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2010 HSA Championship regs update
Many competitors would like to know what (if any) changes there will be to the regs and classes for the 2010 HSA Speed Championship. Here is a Christmas/New Year update.
Our policy is to:
a) Maintain stability of classes and regs year to year and only make changes where necessary.
b) As far as possible follow the regs as written in the MSA Blue Book as these represent a ‘common standard’ and are well understood by scrutineers.
c) Ensure that our class structure is as consistent as possible with the classes that appear in event SRs.
As some of you are probably aware the changes the MSA have introduced for 2010, although seemingly minor, have caused a number of clubs to reconsider their classes and regs. As a national championship we need to ensure that our regs are as consistent as possible with the SRs that clubs issue for the rounds of our championship.
The regs issue is relevant mainly to roadgoing classes.
- Series Production – It had been our intention to follow the Blue Book and allow both List 1A and List 1B tyres in these classes (A1, A2, A2.1 and A3) in line with indications we had received from many organising clubs. However, this has changed so that a number (between 6 and 10) of our Championship rounds (mainly in the North of the country) are likely to be running their Series Production Classes on List 1A tyres only. If our championship regs allow List 1B tyres then competitors would need another set of wheels and List 1A tyres (to run in Series Production), fit roll cages (to run in Modified Production) or avoid these events altogether. Consequently we are considering restricting these classes to List 1A only in 2010, which we feel will continue to encourage newcomers to the Sport.
- Specialist Production – The tyre issue appears to have resolved itself with the apparent universal adoption of List 1A and List 1B tyres. However, it appears that more events in 2010 (about 50/50 we think) will require the fitment of a full size windscreen. The 2010 Blue Book does not require this and as the situation is pre-existing we are inclined to leave the decision up to competitors who may either chose to fit a windscreen or move into Modified Specialist Production for those events requiring a windscreen.
- Roadgoing Suspension – The Blue Book simply requires that ‘configuration must remain standard’. A number of clubs are proposing to issue SRs, which clarify further what suspension modifications are permitted, including spherical type joints as the top mounting of a suspension strut. We are given to believe that the MSA are to issue updates on these points in due course. When this occurs they will automatically be included in our regs. Until then we are not inclined to issue our own technical regulations in this area but would wish to draw competitors’ attention to these permitted changes at some events and remind them that they may not be permitted at others.
- Other Classes – A number of initiatives are on-going to try and establish a common set of classes. We are following these and will make any adjustments necessary to ensure that our championship classes are as consistent as possible with the classes at events.
Silverstone Stowe Circuit
With the Silverstone Stowe circuit appearing on some Championship calenders (including the HSA) next year there is considerable interest in the new layout and facilities currently under construction. Apart from a brief report in Autosport details have been scarce.
With an extended 1.15 mile track and a new tarmac padock it is an exciting new prospect for UK Sprinters. An interesting report can be found on the Skiddmark web site and there is also a brief report on the BRDC site.
The .pdf of the new development can be downloaded here.
Classes for 2010
There is a lot of discussion taking place on forums and web sites about classes for 2010. Recently a note has appeared on the Chester & Liverpool web site suggesting that the HSA will be adopting the proposed 'Northern Speed Classes' for 2010. This is categorically not the case and our planned class structure for 2010 appears on our calendar & classes web page with further details to appear when our regulations are published early in 2010.
We have been aware of a number of Regional initiatives to establish a common class framework for Speed events and we are supportive of any steps that bring about sensible convergence in the regulations. However, we are also mindful of the need to operate within the framework of categories laid down by the MSA and to adhere to the detailed regulations appearing in the Blue Book as far as possible.
A number of specific regulations included in the 'Northern Speed Classes' (for example those relating to cross ply tyres in Road-Going classes and windscreens for Specialised Production cars) appear sensible if adopted by a large number of organising clubs. We are giving these items serious consideration and, where appropriate, will include them so that competitors see as much consistency as possible between their championship regs and the regs of the events they enter.
John Gallagher receives the Aldon Trophy at Gaydon
At the annual awards lunch, held at the Motor Heritage Museum, Gaydon on Sunday John Gallagher received the Aldon Trophy as outright winner of the 2009 HSA Richard Egger Insurance Speed Championship.
John is pictured receiving his trophy from Alan Goodwin, one of the founders of the Championship.
The coveted 'HSA Competitor of the year' award this year went to Matt Carter whose excellent performances in his Honda S2000 and his always cheerful disposition made him a worthy winner.
As usual an excellent lunch and atmosphere were enjoyed by all the attendees at this unique venue.
Spectacular calendar for 2010 HSA Richard Egger Insurance Speed Championship
At the annual HSA awards lunch held at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon on Sunday 6th December the provisional calendar for the 2010 Championship was unveiled.
The 2009 Championship visited more venues than ever before and was rewarded with more competitors entering events. So for 2010 we are adding Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Doune, Mallory Park and Three Sisters along with the hoped for return of Cadwell Park. Naturally all the old favourites are still there making 2010 our best calendar yet.
Go to the calendar page to see the full provisional calendar.
2010 Calender Taking Shape
The calender for the 2010 season is well developed with an exciting spread of events planned. The HSA championship season will feature the usual array of classic hill climb and sprint venues, together with some old favourites and new ones altogether. In an exciting development more circuit-based sprints are also planned for those who wish to tackle such courses
Official 2009 REI HSA Championship Awards List
The full list of awards for the 2009 Richard Egger Insurance HSA Speed Championship can be downloaded here.
HSA Annual awards lunch
The annual HSA awards lunch is being held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire on Sunday 6th December.
All HSA members and their guests are welcome and an interesting programme will complement the good food and company. Tickets also include free entry to the Heritage Motor Centre itself, which this year features the "50 years of the Mini" exhibition.
The booking form can be dowlnoaded here.
