MO­RAN KEEN TO BUILD ON EARLY WORK

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ed­die Walder

Or­gan­iser: Mid­land Au­to­mo­bile Club When: June 4/5 Where: Shel­s­ley Walsh, nr Worces­ter Starters: 160

Scott Mo­ran con­sol­i­dated his Bri­tish Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship lead with a pair of wins at the his­toric mo­tor­sport venue as a mas­sive crowd lined the the­atri­cal track.

The top three in each shoot-out were also the top three qual­i­fiers, the top three best times of the day and top three in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

Wal­lace Men­zies and Trevor Wil­lis fin­ished sec­ond and third but they could do noth­ing about the ram­pant Mo­ran, who now has a ca­reer 142 Bri­tish round wins un­der his belt.

Wil­lis had a mo­ment in Q2 when his car’s engine cover came off. The aero dis­tur­bance made the run dif­fi­cult and he was out­qual­i­fied by Men­zies.

“Trevor must have thought he had it each time but he knows I’ll al­ways try to sneak in at the end,” Mo­ran said af­ter­wards.

Mo­ran now has a 21-point lead but ad­mit­ted that the po­si­tion could change at any time and that he needs to build all the points he can as early as pos­si­ble.

Dave Uren is still in fourth place over­all in his tiny tur­bocharged Force PC. Although he took fourth in the first en­counter, his engine suf­fered a ma­jor fail­ure af­ter the fin­ish in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing run and he was un­able to start in the fi­nal round of the day. He has one week to re­place the engine be­fore the next rounds at Lo­ton Park.

Car-shar­ing Sean Gould and Eynon Price, in the works Gould, con­tin­ued their suc­cess­ful sea­son but Gould him­self suf­fered a mo­ment at Ess Ap­proach in round 10 that had the crowd gasp­ing. A scor­ing time eluded him.

The track proved dif­fi­cult and was quite dusty in the warm con­di­tions. An­drew Hen­son de­stroyed his clas­sic Pil­beam MP62 af­ter The Cross­ing in a dra­matic shunt, but the de­lay was quite short and Hen­son for­tu­nately walked away un­hurt but shocked.

Paul Haimes’ tur­bocharged Gould has had a trou­bled two-year ges­ta­tion but it fi­nally per­formed fault­lessly for his best day since he won the Lead­ers ti­tle in his for­mer Dal­lara nearly 10 years ago.

Will Hall tamed his Force-aer for a fifth and fourth but the fac­tory man­ager was still dis­sat­is­fied with his week­end. The cause of the an­noy­ance may be Richard Sped­ding, who was joint high­est-scor­ing un­blown 1600cc com­peti­tor with Gould. He still holds fifth over­all, a soli­tary point ahead of Hall with Ed Hol­lier also a suc­cess­ful 1600 driver.

Lee Grif­fiths made one of his oc­ca­sional run-off ap­pear­ances in the first en­counter but failed to score and later crashed at the Esses in the sec­ond run. Cham­pi­onship co-spon­sor Gra­ham Wynn clipped the bank at Top Ess in round nine and failed to score as a re­sult.

Colin Satchell con­sol­i­dated his lead in the class-based Hill­climb Lead­ers Cham­pi­onship with vic­tory in each run in his Peu­geot.

Men­zies took sec­ond twice Scott Mo­ran now has 142 Bri­tish Hill­climb vic­to­ries

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