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DOUBLE FTD FOR TATHAM


Event 32 at Curborough on 08/10/2023
The entry for Sunday’s HSA Championship finale, held  over the Figure 8 course, was almost identical to the previous day. This time six drivers scored record points, half of them from the now 25-strong Formula Ford class.
          Looking back through the classes, after Neal Bateman had taken another win in the 2-litre Standard Car class, the Hamer/Ker family were out in force again, with Jensen Ker running the Citroen C2 on his own in the Junior Sprint class. With the pair split by just over a second, Archie Ker was joined in the car by his uncle Ben Hamer in the 1600cc Roadgoing Production class, as Ben and Wil Ker’s OMS-Suzuki had been sidelined the previous day with turbo problems. But it was Dean Ratcliffe’s MG ZR that took the win. It was David Whiteley’s turn for the 2-litre win as he demoted the previous day’s winner, fellow Elise driver John Caldicott, to second place.
          Harewood regular Terry Deere was a Sunday visitor to Curborough, but even his pristine Talbot Sunbeam Lotus couldn’t quite get on terms with Saturday winner Nick Bayldon’s rapid Porsche 718 GT4 in the over 2-litre class. Anthony Earl took another win, plus an HSA record, in the Roadgoing Specialist class but up into second place, after being amalgamated with the bigger capacity cars in his 900cc Honda Fireblade powered Fisher Fury, came Gurston Down expert Rob Brodie on his first competitive visit to Curborough.
          With the previous day’s 2-litre ModProd leaders Tom Harding and Mike Harriman not present, 2017 HSA champion Justin Andrews took just one run in his de-stroked, 1400cc Impreza turbo to win the 2-litre ModProd class ahead of the hard driven Fiesta of Mark Linforth. After Antony Brown’s Audi TT and Andrew Webber’s Europa had run on their own (with Webber concluding his development weekend – and his victorious Championship year – with a lurid spin at Molehill!) Duncan Barnes took another Sports Libre win in ‘Big Norma’, seeing off a host of Radicals led by Matthew Price’s Prosport, with a run good enough for second FTD.  Peter Hawkey and Chris Guy were now present in their shared 600cc Jedi, with Guy breaking his own class record set back in June.
Unfortunately, after an argument with the bank at Molehill during practice, which resulted in front wing and suspension damage, Stuart Bickley was unable to take his place in the 1100cc racing class. So with his main opposition out of the way Dave Tatham took another class win and FTD with ease, this time with a low 50 sec run, leaving Ben Bonfield to bring his Jedi home in second place with third FTD.
It was no surprise that Trevor Willis took another win in the mammoth Formula Ford class in Richard Summers’ Van Diemen, again from Jimmy Harris, who had now clinched the Pre-94 FF Challenge title for 2023. Of the five contenders present, three ran inside the HSA record, which was bettered by no less than 18 drivers, many of them regular FF competitors at British Championship level. Highest HSA points scorer not only of the day but of the weekend, with 18 points, was Russell Haynes, the Zeus driver finishing seventh overall.
          An excellent weekend of sprinting ended with by a solo run by former sprint regular Richard Prosser, who had just spent 4½ years rebuilding his ex.Brian Moody Ralt, reverting the car to 1983 F3 circuit spec complete with 2-litre Toyota Novamotor engine.

 

2023 HSA Speed champion Andrew Webber (Steve Wilkinson)


Double class winner Anthony Earl (Steve Wilkinson)


Top HSA scorer of the weekend Russell Haynes (Steve Wilkinson)


David Tatham set FTD both days (Steve Wilkinson)


CLOSE CALL FOR WILLIS


Event 31 at Curborough on 07/10/2023
Although the winner of this year’s series had already been decided, amid an entry of around 70 each day for the HSA’s Championship finale weekend at the Lichfield sprint course, 14 HSA contenders were on hand to compete for the minor placings. With Andrew Webber already in an unassailable Championship lead coming to Curborough, 19 points clear of his closest opposition Pekka Tulokas, the Mazda driver didn’t enter and Webber, with a third HSA title in the bag aboard his Elan Plus 2, took the opportunity for some development work on his Rover V8 powered Lotus Europa 47C/62R, which featured a new Audi-based gearbox replacing the car’s previous Citroen/Maserati unit.
          Traditionally held on Curborough’s 2-lap course, Saturday’s event also features the Alan Payne class winners’ run-off. On this penultimate round of the Championship there were two HSA class record scores, by Anthony Earl and Anthony Brown, both of whom were also chasing Sprint Leaders points on the day. Earl’s spirited driving in his Caterham Roadsport took a clear Roadgoing Specialist Production win from Stephen Laing, also a Sprint Leaders contender aboard his Caterham R500, while Brown established a new over 2-litre ModProd record in his ‘teamrowdyaudi’ TT. Elsewhere, Connie Hamer battled with more experienced brother Morgan in their Citroen C2 in the Junior Sprint class, with Morgan qualifying for the run-off, while in the 2-litre Standard Car class Midland Speed Championship leader Neal Bateman also made the cut, as did John Caldicott, recovering from a first run spin in his Elise among the 2-litre Roadgoing cars. Apart from the eventual victor of the class winners’ run-off, of whom more later, these were the only drivers to improve on their winning times.
          Nick Bayldon made short work of the over 2-litre class in his Porsche 718 GT4, while Eric Morrey’s turbocharged Imp held off regular British round opponent Phil Tucker’s fleet Vauxhall Nova by over a second in the first of the ModProd classes. The second of them was the property of Tom Harding in his VW Golf, Mike Harriman bouncing back to second place after the first runs, when his Clio took a wrong course after a wayward moment at Flagpole. Webber’s Europa held off Lee Whitmore’s MGB GT in the Pre-76 Modified Classic, Specialist Saloon and Sports car class, and Duncan Barnes’ big Norma-Honda sped to third FTD with a clear win in the  Sports Libre class.
          The top pace was expected to come from the 1100cc racers and so it proved, Dave Tatham taking the win in his DK Firehawk and snatching FTD from perennial rival Stuart Bickley’s Force TA with the only two sub-50 sec runs of the day. No less than 24 Formula Fords were on hand to contest the last four rounds (two per day) of the Pre-94 FF Challenge, with five of them among the 12-car HSA Championship entry. At the wheel of his elderly RF80 Van Diemen, Richard Summers led from FF series leader Jimmy Harris’s RF85 after the first runs with his occasional co-driver Trevor Willis lurking in third place. But on the second runs, 3-times British Hillclimb champion Willis came through for the win. Not only that, but having qualified for the class winners’ run-off, he proceeded to snatch the win from John Caldicott’s Elise by just 0.03 sec!

 

Already HSA champion for the third time in his Elan Plus 2, Andrew Webber wheeled out his Lotus Europa V8 (Steve Wilkinson)


Trevor Willis won the Alan Payne run-off by 0.03 sec (Steve Wilkinson)


Anthony Brown was on record pace in his Audi TT (Steve Wilkinson)


Andrew Platt - a Championship fifth overall in his Exige (Steve Wilkinson)


Mixed fortunes at Shelsley


Event 30 at Shelsley Walsh on 16/09/2023
Eighteen HSA Speed championship competitors took part in Shelsley Walsh's Harvest Festival event on September 16th but experienced wildly different fortunes - particularly those running later as conditions deteriorated with many competitors going slower or passing on their second runs.

Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5), lying in a secure second place in the championship smashed the existing HSA Class record by more that 3% to achieve a maximum points score - the only HSA competitor to do so. Also setting a new HSA class record and, like Tulokas, winning his class on the day was Andrew Platt (Lotus Exige) ahead of Andrew Feakins (2nd in class) with his Clio 182.

The season long battle between Simon Clemow and Dave Greenslade in their shared Radical SR1 was joined by Speedscene columnist, Clive Wooster in his SR4. A strong first run saw Clemow take the win with Greenslade, the only competitor in class to take a second run, just edged out Wooster for second with Matthew Price just behind in fourth with his SR3.

Russell Haynes won the Formula Ford class in the unusual Zeus ZR163 while elsewhere, former HSA committee member, Fyrth Crosse recorded a very respectable 32s run in his Formula Three Ensign LNF3 and Allan Warburton took FTD with his Gould GR59 on 26.31s.

 

Simon Clemow won the battle of the Radicals (Rob MacDonald)


Tony Feakin's 205 GT1 (Rob MacDonald)


The Radical SR3 of Matthew Price at Bottom Ess (Rob MacDonald)


Fyrth Crosse prepares for a run (Rob MacDonald)


Webber continues to move ahead at Three Sisters


Event 29 at Three Sisters on 03/09/2023
Only championship leader Andrew Webber (Elan +2) and Anthony Brown (Audi TT) of the HSA Speed Championship competitors made the trip to Three Sisters for Longton & District's late summer sprint at the sinuous Three Sisters track.