Swansea MC offer entry fee discount
Swansea Motor Club, organisers of the Llys y Fran hill climbs in west Wales, are offering any competitor who attended the July meeting an entry fee discount. As those present will recall the meeting was unfortunately abandoned due to exceptional circumstances. A discount of £15 can be claimed for anyone who was there and who is planning to return in 2010.
The service will be of approximately 35 minutes duration. The paddock bar will be open from . There will be tea, coffee and light snacks available in the restaurant, with photo albums and some of Bob's memorabilia on view. All are welcome.
A public service of celebration of the life of
The season in pictures!
A selection of skilfully shot and interesting images of selected rounds of the 2009 championship, including the finale at Curborough, can be pre-viewed on the Rhodopsin Photography website:
Speedscene Issue 155
Speedscene Issue 155 has been printed and is being despatched. However, the ongoing situation in the Postal Service, both locally and nationally, will unavoidably delay deliveries.
We are sorry for this inconvenience and are currently working hard to ensure that the delivery of Issue 156, the Christmas issue, will be sent out to arrive before the holiday period.
Llys y Fran Hill Climb Improvements
Following sterling efforts by Swansea Motor Club, Llys y Fran hill climbs will run with better organisation and improved facilities for 2010. The testing and difficult to master Llys y Fran hill climb course is located in Pembrokeshire, west Wales.
is situated in a picturesque Country Park together with all the normal facilities,
including a fully equipped visitor centre complete with cafe/restaurant. Camping
facilities are also available by prior arrangement for anyone wishing to stay
over. The venue also benefits from an
all-tarmac paddock area. It has proved very
popular with spectators over the years, which adds extra interest to the events
held there. The hill has also been re-profiled and the course is now officially
over 1 kilometre in length.
It is situated in a picturesque Country Park together with all the normal facilities, including a fully equipped visitor centre complete with cafe/restaurant. Camping facilities are also available by prior arrangement for anyone wishing to stay over. The venue also benefits from an all-tarmac paddock area. It has proved very popular with spectators over the years, which adds extra interest to the events held there. The hill has also been re-profiled and the course is now officially over 1 kilometre in length.
Drawing on experiences gained over recent years, the Swansea Motor Club is working on various upgrades for the 2010 meetings. The club team plan considerable upgrades to track safety with a new dedicated and fully equipped team. They also plan to introduce new practices and back-up systems to help make the events run more smoothly.
the Swansea Motor Club website for further details and updates.
See the Swansea Motor Club website for further details and updates.
HENSON’S WIN – GALLAGHER’S TITLE
After a fine opening shot by Peter Kukainis in his Westfield-Duratec had got right in amongst the single seaters to secure third FTD, Elden FF driver Mike Broome won one of the closest fought Alan Payne Trophy class winners’ run-offs ever seen with the top three; Broome, Ben Hamer’s Mini Turbo and Clive Wooster’s Radical, covered by just seven hundredths of a second on corrected times. Results sheet can be downloaded here
Full report in Speedscene 156.
Provisional final championship positions: 1 John Gallagher (1.8 Mazda MX5); 2 Simon Andrews (1.8 MG TF); 3 Brian Ball (0.6 Force-Yamaha); 4 Steve Filkin (1.8 Lotus Elise); 5 Geoff Kershaw (2.9 Ford Sierra); etc.
Successful Curborough Sprint Course Repairs
The ever popular course operated by Shenstone and District Car Club has been enhanced by surface repair works that should improve both the single and double lap formats. Following the drainage relief work undertaken in the paddock during the spring, the latest improvement work has focused upon the course itself.
CRYSTAL PALACE 2010
There is to be a two-day sprint event at the London venue in 2010. Two one-day meetings; one a Nat B event and the other aimed at Historic cars. The week-end chosen is the bank holiday with the events on Sunday 30th & Monday 31st May.
Final documents for HSA Curborough event on October 11th
The final entry list , Final regs and Commentary sheet for the Oct 11th event at Curborough have been published. Check the entry list as a few more entries have been confirmed at the last minute.
With Eynon Price also in the points each time and finishing tenth overall on the British table, 1600cc cars figured well in both run-offs. Lee Adams made a great British Championship debut in the new Graeme Wight Jr built GWR Raptor-Hayabusa (pictured), opening his account straight away with sixth place in the opening run-off before an oil leak stemmed the superb new machine’s progress.
Final British Championship positions: 1 Scott Moran 246pts; 2 Trevor Willis 219; 3 Roger Moran 202; 4 Martin Groves 184; 5 Chris Merrick 134; 6 Paul Ranson 113; 7 Tom New 87; 8 Will Hall 83; 9 Deryk Young 80; 10 Eynon Price 75; 11 Paul Haimes 66; 12 Rob Turnbull 45; etc.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the tenth Annual General Meeting of the Hillclimb and Sprint Association Limited will be held at:
The Cromwell Hotel
at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 14th for the following purpose:
1. To receive the report of the Chairman for the 12 months ended 31st October 2008
2. To receive the report of the Secretary for the 12 months ended 31st October 2008
3. To receive the report of the Directors and accounts for the 12 months ended 31st October 2008
4. To re-elect the Directors who retire and offer themselves for re-election
5. To appoint a Committee to hold office unitl the next Annual General Meeting
6. To transact any other ordinary business of an Annual General Meeting
Nominations for the positions of director or committee member should be received by the Secretary 14 days before the meeting. A member of the company entitled to attend and vote may appoiunt a proxy, who need not be a member, to vote on his/her behalf.
The full notice and accounts summary may be downloaded here.
The HSA Sprint at Curborough on October 11th
A reminder that it isn't too late to get an entry to the HSA's traditional end of season sprint at Curborough on October 11th. Regulations and entry forms can be downloaded from the events page.
To see the list of early entries you can download this spreadsheet.
Championship Finale - Curborough Sprint 11/10/09
The final round of the championship is looming fast. Entries are steadily coming in from both championship contenders and from members of the various invited clubs, so be sure to get yours submitted soon to secure a place. The details can all be found under the Events tab (above).
