MORAN MAKES IT ANOTHER DOUBLE BUT SPEDDING STARS AT HAREWOOD SHOWDOWN
Organiser: BARC Yorkshire Centre When: May 7/8 Starters: 111
Another week and another Scott Moran-dominated British Hillclimb round, only this time without any hill records. After trouncing all at Craigantlet in Northern Ireland the weekend before, Moran took his form to Harewood with two more wins and he again saved best until last with Best Time of the Day on the final run-off of the weekend.
Man of the meeting, however, was Richard Spedding in the little Raptor. Spedding has come into his own in the Graeme Wight Junior-built projectile. In the first run-off he displaced Moran’s nearest competitor Trevor Willis, and finished third behind that duo in the final encounter.
Will Hall’s car again twice stopped and Paul Haimes suffered fuel pressure issues that caused forced shutdowns.
After recent successes, David Uren suffered a qualifying exclusion for exceeding the final-bend track limits that have been in place for many years and then he had an off in the second qualifying rounds.
Showing well from the 1600 class was Ed Hollier, who is keen to gain a number at the end of the season, as well as aim for the class-based MSA Hillclimb Leaders title. Unfortunately for Hollier, in addition to being beaten in his own class by Spedding, last year’s winner Colin Satchell from the Modified Series Production class dominated the Leaders places again. He went under his old class record twice having lost it for a mere 30 seconds when local driver Sarah Bosworth went under his morning mark.
Also in the 1600cc class, Sean Gould had his best meeting for 25 years in the Gould GR59 factory development car. Co-driver Eynon Price did a perfect 360 spin at Clarke’s yet continued for a reasonable if scoreless time. Spedding’s co-driver for the weekend, Steve Marr, scored points and Harewood specialist Oli Tomlin had his best day of 2016. Tina Hawkes scored her maiden British points.
In the 13-car round six, having the same qualifying time as Steve Owen, long-time competitor Tony Hunt got into his first British run off.
Round five: 1 Scott Moran (3.5 Gould-nme GR61X) 49.22s; 2 Richard Spedding (1.6 Gwr-suzuki Raptor) 49.50s; 3 Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS-RPE 28) 49.66.s; 4 Ed Hollier (1.6 Empire-suzuki 00 Evo) 50.65s; 5 Oli Tomlin (4.0 Pilbeam-judd MP97) 51.54s; 6 Sean Gould (1.6 GouldSuzuki GR59) 51.67s; 7 Jason Mourant (4.0 Gould-judd GR55) 52.55s; 8 Simon Fidoe (1.0 Empire-suzuki Wraith) 53.90s; 9 Lee Griffiths (1.3s Oms-suzuki 25) 53.93s; 10 Tina Hawkes (1.6 Force-suzuki PC) 54.17s; 11 Eynon Price (1.6 Gould-suzuki GR59) 55.89s; 12 Will Hall (2.0 Force-aer/ Xtec WH) DNF.
Round six: 1 Moran 49.00s BTD; 2 Willis 49.11s; 3 Spedding 49.35s; 4 Hollier 50.34s; 5 Gould 51.85s; 6 Tomlin 51.86s; 7 Mourant 52.00s; 8 Price 52.74s; 9 Steve Marr (1.6 GWRSuzuki Raptor) 52.78s; 10 Graham Wynn (1.3t ForceSuzuki PC) 52.99s; 11 Fidoe 53.91s; 12 Tony Hunt (3.5 Gould-cosworth GR55) 54.14s; 13 Steve Owen (OMS-BMW 28) 54.43s.
Class winners Anthony Record (1.8 Proton Coupe) 76.11s; Stephen Moore (2.0t Mitsubishi Lancer E6) 62.96s record; Allan Warburton (2.5 Caterham-duratec) 61.93s; Eric Morrey (1.0 Hillman Imp) 66.11s record; Colin Satchell (2.0 Peugeot 205) 60.13s; Mick Lancashire (2.0 Avon Sprint) 62.85s; Len Amy (2.0 Mallock MK32) 56.40s; Allan Mcdonald (2.4t Morris Mini Evo) 59.45s; Fidoe 53.60s; Spedding 50.00s; Tim Elmer (2.0 Dallara-tkd F303) 54.73s; John Chacksfield (1.3s Oms-suzuki 28) 53.49s; Moran 49.44s. Points after round 6/34 1 Moran 60; 2 Willis 43; 3 Spedding 29; 4 Dave Uren 25; 5 Hollier 21; 6 Gould 18.
Spedding was one of the stars of the weekend