Webber only needed three of the six timed runs on offer to repeat the maximum score he achieved the day before at Aintree. Brown made good use of the extra runs available to break the existing HS AClass record and score well.

Will Shuttleworth (T89) took FTD with a 70.78s run.

Anthony Brown's Audi TT (library image AMM Photography)


Records fall at Hethel


Event 28 at Hethel on 03/09/2023
A good selection of HSA Speed Championship competitors enjoyed the testing Hethel, home of Lotus, track in warm and sunny conditions with a number of new HSA class records being set.

Mike Edwards (Austin Mini) set the ball rolling with a new HSA record and a class win on the day with Chris Judge (Ford Fiesta) just behind. Alex Sutton (Clio 197RS) went well for another new HSA Class record as did Anthony Earl (Caterham) who also saw off a large kit car class for a win on the day.

Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) took FTD with a 71.32s and a new HSA Class record.

Mike Edwards on his way to a class win (Simon Reid, Fokus Media)


A new HSA record for Alex Sutton (Simon Reid, Fokus Media)


A good result for Chris Judge (Simon Reid, Fokus Media)


Rob Pallett's Ginetta in the Graham Hill Esses (Simon Reid, Fokus Media)


Andrew Webber's solo Aintree


Event 27 at Aintree on 02/09/2023
Championship leader, Andrew Webber (Elan +2) was the only HSA Speed championship contender to make the trek to Liverpool's iconic Aintree track and duly beat the exisitng HSA Class record by a large margin to take maximum points (and the class win) and cement his position at the top of the 2023 table.

Former British Sprint champion, John Graham took FTD with his Gould GR55B with a 39.43s run.

Andrew Webber's Elan +2 at Aintree (Keith Calder)


John Graham took FTD (Keith Calder)


Ben Eastick's unique Bentley T Type Special (Keith Calder)


Alex Thornton's Tatuus T014 (Keith Calder)


Weather affected Snetterton


Event 26 at Snetterton on 27/08/2023
Day two of BARC Midlands' Snetterton Sprint on the 100 circuit began as it had finished the day before by being warm and dry but by lunchtime threatening clouds began to move in. As competitors prepared for their third timed run the rain began and as it increased with thunder and lightning the organisers abandoned the meeting leaving only the first two timed runs to count.

These were enough for a number of competitors to improve on their times from the previous day including John Loudon (Force TA), Mike Edwards (Austin Mini) and Andrew Platt (Lotus Exige).

Andrew Platt, Lotus Exige (BARC Midlands)


Mike Edwards quick Mini (BARC Midlands)


John Loudon at the start (BARC Midlands)


Geoff Lancaster's Clio (BARC Midlands)


GURSTON - DAY TWO


Event 25 at Gurston Down on 27/08/2023
The second day of Gurston’s weekend double-header ended with Championship leaders Andrew Webber and Pekka Tulokas maintaining their advantage, although neither was able to match their previous day’s pace. Having missed Saturday’s event, Andrew Till and James Rushworth (BMW E30) took the place of Anthony Earl’s Caterham Roadsport in the HSA lineup and Till promptly set the day’s top score in his Fiesta ST-Line.
          Simon Clemow and Dave Greenslade continued their duel in the shared Radical, with Greenslade getting the advantage this time to set the fastest HSA time of the weekend with a 32.40s run. In another close-fought Formula Ford class, it was Russell Haynes that turned the tables on Les Buck this time, by half a second, within Class J1. Although not scoring high HSA points at Gurston, 2007 champion John Bradshaw ran his Westfield SEiW in a well supported Midland Speed Championship class and won both days.
 

Andrew Till was the day's highest HSA scorer (Steve Lister)


Dave Greenslade set the outright pace among the HSA contingent (Steve Lister)


Russell Haynes topped the Class J1 timesheets (Steve Lister)


Edwards & Platt top the scores at Snetterton


Event 24 at Snetterton on 26/08/2023
 The first day of BARC Midlands' double header on the 100 circuit saw 16 HSA Speed championship competitors enjoy with warm and sunny weather which allowed Mike Edwards (Austin Mini) and Andrew Platt (Lotus Exige) beta their respective HSA class records by a considerable margin to take maximum points scores.

Also scoring well were John Loudon (Force TA), Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) and Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost). Others though, struggled to match their class record targets but made up for it with their individual battles including Stephen Laing & Chris Bennett (Caterhams), Geoff Lancaster & Alex Sutton (Renault Clio) and Simon Broadbridge & Ed McDonough (Formula Fords).

 

Simoin Broadbridge in his Van Diemen RF87 (BARC Midlands)


Alex Sutton, Renault Clio (BARC Midlands)


Tony Beesley, Jedi MK4 (BARC Midlands)


Ed McDonough takes a neat lin in the Dulon (BARC Midlands)


WEBBER STILL IN CHARGE


Event 23 at Gurston Down on 26/08/2023
Despite clashing HSA rounds at Snetterton, twelve contenders turned out each day for the two rounds held over Gurston’s Championship finals weekend. Saturday’s event saw a class dedicated to HSA contenders, which featured the two series front runners Andrew Webber and Pekka Tulokas. With Webber the top scorer on the day, both drivers set new HSA class records and maintained their clear dominance of the series, in which Webber’s Elan Plus 2 now leads Tulokas’s MX5 by a clear 21-point margin once the Snetterton results are taken into account.
          Driving their shared Radical SR1, Simon Clemow took the HSA class verdict over Dave Greenslade, who only took one run. With the weekend hosting four rounds the Pre-1994 Challenge series there was a big Formula Ford entry, of which six HSA Class J1 contenders were present. Despite an earlier trip up the Karousel escape road on a wet and slippery track, which fortunately affected only part of the first runs, Les Buck eventually topped the HSA scoresheet in his venerable Pringett Mistrale ahead of Russell Haynes’ Zeus

Andrew Webber maintained his series lead at record pace (Steve Lister)


Pekka Tulokas also ran inside his class record (Steve Lister)


Les Buck led the HSA Formula Fordsters (Steve Lister)


Wiscombe wash out


Event 22 at Wiscombe Park on 30/07/2023
Sadly the second day of Wiscombe's July 'national' meeting was damp and Carole Nicholls (Nike Mk4) was the only HSA Championship representative but managed to complete all her runs safely.

Carole Nicholls in her Nike Mk4 (Nigel Cole)


Wil Ker puts his wets to good use in the OMS (Nigel Cole)


Speedscene contributor Steve Chaloner in the CitroŽn (Nigel Cole)


Bradley & Nicholls score at Wiscombe


Event 21 at Wiscombe Park on 29/07/2023
Surprisingly Damien Bradley (Subaru Legacy) and Carole Nicholls (Nike MK4) were the only HSA Speed championship competitors in attendance at Wiscombe's July 'National' meeting.

Nevetheless, Bradley set a new HSA class record by a large margin in the highly modified Legacy to maintain his position in the top 10 in the Championship.

Damien Bradley has the new Wiscombe HSA class record (Nigel Cole)


HSA committee member, Eric Morrey in his Imp (Nigel Cole)


Ed Hollier, class winner in the Force HC (Nigel Cole)


Tulokas maintains title challenge at Prescott


Event 20 at Prescott on 23/07/2023
Sunday, day two of the Prescott July double header, saw much improved conditions from the day before and, after the first practice runs when it had still been damp in the esses, the eleven HSA contenders enjoyed dry runs for the rest of the day. Top scorer was Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5) who added 18 points to his tally, followed by John Bradshaw (Westfield Sei) with 14, Mike Edwards (Mini) and Andrew Till (Fiesta) both with 11 points. John won the combined Triple M HSA class with a run of 43.20s, with Dave Greenslade and Simon Clemow sharing their Radical SR1 coming second and third respectively on the identical time of 43.91s, the verdict going to Dave by virtue of his slightly faster first run than Simon.
 
The Sunday meeting was also a round of the Midland Hillclimb Championship . FTD was set by Jonathan Varley in his GWR Predator in a time of 37.96s  - he also won both MHC top 12 run-offs.