Richard Egger Insurance for the HSA
Richard Egger Insurance offer a unique range of insurance products for the motor sport competitor. A new web page has been created specially for visistors from this site.
Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival 2009
Algar sets the pace
2 Steve Broughton (1.3s OMS-Suzuki CF06) 59.61secs;
1 Nick Algar 146 pts; 2 Steve Broughton 119pts; 3 Mark Smith 115pts; 4 Terry Holmes 113pts; 5 Steve Miles 87pts; 6 Kevin Lealan 74pts; 7 Graham Porrett 68pts; 8 Stewart Robb Jnr 66pts; 9 Glyn Sketchley 64pts; 10 Stewart Robb Snr 63pts; 11 Ross Napier 50pts; 12 Phil Lynch 43pts; etc.
TWO MORE FOR TREVOR
British Championship positions after Prescott: 1 Scott Moran 230pts; 2 Trevor Willis 214; 3 Roger Moran 194; 4 Martin Groves 184; 5 Chris Merrick 134; 6 Paul Ranson 113; 7 Tom New 87; 8 Deryk Young 80; 9 Will Hall 72; 10 Eynon Price 71; etc.
REI/HSA Speed Championship, Round 18: Gurston Down 29th/30th August 2009
TWO IN A ROW FOR SCOTT
British Championship positions after Gurston Down: 1 Scott Moran 230pts; 2 Trevor Willis 194; 3 Roger Moran 188; 4 Martin Groves 184; 5 Chris Merrick 134; 6 Paul Ranson 113; 7 Tom New 87; 8 Deryk Young 66; 9 Will Hall 65; 10 Eynon Price 62; etc.
REI/HSA Speed Championship. Round 17: MIRA
MORANS’ CLEAN SWEEP
Scott Moran (pictured) took a step nearer an almost inevitable second successive British title after taking both run-off wins at Shelsley Walsh. The result moved his 2009 win tally to 13 and his points lead to 41 with just six rounds to go. In a clean sweep for the Moran family, his father Roger finished second each time ahead of an on-the-limit Trevor Willis and Shelsley expert Deryk Young. With his two third places, Willis leveled his Championship score with the absent Martin Groves, who had already announced his withdrawal from the series. In what has been something of a ‘comeback year’, Moran Sr looks set to overhaul Driving his Pilbeam-Judd, Oliver Tomlin enjoyed his finest British Championship day so far with sixth and later fifth place, while the impressive Simon Marsh made the cut each time aboard his late father Tony’s Gould V6, getting his first ever British points on the board with ninth place in the afternoon. British Championship positions after Shelsley Walsh: 1 Scott Moran 225pts; 2= Martin Groves and Trevor Willis 184; 4 Roger Moran 170; 5 Chris Merrick 134; 6 Paul Ranson 113; 7 Tom New 87; 8 Deryk Young 63; 9 Eynon Price 62; 10 Will Hall 53; etc.
Scott Moran (pictured) took a step nearer an almost inevitable second successive British title after taking both run-off wins at Shelsley Walsh. The result moved his 2009 win tally to 13 and his points lead to 41 with just six rounds to go. In a clean sweep for the Moran family, his father Roger finished second each time ahead of an on-the-limit Trevor Willis and Shelsley expert Deryk Young. With his two third places, Willis leveled his Championship score with the absent Martin Groves, who had already announced his withdrawal from the series.
In what has been something of a ‘comeback year’, Moran Sr looks set to overhaul
Driving his Pilbeam-Judd, Oliver Tomlin enjoyed his finest British Championship day so far with sixth and later fifth place, while the impressive Simon Marsh made the cut each time aboard his late father Tony’s Gould V6, getting his first ever British points on the board with ninth place in the afternoon.
British Championship positions after Shelsley Walsh: 1 Scott Moran 225pts; 2= Martin Groves and Trevor Willis 184; 4 Roger Moran 170; 5 Chris Merrick 134; 6 Paul Ranson 113; 7 Tom New 87; 8 Deryk Young 63; 9 Eynon Price 62; 10 Will Hall 53; etc.
London Irish MC: Lydden Sprint - 15th&16th August
Following recent championship rounds at venues in Wales, the north and midlands, the championship turns its attention to the south-east for the next two rounds amongst others supporting the SBD Motorsport British Sprint series.
FINTRAY HILL RECORD FALLS AFTER 20 YEARS
GROVES ENDS BRITISH HILLCLIMB TITLE BID
HILLCLIMB MINI IN THE WIND TUNNEL
You wouldn’t think that the Alec Issigonis Mini was 50 years old in 2009, judging by the strength in numbers still out there competing in a wide range of competition categories, including hillclimbing and sprinting. And while the ‘special saloon’ variants from the past may be consigned to the sports libre classes in our sport these days, courtesy of the modified production regulation changes of the early 1990s, the classic Mini is still a strong and popular contender in the up to 1400cc modified limited production saloon car class.
But when most folk hear the suggestion that some modern aerodynamic thinking could be applied to the Mini the response frequently includes unkind comparisons with house bricks! The implication is that the classic Mini is beyond help, aerodynamically speaking. Well, recently Racecar Engineering magazine took a hillclimb Mini into the MIRA wind tunnel for a hectic but very revealing half-day session to provide data and copy for a short series of articles in its monthly Aerobytes column, written by former hillclimber Simon McBeath, who’s still very much involved at his local hill, Gurston Down.
The car was provided by Graham and Neal Masters, the father and son team from Southsea,
WILLIS STARS, BUT MORAN EXTENDS HIS LEAD AS GROVES NON-STARTS IN ULSTER
Chasing Roger Moran home each time, two fourth place finishes marked Tom New’s best result of the year. His co-driver Chris Merrick spun out of the opening qualifying runs – which with just 13 potential runners let in Peter Herbert for his first British run-off appearance in the Westfield-BDH – but recovered to finish sixth in the second stanza behind the flying Will Hall. And after two mid-field placings as he swapped run-off honours with sparring partner Eynon Price, Hall eased the absent Paul Haimes off the number ten spot on the championship table.
