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RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP 2009
AWARDS LUNCH, GAYDON, SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER
Many competitors have already signed up to attend the Awards lunch and it looks set to be a busy afternoon; Steve Wilkinson will be hosting and offering the audience his 'birds-eye' round up of our Championship year, there are more than 40 awards to be presented, not to mention some interesting photo footage to be seen. Maybe those yet undecided might be pursuaded by news that the provisional 2009 calendar will also be 'unveiled'. A website announcement will follow during the following week.
DVD HILLCLIMB REVIEWS OF THE YEAR NOW AVAILABLE
As broadcast on the Motors TV channel in November, these two hour-long seasonal reviews are now both available from Brayspeed on DVD in widescreen format. They cover the Nicholson McLaren British Hillclimb Championship and the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Championship. These specially produced programmes include all the top action and many of Tony Wiltshire’s penetrating interviews as featured on the regular programmes, each with an all-new commentary by Jerry Sturman. For full details and selected video excerpts, visit: www.brayspeed.co.uk
2008 Awards Lunch booking forms available
2009 Calender Taking Shape...
Final 2008 HSA Speed Championship positions
The final 2008 Richard Egger Insurance HSA Speed Championship positions have been announced. The top five places are:
2nd place: Steve Filkin
4th place: Brian Ball
The class awards are:
(A1.) 1st: Steven Lane 2nd: Jamie Yapp
(A2.) 1st: Steve Filkin 2nd: Matt Carter 3rd: Ian Bennett
(A2.1.) 1st: Barbara Fogden 2nd: Chris Bound
(A3.) 1st: Robert Haigh
(B1.) 1st: John Palmer 2nd: John Bradshaw
(B2.) 1st: Robert Gale
(C1.) 1st: Wil Ker 2nd: Steve Harris
(C2.) 1st: Emerson Kent 2nd: Philip Skipp
(C3.) 1st: Neil Duncanson
(D.) 1st: Ed Bradshaw
(F.) 1st: Lindsay Mercer 2nd: James Tearle
(G.) 1st: Robin Judge
(H.) 1st: Brian Ball 2nd: Peter Roberts
(J1.) 1st: Tony Jarvis
(J2.) 1st: Craig Bates 2nd: Kerry Waine
(K.) 1st: Paul Tinsley
(L.) 1st: Christopher Machell
(N.) 1st: Stuart Cainey
(P.) 1st: Eric Morrey
(U.) 1st: Hugh Whitcombe
(V.) 1st: Lyn Padfield 2nd: Johnathan Plowe
(W.) 1st: Fyrth Crosse
(W2.) 1st: John Burton
PALMER’S SIXTH HSA TITLE
In autumnal Curborough sunshine, John Palmer secured his sixth HSA Speed Championship title in style with a new class record at Curborough on Sunday. ‘Conditions were ideal this afternoon,’ said Palmer. ‘I was determined to break my old record that’s stood for over five years. ‘I’d beaten it before by two hundredths during a run-off, which didn’t count, but it’s good to have taken four hundredths off officially.’ His Westfield Zetec S left Curborough’s 1700 Roadgoing Specialist Production Car mark at 33.49 sec.
Rival Steve Filkin in his Elise, who Palmer had beaten to the Paul Matty Midland Sprint title only the previous weekend at Curborough, had to also settle for second place in the Richard Egger Insurance backed HSA Championship. However long time series sponsor Alan Goodwin had a field day each weekend, with both cars powered by engines from his Aldon Automotive stable.
After pipping equally hard trying Mini driver Hugh Whitcombe to the class win on his second run, the spectacular Matt Clarke found another half second to win the coveted Alan Payne Memorial Trophy for victory in the 16-strong class winners’ run-off. FTD went to Jeremy Wilson after not only he but his closest challengers, Curborough expert Glyn Sketchley in his 1100 Megapin-Yamaha and Simon Marsh in the Gould-Opel V6 went a little agricultural on their second runs!
Full Championship results are now available elsewhere on the HSA website here, and a full report of the meeting will appear in issue 151 of Speedscene.