Maximum score for Pekka Tulokas (Richard Besant)


John Bradshaw won the HSA class (Richard Besant)


Mike Edwards in his Mini (Richard Besant)


Andrew Feakins '3 wheels' Pardon (Richard Besant)


Low scores at a soggy Prescott


Event 19 at Prescott on 22/07/2023
Unfortunately the first day of the Prescott July double header on the Saturday was hampered by continuous rain, heavy at times, and the track did not start to dry out until after the event had been completed. Eight HSA championship contenders took part and all scored just one point except for Andrew Till (Ford Fiesta) and Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5) who each bagged 5 points for times between 7 and 9 percent of their respective class records.

Pekka won the combined Triple M HSA class in 56.99s and Tony Feakins (Peugeot 205Gti) was second in 58.19s. FTD was set by Stuart Bickley in his new Force TA in a time of 44.75s.

Tony Feakins was second in the HSA class (Richard Besant)


Tim Cowlam splashes off the line in his Swift FB91 (Richard Besant)


High scores hard to come by at windy Lydden


Event 18 at Lydden Hill on 15/07/2023
It may have been warm and sunny down in the paddock at Lydden Hill for Borough 19's traditional Ray Heal Memorial sprint but out on the track a fierce wind made life difficult for competitors.

Only championship leader, Andrew Webber (Elan +2), and Mike Edwards (austin Mini) were able to get close to maximum scores and win their respective classes on the day with Chris Judge's Fiesta close behind.

Speedscene columnist, Clive Wooster went well in his Radical SR4 to win his class and post a time that would have qualified him for a British Sprint Top 12 Run Off. Lydden often features unique and unusual cars and this event was no exception and included Dan Fountain' QT Wildcat 300STR (a 'rally raid' type vehicle?) and Stuart Ashwell's Sparton FF82.

Stuart Ashwell's Sparton FF82 (Chris Bennett)


Another rain affected day at Loton


Event 17 at Loton Park on 09/07/2023
On the Sunday of the Loton July double header, the forecast was for a dry morning with rain from mid afternoon. HDLCC sensibly decided to run just one practice run and then the first competition run in the morning, with a second competition run in the afternoon.  As with the previous day, rain arrived half way through the afternoon as expected. 

Consequently, times were a bit off the pace and championship contenders were unable to post high scores including front runner, Pekka Tulokas in the Mazda MX5 although he scored higher than most. Dave Greenslade (Radical SR1) won the Libre class as he had done the day before with co-driver, Simon Clemow much closer and only half a second behind.
 
For the second day in a row, the FF Challenge results were somewhat skewed as the double drivers enjoyed dry afternoon runs but the majority in a later batch did not! Tom Weaver (Van Diemen RF91) won the class ahead of Sarah Bosworth in her RF85 model. Again, it was Les Buck in his Pringett Mistrale who was the highest scoring HSA championship contender but only by half a second from Russell Haynes in his Zeus.

Lizzie Weaver, having her first hillclimb in the Saxo enjoys some rare sun (Rob MacDonald)


Les Buck's Pringett Mistrale (Rob MacDonald)


A class win double for Dave Greenslade (Rob MacDonald)


Greenslade tops the scores at Loton


Event 16 at Loton Park on 08/07/2023
Sadly the changeable British summer weather took its toll on both days of the Loton July double header. Saturday morning was fine and dry but the heavens opened midway through the first competition runs in the afternoon. There was a torrential thunderstorm and the meeting was held up for about half an hour to allow the storm to pass over. The organisers decided to finish the event after just one set of competition runs as a result of the delay and to let everyone dry out overnight.

Dave Greenslade (Radical SR1) got well under the HSA Libre record to take a maximum score on the first day of the Loton July double header and win the class on the day. Co-driver, Simon Clemow, also went well but was a couple of seconds behind.

The Yapps, Jamie and Richard, were out in their venerable Vauxhall Nova which has made appearances in the HSA championship going back nearly 20 years with Jamie winning his class on the day. Anthony Earl put in a good performance in his Caterham to win a large and competitive Roadgoing kit car class - something not always seen these days.

The event was a round of the Pre '94 Formula Ford challenge with 19 competitors taking part including three time British Hillclimb champion, Trevor Willis in a Van Diemen RF80. But it was Richard Summers, also driving an RF80 who took the win fron Bernie Kevill's newer RF90. Best scoring HSA championship Fordster was Les Buck in his Pringett Mistrale.

Trevor Willis gets ready in the Van Diemen (Rob MacDonald)


Ed McDonough's Dulon MP15 (Rob MacDonald)


Paul Morcom in the Merlyn MK11A (Rob MacDonald)


Tulokas and Webber continue their struggle at hot Llandow


Event 15 at Llandow on 24/06/2023
At a very hot Llandow it was good to see the paddock full to overflowing in this oversubscribed event. Surprisingly only five HSA Speed championship contenders managed to secure an entry but this included two of the main protagonists for this year's title. Both were seeking maximum points by breaking the existing HSA class records by a significant margin. Andrew Webber (Elan +2) had his work cut out, having to replace a clutch master cylinder after practice and missing T1. A decent T2 left him half a second short but he found another second on T3 to achieve his goal. Pekka Tulokas in his potent turbocharged MX5 followed a remarkably similar pattern to Webber. He missed out on T1, set a decent time on T2 but somewhat short and found almost a second on T3 for a maximum score.

Damien Bradley won his class on the day in his well engineered and very quick Subaru Legacy. The car was originally a base model as that was the only one that came without a sun roof. Simon Broadbridge was the sole Formula Ford competitor scored well but couldn't approach Tony Jarvis' 15 year old record.

The Paul Matty championship competitors provided a fine spectacle of classic Lotus racing cars including no less that five type 69s in F3, F2 and Atlantic configurations. Dave Hampton in his 69 was the fastest of the Paul Matty runners with a 78.64s and Philip Montgomery-Smith continued the good form he showed at Pembrey by taking FTD in his OMS 2000M with a 69/69s run.

There were also more interesting and unusual cars including Owen Jones' beautifully presented Fiat 128, Graham Mintram's Delta HF Turbo and David Wheeler's Renault R8 Gordini.



 

Dave Hampton leaves the line in his Lotus 69 (Tony Smith)


Damien Bradley hustles the Legacy through the Bus Stop (Dave Meadows)


FTD for Philip Montgomery-Smith (Dave Meadows)


Pekka Tulokas was on form in the MX5 (Dave Meadows)


Blackwell's FTD as rain arrives at Curborough


Event 14 at Curborough on 18/06/2023
Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) took FTD with a 53.15s at the Owen Motoring Club's traditional Graham Hill Sprint held on Curborough's Figure 8 layout. The two practice runs and first timed runs were dry but rain arrived and most competitors either passed on their second run or failed to improve.

With only their first run counting it was a hard ask for competitors to break the existing HSA class records by significant amounts but championship leader, Andrew Webber (Elan +2), Andrew Till (Fiesta ST) and Chris Guy (Jedi MK4)  just set new marks by small margins.

Laurence Marks (Van Diemen RF84) and Ed McDonough (Dulon MP15) battled for Formula Ford honours with Marks coming out ahead.

FTD for Graham Blackwell (Mad Welshman Photography)


A new HSA record for Andrew Till (Mad Welshman Photography)


Laurence Marks took Formula Ford honours (Mad Welshman Photography)


Chris Guy's Jedi MK4 (Mad Welshman Photography)


Andrews scores as Wood takes FTD at Barbon


Event 13 at Barbon Manor on 10/06/2023
Only three Triple M HSA Speed championship competitors made their way to Liverpool Motor Club's Barbon Manor hillclimb but Justin Andrews, making his 2023 season debut in the championship, just managed to break the C2 HSA class record in his unusually powered 1425cc turbocharged Impreza.

The Walkers, Andy and Jack, were present in their Westfield SeiW with Jack just managing to break the 30s barrier with a 29.79s run.

FTD went to Robin Wood in his 1100cc Force PT on 24.61s

Robin Wood took FTD in his Force PT (Mark Newbould)


Justin Andrews' 1425cc Impreza (Mark Newbould)


Jack Walker broke the 30s barrier (Mark Newbould)


Steven Rushworth's unusual Libre Morris Minor (Mark Newbould)


Bennett & Webber score at Pembrey Club


Event 12 at Pembrey on 04/06/2023
On the second day of the Pembrey June Sprint week-end, held on the Club circuit Chris Bennett (Caterham Roadsport) and championshile leader, Andrew Webber (Elan +2) both scored 18 points by eclipsing the existing HSA class records by more than 3%.

Stuart Lugger and Mike Edwards had a close battle in their Minis with only half a second separating them at the end and finish third and fourth in their class just behind a quick Honda.

Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5) and Chris Jones (Force TA) had higher hurdles to overcome but both beat their own HSA class records by significant amounts to score well and win their respective classes on the day.