Championship standings after Craigantlet: 1 Scott Moran 205pts; 2 Martin Groves 184; 3 Trevor Willis 168; 4 Roger Moran 152; 5 Chris Merrick 134; 6 Paul Ranson 113; 7 Tom New 81; 8 Eynon Price 62; 9 Deryk Young 49; 10 Will Hall 47; etc.
Thoresby regs available for download
Regs and entry forms for the HSA round at Thoresby Park on September 12th are available for download. See the calendar page or go to the Nottingham Sports Car Club's own web site.
Motorsport Insurance discounts for HSA competitors and members
Richard Egger Insurance have announced some exciting new motorsport insurance deals for HSA championship competitors and members.
You can download a pdf of the promotional leaflet (which incidentally features a nice photo of Joe Tisdall's Vixen) by clicking here.
WILLIS’S WISCOMBE WINNER
Trevor Willis stormed to his first British Hillclimb run-off win of the year, and the fifth of his career, at The points battle up front remained largely unchanged as rain upset the form book during qualifying for the second run-off and the later running top contenders, including Willis, failed to make the cut. Having qualified before the rain started in earnest, Roger Moran took his third win of the year in streaming wet conditions, leapfrogging the non-qualifying Chris Merrick to go fourth on the points table. Eynon Price and John Bradburn ran second and third, each scoring their best ever British result. Performance of the day came from Adam Steel who, on his first British run-off appearance, scored a point in the dry opening shoot-out driving the tiny ‘budget racing’ 1000cc Martlet-Suzuki built in less than four months by his co-driving father Tony. Later, Steel climbed within half a second of Adam Fleetwood’s 1100 class record to qualify equal second with Moran for the second stanza, before splashing through to sixth place in the run-off itself. Championship positions after Wiscombe Park: 1 Scott Moran 186pts; 1 Martin Groves 184; 3 Trevor Willis 149; 4 Roger Moran 136; 5 Chris Merrick 129; 6 Paul Ranson 106; 7 Tom New 67; 8 Eynon Price 52; 9 Deryk Young 49; 10 Paul Haimes 44; etc.
Trevor Willis stormed to his first British Hillclimb run-off win of the year, and the fifth of his career, at
The points battle up front remained largely unchanged as rain upset the form book during qualifying for the second run-off and the later running top contenders, including Willis, failed to make the cut. Having qualified before the rain started in earnest, Roger Moran took his third win of the year in streaming wet conditions, leapfrogging the non-qualifying Chris Merrick to go fourth on the points table. Eynon Price and John Bradburn ran second and third, each scoring their best ever British result.
Performance of the day came from Adam Steel who, on his first British run-off appearance, scored a point in the dry opening shoot-out driving the tiny ‘budget racing’ 1000cc Martlet-Suzuki built in less than four months by his co-driving father Tony. Later, Steel climbed within half a second of Adam Fleetwood’s 1100 class record to qualify equal second with Moran for the second stanza, before splashing through to sixth place in the run-off itself.
Championship positions after Wiscombe Park: 1 Scott Moran 186pts; 1 Martin Groves 184; 3 Trevor Willis 149; 4 Roger Moran 136; 5 Chris Merrick 129; 6 Paul Ranson 106; 7 Tom New 67; 8 Eynon Price 52; 9 Deryk Young 49; 10 Paul Haimes 44; etc.
HSA Curborough Oct 11th Regs
The regs and entry form for the HSA organised Sprint at Curborough on October 11th can be found here:
Llys y Fran July 19th
The Swansea Motor Club organised round of the HSA Speed Championship at Llys y Fran on July 19th experienced highly abnormal weather conditions which, according to reports received, led to problems with the timing equipment and running the event.
The Championship Organising committee are waiting on official word and results from the organising club before making any decision on scoring the event.
The Swansea Motor Club have posted a notice on their web site regarding this event:
The Swansea Motor Club have now confirmed that no official results will published and therefore we sadly cannot score this event as a round of the 2009 HSA Richard Egger Insurance Speed Championship.
TIGHT AT THE TOP
Two days later, at Le Val des Terres on Guernsey, the weather was even more unpredictable and top qualifier Chris Guille scored a brilliant first ever British win in the 2-litre OMS-Vauxhall, with even Scott Moran unable to challenge the Guernsey-born driver and Eynon Price and Will Hall proudly flying the 1600 flag in third and fourth. Groves, who had missed the opening cut after a failed run, made up for it later on to take the second run-off win from Trevor Willis and the on-form Guille, thus matching Roy Lane’s all-time best total of 90 British run-off wins.
Full report in Speedscene 155.
Championship positions after Le Val des Terres: 1= Martin Groves and Scott Moran 177pts; 3 Trevor Willis 139; 4 Chris Merrick 123; 5 Roger Moran 118; 6 Paul Ranson 101; 7 Tom New 59; 8 Deryk Young 49; 9 Paul Haimes 41; 10 Eynon Price 40; etc.
Successful Curborough Sprint Course Repairs
The ever popular curborough sprint course operated by Shenstone and District Car Club has been enhanced with the successful completion of repair work that should improve both the single and double lap formats.
Kevin Hamilton's excellent blog
Kevin Hamilton, who is competing in the competitive Mazda MX5 class, has an excellent blog where you can read about his experiences through the season.
