MORE spectacular action is in store at Gurston Down this weekend (July 18/19) when the Midland Hillclimb Championship contingent makes its annual visit to the Broadchalke venue to join the local championship contenders.
Valuable points are at stake in both series, and there will also be two Top 12 Run Offs - thrilling shoot outs for those registered in the Midland Championship - to bring Sunday’s morning and afternoon sessions to exciting finales.
As ever, local drivers feature prominently throughout the entry.
Mark Parrett and Jason Martin again share their 1.6 Autotune Gemini for the weekend in the roadgoing specialist production car class, having made their competition debuts in June.
Also entered in this class is Gurston regular Adrian Lewis, who fields his rapid 1.4 Westfield Megabusa. Lewis went well in June, collecting third place in this very competitive class.
Steve Holley again runs his 5.2 litre TVR Griffith in the equally competitive over 2000cc marque sports car class.
Still holding the joint lead in the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship after round three last month is Stephen Moore, who goes in his Janspeed 2.0 Mitsubishi Evo 6 in the over 2000cc modified series production car class. He will be looking for a clear class win to consolidate that points lead, and if conditions are right he may be able to get under the class record to earn bonus points - he was less than a quarter of a second away from the record in June.
Fastest local drivers over the weekend will again be the Wilton Racing duo, Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes in their new 1.3 supercharged Empire Evo, which runs in the up to 2000cc sports libre class. Both carved chunks off their times during the course of June’s double-header event and are really getting to grips with their stunning new car.
Having debuted his new car in June, Tony Levitt, will field his 1.0 Empire Evo single seater once again in the up to 1100cc racing car class. Tony’s times tumbled during the first day of the June meeting, but gremlins meant an early retirement on day two.
In the DEWS Speed Championship class James Edmonds will run his 1.4 Rover Mini. James finished well up the order in this event last year and will be looking to do well again.
Meanwhile, in the up to 2000cc marque sports car class Steph Colvin (formerly Steph Limb until recently married) from Malmesbury once again runs in the family 1.8 MGF with her mum, Dee Stapley.
In the over 2000cc modified production car class will be Trowbridge’s Mark Walker in his 3.9 Porsche Cayman S. Mark has upped the power of his lovely Porsche and is enjoying getting to grips with it on Gurston’s tricky twists and turns.
Running in the up to 1100cc racing car class will be Murray Wakeham and Alan Joy from Warminster who share the former’s 1.0 OMS CF96. With the OMS new to the pair this season they have both been getting faster at each meeting.
And DEWS Car Club prime mover Steve Harris from Redlynch will run his 1.8 Vauxhall Corsa in their championship class. Steve finished third in class last year and will be hoping to move up the rankings this time.
There will also be a big contingent of rapid competitors in superb cars from the Midland Hillclimb Championship, including another potential Best Time of the Day man Oliver Tomlin from Leicestershire in his 4 litre Judd V8 powered Pilbeam MP97.
Admission is £6 on Saturday, £10 on Sunday (accompanied under 15s admitted free). Practice starts at 8.30am on both days, competition from approximately 10.30am.
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