After experiencing problems on the Saturday, the Clemow/Greenslade Radical SR1 was running well and, just like the day before, Clemow edged ahead by 0.15s.

 

Simon Clemow & Dave Greenslade overcame their problems (Gary Griffiths)


Mike Edwards at Dibeni in his Mini (John Surridge)


Chris Bennett took a maximum score (John Surridge)


Webber marches on at Pembrey


Event 11 at Pembrey on 03/06/2023
Reigning HSA Speed champion, Andrew Webber is making another determined assault on the championship in 2023 with his very familiar Lotus Elan +2. At Pembrey, on the first day of the June Sprint week-end he took another new record by enough to secure a maximum points score despite taking only 2 of the 4 timed runs on offer.

Close behind were Stuart Lugger (Mini Cooper) and Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk) who are both running in the top 5 in the championship.

Simon Clemow and Dave Greenslade were having problems with their shared Radical SR1 with the former only taking three of the five times runs on offer. They are usually closely matched and so it turned out with Clemow coming out ahead by a tenth.

Another championship contender, Pekka Tulokas, in his self engineered and developed tirbocharged Mazda MX5 was facing an uphill battle to outscore his own impressive records and a mistake on his final run cost him a higher score.

Anthony Earl (Caterham Roadsport) went well to win the Roadgoing Specialist class.

Credit should be given to the 'new' team running the event which ran very smoothly especially the organisation of the paddock and startline.

Stuart Lugger sets a new HSA Class record (Gary Griffiths)


Andrew Webber at speed (Gary Griffiths)


Class winner, Anthony Earl (Gary Griffiths)


Rally action from James Belton's Escort (John Surridge)


Webber closes in at Blyton


Event 10 at Blyton Park on 14/05/2023
On day two of Longton & District's Sprint Blyton double header, held on the Outer circuit, Andrew Webber (Elan +2) made it a perfect week-end with another maximum score to move to with two points of championship leader Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk).

Stuart Lugger (Mini Cooper) and Chris Guy (Jedi MK4) also went quickly to post maximum scores and move themselves up the leader board.
 

Andrew Webber left Blyton two points off the lead (AMM Photography)


Stuart Lugger showing good form in the Mini Cooper (AMM Photography)


Chris Guy 'on it' in the Jedi (AMM Photography)


Broughton and Webber on top at Blyton


Event 9 at Blyton Park on 13/05/2023
On day one of Longton & District's Blyton double header Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk) and reigning champion Andrew Webber (Elan +2) both broke the existing HSA class records by more than 3% to take maximum scores and improve their positions at the top of the leaderboard.

Using the Eastern circuit asnd with 20 Triple M HSA Speed championship competitors present at this popular venue there were plenty of other good perfomances including Damian Bradley (Subaru Legacy) and Chris Guy (600cc Jedi MK4). Stuart Lugger won his class on the day in his Mini Cooper and scroed well. Andrew Platt (Exige), Anthony Earl (Caterham) and David Spencer (Reynard 883) also won their classes. 

Steve Broughton led the HSA championship in the Firehawk (AMM Photography)


A fine perfomance from Damien Bradley in the Legacy (AMM Photography)


A class win for Andrew Platt in the Exige (AMM Photography)


The Audi TT of Anthony Brown looking good (AMM Photography)


Tulokas outscores Webber at second Werrington


Event 8 at Werrington on 30/04/2023
Two of the early season front runners for the 2023 Triple M HSA Speed championship fought hard on day two of Plymouth Motor Club's spring Werrington meeting. Reversing their performance on day one, Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5) outscored Andrew Webber (Elan +2) by 13 points to 8 to leave him in a strong second in the championship.

Andrew Forsyth (OMS CF04) took FTD with a 34.29s a tenth ahead of Ben Wheeler's Empire EVO2.

Ben Wheeer second fastest on the day in his Empire (Howie Fowler)


Steve Furzeland's class winning Subaru WRC (Howie Fowler)


Webber sets the pace at Werrington


Event 7 at Werrington on 29/04/2023
On the first day of Plymouth Motor Club's Werrington double header, reigning HSA Speed champion, Andrew Webber in his well known Elan +2 took over a second off his own HSA class record to post a high score. Pekka Tuloka (Mazda MX5) continued his strong start to the season with a good result despite taking a single practice and timed run.

Terry Graves (Gould DJ55XB) took FTD with 33.72s by 17 hundredths from Phil Montgomery-Smith's OMS 2000M.

Ian Ingleheart's class winning Westfield (Howie Fowler)


Peter Crewes leaves the line in his Mini Cooper (Howie Fowler)


Webber starts championship defence as Goulding take FTD


Event 6 at Goodwood on 22/04/2023
At Bognor Regis Motor Club's Goodwood Regis sprint, current HSA Speed champion, Andrew Webber opened his 2023 title defence with a record setting and maximum points scoring run in his Elan +2. Pete Goulding's Ecoboost powered Mygale took FTD by around a second from Steve Broughton in the Busa powered DJ Firehawk who moved into the lead of the championship.

Anthony Earl continued his strong start to the season by taking a maximum points score in his Caterham Roadsport while Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5) also went well to maintain his position near the top of the championship leader board.

Winning their classes at the event were Webber and Andrew Till (Fiesta ST) with an impressive performance to win a large Roagoing Series Production class.

FTD for Pete Goulding's Mygale (Jean-Paul Da Costa)


Steve Broughton in the 'new' DJ Firehawk (SBD Motorsport)


Lugger and Tulokas in the points at Shelsley


Event 5 at Shelsley Walsh on 16/04/2023
Newcomer to the HSA Speed championship, Stuart Lugger (Austin Mini Cooper) and Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX5) both smashed the existing HSA class records by some margin to post maximum scores. Tulokas, running a very potent, boosted engine in the MX5 moved to the top of the championship leaderboard, showing ominous early season form.

Mike Edwards (Austin Mini), Anthony Earl (Carterham Roadsport), John Bradshaw (Westfield SEiW) and, Speedscene columnist, Clive Wooster (Radical SR4) all went well with Earl winning the large and competitive Specialist Production class at the event. Tolukas and Wooster also won their respective classes.

Alex Summers took FTD with a 24.17s run in the DJ Firestorm.

All images courtesy of Rob MacDonald

A study in concentration as Clive Wooster heads to a class win


An interesting shot of Steve Barnard's Audi


FTD went ot Alex Summers' DJ Firestorm


Briony Serrell heads through Bottom Ess in her Elva MK7


LOCAL WIN FOR SPEDDING


Event 4 at Harewood on 09/04/2023
Shaking down his GWR Raptor-Suzuki prior to this year’s British Championship season, Richard Spedding took FTD at Harewood’s opening meeting of the year. The car’s handling was far from ideal on a chilly day, but the local man from Barnsley still beat OMS drivers Lee Griffiths and Steve Owen in their larger engined cars, plus the massed ranks of 1100cc racers, amongst which David Tatham, 4th FTD, led the way after a last minute switch to his DJ Firehawk-Suzuki.
          The BARC Yorkshire Centre’s Spring National Hillclimb was the fourth round of the HSA Championship season and the first hillclimb in the series. One of just two HSA contenders on the entry list, Andrew Platt had run his Lotus Exige at the opening round at Cadwell Park, but had given the two Anglesey rounds a miss. He led Harewood’s 2-car ‘Elise and other non-ferrous chassis cars’ class after the first runs, but after lunch David Leach remembered to pop an additional ‘mechanic’s gallon’ into his Elise’s tank, his misfire disappeared and he took a comfortable win. In HSA scoring terms Platt ran six tenths shy of Michael Thompson’s long-standing A2 record in the Honda S2000, leaving Harewood in 14th place on the series table, to level with the absent Lee Gavins’ MNR Vortex.
          The other HSA contender present was motoring writer Ed McDonough in his immaculate Dulon MP15. He got as close to his PB as most of the FF1600 class managed in the cold conditions but, predictably, it was Harewood Formula Ford ace Rob Spedding that took the win in his Vector. McDonough’s time for fourth place left him 17th on the HSA Championship table after his first appearance in this year’s series.
 

Richard Spedding set the outright pace at Harewood (Steve Wilkinson)


Andrew Platt flew the HSA flag in his Exige (Steve Wilkinson)


Ed McDonough opened his 2023 HSA account in the Dulon (Steve Wilkinson)


Bradley takes championship lead at Anglesey


Event 3 at Anglesey on 02/04/2023
Round 3 of the 2023 Triple M HSA Speed championship was held over a lap of Anglesey's International circuit in warmer conditions than the day before.

Damien Bradley (Subaru Legacy) repeated his maximum points scoring exploits of the day before to move into a one point lead over Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) in the championship.