Kevin Hamilton's blog
DUEL IN THE SUN
As at Prescott the previous weekend, Lee Griffiths once again set the outright pace among a strong Richard Egger/HSA championship contingent, whilst Robert Capper, continues to impress, finishing third in the 600cc racing class in his Nemesis. After a head gasket had blown on his Elise, Steve Filkin shared REI/HSA championship third place man Simon Andrews’ X-Power Cup MG TF, chasing his benefactor home behind a strong contingent of 2-litre ModProd British championship regulars. In the HSA ‘B’ Licence class, Eric Morrey followed up his
Full report in Speedscene 155.
Championship positions after Harewood: 1 Martin Groves 151pts; 2 Scott Moran 147; 3 Trevor Willis 116; 4 Chris Merrick 105; 5 Roger Moran 95; 6 Paul Ranson 91; 7 Tom New 56; 8 Deryk Young 49; 9 Paul Haimes 29; 10 Jos Goodyear 21; etc.
WILLIS SETS PRESCOTT PACE
Challenge champion Trevor Willis was in a class of his own at
The event was also round 9 of the Richard Egger/HSA Speed series. Lee Griffiths set the outright pace among the HSA competitors with a best of 44.09 secs in the OMS Hornet. Next up was Brian Ball, his cracking 44.20 in the
Force-Yamaha good enough for fourth place behind regular pacemaker Dave Oldridge
in a competitive 600cc class that saw Eurosport Moto GP commentator Toby Moody
finally wrest the win from constructor/co-driver Bill Chaplin. Star among the
‘A’ licence members was Andy Dunbar, the Westfield driver chasing home regular
2-litre racing ModProd winner Chris Child and holding off Kelvin Lee’s Lotus 7
in a top three covered by a mere four hundredths. In a sixteen-strong HSA ‘B’
licence class, Eric Morrey and the Clan took the win, with the only sub-50 run as
Full report in Speedscene 155.
Round 9: Prescott Midsummer Speed Fest
Following the excellent two-day meeting, which was blessed with glorious hot weather, the championship table is also beginning to hot up! With many drivers able to capitalise on the grippy track a number of HSA class records were eclipsed. The results and points allocation for each class will be posted on the results page upon receipt of the hard copy of the timekeeper's official results from the Bugatti Owners' Club. Check back soon for the full details and the usual driver-by-driver analysis.
Malta may be quite a small island but would you believe that it has seven speed venues?
You can find out more about their championship and the tracks at the Island Car Club's web site. So if you are planning a trip to Malta you may be able to combine it with a spot of spectating.
Borough 19 regs for Debden & Hethel
The Borough 19 regs for Debden on July 12th and Hethel on August 2nd can now be downloaded.
Borough 19 Motor Club continues to offer excellent value for money with both events offering 3 timed runs (time and weather permitting) for the relatively inexpensive entry fees of £70 for Debden and a very reasonable £80 for Hethel.
Lydden Regs August 15/16
The Lydden regs have just been released and you can find them here.
MORAN AND GROVES ON RECORD FORM AGAIN
Chased hard by Will Hall, Scottish hillclimb champion Jonathan Rarity was one of several drivers on record-breaking form at Doune as he took the 1600 racing class win in his minimalist MH Ghost. Both drivers made the cut for the opening run-off but in the heat of battle during qualifying for the second shoot-out, both spun away a further chance for points at the notorious, blind brow East Brae!
A full report will follow in Speedscene.
Championship standings after Doune: 1 Scott Moran 137pts; 2 Martin Groves 132; 3 Trevor Willis 100; 4 Chris Merrick 92; 5 Roger Moran 80; 6 Paul Ranson 79; 7 Tom New 50; 8 Deryk Young 44; 9 Paul Haimes 24; 10 Jos Goodyear 21; etc.
Sean McClurg at Castle Combe
2006 HSA Champion, Sean McClurg, is now circuit racing sharing Nick Thompson's beautiful Chevron B6.
The pair took third overall in Sunday's HSCC Guards Trophy race at Castle Combe.
Llandow regs July 18th
The Llandow regs have just been released and you can find them here.
TWO MORE FOR MORAN
Backed up by his father Roger (pictured) in the supercharged DJ Firehawk, ‘occasional driver’ Todd Fleetwood mirrored his brother Adam’s Easter class win over 2-litre ace Paul Haimes and would also have made second cut, had he been registered for the championship. Despite warm, dry weather, the only other class record of the day fell at the hands of Midland Man of the Meeting Andrew Griffiths, who lowered his previous record in the Caterham-Hayabusa by half a second.
Full report in Speedscene 154.
Championship positions after
Wet Graham Hill Trophy Sprint doesn't deter REI/HSA competitors
Despite a succession of early torrential downpours complete with thunder and lightning, the Owen Motoring Club ran the 2009 Graham Hill Trophy with their usual skill and spirit. Despite standing water on the course and a large puddle on the startline access/return road most competitors elected to take both practice runs, although it was too much for some!
HSA Members invited to Scimitar Owners Club Curborough August 16
HSA members are invited to the Scimitar Owners Club event to be held on the Curborough long course on August 16th.
Regs can be found here.
Entry lists published
BARC (Yorks) now publish entry lists for the forthcoming meetings at Harewood hill climb. Entry lists for meetings held at Gurston Down, Prescott, and Llys-Y-Fran are often also published in advance of the meetings too.
MORAN BACK ON TOP
Scott Moran powered into the lead of the MCL Motorhomes British Hillclimb Championship last weekend after taking both run-off wins at Shelsley Walsh. Under pressure from his top qualifying rival, Martin Groves spun out of the opening shoot-out and failed to score, but a marginally more cautious runner-up spot in the second run-off (‘I couldn’t afford to drop another round!’ confessed the three-times champion) left Moran with a three point series lead. An on-form Paul Ranson continued his climb up the championship table to fifth place, with second and third in the run-offs. After taking a front corner off the Gould-Judd during Saturday’s practice, Tom New (pictured) recovered brilliantly to finish fourth in the closing run-off, beating co-driver Chris Merrick for the first time.
The best weather of the year so far prompted several new class records, including the pre-71 racing car mark as Richard Jones and the Brabham-BDA shaved four hundredths of Peter Voigt’s 5-years-old Techcraft-Buick standard.
Full report in Speedscene 154.
Championship positions after Shelsley Walsh: 1 Scott Moran 97pts; 2 Martin
All entrants to the HSA speed championship are reminded to ensure that they display the title sponsor and, where applicable the class sponsors' decals on the car at all qualifying rounds. This is essential for a variety of promotional reasons, but also because the allocation of hard earnt championship points is conditional on the car carrying them in accordance with the relevant Common Regulation in the Blue Book.
GROVES AND MORAN SHARE GURSTON HONOURS
Full report in Speedscene 154.
British Hillclimb Championship positions after Gurston: 1 Martin Groves 85pts; 2 Scott Moran 77; 3 Chris Merrick 59; 4 Trevor Willis 55; 5 Roger Moran 43; 6 Paul Ranson 42; etc.
At the recent Championship event at Loton Park on May 16th, our eligibility scrutineer advised that one of our Class B1 competitors was using tyres from List 1B instead of the required List 1A. Accordingly he has been moved to Championship Class D. It was also confirmed that these tyres were used at our Gurston Down round. The Championship Organising Committee has carefully discussed and considered how to progress this situation and, in accordance with Regulation 7, which does not allow a competitor to score points in more than one Championship Class, has re-allocated Gurston Down points as if this competitor was competing in Championship Class D. This change has an impact on the position points scored by other competitors in both Classes B1 and D at Gurston Down. Any queries arising out of these changes may be made to the Championship Co-ordinator.
HSA membership renewals
The funeral of the late Tony Marsh (see below) will take place at on May 27th at Chichester Crematorium. Tony’s son Peter has asked that those wishing to attend would kindly inform him, so that names and numbers are known. Peter can be Emailed on: firstname.lastname@example.org , or phoned at his direct work number (01202 233923), his home office number (01425 480139) or on his mobile (07843 225877).
WET WEEKEND FOR BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP CHASERS
Outqualified by his father Roger (pictured), who topped the Q-sheets with a time that would remain as the best of the day, Scott Moran ran early to bag the second run-off win in similar conditions, making it a family clean sweep on the day. Once again,
Full report in Speedscene 154.
Championship positions after Harewood: 1 Martin Groves 66pts; 2 Scott Moran 58; 3 Chris Merrick 45; 4 Trevor Willis 42; 5 Roger Moran 33; 6 Paul Ranson 27; etc.
In what has been a sad week for motorsport, we are sorry to learn of the passing of Tony Marsh, at the age of 77. One of the true all-rounders, Tony’s motorsport career began in a 1952 Hagley trial and embraced everything from autotests through hillclimbing to Grand Prix racing. Winner of the British hillclimb championship an unrivalled six times, he also competed internationally alongside drivers such as Fangio and Moss. After a break from motorsport to concentrate on such varied pursuits as yachting, flying and ski-bobbing as a member of the British team, Tony returned to a successful hillclimbing and sprinting career in the late eighties which he pursued right up to this current season. Even with such a long and varied career behind him, he remained the ultimate enthusiast and will be sorely missed, nowhere more so that at his local hill, Gurston Down, at which he advised on the layout and where he rarely missed a meeting. The HSA would like to offer sympathy to his Tony’s wife Liza, to his sons, Simon, Peter and Paul, and to all whose lives were touched by this ever courteous, mild-mannered gentleman.
In-depth tributes to HSA members Tony Marsh and Allan Staniforth will follow in Speedscene 154
Shelsley Walsh May 4th
After a pleasant practice day on the Sunday, normal Bank Holiday Monday weather returned for the timed runs on the following day.
Most competitors experienced two wet or very damp runs with only a small number being lucky enough to get a run in on an almost dry track. Being a round of the Midland Hillclimb Championship there was a very full entry including many of the top single seaters in the country.
Trevor Willis came out on top in both run-offs and took FTD in the second run-off with a time of 29.25 seconds driving his 2.8 litre OMS-Powertec. There wan an excellent entry of single seaters including the 'new' spaceframe DJ Firehawk of Ash Mason and Steve Day which had only been picked up the Wednesday before. Also very much in attendance were competitors in the Paul Matty Lotus Championship including the pretty Lotus 69 of Tony Wallen pictured here.
A few misfortunes befell HSA competitors with the FVL of Martin Webb and Tony Jarvis breaking is diff on its final practice run and didn't appear for the timed runs. The wet track saw five serious incidents occur during the day, all expertly handled by the marshals and rescue teams. Thankfully there were no injuries but there was some sad looking machinery including the RALT RT3 of John Burton/Richard Opie with damage to front and rear and for Mike Gale, who took a corner off his Dad's Westfield on his second run.
WERRINGTON PARK 2nd & 3rd MAY
Dave Gardner, sharing John Forsyth’s well known 3.5litre Pilbeam MP58, broke John’s 1996 record on both days to leave it at 33.94sec, an improvement of 0.87sec. Otherwise a busy weekend with obviously fine track conditions following overnight rains. With resurfacing planned for later this year that record must surely be at risk in 2010?
REI/HSA Speed Championship. Round 5; Oliver's Mount
With slick organisation managed by Auto 66 Club, the offer of six runs (two practice and four timed) represents excellent value for money. The MX-5s of Kevin Hamilton and John Gallagher swapped fastest times all day, with Kevin edging the win on his last Championship qualifying run. However, the most notable time of the day came from Wil Ker, in the turbo Mini, who managed to re-set the course class record (mod prod up to 1400), which had remained unbeaten since 2001.
THE STOLEN MARCH & LOLA
News has just surfaced that the two cars have been recovered, the March untouched and the Lola dismantled but everything there. Nice to have a happy ending for a change!
