BRI­TISH HILL­CLIMB CHAM­PI­ONSHIP WIL­LIS AND MO­RAN FIGHT IT OUT

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ed­die Walder Re­sults Pho­tos: Ed­die Walder

Or­gan­iser: Liver­pool Mo­tor Club and Kirkby Lons­dale Mo­tor Club When: July 2 and 3 Where: Bar­bon Manor, Cum­bria (rounds 15 and 16) and Hare­wood, Leeds (rounds 17 and 18) Starters: 68 and 114

It was a pun­ish­ing week­end for the Bri­tish Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship run­ners, with four rapid­fire rounds tak­ing place over two days at two dif­fer­ent venues.

By the end of the four show­downs, se­ries bench­mark Scott Mo­ran had con­sol­i­dated his 18-point lead at the head of the stand­ings af­ter a tense toe-to-toe with ti­tle rival Trevor Wil­lis.

In the open­ing round at Bar­bon, which had been blighted by rain, Mo­ran topped the run-off times with his tra­di­tional pace but he could only manage a fourth po­si­tion in the sec­ond en­counter.

Wil­lis, on the other hand, had fol­lowed his rival in the timesheets in the open­ing runoff but headed the sec­ond clash as his rival strug­gled. That meant Wil­lis cer­tainly had the up­per hand.

Three bursts of rain swept across the venue at var­i­ous points, shak­ing up the lower or­der. Be­hind Mo­ran (who had set his time de­spite a lurid slide) and Wil­lis in the opener had been Wal­lace Men­zies in his Gould, while Will Hall took a de­cent bunch of points in his Force. How­ever, that was to be a high­light for Hall who went to the start line for the sec­ond run, which was tak­ing place on a dry track, with wet weather tyres. He spun.

On those sec­ond runs, the weather was to play a fac­tor and the con­di­tions helped Sean Gould take third place in his Gould-suzuki, be­hind the consistent Men­zies.

On to Hare­woood on Sun­day, and Wil­lis caught the eye im­me­di­ately with a pow­er­ful open­ing time, which was enough for him to grab an­other round vic­tory. But in a re­verse of the open­ing round a day be­fore, Mo­ran was in hot pur­suit and clocked the sec­ond best time.

Richard Sped­ding, in his 1600cc GWR Rap­tor, had stopped the clocks for third place ahead of Hall and Men­zies.

Wil­lis needed to keep Mo­ran in sight to claim the brag­ging rights over the four rounds af­ter the fi­nal en­counter. But it was Mo­ran who pushed the lim­its once again, with a record-break­ing run that left the oth­ers breath­less.

He topped the im­pres­sive Sped­ding, who had seemed likely to claim his maiden win be­fore Mo­ran’s dis­play, with Wil­lis third, and Men­zies fourth from Hall.

DRIVER

Adam Maxwell David Casey Carl Waller-bar­rett Danny Fiske Rob Mcdon­ald Shane Bland Ja­son Kew Damien Mul­vey Gary Wil­son Colin Smith

Bri­tish Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship Wil­lis was on top in Cum­bria on Satur­day, win­ning the sec­ond run fol­low­ing ear­lier rain... ...while Mo­ran was on record­break­ing form in York­shire

The run­ners ready to bat­tle

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