Pekka Tulokas (overcoming new turbo setup issues with his Mazda MX5), Anthony Brown (Audi TT) and Steve Broughton (in the newly acquired, ex Algar DJ Firehawk) all scoring well.

As they have done in previous years, Trevor Willis and Richard Summers bought the mighty F5000 Lola T140 along and Trevor set a new event class record with a fine 87.53s run.

Class winners at the event included Bradley, Tulokas, John Bradshaw (Westfield SEiw), Stan Matthews (Radical SR8) and David Spencer (Reynard 883).

Pekka Tulokas overcame turbo problems (Neil Lambert)


Richard Summers in the Lola T140 (Neil Lmabert)


John Bradshaw's Westfield SEiW (Neil Lambert)


Simon Broadbridge enjoys the view in his Van Diment (Neil Lambert)


Bainbridge takes early lead in HSA Speed championship


Event 2 at Anglesey on 01/04/2023
Round 2 of the 2023 Triple M HSA Speed championship was held over a lap of Anglesey's National circuit in cold but dry conditions. This provided an opportunity to see how the updated championship scoring method would work under normal conditions. Three competitors Damian Bradley (Legacy), Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) and Grahame Harden (Radical PR6) all scored maximum points by beating the existing HSA class record by more than 3% while there was a good spread of points further down the field.

Class winners at the event included Bradley, David Spencer making a welcome return in the 1100 Reynard 883 and Matthew Price (Radical SR3) who only joined the championship after the event.

David Spencer sparks his way to a class win (Neil Lambert)


Matthew Price, another class winner in his Radical (Neil Lambert)


Anthony Brown in the Audi TT (Neil Lambert)


Soggy & challenging Cadwell opens season


Event 1 at Cadwell Park on 25/03/2023
The opening round of the 2023 Triple M HSA Speed championship attracted a good entry including plenty of HSA Speed competitors. However, the conditions remained wet throughout the day and with a number of 'no shows' and on track incidents the event proved a challenge for many.

As the only competitor in a class with no existing record, Steve Brown in his 1.3s Empire EVO2 (with electronics updated over the winter) was able to post a reasonable score although Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) with effective aero and wet tyres was able to put in a very creditable perfomance.

Of the other competitors Andrew Platt (Lotus Exige) went well to win his class with a very competitive time matched by that of Chris Guy's class winning 600cc Jedi Mk IV. Also in a 600cc Jedi, Stephen Mason was caught out by the tricky conditions leading to his retirement while Alex Sutton and Geoff Lancaster managed to complete three runs each in their shared Renault Clio.

Stephen Mason caught out by the conditions (AMM Photography)


Geoff Lancaster in his Renault Clio (AMM Photography)


WEBBER'S SECOND HSA TITLE


Event 29 at Curborough on 09/10/2022
At Sunday’s Championship finale over Curborough’s ‘Figure 8’ course, Andrew Webber and Peter Taylor both ran on their own in their respective classes, Taylor slotted in a record run with the MX5 early on although the Elan Plus 2 driver had to wait until the end of the first runs to reply, but yet another class record left both drivers with 13 records apiece. Although not present at Curborough, Chris Edwards was still hot on the heels of the leaders in his Mazda 323 GTX, finishing a Championship third overall having set ten records in the course of the season. So one of the closest run HSA Championships since the series began in 1998 was decided on a tiebreak, after which Webber was awarded his second title.
          Pekka Tulokas was on record pace, too, which brought the MX5 driver up into a final Championship fourth place, two points behind the three leaders and a point clear of the absent Chris Berrisford. Andrew Till consolidated his Championship top six place after his seventh record of the year in the Focus ST-Line.
           At the end of the day, three drivers were on equal points for tenth place overall, but with one more class record in the bag Graham Blackwell got the tiebreak nod for the place over Tony Kiss, ahead of the absent Simon Clemow and Pete Goulding. Although not at record pace, Sprint Leaders contenders Blackwell and Goulding had a fine scrap for the class win in their similar Mygale Ecoboost single-seaters, Blackwell leading after the first runs until Goulding pulled a 53.58 out of the bag to grab FTD ahead of his rival. However Kiss, who would end the season as HSA class champion, was up against strong opposition in his Van Diemen RF87 in another massive Formula Ford class contesting the Pre-94 Challenge finale. The class was won by Alex Coles in his RF86 and already crowned as the 2022 British Hillclimb Cup winner, the 17-year-old secured the Pre-94 Challenge trophy ahead of Trevor Willis, the 3-times British champion enjoying himself hugely in Richard Summers’ Van Diemen RF 80 and finishing second in class.
          With yesterday’s winner Ed Hollier not entered, the 1100cc racing class went to his rival of the previous day, Martyn Turner. Ben Bonfield was second, not in the ultra-successful Jedi but together with his father Tony, sharing their new OMS-Suzuki 2000M. Sunday was also the final round of the Pirelli Ferrari Hillclimb Championship. Although Dave Snelson had already been confirmed as champion in his F430, ahead of John Kennedy’s svelte California T, both drivers had arrived to fight it out until the end with Kennedy turning the tables on Snelson to win the class by a hundredth of a second! Also among the eight-strong field was Pauline Goodwin, who won the classic section of the Championship in her 328.


 

Andrew Webber - 2022 HSA Speed champion (Steve Wilkinson)


Pete Goulding set FTD in his Mygale Ecoboost (Steve Wilkinson)


With a new class record, Pekka Tulokas secured a Championship fourth place (Steve Wilkinson)


Andrew Till with a record and a Championship sixth place (Steve Wilkinson)


NEW WINNER AT CURBOROUGH


Event 28 at Curborough on 08/10/2022
As HSA Speed contenders assembled at Curborough for Saturday’s opening stanza of the two day Championship deciding weekend, held over the 2-lap version of the Lichfield sprint course, the three drivers at the top of the order were still level on points. But with the third member of the trio, Chris Edwards in his Mazda 323 GTX, not entered for the event, Peter Taylor and Andrew Webber remained the leading contenders.
          A relatively small entry allowed three runs for the afternoon’s competition, all of them counting, although Taylor got off on the wrong foot by spinning his MX5 on the first bend. But second time round he made no mistakes and bagged his twelfth record of the season. Webber was also on record pace in his Elan Plus 2, so both now had set 12 HSA records during the season.
         With a minimum of two runners in each class required for Alan Payne class winners’ run-off eligibility and a number of single car runners on the entry list, there were a number of class amalgamations. This did not apply to the Formula Ford class, since it was the penultimate round of the Pre-94 FF Challenge and there were no less than 24 starters. 2022 BHC Cup winner Alex Coles took the win from Tom Weaver, the current 1100cc OMS Hornet driver reverting to his FF Van Diemen for the occasion. In fact the 1100cc racing class was the second largest, and one of the most competitive, classes of the day with eight starters. Martyn Turner was in charge at first and at one point held FTD in his Empire Evo 2, but after engine problems had twice slowed Ed Hollier’s Honda Fireblade engined Force HC, the Westcountryman produced a flyer on his third run to take the class.
          Andrew Webber’s solo entered Elan Plus 2 was among the class amalgamations for the Alan Payne Memorial Trophy, from U1 to A2. After his class win, Webber went on to take the Alan Payne Trophy for the third time with an improvement over his class run time of 1.11sec, 0.2sec clear of Championship rival Taylor who ran second. Third in the run-off was Tom New, in the process setting a 53.31s FTD in the 550bhp, 2-litre turbocharged Norma sportsracer which he shared with Duncan Barnes.
          An interesting sixth place finisher was 2018 run-off winner Dave Tatham, not driving his usual OMS Hornet, which had been sidelined with a broken gear linkage, but a Jaguar XJR which he’d recently acquired from Mathewsons of TV’s ‘Bangers and Cash’ fame, which he elbowed round with gusto!


 

Tom New set the day's outright pace in his Norma-Honda (Steve Wilkinson)


Andrew Webber bagged his second Alan Payne run-off trophy (Steve Wilkinson)


Webber's season-long rival Peter Taylor took second place in the run-off (Steve Wilkinson)


Dave Tatham exits Fradley in the 'Bangers and Cash' Jaguar (Steve Wilkinson)


Taylor, Tulokas and Webber match each other at Shelsley


Event 27 at Shelsley Walsh on 17/09/2022
At MAC's Harvest Festival meeting at Shelsley on September 17th, HSA Speed Championship front runners Peter Taylor (MX5), Pekka Tulokas MX5) and Andrew Webber (Elan +2) all broke the existing HSA Class records.