REI/HSA Speed Championship. Rounds 3 & 4; Wiscombe Park
Another weekend and yet another round of the Richard Egger Insurance/HSA Championship. In fact two rounds with the weekend of hillclimbing at Wiscombe Park. Track conditions started slippery on Saturday but improved with a dry and windy day, Sunday was generally better although interspersed with two light showers. Inevitably there were a few incidents and our John Bradshaw may be sidelined for several rounds following an off with his Striker.
Saturday and Matt Carter took his class award and set a new REI/HSA Championship class A2 record. Geoff Kershaw, Vincent Dubois and Neil Duncanson did the same in class C3, Geoff leading our pack and a class 2nd on the day by just 0.21sec from Wiscombe icon Jonathan Williamson in this 911. Similarly the two Johns set a new standard in class W2 with their shared Ralt RT3.
Sunday and Geoff Kershaw again set a new standard in class C3 with Vincent snapping at his heals. Class W2 and the two Johns both broke Burton’s Saturday record and split by just 0.03sec!
Both days saw Dave Gardner split the overall honours with John Forsyth in their shared MP58.
GROVES’ PRESCOTT DOUBLE
‘This is my best start to a season yet,’ said Martin Groves, after two straight wins at
After a two-week break, the British Hillclimb circus heads north for the most hectic weekend of the series. Two rounds at
Championship positions after rounds 3 & 4: 1 Martin Groves 40pts; 2 Scott Moran 38; 3 Deryk Young 24; 4 Chris Merrick 23; 5 Trevor Willis 22; 6 Jos Goodyear 21; etc.
Two historic cars stolen
Bruce Fullerton has had a March 78B and Lola T460 Atlantic, which are campaigned in the HSCC Championship, stolen from a garage last week. He is trying to spread the word around the motor racing community to both get the cars back as well as avoiding someone buying car/spares which are stolen.
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REI/HSA Speed Championship. Round 2; Gurston Down
A full report of both days’ motorsport will appear in Speedscene 153.
Regs for Debden 10th May & Bentwaters 17th May
The regs for the meeting to be held Debden on May 10th can be downloaded here and those for Bentwaters Park on May 17th can be dowloaded here.
HSA members are invited.
HILL RECORD DUEL IN OPENING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
Former double champion Adam Fleetwood made his comeback in the ex.Wallace Menzies supercharged DJ Firehawk-Hayabusa, demolishing the 2-litre class record and qualifying the car each time, scraping into the points in the first run-off before skating straight on at Hall on the second. On a day of records unprecedented at a
Full report and pictures in Speedscene 153.
Championship positions after rounds 1 and 2: 1= Scott Moran and Martin Groves 20pts; 3= Deryk Young and Jos Goodyear 15; 5 Chris Merrick 9; 6 Roger Moran 8; etc.
REI/HSA Speed Championship. Round 1; Curborough Double Lap
Sunday 5th April saw the opening round of the Richard Egger Insurance/HSA Speed Championship held in bright and dry, but cold conditions at Curborough organised by the MGCC. Overnight campers reported ice on the inside of their tents – Brave!
It was a 2 lap event so all Class winners were establishing HSA record times. 20 Championship contenders finally made the start line with Matt Clarke, running first, but on his own in the Class with a fine 1st run at 71.23 secs. The Imp Class saw the Cairney father and son team battle with newcomer Graeme Williamson, father Stuart running out the eventual winner with a 70 dead, some 1.35 secs in front of son, Andrew.
Class A2.1, the Mazda MX5 class saw last year’s winner Barbara Fogden, with the 1590cc engine, battling with the larger 1840cc units of Kevin Hamilton and John Gallagher. Surprising extra competitor on the day was Robert Way since his normal 600cc Jedi had succumbed to fuel feed problems, so Rob used his entry for a day out. Robert led the day with 2 very fast drives and a best of 71.14 secs which compared favourably to the days Class winner John Gallagher at 72.56. Barbara was pleased with her 74.47 secs but needs a gate to stop engaging 5th instead of 3rd on her upshifts!!!
Class A2 saw Matt Carter at the wheel of the Honda S2000 stopping the clocks at 67.86 secs to beat the Lotus Elise of Jim Stevens and newcomer co-driver Farid Ahmed. With 2007 Champion John Bradshaw unfortunately a non starter Bob Gale's Westfield took the B2 with a quick 65.26 secs.
Unfortunately last year’s woes continued for the dual driven MG TF of Simon Andrews and Bernard Kevill in Class C2. The engine blew as Simon crossed the line on his first timed run. A cracked liner was the initial diagnosis.
Richard Colwill, on his own in the Class F Radical, did well to run under the magic minute achieving a best time of 59.68 secs. Five single seaters concluded the day all running in different Classes. Paul Tinsley 57.14, Chris Machell 59.62, Darren Gumbley running in new tyres at 61.58 and a storming FTD time of 54.64 for Paul Masters in the 998cc Jedi.
The next round sees competitors take to the hills for the first time this season and will take place at Gurston Down on the 18th April. A healthy entry list is reported and weather permitting the early season pace-setters form should shine through.
Great Western Sprint - Castle Combe March 28th
Rd 1 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship: Castle Combe
1 Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Judd/Connaught ERH) 117.44secs; 2 Nick Algar (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 120.08secs; 3 Steve Broughton (1.4s OMS-Suzuki CF08) 121.31secs; 4 Kevin Lealan (2.0 Pilbeam-Vauxhall MP62) 125.09secs; 5 Mark Smith (2.0 Reynard-Vauxhall 903G) 125.34secs; 6 Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Judd/Connaught ERH) 126.27secs; 7 Simon Bainbridge (4.2t Audi TT Replica 4wd) 127.23secs; 8 Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-Zetec RF96MM09) 129.33secs; 9 Phil Lynch (3.2 Ralt-Judd RT37) 129.76secs; 10 Jonathan Toulmin (1.1 Marengo-Suzuki 2) 136.91secs; 11 Peter Howgate (1.8 Ralt-Rover K RT30) 137.58secs; 12 Glyn Sketchley (1.6 Force-Suzuki PT1600) 138.42secs.