A delighted Graeme Wight Jr scored the first British Hillclimb Championship victory for his awesome V10 Predator on home turf at Doune, edging out Martin Groves by two hundredths of a second to win the opening run-off. Trailing smoke from a blown gearbox towards the end of the second shoot-out, he all but matched his earlier pace but had to settle for settle for second place after a superb closing effort by
Final British Hillclimb Championship positions: 1 Scott Moran 265pts; 2 Martin Groves 247; 3 Trevor Willis 209; 4 Roger Moran 178; 5 Chris Merrick 170; 6 Jos Goodyear 133; 7 Paul Ranson 123; 8 Basil Pitt 96; 9 Deryk Young 76; 10 Paul Haimes 63; etc.
2008 HILLCLIMB DVDs NOW AVAILABLE
A full set of 1-hour Brayspeed DVDs covering Nicholson McLaren British Hillclimb rounds at Gurston, Shelsley, Loton Park, Doune, Bouley Bay, Le Val des Terres, Wiscombe and Prescott, plus all four rounds of the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Championship, is now available. For full details and selected video excerpts, visit: www.brayspeed.co.uk
GROVES TAKES LOTON RECORD
Despite having already lost this year’s British Hillclimb Championship to Scott Moran, Martin Groves showed he’d lost none of his fighting spirit as he stormed to the double run-off win and FTD at
Scott didn’t get the chance to retaliate as his Gould was sidelined for the day after a steering rack ball-joint broke – at 120mph on Cedar Straight – during his father Roger’s first qualifying run of the day. Roger escaped unscathed after a happily minor off-course excursion, but with nothing more to prove this year they took the decision to withdraw the car.
Still with an outside chance of catching
British Championship standings after
Trevor Willis took the fourth British Hillclimb win of his career and clinched the
With the non-appearance of closest rival Robert Kenrick, Peter Cox clinched the UK Changes Midland Hillclimb title in the big Chevron-Rover B42, giving a huge boost to the increasingly popular pre-86 single seater class on the Midland hills. With two rounds to go, at
British Championship standings after
Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb - 23/24th August 2008
An excellent selection of high quality colour photographs snapped by Simon McBeath at the recent BHC Gurston Down meeting, including a number of shots of Richard Egger Insurance/HSA Speed Championship contenders are available from: www.maximage.co.uk
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP - Round 15, Gurston Down 23/24th August 2008
A great selection of photographs of the action from the recent round supporting the BHC meeting are available from maximage - see the Championship (HSA C'ship) news page for further details.
NEW SPONSOR FOR 2009 BRITISH HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP
Mike Endean, MD of Nicholson McLaren who has sponsored the MSA British Hillclimb Championship for the last five years, announced his continued backing for the Championship at Gurston Down’s BHC event in August. In 2009 the series will be supported by Endean’s company MCL Motorhomes, based in
After another weekend of misfortune for the Groves/Ranson team, Scott Moran finally secured his first British Hillclimb title at Gurston Down with six rounds in hand.
Early runner Paul Ranson slid wide over the Karousel rumble strip in the opening run-off, punctured a tyre with a piece of the Gould’s carbonfibre aero diffuser broken in the incident and spun the car at Ashes. Moran stammered up in fifth place with an electrical problem and with a new wheel and tyre in place, penultimate runner Martin Groves set the outright pace, salvaging a reprieve from what was by now his almost inevitable championship fate and handed the win when top qualifier Jos Goodyear slid the Pilbeam-Judd into the Ashes barrier.
But when Ranson stormed the Gould down into Hollow early in the second shoot-out, the car coasted to a halt with a broken third gear. With no time for repairs,
Scott’s victory also drew a parallel with Graham and Damon Hill in F1 – together with father Roger’s 1997 title, it marked the first father and son championship winning pairing in British hillclimbing.
Championship standings after Gurston Down: 1 Scott Moran, 262pts; 2 Martin Groves 189; 3 Trevor Willis 186; 4 Roger Moran 171; 5 Chris Merrick, 157; 6 Jos Goodyear, 114; etc.
The event also drew a healthy 33 cars and drivers vying for Richard Egger HSA Speed Championship points. With the entry split into two sections for awards purposes, Chris Jones headed the saloon and sports car section with an enterprising couple of runs in the Westfield – rather too enterprising second time up as he spun off into the Karousel infield in an attempt to get on terms with Simonn Braithwaite’s class record, although the win was secure from defending champion John Bradshaw, who took just one run in the Striker. That could have proved Bradshaw's undoing as Neil Duncanson, no stranger to the venue in the big Quattro, closed to within eight hundredths for a strong third place ahead of championship second place man Steve Filkin in the Elise. Wil Ker howled the Mini Turbo home in fifth, while a fine second run by Richard Colwill hauled the Impreza up through the field to complete the top six.
John Burton and John Opie ruled the racing section in their Steve Owen built Ralt-Vauxhall RT3, Fyrth Crosse finding a massive second run improvement in the historic Ensign to almost get on terms with Opie as he drew clear of Brian Ball’s tiny Force-Yamaha. A fine scrap between Tony Jarvis and Martin Webb in their shared Van Diemen ‘Pterodactyl’ RF 84 was only settled on aggregate in Jarvis’s favour, after both set identical second run times.
Full report will follow in Speedscene 150.
SETBACK FOR GROVES DESPITE NEW SHELSLEY RECORD
The weather gods stepped in to move Scott Moran one step further towards a 2008 British Hillclimb title on the very last run of the day at Shelsley Walsh on Sunday.
After qualifying top with a new class record, Martin Groves went on to set yet another outright Shelsley record, at 22.58s, and win the morning run-off from Moran. He topped the Q-sheets in the afternoon, too, ahead of his rival. But after Moran had edged in front of
Moran’s series lead is now 68 points and although it’s still mathematically possible for Groves to win a fourth successive British title, he will need a string of record-supported wins over the remaining eight rounds with Moran returning a series of mediocre scores, which seems unlikely given the championship leader’s current form.
Full report in Speedscene 150.
Championship positions after Shelsley Walsh: 1 Scott Moran 247pts; 2 Martin
London Irish Motor Club Sprint Lydden Hill 16th 17th August
NEW ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT COAST RACING SILENCERS FROM MERLIN
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Two straight run-off wins and a new hill record at Craigantlet boosted Scott Moran’s already healthy lead in the Nicholson McLaren British Hillclimb Championship. Rival Martin Groves’ Gould didn’t even turn a wheel in anger, a gearbox output shaft breaking as co-driver Paul Ranson brought the car to the line for its very first practice run on the high speed
Having equalled former champion Adam Fleetwood’s outright record at last year’s event, Scott carved a whole quarter of a second off the mark on the very last run of the day and with ten rounds of this year’s championship remaining, must now be a strong favourite for the 2008 title.
A relatively small group of British contenders made the trip across the
Full report in Speedscene 150.
Championship standings after Craigantlet: 1 Scott Moran 228pts; 2 Martin Groves 165; 3 Trevor Willis 157; 4 Roger Moran 144; 5 Chris Merrick 138; 6 Jos Goodyear 95; etc.
GOLDEN JUBILEE WISCOMBE
Full report in Speedscene 150 – or check the Woolbridge MC website: www.woolbridge.co.uk
British Championship standings: 1 Scott Moran 207pts; 2 Martin Groves 165; 3 Trevor Willis 143; 4 Roger Moran 127; 5 Chris Merrick 121; 6 Jos Goodyear 95; etc.
RSSOC event at Curborough on 17th August
HSA members are invited to the Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners Club organised event at Curborough on August 17th. Anyone interested should call Eric Morrey on 0116 2477851 for an entry form.
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP: Round 13, MIRA
A NEW HILLCLIMB BOOK: FREIK – The Private Life of the Freikaiserwagen
Probably no-one under the age of 70 will remember seeing – and hearing – the Freikaiserwagen in action, but the story of one of the most famous and successful Shelsley Specials of all time, which broke Raymond Mays’ outright hill record in 1949, has at last been published. Written by co-constructor Hugh Dunsterville and his son Rob, it tells the complete story of the machine that was first conceived in the mid-1930s and, after a complete rebuild from surviving parts after the war, went on to achieve almost legendary status before its life, and sadly that of its driver, Joe Fry, ended at Blandford hillclimb in 1950. The 112 page book, packed with historic photographs, is available by post from the publisher: Midland Automobile Club (Est.1901 Ltd), Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb,
A full review will appear in Speedscene 149.
Successful Curborough Sprint Course Repairs
The ever popular course operated by Shenstone and District Car Club has been enhanced by successful repair work that should improve both the single and double lap event formats.
Malcolm’s funeral will take place at on Friday, June 11th, at Redditch Crematorium. There will a service afterwards at Earlswood Methodist Church.
WET AND DRY FINISH AT HAREWOOD
On a weekend in which conditions alternated between torrential rain and bright sunshine, a limited choice of tyres confined British Hillclimb Championship leader Scott Moran to fifth place in the wet opening run-off at Harewood. Martin Groves continued his championship fightback to take the win, almost a second clear of the hot favourite in the conditions, Trevor Willis. But when sunshine and a dry track greeted competitors in the afternoon shoot-out Moran approached hill record pace, storming to victory over
Amid a strong contingent of Richard Egger HSA Championship contenders, John Palmer boosted his score with a good run for fourth place in the 2-litre ModProd class and Fyrth Crosse enjoyed his first visit to Harewood as he took on the bike-engined hordes in the 1600 racing class with the Ensign-BDA. The dedicated HSA class enjoyed the best weather towards the end of the meeting, Eric Morrey setting the top pace of the day in the Clan to take the win from Wil Ker (bouncing back after a transmission failure on the Mini turbo in practice) and battling Peugeot duo Chris Flavell and Emerson Kent.
Full report in Speedscene 149.
Championship standings after round 16, Harewood: 1 Scott Moran, 150pts; 2 Martin Groves, 110; 3 Trevor Willis, 103; 4 Roger Moran, 91; 5, Chris Merrick, 84; 6 Paul Ranson, 68; etc.
PRESCOTT DOUBLE FOR WILLIS
Trevor Willis boosted his lead in the Avon/BMTR Challenge series with both run-off wins and a 37.71 FTD at
A strong turnout of Richard Egger HSA Speed contenders supported the event, both throughout the classes and in two dedicated classes for B Licence competitors. They figured strongly in the overall results with Gary Hill the outright pacemaker in his OMS-Yamaha, his 43.43 taking outright victory in the 1100cc single-seater class. John Burton and John Opie took on the pre-85 racing cars in their 2-litre Ralt-Vauxhall RT3, with
In the equally well supported HSA B Licence road car division, winner Eric Morrey and the Clan outran Championship leader Lyn Padfield’s Lotus Seven by just over half a second, Emerson Kent running a close third in his Peugeot 205 GTi.
Full report in the next issue of Speedscene.
I am devastated to report that long standing member 1914 and past HSA committee member Malcolm Eaves was fatally injured in a motor accident last night, returning home from Prescott.
Malcolm regularly competed for 52 years and at the highest level. At Prescott on Saturday he spoke with his customary enthusiasm about how much he was relishing competing with his Lotus Elan twincam after a delayed start to his season.
The HSA Committee wish to extend their deepest condolences to Malcolm’s family and friends. Malcolm was the perfect example of those who make hill climbing the sport we love – his thoughtful and courteous presence brightening any paddock with his enthusiasm, understanding, charm, and quiet support. A true gentleman who all will miss.
MORAN MASTERS DAMP DOUNE
Scott Moran set the outright pace at a miserably wet Doune hillclimb, scaling the daunting heights of the Carse of Cambus with a 41.14s FTD to win the second of the day’s two run-offs and extend his lead on the Nicholson McLaren British Hillclimb Championship table. Top challenger Martin Groves, who had denied Moran the win in the first run-off, had to settle for third place behind Trevor Willis, the OMS-Powertec driver recovering well from a barrier-swiping incident in the opening shoot-out that had left him with a puncture, a damaged wheel and an eleventh place finish out of the points. But the mistake proved costly for Willis, who lost his second place on the series table to
After a stunning practice run in the awesome Predator V10 on Saturday, just over half a second outside Groves’ 36.00s outright hill record, Graeme Wight Jr qualified in second place for the opening run-off. Then gearbox problems struck yet again and he finished only ninth before retiring the car. Former Scottish Hillclimb Champion Jonathan Rarity made a fine debut British run-off appearance in his Mark Hutcheson built Ghost-Hayabusa, bringing the diminutive machine, minus bodywork, well into the points each time.
Full report in Speedscene 149.
Championship standings after round 14, Doune: 1 Scott Moran 134pts; 2 Martin Groves 91; 3 Trevor Willis 89; 4 Chris Merrick 84; 5 Roger Moran 81; 6 Paul Ranson 56; etc.
Llys y Fran 20th July
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP: Round 10 - MIRA
Curborough Single Lap Sprint Photographs
An excellent selection of competitors and their cars in action at the recent Owen Motoring Club organised Graham Hill Trophy Sprint at Curborough can now be viewed at yourftd.com. Please follow the link below to see the galleries which includes competitors from the S&DCC/Lifeline Curborough Championship, the Paul Matty Sports Cars Midland Sprint Championship, AWMMC Championship, The Revington TR and OMC Sprint Championships. www.yourftd.com/
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND 9 - 8th June 2008 Curborough single lap sprint
MBE FOR PRIAULX
1995 British Hillclimb Champion and now triple FIA Touring Car Champion, Andy Priaulx, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his outstanding motor racing career. ‘I was very surprised and honoured to receive an envelope with the royal logo on,’ said a delighted Priaulx, whose autobiography will be launched at at the Brands Hatch World Touring Car event on July 26-27. ‘I love my racing and I’m proud to carry the flags of both
STOP PRESS! Debden July Sprint
Please note that the HCAAC Debden Summer Sprint referred to in earlier news will take place on SUNDAY JULY 13TH and NOT July 19th as previously announced. Apologies for any inconvenience which may have been caused to anyone planning to enter. Supplementary regs and entry forms can still be downloaded via that link.
HOME RUN FOR MORAN WITH NEW LOTON RECORD
Scott Moran stretched his British Hillclimb Championship lead at his home hill,
Another spectacular drive in the Pilbeam-Judd from Jos Goodyear netted a fine second FTD, with second place in the opening run-off. The amazing combination of Robert Kenrick and the tiny Force-Hayabusa got in amongst the big V8s yet again, qualifying with a new class record and running even quicker during the opening run-off – a feat also matched by 2-litre Dallara-Vauxhall driver Paul Haimes, though in a time slower than the 1600cc car!
A full report will follow in Speedscene.
Championship standings after round 12,
Anglesey Track Day 15th June
This track Day is an ideal opportunity to drive your own car non-competitively round a circuit just for fun; and perhaps get a feel for whether you would enjoy motor sport. So please tell your friends and work colleagues about this great opportunity.
Full details and application form can be downloaded here or by visiting the circuit's web site
ANOTHER SHELSLEY RECORD TO GROVES
Martin Groves continued his fightback into British Championship contention with two run-off wins and another new Shelsley outright record, a tenth inside his October 2007 mark. Championship leader Scott Moran had to be content with the runner-up spot each time, but still enjoys a healthy 31-point series lead over Trevor Willis, whose OMS with its bike-based V8 lost out to the big hitters on Shelsley’s power slopes and ran seventh each time.
Other run-off highlights included a fine performance from
The usual in-depth event report will follow in Speedscene.
Championship standings after round 10, Shelsley Walsh: 1 Scott Moran, 95pts; 2 Trevor Willis, 64; 3 Martin Groves, 63; 4 Roger Moran, 61; 5 Chris Merrick, 60; 6 Paul Ranson, 40; etc
Debden Sprint July 19th
You can dowload the regs for Herts & Essex''s Debden Sprint on July 19th here. HSA members are invited.
Llandow 19th July - regs & entry form
If you are planning to enter the Richard Egger Insurance/HSA round at Llandow on July 19th here are the regs and entry form.
Although there isn't a box for your HSA Championship registration number just add it along side the other Championships.
WILLIS AND GROVES AT DRAMATIC BRITISH GURSTON
Defending champion Martin Groves continued his run of misfortune with a high speed trip into the Karousel straw bales in qualifying after an optimistically late braking attempt in the wet. It looked game over for the day with a distinctly second-hand front corner, wing and nosebox, but after much frantic work in the paddock Groves and co-driver Ranson brought the rebuilt Gould-NME to the line for the afternoon’s qualifying runs in much improved conditions. This time Groves made no mistake, qualifying top and taking his second win of the year ahead of Moran on a virtually dry track with a time just over a second outside his own hill record.
Despite having, even by his high standards, his worst weekend of the year Moran still enjoys a substantial 21-point lead over Willis on the series table while Groves, in fifth place, still has a lot of work ahead of him to make up the deficit.
Championship standings after round 8, Gurston Down: 1 Scott Moran, 77pts; 2 Trevor Willis, 56; 3 Roger Moran, 53; 4 Chris Merrick, 48; 5 Martin Groves, 42; 6 Basil Pitt, 28; etc.
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND 8, Loton Park
Despite predictions of unsettled weather, competitors at Loton Park were greeted with a full rain-free day. Although the track was initially slippery following the previous day's rain that had slowed down the TVR, Ginetta and Midland Speed championships, it rapidly dried out enabling a number of championship regulars to record new PBs in both practice and their Class runs. Amongst those setting their quickest personal times were: Barbara Fogden (Mazda MX5), Steven Filkin (Lotus Elise), Richard Etheridge (Subaru Impreza), Rob Judge (VW Beetle), Chris Bennett (Caterham 7), Eric Morrey (Clan Crusader) and reigning champion, John Bradshaw (Sylva Striker). First REI/HSA meeting for the double-driven orange Peugeot of Emerson Kent and Chris Flavell saw some spirited driving and some respectable times at only their second visit to Loton. Notable performances also came from Brian Ball in the Force, getting under the 'magic minute', Simon Teagle (Pilbeam MP62), John Burton and Richard Opie (Ralt RT3), Paul Tinsley (Swift SC93R) who narrowly beat his earlier record set at Round 1 in April and Lyn Padfield (Lotus 7) who re-set the class record set in 2006 by former champion, Sean McClurg. With this being the championships' second visit to the challenging and picturesque Shropshire venue, the effect of the new scoring system can readily be seen. See the updated table for full event details and analysis.
SCOTT STORMS AHEAD
MOTORS TV HILLCLIMB DVD
We now believe the scoring is now correct and up to date including round 5 at Wiscombe on April 27th. If you have any queries please contact Peter Hubbard who will be please to investigate.
MORAN'S PRESCOTT DOUBLE
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 3, GURSTON DOWN, April 19
Full report in the next issue of Speedscene.
Llys y Fran - entries filling up fast
Entries for the popular Welsh hill climb at Llys y Fran are filling up rapidly and the May 11th entry list is already almost half full, and July 20th is already 1/3rd full.
Members/competitors should know that, if they haven't already done so, they need to send in their entries in to Steve Lloyd, 16 Southward Lane, Langland, Swansea, SA3 4QE now if they want to avoid disappointment.
Photos from Curborough April 13th
RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 2
In a hectic schedule for Richard Egger Championship contenders, the next round is scheduled in just 6 days time at Gurston Down hillclimb, meanwhile check the website for the latest HSA Championship positions and results analysis.
Goodwood regs for May 10th
News of the April 5th Loton Park
The New Season is underway!
Closing date for HSA Sprint at Curborough
THE HSA AT RACE RETRO 2008
The HSA would like to thank the many volunteers who set up the stand and who manned it over the three days of the show, which included Tony Bray, Peter Curtis, Grant Cratchley, Henryk Koslowski, Phil Short, Jerry Sturman, Alan Terry, and Steve Wilkinson.
Revised scoring for 2008
As a result of difficulties and shortcomings evident in the previous method of scoring a number of revisions have been introduced for 2008 with the intention of making it fairer, more attractive to competitors, and easier to mark accurately.
Previousl, in order to implement the rule that “All” cars competing in an event should be taken into account in the marking process, it should have been necessary for an “Expert” from the HSA attend each event. They should have technically reviewed each competing car and allocated it to the correct HSA class. Considering the huge variety of cars competing this was a very difficult task, very time consuming and, if one car was incorrectly allocated, all subsequent results became invalid.
Present and previous Co-ordinator decisions to arbitrarily exclude onemake class’s, other Championship class’s, or only take a certain percentage of cars into account, lead to the points allocation being questioned by effected competitors.
Every HSA Competitor enters the Championship for a different reason, some to win at all costs – some to beat friends with a similar car – some to prove to themselves that they are not “Over the Hill” – some just to experience the unique camaraderie of Speed Hill Climbing. Whatever the case, it’s to go up the Hill as quickly as they are able and enjoy themselves.
Therefore we have produced an alternative scoring/marking system that would judge and reward their efforts, and that is to utilise both a Class position and a time based marking system.
Currently points are to be awarded at each event for each HSA Class based on the competitor’s placing among all the event runners eligible for each HSA Class and a bonus point added for setting a new class record.
For 2008 it is proposed to award points based on each competitors placing amongst only the HSA Championship competitors at each event in each class and extend the bonus points awarded to reflect each competitor’s best time when compared to the Championship record time for that Class/Venue.
Competitors will receive place points as follows:
Note: If there are only two competitors in a Class, the place points will be reduced by one point and if there is only one competitor the place points will be reduced by two points.
Competitors will receive additional time points as follows:
Note: Percentage times are used to cover all Championship events from 24 seconds at Shelsley to over 70 seconds at some Sprint circuits.
The HSA web site will show for each class and venue the Class record and the 2.5%, 5% and 7.5% times so that competitors will be aware in advance of what times they need to achieve in order to be awarded time points. Scoring will be carried out by entering the best competition time achieved by each HSA competitor at the event and the computer will calculate the place and time points accordingly.
Clearly this method has significantly altered the balance of scoring so that small class numbers are no longer at a disadvantage. Indeed, where there is only one competitor in a class either in the championship or at an event they will automatically receive 3 points for coming first. However, in order to get a good points score from an event they will also need to perform against the clock. In a well-supported class those competitors coming 4th or 5th will receive low place points but can add to their score if their times are competitive.
If an event is wet for both timed runs then, of course the time points will be harder to achieve but that is something we have to accept.
If a new venue is added to the calendar or a Class record does not exist for a venue, then the HSA Class records will be retrospectively set as the winning time in each class and then scored as usual. This means that all class winners will get 10 points, if sufficient entries, which should encourage attendance at new venues.
- The method is simple and easy to understand
- Accuracy and confidence in the marking will be greatly improved
- All competitors will have an equal chance in the Championship
- Each competitor can work out his score at the end of his last run
- The scoring is not dependent on any other non HSA Championship competitors entered
- The marking can be almost fully automated
The Committee is also looking at the other wording of the Rules and will apply some reality to other misnomers: what is a “Competitor” or a “Starter” and will issue a full “In Depth” resume of interpretations prior to the start of the season.
The HSA has listened to all competitors comments during 2007, so please give the resultant changes a chance of improvement during 2008, if problems arise, please contact the Championship Co-ordinators to resolve any issues.
See the HSA at Race Retro
Werrington regs published
Regs for Anglesey rounds published
Inaugural Regional meeting
We will be holding an informal meeting for HSA members in the South West at the Cross Hands hotel and pub on the A46 at Old Sodbury South Gloucestershire from 7:00 pm on Thursday March 20th.
At least two committee members (Fyrth Cross and Chris Bennett) will be present and we are using this event to gauge the level of interest in the ‘regional meeting’ concept, particularly in the close season. If the idea is popular we hope to extend it to other regions and make it a regular feature.
The Cross Hands is conveniently located just off Junction 18 of the M4 and only about 15 minutes from Junction 14 of the M5.
Regs for April Wiscombe rounds published
Please go to the calendar page and scroll down to 26 and/or 27 April 2008 where you will find the SRs and entry forms.
Please read the SRs before filling in your entries, don’t forget to sign the reverse and please note, one cheque for both is quite acceptable if entering both days.
I look forward to seeing you at the event
REI/HSA 2008 SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP REGS & ENTRY FORM PUBLISHED
The permit for the 2008 Richard Egger Insurance/HSA Speed Championship has now been issued and the regulations and entry form can be downloaded here.
Discounts from Opie Oils for HSA members
On-line entries for Gurston Down
New web site for Swansea Motor Club
It is up and running already and they will be loading on the Llys y Fran entry forms when they are ready, so competitors can download them and help save printing & postage, which will help them try to keep costs under control, which will benefit entry fees. (Dont worry they will still post out to those who need it)
Speedscene's own web site launched
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