WIL­LIS AND MO­RAN SHARE THE HON­OURS

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ed­die Walder

Or­gan­iser: Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club (South West) When: May 28/29 Starters: 149

Trevor Wil­lis took his first win of the Bri­tish Hill­climb sea­son in the open­ing round at Gurston Down but in the sec­ond shoot-out, Scott Mo­ran pushed to the front and now sits on 79 points af­ter eight count­ing rounds. He is 17 points ahead of Wil­lis, who is 23 in front of the pack, led by Wal­lace Men­zies.

De­spite a chain fail­ure start­ing round seven David Uren con­tin­ued his best-ever sea­son and is third over­all in the points af­ter tak­ing a pair of fourth places.

This po­si­tion might soon be un­der threat be­cause Men­zies was back in ac­tion with a fresh en­gine af­ter miss­ing Hare­wood fol­low­ing his Craigant­let blow-up. He was third in each en­counter, but the stand out per­for­mance was from Men­zies’ wife Ni­cola, who shares with Uren.

Qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nal run off, she fin­ished ahead of more fan­cied op­po­si­tion in eighth. Run­ning first on the track, there was a cheer as her per­sonal best-ever Gurston time came up on the dig­i­tal dis­play above the time­keep­ers box and her per­for­mance could not be bet­tered by the more ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer run-off win­ners Eynon Price and Sean Gould in the works GR59.

Will Hall ap­peared to be on the way back to form hav­ing re­verted to a con­ven­tional throt­tle cable af­ter re­cent elec­tronic grem­lins in his fly-by-wire set-up with six points in round seven. But it all went wrong in Q2 as he hit the bar­ri­ers at Ashes – the fi­nal left-han­der – with some dam­age to the Force WH but for­tu­nately no in­jury other than hurt pride.

Kelvin Broad got into his first ever Bri­tish run-off with his re­cently ac­quired Pil­beam, the first prod­uct from the leg­endary chas­sis builders to be fit­ted with a mo­tor­cy­cle en­gine from new. Un­for­tu­nately, the pace proved too hot for him.

The Gurston spe­cial­ist Ed Hol­lier again per­formed be­yond ex­pec­ta­tion, haul­ing him­self ahead of the ab­sent Richard Sped­ding who was busy mov­ing house.

An­other renowned Gurston spe­cial­ist, Nic Mann, in his ex­tra­or­di­nary self-built Man­nic would have qual­i­fied eighth fastest for round seven were he cham­pi­onship reg­is­tered.

Jersey­man Ja­son Mourant is get­ting on the pace in his exTom New Gould-judd clock­ing per­sonal best times on ev­ery run and con­clud­ing with his best ever day in the sport.

Broth­ers Peter and Si­mon Marsh – sons of leg­endary six-times Hill­climb cham­pion Tony Marsh – both qual­i­fied their su­per­charged Fire­hawk for round seven. The en­gine went off song when Peter took to the hill and there was a re­peat of the fault as Si­mon got down to Hol­low bend.

The event fea­tured the world hill­climb­ing de­but of a hy­dro­gen fuel cell elec­tric car, the first Toy­ota Mi­rai in the UK, driven by Scot­tish mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist David Fin­lay.

Re­sults

Round seven: 1 Trevor Wil­lis (3.2 OMS-RPE 28) 26.12s; 2 Scott Mo­ran (3.5 Gould-nme GR61X) 26.19s, 3 Wal­lace Men­zies (3.5 Gould-nme GR55) 26.50s; 4 Dave Uren (1.3t Force-suzuki PC) 26.54s; 5 Will Hall (2.0 Force-aer/ Xtec WH) 26.63s; 6 Ja­son Mourant (3.5 Gould-judd GR55) 27.84s; 7 Ed Hol­lier (1.6 Em­pire-suzuki 00 Evo) 28.41s; 8 Gra­ham Wynn (3.5 Gould-cos­worth GR55) 28.47s; 9 Sean Gould (1.6 Gould-suzuki GR59) 28.82s; 10 Paul Haimes (1.3t Gould-suzuki GR59) 28.87s; 11 Peter Marsh (1.3s Dj-suzuki Fire­hawk) 32.36s; 12 Si­mon Marsh (1.3s Dj-suzuki Fire­hawk) 37.80s.

Round eight: 1 Mo­ran 26.10s BTD; 2 Wil­lis 26.25s; 3 Men­zies 26.73s; 4 Uren 27.05s; 5 Mourant 28.17s; 6 Hol­lier 28.62s; 7 Haimes 28.65s; 8 Ni­cola Men­zies (1.3t Force-suzuki PC) 28.80s; 9= Eynon Price (1.6 GouldSuzuki GR59) and Wynn 29.02s; 11 Gould 29.40s; 12 Kelvin Broad (1.3s Pil­beam-suzuki MP101) 30.60s.

Class win­ners: James Gib­son (1.0 OMS Hor­net) 31.75s; David Fin­lay (Toy­ota Mi­rai) 44.44s; Peter Turn­bull (3.6 Porsche 911 GT3) 34.42s; Paul Web­ster (2.0 Mazda MX-5) 38.21s; Si­mon Neve (2.3t Mit­subishi Lancer E6) 34.84s; David War­bur­ton (2.5 Cater­ham-du­ratec) 32.85s; An­drew Rus­sell (1.1 Ginetta G15) 38.30s; Colin Satchell (2.0 Peu­geot 205) 33.36s; Si­mon Pur­cell (1.8s Lo­tus Ex­ige) 34.07s; Mike Rudge (2.3 West­field Sei) 31.32s; Jonathan Gates (1.3 Force-suzuki LM) 29.86s; Nic Mann (1.7t Man­nic-beat­tie) 28.32s; Les Buck (0.6 OMS Hor­net) 35.23s; Si­mon Fi­doe (1.0 Em­pire-suzuki Wraith) 30.46s; Si­mon Mcbeath (1.6 Swift SC92 FF) 37.07s; Tim Davies (2.0 Pil­beam MP88 29.55s; Hol­lier 28.47s; Uren 26.80s; Wil­lis 26.53s. Points af­ter round 8/24: 1 Mo­ran 79pts; 2 Wil­lis 62; 3 Uren 39; 4 Men­zies 33; 5 Hol­lier 30; 6 Richard Sped­ding 29.

Trevor Wil­lis took the open­ing vic­tory

Ni­cola Men­zies was on strong form

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