DEFENDING British Hillclimb Champion Scott Moran dominated proceedings at Gurston Down over the Bank Holiday weekend with a masterly performance that underlined the skills that have brought him five British titles in past seasons.
In often tricky conditions as occasional light rain made grip levels hard to predict, he won the first BHC Run Off of the day on 26.17 seconds, which also netted him BTD, 0.26 seconds ahead of co-driver and current series leader Alex Summers from Worcestershire, and went on to stretch the margin to 0.36 seconds ahead of Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS), also from Worcestershire, in the second Run Off.
Alex Summers took third in the second Run Off and maintained his 38 point lead at the top of the table, but Scott Moran moved into second spot, two points ahead of Trevor Willis.
Salisbury area drivers
Tony Levitt continued his excellent debut season in his 1.0 Empire Evo single seater by taking second place in the Gurston members’ class.
Adrian Lewis meanwhile, was guest driving Chris Cannell’s St Bruno Roughcutter in the Historically Interesting class for this event and finished fourth, less than half a second off second spot in what proved a closely-fought contest.
In the class for sports libre cars up to two litres, Cannell took his 1.3 supercharged Empire Evo to the class win, and partner Sue Hayes was third in the same car - a mere 12 hundredths from the runner up spot.
Other Wiltshire drivers
Alan Joy from Warminster finished fifth in the Gurston members class in his 1.0 OMS CF96 single seater while Mike Butler, also from Warminster, brought along his superb BMW M3 and took the runner up spot in the class for modified series production saloon cars over 2000cc.
The modified series production sports car class over 2000cc saw Mark Walker from Trowbridge collect third place in his 3.9 Porsche Cayman.
Hugh Kemp from Wylye ran his lovely 1.6 Palliser WDF3 in the Historically Interesting class and also collected third place in another very close battle.
The huge 1100cc racing car class saw some very rapid and close times too, and Trowbridge’s Bradley Hobday finished fourth here in his 1.0 Jedi Mk 4. Murray Wakeham from Warminster also ran in this class in the OMS shared with Alan Joy (above) and although faster than his co-driver, such was the pace in the 1100cc racing car class that he finished in 16th place.
Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset drivers
Ferndown’s Pete Hammock once again took his 1.6 OMS CF04 single seater to the win in the Gurston members’ class. Martin Watson from Eastleigh brought his 2.0 Westfield SEiW into an excellent third place.
In the Porsche Club National Championship class Jonathan Williamson from Taunton claimed third place here in his 3.2 Porsche 911 Carrera.
Former double Gurston Champion Paul Webster from Fareham took his 1.9 Mazda MX5 to the win in the up to 2000cc roadgoing series production class and Anthony Record from Bishops Waltham was third in his 1.8 Proton Coupé.
Simon Neve from Yeovil once again won the over 2000cc roadgoing series production class in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6 with a very good time in the less than ideal conditions.
Piers Thynne from Hartley Wintney had a good battle in the roadgoing specialist production class and brought his 1.3 turbocharged Westfield Megabusa into second spot, less than half a second from the winner.
The up to 1400cc modified series production class produced successes for more Hampshire drivers, with Neil Turner from Andover bringing his 1.4 Mini Cooper ‘S’ home in first place ahead of the 1.1 Ginetta G15 of Andy Russell from Alresford.
The up to 2000cc modified series production class produced a Devonshire double as Colin Satchell from Holsworthy took the win in his 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi from co-driver Paul Drowne from Beaworthy.
It was Somerset all the way in the over 2000cc modified series production sports car class as 2014 Gurston champion Simon Purcell from Charlton Horethornewon in his 1.8 supercharged Lotus Exige by just five hundredths of a second from Tim Painter from Frome in his 3.6 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The combined under 2000cc and over 2000cc modified specialist production class produced a nice surprise for Antony Orchard from Wareham as he fended off the usual winner here by half a second to take top spot in his 1.3 Westfield ‘Bakerbusa’.
The sports libre class up to 2000cc saw Tim Pitfield from Dorchester run his 1.3 DJ Firecat again and he was rewarded this time with second spot.
Keith Diggle from Aldershot fielded his immaculate 2.2 WEV HCS in the over 2000cc sports libre class and finished in third place, just 12 hundredths behind the runner up.
In another Devon versus Dorset battle in the Pre-1994 Formula Ford class Tony Wiltshire from Newton Abbott (1.6 Swift SC93) once again fended off the attentions ofSimon McBeath from Sturminster Newton (1.6 Swift SC92), this time by four tenths.
The Pre-1985 Racing Car class was very close throughout and Barry Moignard from Jersey took the runner up spot in the 1.6 Ralt RT3 shared with Adrian Moody from Jersey who finished in fourth place but only 35 hundredths behind his co-driver.
Gurston’s new Top Ten Challenge champion Ed Hollier from Honiton had a great weekend with his 1.6 Empire Evo in the up to 1600cc racing car class, winning the class by fourteen hundredths of a second and going on to qualify for both British Hillclimb Championship Run Offs, finishing ninth in both, a terrific achievement with just 1600cc on a track that favours the more powerful bigger engine cars.
In the over 2000cc racing car class Southampton’s Tom New took the 3.5 Gould GR55B into sixth spot and had mixed fortunes in the BHC Run Offs, hitting the barrier on the entry to Ashes Bend to record a ‘failed run’ in the first Run Off before metaphorically bouncing back to qualify an excellent third for the second Run Off in which he finished in seventh place.
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