Simon Clemow  (Radical SR1) went well to join Taylor in winning his class on the day with other good performances coming from Anthony Earl (Caterham) and Andrew Platt (Exige).

Trevor Willis in a DJ Firestorm took FTD with a 26.15s run.

 

Anthony Earl hurls his Caterham through Top Ess (Rob MacDonald)


Mike Broome's lovely Alexis MK17 (Rob MacDonald)


Rob Anscombe's Empire EVO (Rob MacDonald)


Trevol Willis took FTD (Rob MacDonald)


Goulding's FTD at Hethel


Event 25 at Hethel on 04/09/2022
Relatively few HSA Speed Championship competitors made their way to Hethel to enjoy the fast flowing Lotus test track. Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) took time away from his British Sprint Championship campaign to take a comfortable FTD of 71.50s over two and a half seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Mark Chaplin (Jedi Mk6).

Geoff Lancaster (Clio 172) and Stephen Laing (Caterham R500) broke the existing HSA class records.

Pete Goulding and his Mygale (library image)


Another FTD for Sketchley


Event 24 at Aintree on 03/09/2022

Glyn Sketchley, driving his Force PC with its 1.3 turbo Suzuki engine, took FTD at Liverpool MC’s Aintree September sprint. The event was run in excellent conditions but suffered from a dearth of entries. However, the plus side was that competitors got their money’s worth with 10 timed runs on offer - even by lunch time, the club had managed two practice and three timed runs. although many competitors decided to call it a day as the temperature dropped and only the novices were improving their times.

Two class records fell, the first at the hands of Paul Gorge, who already held the Standard 2-litre Saloon record in his Citroen C2 VTS, but managed to twice break his record in the morning session carving off a total of 0.24sec. The second record went to Ian Butcher, driving his Honda Integra in the Roadgoing 2-litre class. Butcher had already equalled Fred Currell’s record, set back in 2014 in his Golf GTi. On his third run clipped off another 0.07s before loading up and heading off before the afternoon session.
 
It was a trying week-end for the timekeepers. Overnight, their van had been broken into and all the PCs were stolen. The back-up van was able to bring replacements but they had further problems during the second timed runs when a ‘tank slapper’ off the start-line by Michael Skidmore’s Westfield wiped out the 64 foot beam.

Of the HSA Speed Championship competitors, Andrew Till (Fiesta ST), Peter Taylor (MX5) and Chris Edwards (Mazda 323 GTX) all broke the existing HSA class records with Till and Taylor winning their classes on the day.

 


Glyn Sketchley set the Aintree pace in his turbo Suzuki powered Force (Steven D'Cruze)


Paul Gorge set the first class record in his Citroen C2... (Steve Wilkinson)


...followed by Ian Butcher in his Honda Integra (Steve Wilkinson)


TRIO AT THE TOP


Event 23 at Gurston Down on 28/08/2022
Peter Taylor was not present for Sunday’s event and so was unable to add to his record tally but Andrew Webber and Chris Edwards both reset their class records from the previous day and scored maximums. So at the conclusion of the day’s play, Taylor, Webber and Edwards went away all tied on 153 points with the absent Chris Berrisford still in fourth place on 150.
          Andrew Till made an appearance in his turbocharged Fiesta ST-Line and reset the A1 record and apart from those mentioned above, he was joined in the record-breaking bonanza by Pekka Tulokas and Paul Talbot, plus Dave Greenslade and Simon Clemow in their Radical, Greenslade finally getting the nod over his co-driver. Both broke the record with Greenslade finally getting the edge over his co-driver by four tenths.
          Ben Bonfield fell just short of his record in the Jedi and Anthony Earl once again scored well in his Caterham Roadsport. Historic single-seater exponents Fyrth Crosse and Mike Broome staged a repeat of Saturday’s close tussle with Crosse’s ex.Mike Wilds Ensign easing out Broome’s rare Alexis each time.
          With 5 rounds to go the title will be decided on tie-breakers and so we will possibly not know the champion until the end of the season at Curborough. At the moment Webber and Edwards have broken the class record on ten occasions, with Taylor and Berrisford having done it nine times!

 

Chris Edwards became the third joint series leader (Steve Lister)


Andrew Till joined the record breakers in his Fiesta ST-Line (Steve Lister)


Paul Talbot was on record form each day ... (Steve Lister)


... joined by Pekka Tulokas in his Mazda (Steve Lister)


RECORDS FALL AT GURSTON


Event 22 at Gurston Down on 27/08/2022
Seventeen HSA competitors made the trip to Gurston for host club BARC(SW)’s Championship finals weekend and with three of the top four entrants from our own Championship in attendance, all enjoyed a maximum score at Saturday’s event with an HSA class record. Joint series leader Andrew Webber did so on his first run in the Elan Plus 2 but for Peter Taylor, level on points in his Mazda MX5 and Chris Edwards, close at hand in his Mazda 323 GTX, it took until the second runs to lower the mark. Webber and Taylor now reached the maximum score of 153 while Edwards remained one point behind.
          Other records were broken by Pekka Tulokas with his Mazda MX5 in Class A3, Paul Talbot’s Mini in Class C1 and Ben Bonfield in his Class I Jedi-Suzuki, while Simon Clemow and Dave Greenslade in their shared Radical in Class F and Anthony Earl in his Class B2 Caterham also scored well.

 

Peter Taylor maintained his joint Championship lead in the Mazda (Steve Lister)


Also level on points at the top of the table, Andrew Webber is chasing a second HSA title (Steve Lister)


Dave Greenslade scored well in the Radical ... (Steve Lister)


... as did Anthony Earl in his Caterham (Steve Lister)


Edwards makes it a 4 way fight for the Championship at Wiscombe


Event 21 at Wiscombe Park on 31/07/2022
On Day 2 of Woolbridge Motor Club's National July meeting Peter Taylor (Mazda MX5) failed by 0.15s to better the Class record he had set the day before and Andrew Webber (Elan +2) came agonisingly close (0.06s) to breaking the Class U1 record leaving both on 151 points. If either driver had managed to break their respective records they would have achieved 9 maximum scores and been virtually assured of the 2022 Championship. Just behind, Chris Edwards (Mazda 323GTX) broke the HSA Class C3 record set the previous day by Chris Berrisford (Impreza) to leave both competitors level on 150 points. Four drivers covered by one point!

Elsewhere, Paul Talbot (Mini Clubman), Ben Bonfield (Jedi MK4) and Tony Kiss (Van Diemen RF87) completed their record breaking week-ends by beating the new records they had set the day before.

A record breaking run by Chris Edwards (Geoff Pickett)


Almost but not quite - Andrew Webber (Geoff Pickett)


Allan Mcdonald's 2.4l Mini Evo (Geoff Pickett)


A new HSA record for Ben Bonfield's Jedi (Geoff Pickett)


HSA records fall at Wiscombe as Championship battle heats up


Event 20 at Wiscombe Park on 30/07/2022
On the first day of Woolbridge Motor Club's National meeting at the end of July plenty of HSA Class records were broken along with some interesting and significant results.

With each competitor's nine best scores to count, Andrew Webber (Elan +2) had been on 8 maximum scores since Loton earlier in the month but had missed out on breaking the record at Lydden. Peter Taylor (Mazda MX5) arrived at Wiscombe on 7 maximum scores following new records at Lydden and Three Sisters. In the event Taylor broke the existing record while Webber was half a second shy of the exitsing record putting both drivers level in the Championship.

Just behind the two leaders are Chris Edwards in the highly developed Mazda 323GTX and Chris Berrisford's Impreza - both running in the same large Mod Prod class and, despite sharing the class arrived at Wiscombe with 6 and 5 maximum score apiece. Berrisford took a fine class win and broke the HSA class record on Saturday to level the number of maximum scores.

Elsewhere Pekka Tulokas continued his recent good form by breaking the HSA class record in his turbocharged MX5 as did Paul Talbot in his Mini Clubman, Ben Bonfield in his Jedi MK4 (an impressive 37.69s run after a troubled first run) and Tony Kiss with his colourful Van Diemen RF87.
 

A good class win for Chris Berrisford (Geoff Pickett)


Another good performance from peter Taylor (Geoff Pickett)


Mark Linforth trying hard in his Escort (Geoff Pickett)


Paul Talbot's Mini is beautifully presented and fast too (Nigel Cole)


Record runs at Three Sisters


Event 19 at Three Sisters on 24/07/2022
Only a handful of HSA Speed Championship competitors made the trip to Wigan for LDMC's Mid Summer sprint and for those competitors who felt they still needed to learn the course 12 (yes twelve!) timed runs were offered by the organisers. In the event, only three competitors had the time, energy or tyres left to take the twelth run!

Robbie Birrell (Force PT) took FTD with a 40.12s run from David Spencer's Reynard 883 while the only HSA Class record (A2.1) to be broken was by Peter Taylor in his MX5 which won his class on the day. Anthony Brown (Audi TT) took a class win while Andrew Till (Fiesta ST) and Pekka Tulokas (MX5) were in single car classes.

Peter Taylor broke the HSA Class record (LDMC/Denise Moore)


A class win for Anthony Brown (LDMC/Denise Moore)


FTD for Robbie Birrell (LDMC/Denise Moore)


Andy Walker's Impreza Sti (LDMC/Denise Moore)


Webber almost there at Lydden


Event 18 at Lydden Hill on 16/07/2022
Following his eighth max score at Loton Park the week-end before, Andrew Webber (Elan +2), the 2020 HSA Speed champion, needed just one more to secure the 2022 crown at Lydden Hill. But, despite almost perfect conditions, he was frustrated to come up almost a second short of his own record. 

Other championship front runners including Peter Taylor (MX5) and Chris Edwards (Mazda 323 GTX) closed the gap to Webber with new HSA Class records with Edwards taking a good class win on the day.

Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono), John Loudon (Force TA) and Steve Brown (Empire EVO 2) also set new HSA Class marks.

Adding some variety to the event was Tony Gomis' Marcadier CanAm sports racer. 20 or so of this French built, spaceframe hillclimb car were produced in the early seventies and it still looks the part to-day.

Perhaps the most notable result of the day was John Chambers' win in the 'standard roadgoing' EV class in his Tesla Model 3 Performance. His time of 80.45s was the second fastest of all the Roadgoing classes, ahead of some quick Caterham R500s, and was only narrowly beaten by one of the Mod Prods.

Andrew Webber, frustrated at Lydden (snapshotpics.co.uk)


Chris Guy's Jedi MK4 (snapshotpics.co.uk)


The impressive Tesla of John Chambers (snapshotpics.co.uk)


Tony Gomis' unusual Marcadier CanAm (snapshotpics.co.uk)


Webber inches closer at Loton


Event 17 at Loton Park on 10/07/2022
Andrew Webber (Elan +2) set a new HSA Class record (his eighth of the season) at Loton Park on July 10 to strengthen his position at the top of the 2022 Championship standings. Chris Berrisford (Impreza) was unable to quite match the new record set by fellow class competitor, Chris Edwards, the day before but still socred well to maintain his second place in the championship.

Pekka Tulokas (MX5) broke the record he had set on the Saturday as did class winner, Dave Greenslade (Radical SR1) who had co-driver, Simon Clemow, breathing down his neck less than half a second behind.

Adam Pemble has been campaigning his 33 year old Toyota Ceilca GT Four for over 10 years and continues to set competitive times against more modern machinery.

Simon Clemow's Radical SR1 (Gail Knight)


Adam Pemble set decent times in the Celica GT Four (Geoff Robinson)


Tony Kiss' colourful Van Diemen RF87 (Gail Knight)


Edwards & Tulokas score at Loton


Event 16 at Loton Park on 09/07/2022
Chris Edwards (Mazda 323GTX) continued his impressive start in his debut season in the HSA Speed Championship with his fourth new HSA Class record on the trot at Loton Park on July 9. He also won his class on the day and then went on to win the Top 10 Challenge with a significantly improved time. He was joined by Pekka Tulokas who set a new record in the over 2000cc Roadgoing Class and is also having a successful season with the turbocharged 1.8 MX5.

Anthony Earl (Caterham) and Dave Greenslade (Radical SR1) both took good wins in their classes on the day. Ben Bonfield (Jedi MK4) was up against strong opposition in the 1100cc Racing Car class and third was a good result. In the same class Jonny Ogden made a rare (and smoky) appearance in the unusual Yamapin R1.

 

Pekka Tulokas' MX5 (Geoff Robinson)


The rare Yamapin R1 of Jonny Ogden (Geoff Robinson)


Carole Nicholls' 'historic' Nike MK4 (Geoff Robinson)


Edwards & Berrisford score as Summers takes FTD at Shelsley


Event 15 at Shelsley Walsh on 26/06/2022
Chris Edwards in his mighty Mazda 323GTX continued his good run of form with a new HSA class record on the second day of the Shelsley Walsh Summer Spree event - but only just. Fellow Class (large Mod Prod) competitor, Chris Berrisford in his Impreza, led after the first run but both drivers found more time on the second run with Edwards finishing just one hundredth ahead. The results moved Berrisford to second and Edwards to fourth overall in the Championship standings.

Elsewhere, series leader Andrew Webber won the small Roadgoing Series Production class in his Elan +2 but was nearly a second and a half off his own HSA record and didn't score as well as he would have liked. In the 1100cc Racing Car class, Stephen Potter posted a good 28.61s run in his OMS2000 while Rob Anscombe (1.6 Empire Evo) went well and earned himself a spot in the MAC Members Run Off where he finished just behind Lindsay Summers (DJ Firestorm) who had earlier set FTD with a 25.60s.
 

Rob Anscombe prepares to leave the line (Rob MacDonald)


Ina Stringer's pretty Alfa Guilia waits in top paddock (Rob MacDonald)


Lindsay Summer's DJ Firestorm (Rob MacDonald)


Gary Hull's Jedi MK2 in top paddock (Rob MacDonald)


Miles takes FTD as leading HSA competitors fight it out at Llandow


Event 14 at Llandow on 25/06/2022
Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) took another FTD at the Bristol Pegasus/Bristol MC Llandow sprint on June 25th with a 68.76s run which was the only timed run he needed to secure the victory. The day was interspersed with some heavy showers and many competitors elected to miss runs in the difficult conditions.

Despite the changing conditions, many of the leading competitors in the 2022 Triple M/Pirelli Speed Championship were present and put in very competitive and class breaking performances. Andrew Webber (Elan +2) continued his strong run for the 2022 Championship with another new HSA Class record. Dave Greenslade and Simon Clemow contiued their close and hard fought battle in their share Radical SR1 with the former winning the class by half a second from his co-driver - both under the existing HSA record.

Chris Berrisford (Impreza) and Chris Edwards (Mazda 323 GTX) are running in the same Mod Prod class and lie in the top 5 in the Championship. Edwards won the large class on the day by just 2 tenths from Berrisford and again both drivers were under the HSA class record. 2021 Championship runner-up, Peter Taylor took his MX5 to a new HSA class record to stay in touch with the leaders in the 2022 Championship. 

Stephen Potter had a good run in his OMS2000 to take the 1100cc Racing Car class from Ben Bonfield while Fyrth Crosse took his venerable and immaculate Ensign LNF3 to a win in the 1600cc Racing Car class. Tony Kiss won the battle of the Formula Fords from Simon Broadbridge in their Van Diemens.



 

Best of the FFs. Tony Kiss' Van Diemen RF85 (Tony Smith)


Chris Berrisford attacks the kerbs (Tony Smith)


A class win for Stephen Potter's OMS (Tony Smith)


Andrew Till presses on in the Fiesta despite the conditions (Tony Smith)


Big turn out enjoys fine Prescott


Event 13 at Prescott on 19/06/2022
A strong turn out of 21 HSA Speed Championship compteitors enjoyed a fine Prescott on June 19. In place of the usual classes there were just 12 of them, arranged by Championship which meant that most, but not all, HSA competitors were in their own class. This gave Dave Greenslade and Simon Clemow, visiting Prescott for the first time with their Radical SR1, a good opportunity to take a Class win. Close after the first run, they finished the second a hundredth apart with Dave taking the narrowest of wins. Chris Guy took third with his Jedi MK4.

The battle for FTD was between the Racing Cars of Chris Green (OMS 28) and Stuart Bickley (Jedi) and the pair were never more than a tenth apart with Green taking the honours with a 41.33s run.





 

2nd FTD for Stuart Bickley's Jedi (Allan Rhodes)


Dave Greenslade won the HSA Championship class (Allan Rhodes)


Pau Batey's Rawlson Stiletto (Allan Rhodes)


Lewis Porto's smart MX5 (Allan Rhodes)


Webber pushes on at Barbon as Macdiarmid takes FTD


Event 12 at Barbon Manor on 11/06/2022
Barbon Manor in June should see wall to wall sunshine, but on arrival at the Cumbrian venue for the Liverpool MC/Kirky Lonsdale MC Regional Championship meeting on 11 June the wind was ripping through the valley and clouds filled the sky. Despite occasional sunshine it would remain cold, but the meeting started promptly at nine fifteen with two practice runs and the first timed run before the lunch break, followed by two more timed runs in the afternoon.

