn of the motorbike and side car combinations! The top two were close. Rodney Thorne and Kevin Young, on the Honda Derbyshire, were ahead by just 0.25s of Kevin and Sarah Dewell on their Honda SKR. Kevin and Sarah put together a great second timed run, improved their time by more than a second. They finished on 38.65s and Rodney and Kevin on 39.53s. Kevin Young also competed for the first time as the rider, rather than the pillion. His pillion was Sarah Howard, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climbs Chairman, again in her first competitive climb at her home hill. They ended the day some 18s quicker than their first run.

Ten bikes then qualified for their Top Ten Run-Off.

This was won with another outstanding performance by Tom Short on his KTM SMR going faster than his class run – 32.58s and he won fastest bike of the day with this performance.

We are looking forward to see the bikes again in June!

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb