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It has been relatively short, but close fought season for the Gurston Championship title and coming into the second day of the four-round weekend finale at the end of August, three drivers were tied in the lead of the series. Unfortunately, the man who had looked to be well on the way to a record four consecutive titles, Mark Crookall, was not present. He had an overseas holiday booked well in advance for the August date which he would not normally attend, as in previous years it was a non-counting BHC weekend.
          So with just Sunday's final rounds to go, tied on points in fourth place with the absent Crookall was long-time Mini man David Nutland, while the Mazda MX5 in the hands of Dean Cubitt, Simon Neve's Mitsubishi Evo 6 and Tim Pitfield in his bike engined DJ Firecat sports libre car were all tied for the lead. But with every class run counting, Cubitt won only one of his runs in the 2-litre Roadgoing class and dropped out of the running, Nutland had enjoyed a great weekend tussle with John Davey's Midget, being just edged out on one Saturday run and tying for another on Sunday, Pitfield lost out on one of his Saturday runs while Neve managed a clean sweep in his Evo 6. The result was a three-way tie for the Championship lead at the end of the weekend. Once the organisers had emerged from their darkened room after resolving this unprecedented tie-break, Tim Pitfield was named 2021 Gurston Down champion, his first such title in a great many years of support for the venue, followed by Nutland and Neve.
          With rear tyres past their sell-by date, the hoped for sub-30sec run in 2021 remained tantalisingly elusive during Tony Wiltshire's bid to clinch a third Gurston Top Ten Challenge title over the final two rounds. But with a Sunday qualifying time in this now run-off based series  just two hundredths short of the magic half-minute - and running a further hundredth adrift in the run-off - he achieved his main objective with a maximum Challenge score in the Ralt RT34-Peugeot, plus an unbeaten run of Gurston FTDs over this short, sharp, three-weekend Championship season.
          But in the battle in his wake it was all change. Pete Hammock, the only one of the leading contenders who would not be dropping scores on this 2-round finals weekend, needed a good result to leapfrog Tim Pitfield and Murray Wakeham into second place overall, although he would be unlikely to make serious inroads into Wiltshire's lead. He did just that, putting his Empire-Wraith Suzuki firmly into second place in Saturday's run-off, trailed by the enterprising Steve Holland's Caterham-Hayabusa. Only a phenomenal run to second place on Sunday by Holland (not in the running as he'd missed the earlier rounds) prevented him from doing it again, but Hammock had  done enough to secure the runner-up spot in the 2021 Challenge, well clear of Murray Wakeham. The 1-litre Force-Suzuki driver had given the little single-seater everything all weekend, including a couple of attempts at harvesting the Hitchings brothers' field on the Karousel outfield having set split times to the complex that matched all but Wiltshire's. However once scores were dropped, he'd done just enough to edge Gurston Championship winner Pitfield out to fourth overall in the Challenge by a single point.

Tim Pitfield took his first Gurston title and finished fourth in the Challenge (Steve Lister)

David Nutland took second overall after a three-way tie-break ... (Steve Lister)

... which left Simon Neve with third place (Ian Beard)

Tony Wiltshire takes a short cut at Ashes on the way to his third Top Ten Challenge title (Steve Lister)


As well as a good entry of Harewood regulars, the BARC Yorkshire Centre's double header on August 7/8 saw a big entry of Lotus 7 Club Speed Championship contenders each day well as the Bugatti Classics and Interclub competitors, with the Paul Matty Lotus Championship joining in Saturday's action.
          The first day of the weekend looked promising, weatherwise, but after the lunch break the rain arrived and the showers, although intermittent, were at times heavy. FTD was fought out between the 1100cc race cars of Stuart Bickley and David Tatham, with Bickley's Mk4 Jedi getting the nod by eight tenths from the OMS Hornet of David Tatham. A further second and threequarters in arrears, John Prickett took third FTD in his Radical. Notable class winners included Simon Braithwaite in his Escort-BDG Mk 1, who took the Henney's Cider/Bugatti OC Speed Championship win ahead of all the pure race machinery entered.
          On Sunday there were a few light showers but with a higher temperature and a stiffer breeze the track dried quickly. FTD went to Steve Owen, who set the outright pace for the weekend in the ‘works’ OMS 28, leaving Bickley and Tatham to settle for second and third overall this time. Notable class winners included Josh Carr in his VW Polo GTi in Class 1C, who ran five hundredths clear of Glen Shaw's Nissan 350Z, while Daniel Hollis and his Caterham snatched victory in Class 2A by thirteen hundredths from Michael Bellerby's Sylva Striker with a well timed third run charge.
          Several drivers took back-to-back class wins with Nick Mitchell, Adam Riley, Chris Berrisford, Derek Leetham, Tracey Wise, Andy Hill and Bob Bellerby all having an ultra-successful weekend. Full results for both days can be found on the Harewood website at:  www.harewoodhill.co.uk/events


Steve Owen set the pace for the weekend in his OMS-RPE 28 (Steve Wilkinson)

Daniel Hollis snatched a class win by thirteen hundredths (Steve Wilkinson)

Chris Berrisford was one of seven drivers that took back-to-back wins (Steve Wilkinson)

Pembrey August 14/15

Bristol Motor Club's Pembrey Sprint week-end on August 14 and 15 is still open for entries.

The event is a round of many popular championships including the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship.

Goodwood FoS 2021

The Goodwood Festival of Speed returned after a year off with the event being held from July 9th to 11th.

The excellent TV coverage including interesting interviews with Roger Penske and Mario Andretti and finished with a 'shoot out' won by Rob Bell's McLaren 720S GT3x in 45.01s.

Mike Stokes was on hand to record some of the fantastic cars taking part.

Alfa Romeo 308C

Alan Mann (ex Team Lotus) Cortina

Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser

Aston Martin BBR1


On the hottest weekend of the year so far, June winner Tony Wiltshire again set the outright pace at the second double-header weekend counter for the Turbo Dynamics backed Gurston Down Championship and Challenge series. The hoped for sub-30sec run, which Wiltshire had previously achieved several times in his 2007 Challenge title winning Ralt-Peugeot, again eluded him. But having taken Saturday's FTD with a 30.71 to win the run-off by three tenths of a second from a hard charging Pete Hammock's Empire Wraith Suzuki, he got closer to his goal the following day. A 30.10sec run ensured another FTD and Sunday's run-off win by over a second, again from Hammock, to give the Newton Abbott driver a healthy 13-point lead in the Challenge series. Joint leader with Wiltshire after the June weekend, Empire-Suzuki driver James Moore did not enter either meeting and dropped to fourth overall in the standings. And so Murray Wakeham, after finishing third in each day's run-off aboard his OMS-Suzuki, left Gurston tied for second overall on the table with consistent high finisher Tim Pitfield's sports libre DJ Firecat. Despite having missed both June rounds with engine problems, Hammock could also be in the mix during August's Championship finals weekend. With just four out of the six rounds to count, his two zero scores will be dropped.
          In the 12-round Gurston Championship, points are scored on a class position basis with each class run being a round. After round four in June, triple Gurston Championship winner and this year's joint series leader Mark Crookall led the way again with an unbeaten run and looked like continuing to do so. However a spin at Karousel late on Sunday interrupted the MX5 driver's flow of wins and he ended the day sharing second overall on the table with another, more heavily modified Mazda in the hands of Dean Cubitt. So by maintaining his own unblemished run of maximum scores in the Firecat, Tim Pitfield now took sole charge of the Championship, with long-time Mini maestro David Nutland moving up the order to fourth place overall.
          But it's not over yet and with the final Championship and Challenge weekend scheduled for August 28/29, there is still all to play for. Not only will dropped scores come into play, but Sunday's final day of competition will also see double Championship points awarded.
          Around 40 motorcycles boosted the entry, with Glyn Poole winning the NHCA's 10-bike run-off on Saturday before tying for the win on Sunday with Paul Jeffery's similar machine on 32.69s, the outright 2-wheel pace for the weekend. So close was the competition throughout the 130-strong 4-wheel entry that several duels were decided by mere hundredths of a second. Some of the fiercest competition came from the strong contingent of Northampton Motorsport Lotus Seven Club Championship contenders, particularly on Sunday when amid a flurry of tyre squealing sideways action, four of their five class records were reset.

Pete Hammock chased home the winner in both run-offs (Steve Lister)

Dean Cubitt now shares second place overall on the Championship table ... (Steve Lister)

... and David Nutland moves up to fourth place (Steve Lister)

The St Bruno Roughcutter lives! Chris Cannell at Ashes (Steve Lister)


Darren Gumbley dominated Hagley & DLC's July double-header weekend at Loton Park, setting FTD on both days in his 1.6-litre Force-Suzuki TA. 1100cc class winner Stuart Bickley came closest in his Jedi-Suzuki, but a possible challenge from Paul Crute's V6 Jaguar powered OMS evaporated during practice on Sunday. Paul's foot slipped off the brake pedal coming into Fletcher's Dellow and the car skated into the outfield, sustaining damage to the front suspension which was not repairable on the day.
          With the NHCA competitors also at Loton, Glyn Poole was another to enjoy a successful weekend, this time on two wheels. He won the motorcycle top 10 run-off each day on his big 890cc KTM, despite qualifying only third for Sunday's shoot-out behind top 500cc runners George Hodges and Jamie Mitchell.
          Elsewhere in the classes, Michael Thomson reset the 2-litre Roadgoing Production record in his Honda S2000 on the Sunday. Tom Morgan made his hillclimb debut in his father Stephen's Van Diemen RF89 as an identical 5-strong Formula Ford class battled it out each day. Experienced campaigners Simon Andrews and Bernie Kevill remained in charge to swap wins over the weekend in their RF90.
          A tight 4-way scrap in Sunday's over 2-litre Morgan class saw Simon Baines overturn Paul Clarke's early lead to grab the win by five hundredths. No less than 35 Lotus 7 Club members assembled for a round of their Speed Championship. With the entry split into five classes, it was Shaun Elwell that set the outright pace in his 2-litre Caterham Superlight.
          Sunday also saw a new arrival among the burgeoning classic hillclimb car ranks as Martin Jones wheeled out his latest acquisition, an ex.Carl Haas Elva Mk7 with Ford Twincam engine.

Darren Gumbley set the pace throughout the weekend at Loton (Steve Wilkinson)

2-wheel ace Glyn Poole won both bike run-offs (Steve Wilkinson)

Martin Jones' Elva Mk7 - new on the classic hillclimb scene (Steve Wilkinson)


Tony Wiltshire set the pace on both days at the BARC(SW)'s Gurston Championship double-header at their Wiltshire hill. Both the Championship and the Top Ten Challenge are sponsored this year by Peter Marsh's Turbo Dynamics Christchurch-based company, and for the first time the Challenge was scored on the basis of a 12 car run-off - one each day.
          After a long break from competition at Gurston, former double Challenge champion Wiltshire once again wheeled out his 2007 Championship-winning Ralt-Peugeot RT34 and promptly took a 30.94s FTD during Saturday's class runs in conditions which, although dry, failed to provide the ultimate levels of grip.  Wiltshire also took top spot in the run-off, although with a slower time, which allowed 2017 Challenge champion James Moore (Empire-Suzuki) to close to around six tenths while another 1100cc class runner, Murray Wakeham (OMS-Suzuki), ran just over a second adrift of the leader.
          With rain on Sunday there was even less grip and despite Wiltshire again lifting FTD during the class runs, a fine effort by Moore took the run-off win ahead of the sliding Ralt. This time Gurston school instructor Tim Pitfield took third in his sports libre DJ Firecat-Suzuki as a big moment at Karousel dropped Wakeham to eighth.
          This result left Wiltshire and Moore tied in the lead of the Challenge series after the first two rounds, with Pitfield in third place.
          With each class run a scoring round of the Gurston Championship, no less than eight drivers were tied for the lead after the first day's two rounds, having led their respective classes (or at least their fellow Gurston contenders) on each run. Things evened out a bit on the Sunday, and the weekend's four rounds left just three drivers on a maximum score. Not surprisingly, triple Gurston champion Mark Crookall was among them in his Mazda MX5 Mk2 RS, together with Simon Neve's Mitsubishi Evo 5 and Pitfield. Tied in fourth place were long time Miniman David Nutland and the rapid MX5 of Dean Cubitt, whose bid to repeat Saturday's winning form in the 2-litre Roadgoing class the following day was thwarted by the non-registered Martin Walters, on top form on the wet track aboard his tiny but rapid Abarth 500 Essess.
          Two more double-headers, in July and August, will complete the twelve rounds of this compact but ultra-competitive Gurston Championship, with six rounds making up the Challenge total.

Tony Wiltshire took FTD both days and shares the Challenge series lead (Steve Lister)

Tim Pitfield's joint lead in the Championship is backed up by third place in the Challenge (Steve Lister)

Triple champion Mark Crookall is out front again after four rounds (Steve Lister)

Simon Neve three-wheels to the joint Championship lead (Steve Lister)

WSCC Blyton sprint weekend on July 10th / 11th

HSA members and competitors are invited to the Westfield Sports Car Club organised Sprint week-end on July 10th and 11th.

More details can be found here.


After Trevor Willis had beaten him to the opening run-off win by a hundredth of a second at Loton Park's mid-June Midland Championship counter, Sean Gould scythed off another second and a quarter not only to win the second shoot-out and and take FTD, but to lower his own outright record, set in September 2019, by a further nine hundredths. The record for Hagley & DLCC's hill now stands at 43.18sec.
          With a number of hillclimbing's 'big guns' holding their fire before next weekend's double header BHC event  at Doune, with his eye on this year's top title the ever-enthusiastic Gould was, as ever, keen to put development mileage on his potent GR59-Judd V8. Willis, already with eight Midland Top 10 Challenge titles under his belt, was chasing the legendary Roy Lane's total of ten. Of the British Championship 'regulars' present, it was Dave Warburton that ran the two leaders closest in his 1.6-litre Gould-Suzuki GR59.

Sean Gould works on the record-breaking GR59 (Steve Wilkinson)


In hot and sultry conditions the Vintage and Classic contingent put on a cracking event for the opening day of the June Harewood double-header on June 5/6. Fastest Vintage racer was that star of TV's 'Secrets of the Transport Museum' series, Julian Grimwade in his Frazer Nash based Norris Special, ahead of Edmund Burgess in his Bugatti T51. Top runner among the Classic racers was James Baxter with his latest acquisition, the brutal Cooper T90 Chevrolet V8 F5000 car. Roy Bolderson was next up in his familiar Bodspeed Mini.
          Haydn Spedding demolished the Jaguar Drivers Club class record, setting a new mark on each of his first three runs in the rebuilt E-Type and cutting 3.57 seconds off the old record. Ian Standing was the only other driver in the record books when he clipped 0.72 seconds off his old standard with his Riley Brooklands.
          The weather was cooler for Sunday's Jim Thomson meeting and many were the battles over the class wins and also for outright honours. Capturing his first ever FTD at the wheel of the ex-Rob Capper/Ed Carter Force PT 1100, Robbie Birrell just held off the challenge from Rob Spedding in the OMS 2000M.
          The AMOC class saw a great battle for the class win and the record as Philip House and Tom Whittaker went head-to-head in their GT4s. House grabbed the initial lead with a new record on his first run before shaving off a fraction more on his second. Whittaker then retrieved the record on his second run, only for House to snatch it back on the fourth and final ascent.
          Among the Harewood Championship contenders, Mark Teale twice broke the 1400cc Roadgoing Modified Saloon record in his Suzuki Swift GTi and Adam Riley set a new 2-litre record in his Honda S2000. Teale and Riley look to be well in the running for this year’s championship, however one can never rule out Jonathan Mounsey, who again won the over 2-litre 4WD section in his Evo 6.


James Baxter set the pace among the Classics with his Cooper-Chevrolet (Steve Wilkinson)

Julian Grimwade brought the Norris Special up from Brooklands to win the Vintage section (Steve Wilkinson)

HSA branded caps now available

The HSA has produced a quality baseball cap, featuring the HSA logo and the logos of our three Championships - the British Sprint, the Sprint Leaders and the HSA Speed.

Over the next few weeks the caps are being sent out to competitors registered in any one of these Championships and will also be available to purchase for £8 on our merchandise page.

We look forward to seeing these caps being worn around paddocks and spectator areas this summer.

Llandow Sprint July 10 entries

Entries for the Bristol Pegasus organised Sprint at Llandow on July 10 will open on Monday 3rd May at 9 a.m.

New Hillclimbing website launched

Press release from the team behind a new hillclimbing website:

Achieving a class record at one of the UK’s hillclimb venues is not easy. It requires significant effort in terms of car preparation, as well as considerable skill and courage as a driver. Whilst an outright hill record is the ultimate achievement, every class record should be celebrated.

With this in mind, we are pleased to introduce www.hillclimbing.org - a new website that aims to recognise the endeavours of hillclimb record holders by providing a comprehensive source of class records. We hope that this new site will be an interesting and valuable resource for competitors and all those interested in the sport of speed hillclimbing.

The class records listed on www.hillclimbing.org have been sourced as carefully as possible. They have either been provided directly by the organising clubs, or sourced from the websites of the venues/organisers, or sourced from results service websites. Nonetheless, we are aware there are some gaps in the information on www.hillclimbing.org, and so if anyone has details of records that are missing or inaccurate then we would be delighted to hear from them. Please contact us at hillclimbing.org@gmail.com

At launch, www.hillclimbing.org includes class records for the 11 UK hillclimb courses that host rounds of the British Hillclimb Championship currently. This totals more than 500 class records at present. The intention is to include the records for the country’s other hillclimb courses over time.

www.hillclimbing.org has been created with a fresh and modern feel. In doing so, we hope that it helps to broaden the appeal of the exciting sport of speed hillclimbing to a wider audience and thereby enable the sport to grow with new partnerships.

Llandow Sprint on May 8 cancelled

We have just received the following notification:

"It is with much regret that due to circumstances beyond our control the BPMC & BMC organisers of the event have decided to CANCEL the May Llandow Sprint on Sat 8th May 2021"

The organisers go on to say that they are hopeful of running the event at a later date. Updates will be posted here as they are issued.

UPDATE: The organisers have confirmed that this event has been re-scheduled for July 10th. It remains a round of the 2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship.

Great Western Sprint postponed

The Great Western Sprint, due to take place at Castle Combe on March 20th 2021 has been postponed until October 23rd 2021.

The event, organised by the Bristol Motor Club, is a round of a number of Championships including the British Sprint, Sprint Leaders and HSA Speed.

Sprint Leaders Championship licence change

It has now been confirmed that the 2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA Sprint Leaders Championship will be open to all competitors with an RS Interclub or above licence.

With classes from roadgoing to racing cars this means that the vast majority of UK sprinters have the opportunity to compete for this long standing and prestigious championship held at many of the UK's best known venues.

2021 Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed Championship awards lunch

We are pleased to announce that the awards lunch for the 2021 Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed Championship awards lunch will be held on November 21st at the British Motor Museum Gaydon.

The British Motor Museum has the world's largest collection of historic British cars, celebrating the past, present and future of British motoring.  There are over 300 British classic cars for visitors to explore from the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust - there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. 

Entry to the Museum will be free for attendees of the lunch.

Let's hope we will have had a safe and successful season to look back on by then!

Date changes for Anglesey & Barbon

In the continuing uncertainty over the lifting of COVID restrictions put in place by the UK authorities, event date changes are likely to continue for a while.

The calendar pages for the British Sprint, Sprint Leaders and HSA Speed Championships, which can be found on each of their websites, will be kept updated with the latest date changes.

The most recent changes are:

The Longton & District MC events at Anglesey, originally scheduled for 4th/5th April 2021, has been moved to Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th May 2021.

The Liverpool MC event at Barbon, originally scheduled for 5th June 2021 has been moved to 12th June 2021.


The 2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA Sprint Leaders championship is now open for registrations. Competitors who registered for the 2020 championship should register as normal but they will not be required to pay as their 2020 registration fee will automatically be carried forward.

There have also been some calendar changes following the resolution of some permit and licensing issues. The new calendar is:

Note: As the season progresses, further calendar changes may occur, sometimes at short notice. The Calendar page on each championship web site will always show the current dates.

Virtual hillclimbing returns to ease lockdown blues

Following a number of false starts earlier in 2020, Sim Racing World’s European Hillclimb Cup finally started on December 7th at the 8km track inTrieste, Italy. The event was won by Nikos Tsaknias in a Norma M20, beginning a winter season comprising 8 rounds. This was followed, on December 21st, by the shorter 3.2km event at Ritsona, Greece won by Canadian, Mark Best, in an Osella FA30.

The winter championship continues with the 4.2km long event at Hauenstein, Germany on January 11th and goes on to the end of March with events in Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania and France. The Championship has attracted nearly 70 entries from all over the world, including real world competitors, and reflects hillclimbing in Europe with long events held on public roads and entry lists dominated by Libre and Mod Prod style cars.

The format consists of two weeks testing and free practice prior to the event, a 2 hour qualifying session starting at 6pm (always on a Monday) followed by two (or three) timed runs depending on the size of the entry and length of the track with the best one (or two) runs counting towards the result.

The championship is organised by hillclimb and rally enthusiast, John Pappas, who has done a remarkable job getting such an ambitious project off the ground. Later in the year the plan is to mirror the FIA European Hillclimb Championship (same dates, venues and even weather!) including iconic tracks such as St Ursanne - Les Rangiers.

In a year when it has been difficult to enjoy much on track action and with winter upon us Sim Racing World's championship offers a taste of hillclimbing competition.

A more detailed article about virtual hillclimbing and some first hand experiences will be published in the next issue of Speedscene magazine. 

Mark Best, winning at Ritsona

Next event at Hauenstein on January 11

The winter championship

2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA British Sprint Championship open for registration

You can now register for the 2021 SBD Motorpsort UK HSA British Sprint Championship.

The regulations can be found here and you can register here.

2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship open for registration

You can now register for the 2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship.

The regulations can be found here and you can register here.

The Pre-94 Formula Ford Register 2021 Challenge

The organisers of the 2021 Pre-94 Formula Ford Challenge have announced the dates of this event:





July 17th

Gurston Down

Gurston FF Fest


July 18th

Gurston Down

Gurston FF Fest


Aug 7th

Loton Park

Pre-94 FF Hill Climb


Aug 8th

Loton Park

Pre-94 FF Hill Climb


Oct 9th


Pre-94 FF Sprint


Oct 10th


Pre-94 FF Sprint


If you would like to learn more about the planned double header weekends, or wish to be added to the Register, please contact Charlie Reilly via charlie.reilly@sky.com

2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA British Sprint Championship calendar

The 2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA British Sprint Championship is all set for the new season, having received a permit from MSUK. The Regulations can be downloaded here.

The calendar will be:

Note: Updated 18/12/20 with date change for September Blyton

Note: As the season progresses, further calendar changes may occur, sometimes at short notice. The Calendar page on each championship web site will always show the current dates.

2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA Sprint Leaders Championship calendar

The 2021 SBD Motorsport UK HSA Sprint Leaders Championship is all set for the new season, having received a permit from MSUK. The Regulations can be downloaded here.

The calendar will be:

Note: As the season progresses, further calendar changes may occur, sometimes at short notice. The Calendar page on each championship web site will always show the current dates.

2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship calendar

The 2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship is all set for the new season, having received a permit from MSUK. The Regulations can be downloaded here.

The calendar will be:


Note: As the season progresses, further calendar changes may occur, sometimes at short notice. The Calendar page on each championship web site will always show the current dates.

Andrew Webber confirmed as 2020 HSA Champion

Andrew Webber has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 2020 Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed Championship driving his Lotus Elan +2. After coming second in 2018 and fourth in 2019, Andrew won the heavily curtailed 2020 season by 9 points ahead of runner-up Peter Taylor in his Mazda MX5. Peter, who had been placed third in 2019, finished just a single point ahead of 2017 Champion, Justin Andrews (Subaru Impreza), who repeated his third place result from 2019.

Completing the top 5 places were Simon Bainbridge in his V8 SBR Crono and the 2019 runner-up, Andrew Till, who campaigned both a Ford Fiesta ST and an MG ZR105.

A full list of award winners can be found here.


Andrew Webber at Blyton Park (Anthony Mitchell)

The 2020 HSA Champion, Andrew Webber (Jerry Sturman)

Runner-up, Peter Taylor MX5 (Nigel Cole)

Third overall, Justin Andrews, Impreza (Anthony Mitchell)

Yorkshire Motor Sport Festival rescheduled for 2021

The inaugural Yorkshire Motor Sport festival, originally planned for 2020, has been re-scheduled to take place between the 25th and 27th June 2021 at Holmfirth near Huddersfield.

The event will feature a competitive hillclimb to be held mainly on Wolfstones Road (hence the name - Wolfstones Hillclimb just off the B6107) on this new, 0.9 mile closed road venue.

Llandow & Aintree sprints cancelled

We have received the very disappointing news that the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship rounds at Llandow and Aintree have been cancelled. The Llandow cancellation is particularly disappointing as it occurred at such short notice but we commend the efforts of the organisers, Bristol Motor Club and BARC Wales, in trying to make the event happen in the first place and their communications to competitors keeping them informed. Apparently, due to differing local authority rulings within Wales, Llandow Circuit was unable to obtain permission for the event to go ahead. 

At the time of writing the Pembrey sprint on Sunday, August 16th was still due to take place.


After months of lockdown, competitive hillclimbing finally restarted on July 25/26 when the MAC hosted their Summer Spree double-header at Shelsley Walsh. Drawing around 115 each day, the entry included four of last year's BHC top ten who, perhaps unsurprisingly, made up the leading quartet on both Saturday and Sunday. Sean Gould set the outright pace, driving the updated version of his Gould-Judd DB4, to keep a hard charging Trevor Willis at bay for FTD each day.

None of Shelsley's competitors had, of course, driven in anger on a hill since last season and Gould's stunning 23.61s on Sunday afternoon, just over a second outside the outright hill record, gave clear notice of intent for his forthcoming 2021 BHC campaign. Willis, as usual, gave it everything in his much less powerful OMS-RPE, particularly on Saturday as he bounced off the bank exiting Top Ess in an bid to match the flying Gould. Running an impressive low 25 in the family DJ Firehawk, the 1100cc Suzuki powered spaceframer now in its 13th year of competition, Alex Summers chased them home for the final podium place each time. Rounding off the '2019 top ten' group, Dave Warburton celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday with a second consecutive fourth place in his 1.6 Gould-Suzuki. A fine effort in his 1-litre OMS 3000M netted fifth place overall for Harry Pick on Saturday, while despite not running on the first day, Paul Haimes grabbed the placing on Sunday in his turbocharged GR59-Suzuki. Simon Andrews' TKD V8 powered OMS 28 rounded off the top six each day.

In effect a trial meeting for a number of other Shelsley events scheduled for later this year by the MAC, the meeting was run to the strict Motorsport UK guidelines in place for the Covid 19 situation and was held 'behind closed doors'. Despite the various restrictions in place, the event proved very successful and although there were no spectators on the hill, a world-wide audience was able to watch the action via the excellent live streaming which was set up by Rich Danby and Al Rayner. Viewers were kept informed of competitors' progress not only by continuous on-screen graphics, but by a commentary from Toby Moody, on-site in Vox Villa, and Eddie Walder, still self isolating in his Coventry home but transmitting via a video link.

Sean Gould's Sunday win was a second outside the hill record - John Hallett

Trevor Willis chased hard for second place each day - John Hallett

Third each day, Alex Summers ran the 1100 Firehawk in the low 25s on Sunday - John Hallett

Longton's Anglesey October Sprints cancelled

The two Anglesey Sprints, due to be held in October and organised by Longton & District Motor Club, have been cancelled.

FTD for Broughton as Sprinting returns to Combe

Sprinting returned to Castle Combe on Saturday July 18th for Bristol Motor Club’s traditional Dick Mayo Sprint. After an overcast and slightly drizzly start the weather improved to almost perfect conditions for the single practice and four timed runs on offer.

The BMC had worked hard during the preceding day, with plenty of volunteers, to establish an effective and safe environment for the 112 competitors with a one way system around the paddock, regularly cleaned and sanitised toilet facilities and non contact scrutineering. The starting procedure involved lining up as usual, a chocked front wheel and a raised ‘lollipop board’ to start and this all worked satisfactorily. A couple of changes from previous years were in evidence. In the chicanes, beyond the red & white kerbs, there is green painted tarmac, normally out of bounds but this year they contained some nasty looking concrete ‘sausages’ to catch out the unwary. There was also a live video feed (https://youtu.be/E_KJBp3_-Hs) of events being broadcast, with commentary, on a number of streaming platforms.

From the entry list it looked as if FTD would be a fight between the two SBD Dallara drivers, Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam. Following a number of updates to the aero and suspension geometry to make full use of the Pirelli tyres’ grip this is how it turned out with both drivers leading the standings on occasion and setting new course records. On his final run Steve Broughton lowered the mark to 52.40s to take FTD.

Behind this pair another 7 single seaters were all trying to round out the top 10 and get under 60s with Steve Miles Van Diemen RF96 being the best of the rest with a 53.43s. They were joined by Simon Rogers, in the indecently fast Meteor Caterham Busa, and Clive Wooster in his familiar Radical SR4 who were separated by 5 hundredths in 8th and 9th places.

In the classes Andrew Till had forsaken his usual yellow MG (he still has the car) for a Fiesta ST which can run in either Standard or normal Roadgoing classes and he took the win in the Roadgoing Production 1400cc class. In the 1800cc Class Claire Tooth’s Elise beat Father, Mark by nearly half a second while in the huge 2600cc Class David Goddard’s Elise S1 won from Tim Richardson’s standard Elise 250 Cup. In the over 2600cc Class Stephen Moore’s Evo 6 had a good battle with Matthew Bennett’s 911 Turbo to take the win.

In the 1800cc Specialist Production Class all three front runners were on new Extreme tyres and it showed with Mike Smith coming out on top in his Striker from Chris Bennett and Chris Jones in their shared Caterham who were separated by a hundredth of a second with all three setting PBs.

Nicholas Olsen’s interesting Elite S3 took the car engined Mod Prod Class with Simon Rogers annexing the bike engined category and the 14 strong MX5 class saw an easy win for Matthew Parr.

And the day was completed with minimal incident by 4pm. Well done the BMC.

Steve Broughton leaves the line on his way to FTD (K Broughton)

Andrew Webber's lovely V8 Lotus 47/62 (K Broughton)

The new corner cutting deterrents in the Esses (BMC)

Three Sisters sprint cancelled

Unfortunately the Three Sisters sprint on September 6th has been cancelled.

The current Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed chamionship calendar is:

Qualifying rounds for the HSA Speed Championship

In the light of the significantly reduced number of rounds in the 2020 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship and following discussions with competitors it has been decided to reduce the maximum number of qualifying rounds for scoring purposes.

"Points gained in up to six of the qualifying events will count towards the Championship scoring. Should a competitor score in more than six rounds the lowest scores will be dropped."

Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship - Gurston cancelled

After an exhaustive Committee meeting on the 29th June 2020, BARC South West Centre have announced that they will not be running an event on 30th August 2020.

The latest Championship calendar is:

Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship - new rounds added

The Nottingham Sports Car Club double header at Blyton Park in September has been added to the 2020 Triple M/Pirelli HSA speed championship.

All dates are, of course, subject to change in these unprecedented times.

Revised programme June 27th:

Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed Championship re-launch

The Hillclimb and Sprint Association are pleased to announce the re-launch of the 2020 Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed Championship following the easing of the recent lockdown.

We have been working hard with event organisers to put together a revised provisional calendar beginning in August and running through until October. We are sure that everyone will understand that, even at this stage, uncertainty remains as each of our national governments update their guidelines which organisers are required to follow. Consequently, events may be rescheduled or even cancelled at short notice – please keep checking the HSA and event organiser’s web sites for the latest information.

We had considered cancelling the Championship on the grounds that it could not be run at the same level as we had all anticipated at the beginning of the year. However, on balance, it was felt that it would be better to offer our members and competitors the chance to take part in a competitive championship even if it takes place in more restricted circumstances.

Competitors who have decided that they are unable to take part in this year’s championship should contact the Championship co-ordinator to discuss their options.

We may not be able to run an Awards Lunch and, if that were the case, any awards arising might need to be in the form of vouchers for reduced 2021 championship and/or event entry fees.


August Welsh Sprint Weekend: June Update

Following a meeting of the Bristol Motor Club/BARC Wales joint organising team it has been decided that the Welsh Sprint Weekend, comprising of two sprints at Llandow and Pembrey circuits, will be going ahead in accordance with the COVID-19 guidance received from Motorsport UK.  The event must also be compliant with all COVID-19 protection regulations and guidelines issued by both the English and Welsh Governments, so should there be any changes which means the events will be cancelled all competitors who have entered will be given a full refund of the entry fee.

More details here.

2020 Sprint Leaders championship cancelled

The 2020 SBD Motorsport UK HSA Sprint Leaders Championship

Following the news of the cancellation of most of the Championship’s July and August rounds and the continuing doubt over some of the remaining rounds, the organisers have reluctantly decided to cancel the Championship for 2020.

Competitors will automatically have their registrations carried forward to 2021 but those who do not wish to be registered for next year’s Championship should contact the championship co-ordinator.

We wish all our competitors well during this difficult period and look forward to seeing them all at events in the future.

Pat Toulmin
Championship co-ordinator

2020 British Sprint Championship cancelled

A decision was made yesterday which resulted in the cancellation of our Knockhill weekend.

Although our Kirkistown organisers intended to continue with their weekend we have to be conscious that many of you do not attend. Other issues associated with that are far from clear. The NI Executive have suggested that their hotels will re-open on 20.07.20. However the matter of ferries is far from clear, and at the moment we could not reach any ferry via either Scotland or Wales because of their travel restrictions.

That being so the number of remaining counting rounds which we could anticipate being visited by everyone is below that of a reasonable number for a British Sprint Championship.

So the decision has been reached to cancel the 2020 British Sprint Championship. 2021’s equivalent will permit the permanent numbers earned in 2019 will carry forward for use in 2021. There will, of course, be no Awards Dinner this year.

Any fees paid by registered contenders will be carried forward to 2021.

Planned 2020 events at Loton cancelled

We have received the following news from Hagley & District Light Car Club:

"Following the announcement that motorsport may be able to re-commence in July, we have been working with the guidelines that have been provided by Motorsport UK to ensure that we can recommence safely and in full compliance with them.  As a result, the Directors and Committee of HDLCC have regrettably come to the decision that we are unable to run any of our 2020 events as planned.

We are hoping to arrange at least one meeting at Loton Park towards the end of the season and details will be put on our website when finalised.

Our Entries Secretary will communicate with all your competitors who have already entered events.

Thank you for your support and I very much hope to see you at Loton Park in 2021"

August Welsh Sprint week-end (15/16)

Following a meeting of the Bristol Motor Club/BARC Wales joint organising team today it has been decided that the above weekend, comprising of two sprints at Llandow and Pembrey circuits, will be going ahead in accordance with the COVID-19 guidance received from Motorsport UK.  The event must also be compliant with all COVID-19 protection regulations and guidelines issued by both the English and Welsh Governments, so should there be any changes which means the events will be cancelled all competitors who have entered will be given a full refund of the entry fee.

We are currently revising details of the events to comply with the latest Motorsport UK guidance but hope to be able to publish Supplementary Regulations in approximately two weeks time.  Documentation will be sent out when available and will also be on the organising clubs websites. 


Following MSUK's recent announcement regarding re-starting motor sport in the UK we are receiving enquiries about how this will affect the HSA's championships and the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship in particular.

"We are waiting to see how clubs decide how and when they feel able to run their planned events under the prevailing guidelines. We are hearing that some events will be cancelled, some postponed to a future date and others run with restrictions. Until this becomes clear all we can do is continue as planned and respond when the picture becomes clearer."

British Sprint Championship update

So many distributions from organising clubs so far have been negative indicating that this, that or the other event or championship has been cancelled.

Due to the constantly changing nature of the picture in our Championship we have been unable to convey to you anything of any consequence until now.

Yesterday Motorsport UK indicated that British Championship events would not be permitted in July. That means, of course, that the Snetterton weekend and Lydden events will not take place. That probably is just as well, given the doubt that exists about accommodation being available for everyone. I have nonetheless invited John Sharp to consider simply the postponement of these events and see whether they can be displaced until later in the year. That will ultimately be a decision which Boro 19 will make.

We are, of course, dealing with decisions made by 4 different national governments. So we need to know what the Northern Ireland and Scottish governments decide before our two organisers can determine what their decision is. I had communication from Stuart Gray last month which suggested the possibility that our date might change Knockhill’s BTCC date has already changed and they will need to know if their British Superbike date will change before their full picture can become clear.

I see no reason to doubt that the North west England weekend (Aintree & Three Sisters) will take place and the same for the Anglesey weekend.

When we have anything further to tell you we will let you know.

Peter Howgate, Championship co-ordinator

Borough 19 Sprint Poll

Borough 19 have initiated a poll to assist planning of their early July Sprints at Snetterton and Lydden Hill. These events are included in the calendars of all three 2020 HSA Championships.

You can access the Borough 19 Poll page here.


Motorsport UK Monday Quiz nights

Something to brighten up the lockdown. Monday nights at 8:00 pm MSUK and partners will be hosting a Motorsport Quiz on Facebook.

Details here.

Crystal Palace Sprint May 24/25

Regs and entries for the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club organised Crystal Palace Sprint on 24th and 25th May 2020 can now be found at https://www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk/registration. HSA members can enter through the HSA's membership of the invited Regional Associations.

Held over the traditional Bank Holiday weekend of Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May 2020, the two day non-championship speed event will be run along the same lines to previous years where classes are decided by year of manufacture rather than engine size. This attracts a wide and varied entry of historic, classic and modern competition and road-going vehicles.

The 2019 event attracted 192 car entries over the two day period that were split into the 24 car class structure and proved a huge success in bringing the event back after a short break in 2018. The 2020 event will again feature classic and historic motor-cycles that will perform demonstration runs to revive the period when bikes raced at the circuit from 1927. There will also be trade stands, autojumble, car shows and various attractions aimed for the young. Karen Webber the Event Organiser said "Although it was a success last year, we know we can make this event even bigger and better in 2020 and all our information is on our website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages."

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