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Positions:
1= Terry Holmes & Nick Algar 13pts; 3 Steve Broughton 12pts; 4= Kevin Lealan & Mark Smith 10pts; etc
FTD: Terry Holmes 117.44secs – Outright Course RecordClass Winners - NB all setting new records: Rob Clarke (1.8 Lotus Elise 111S) 152.77secs; Tim Pollard (2.2 Vauxhall VX220) 157.87secs; Matt Nichols (2.0 Renault Megane R26) 154.46secs; Ian Parr (1.0 Sylva Riot) 148.49secs; Kevin Jones (3.0 Noble M12 GTO3) 143.17secs; Matthew Howell (1.4 Rover Mini) 151.83secs; Ian Beacham (2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi) 152.05secs; Grahame Harden (1.0 Westfield Megablade)
Class X Update
The Championship Organising Committee, having considered the entries received so far and in accordance with the last paragraph of Item 4 in the published regulations have decided to re-instate Class X, for Classic Formula Ford cars built up to 31st December 1973, in the Championship.
HSA Members invited to more Curborough events
Ty Croes Sprint, Anglesey, 5th and 6th September 2009
SRs & Entry Forms
As it seems that few organisers will be sending out Supplementary Regs and Entry Forms this year we have added links to these documents on the Championship Calendar page.
Llys y Fran regs
BRITISH HILLCLIMB SEASON GETS INTO GEAR AT EASTER
With his Rover V6 powered Pilbeam appearing at Loton in the hands of its new owner, Cornishman Mike Tregoning, former 2-litre ace Tom New gets his first taste of V8 power alongside Chris Merrick. His successor to the number 10 spot in the Championship, Paul Haimes in the Dallara, heads a strong 2-litre class which also sees the return of another former champion, Adam Fleetwood. The former hill record-holder will partner father Roger in the ex.Wallace Menzies supercharged DJ Firehawk-Suzuki.
Expect more fireworks as Will Hall, now with a bigger Hayabusa in his Force, takes on rapid Welshman Eynon Price and the rest in a competitive 1600 class. Driving his awesome 700bhp Puma-Gould, Endean himself will join the new Mallock-BDG of Chris and Ashley Ward among the sports libres. A good entry of classic racers is headed by defending UK Changes Midland Hillclimb Champion Peter Cox’s beefy Chevron-Rover, while Paul Matty Classic champ Richard Jones in his Brabham-BDA will come under fire from Simon Durling’s Brabham-Buick and HSA stalwart Alan Goodwin’s Aldon AL3 sportsracer in the pre-‘72 class.
With practice on Easter Sunday, April 12, the competitive action gets under way the following day after a final practice session starting at
Curborough, 5th April
It has been very unfortunate to hear today that some competitors have been unable to secure an entry to our opening round at Curborough on 5th April. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and resulting frustration this might have caused. The MGCC had originally planned for this event to cater for 100 cars, but received in excess of (an overwhelming) 120 entries! We understand that the original oversubscriptions were returned even before the closing date had passed and at the weekend, the Clerk of the Course felt it untenable to run the double lapper with 100 cars, requesting that the entry be reduced to 80. A further 20 entries were therefore declined and this was done on a 'last in, first out' basis. Whilst this is understandably very disappointing for those competitors who had hoped to include the event in their 2009 Championship calendar, it does reinforce the need for entries to be submitted as early as possible. Competitors are once again advised not to wait for entry forms to arrive in the post; refer to Club websites for downloads or call the Competition Secretaries direct. In addition and as always, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com with any resulting queries.
ALDON AUTOMOTIVE BREAK IN
Star of Stoneleigh!
Apologies to all competitors who have registered during the last week, but who's names have not been uploaded to the competitor listing. This has been due to a technical problem and should be resolved very shortly. Registration cards, decals and badges will be sent out at the beginning of next week.
Harewood, August 1st
For those competitors wishing to enter the Harewood event in August, please carry on in the normal way, but ensuring to note that you are competing in the Richard Egger Insurance/HSA Speed Championship 2009. The amendment to their regs has been lodged with the MSA and it will, as planned, continue to count as a Championship round.
Entry forms and regulations
No doubt eager competitors are now busy searching out entry forms and regulations in order not to miss out on competing at their favourite venues this season. PLEASE NOTE; the traditional awaiting the arrival of entry forms through your letter box is not the most reliable way of doing this. The majority of Clubs are now impressing upon Competitors that forms can be downloaded directly in order to save time, paper and postage. REI/HSA Competitors are therefore STRONGLY advised to either download forms and regulations from the organising Club's website (where applicable and able), or to contact the Club's Competition Secretary directly.
Llandow test day March 19th
NEW WEB SITE HERE!
MSA championship permit issued
NEW WEB SITE COMING
REGISTER FOR THE RICHARD EGGER INSURANCE/HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP ONLINE
Online registration is now LIVE!
Online registration now LIVE!
Online registration testing underway
Best Stand Award at Autosport 2009
Pictured are Fyrth Crosse, Paul Parker, Alan Terry and John Bradshaw on the stand with the award and Chris Bennett's Caterham.
Picture courtesy of Geoff Mayes Media
2009 Championship Calendar Update
Autosport Show 2009
A reminder that the HSA will be present the Autosport Show at the NEC at the end of this week on stand 7040 as guests of our championship sponsor, Richard Egger Insurance. Several members will be there each day, so do pop along for a chat whatever your interest - official, enthusiast, veteran competitor or completely new to the world of speed hill climbing and sprints we will be delighted to see you and be happy to provide up-to-date information and answer questions.
STOLEN MARCH & LOLA
News has just surfaced that the two cars have been recovered, the March untouched and Lola dismantled but everything still there. How pleasant to have a good news story!
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