The Classic and Period cars provided entertaining battles. Andrew Webber led the Classics throughout in his Elan Plus 2, extending his lead after lunch with a new PB, with former champion circuit racer Steve Cole running second in his Ford Lotus Cortina Mk 1. Webber duly extended his lead in the HSA Speed Championship and is looking a storng contender to reclaim the title he won in 2020.

In the Period Road Car class, Keith Beningfield’s screaming supercharged MG TC led from the start as Mark 5 Bucklers, in the hands of Keith Thomas and Barbon regular Graham Curwen (who also drove his FF Van Diemen RF91) battled for second spot with Curwen’s immaculately restored car getting the verdict.

The large Roadgoing series production class saw Alex Gilchrist-Jones' Evo 9 take the win ahead of Jack Walker's Impreza STi while, in the class for Roadgoing sports cars over 2-litres, reigning Harewood champion Adam Riley, his Honda S2000 supercharged for this year, chopped over half a second off the class record on his first run and lowered it by a further tenth after lunch. He looked set to make it three in a row but his third run ended in a ‘rotational delay’ at Lafone Hairpin. In Modified Production saloons over 2-litres Chris Edwards’ 500bhp, 4WD, 1.8t Mazda 323 GFX closed in on his PB on his first two runs before running sub-26 for the first time, shattering Richard Hargreaves’ record, set 12 years ago, and establish an HSA Class record.

Jim MacDiarmid’s Hayabusa powered, ex Gary Thomas Force PC looked set for FTD initially, but the battling Wood brothers in their smaller Force-GSXR PT and Nick Scott in his Force TA started to close in. Anthony Wood got to within sixteen hundredths of MacDiarmid’s time on the third runs, before his brother Robin took the lead by a couple of hundredths and set a new HSA Class record, surprisingly there being no record prior to the event. The last car on the hill, MacDiarmid was marginally ahead into the fast Richmond sweeper and maintained his lead to the end, snatching FTD on a last ditch effort with Wood second and Scott three hundredths further back.

2nd FTD for Robin Wood's Force PT (Mark Newbould)


Chris Edwards' powerful Mazda 323 (Mark Newbould)


A class 2nd for Jack Walker (Mark Newbould)


FTD for Jim Macdiarmid in the Force PT (Mark Newbould)


Damp end to Pembrey week-end


Event 11 at Pembrey on 05/06/2022
Day two of BARC Wales' Summer Sprint week-end was help on a damp National circuit with the result that competitors were unable to approach their usual times leading to correspondingly lower championship scores.

Championship leader Andrew Webber (Elan+2) and Chris Edwards (Mazda 323GTX) were the highest scorers while Julian Harber also scored well in his Mini Clubman and won his class on the day. Simon Clemow (Radical SR1) demonstrated his wet weather skills by taking the small Libre class from Grahame Harden's Radical PR6 and his co driver, Dave Greenslade with the three covered by less than a second. Simon Broadbridge also went well in the conditions and just edged out fellow Formula Ford Van Diemen driver, Tony Kiss, reversing the positions from the previous day.

 

Dave Greenslade's Radical SR1 (John Surridge)


Perfect conditions for Angharad Williams' Escort MK2 (John Surridge)


Neil Thomas' MG Midget (John Surridge)


Records fall at Pembrey


Event 10 at Pembrey on 04/06/2022
Twenty one HSA Speed Championship competitors took part in day one of BARC Wales Pembrey Summer Sprint, held on the infrequently used Club track with no fewer than eight clas records being re-set.

Leading the way was Andrew Till, in the Fiesta ST beating his own record (set in his MG ZR105) by a massive seven seconds and take a narrow class win by two tenths. Chris Edwards (Mazda 323GTX) posted a similar performance in his Mod Prod class setting a new HSA record by more than 6 seconds and winning the class. Chris has had the Mazda for 21 years, continually developing it into a 500bhp+ monster but only recentyly begun competing in Speed events.

Andrew Webber (Elan+2) was another new record setter to maintain his strong start to the 2022 season and stay on top of the leader board.

The two Sylvas of Bob Bellerby (Riot) and Mike Smith (Striker) made up the small modified kit car class which Bob won, helped by his Pirelli slicks compared with Mike's, ex List 1B, Extremes but by less than half a second. Tony Kiss and Simon Broadbridge had a 'softish' record to beat with their Formula Ford Van Diemens and Tony emerged the winner by a couple of seconds.

A new HSA Class record for Nick Scott's Force TA (John Surridge)


Ceri Morgan's Ford Anglia (John Surridge)


Philip Matchwick's Caterham (John Surridge)


Bainbridge and Berrisford go joint top at Blyton


Event 9 at Blyton Park on 15/05/2022
The second day of the Longton & District Blyton Spring sprint week-end was held on the venue's tricky Outer circuit and saw Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) and Chris Berrisford (Impreza) take maximum scores and move into the joint lead of the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship, overtaking Peter Taylor (MX5) who was absent.

Andrew Webber (Elan +2) and John Loudon continued their strong start in the championship with maximum scores to lie close behind the three championship leaders.

Stephen Laing (Caterham) appeared for Day Two and took a good class win annd joined other HSA competitors winning their classes including Webber, Berrisford, Andrew Platt (Exige) and Phil Archer (MNR Vortx).
 

Chris Berrisford, joint leader of the HSA Speed championship (Anthony Mitchell)


Michael Wilkinson's Fisher Fury at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


Andrew Platt, class winner at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


Phil Archer, also a class winner at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


High scoring day at Blyton


Event 8 at Blyton Park on 14/05/2022
The first day of the Longton & District Blyton Spring sprint week-end was held in fine conditions on the venue's Eastern circuit and saw a massive turn out of 25 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship competitors in attendance.

The good weather saw plenty of new HSA class records set including Rob Kuschel (Cooper S), Andrew Webber (Elan +2), Phil Archer (MNR Vortx), Chris Berrisford (Impreza), Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono), John Loudon (Force TA), Nick Scott (Force TA) and Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost)!

HSA competitors also featured among the class winners including Andrew Platt (Exige), Anthony Earl (Caterham), Archer and Berrisford.

A new HSA class record for Rob Kuschel at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


Chris Guy's Jedi MK4 at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


Shane Dyson's Renault 5 at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


A class win for Anthony Earl at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


Cornish mizzle dampens Werrington


Event 7 at Werrington on 01/05/2022
Unfortunately, day two of Plymouth Motor Club's Spring Werrington hillclimb event was beset wit Cornish mizzle which kept the track damp throughout the day keeping times well below their normal, dry levels.

Many drivers restricted their runs to a single practice and a single timed with even Werrington regula and Speedscene columnist Andrew Dinner (Pilbeam MP82) only taking a single practice run. It was left to Andrew Forsyth (OMS CF04) to take FTD and be the only driver to get under 40s with an impressive 38.92s run.

Andrew Webber, Elan +2 (John Wilde)


Records tumble at Werrington


Event 6 at Werrington on 30/04/2022
Day one of Plymouth Motor Club's Spring hillclimb at Werrington was run in clear and sunny conditions, which allowed a number of HSA Speed competitors to set new championship class records.

These included 2021 HSA Speed champion, Andrew Webber in his Elan+2, Chris Berrisford (Impreza), Paul Reynolds (Caterham) and Dave Greenslade (Radical), the latter pushed hard by his co-driver Simon Clemow who was only a couple of tenths adrift. Chris Berrisford's result was enough to propel him to the top of the Championship table while Andrew Webber also moved up amongst the leaders.

Ben Bonfield (Jedi MK4) was a tenth away from his own HSA class record but still won the 1100cc Racing Car class. Philip Montgomery-Swift (OMS 2000M) took FTD with a 32.82s time.
 

Simon Clemow in the Radical (John Wilde)


Taylor extends lead as Broughton takes FTD at Goodwood


Event 5 at Goodwood on 23/04/2022
With another new HSA class record, Peter Taylor (Mazda MX5) further extended his early season lead in the 2022 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship.

HSA championship regular, Andrew Till was out in his Fiesta, set a new class record and took the win on the day in the 1600cc Series Production class and Alex Gilchrist-Jones did the same with his Lancer Evo 9 in the 4wd Series Production class.

Andrew Webber had swapped his regular Lotus 47/62 for his Elan +2 and still managed a new HSA class record despite managing only a single timed run.

Tony Kiss and Simon Broadbridge had a close battle for Formula Ford hounous in their Van Diemen RF87s with Tony coming out ahead on the final run. Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam had entered the event in the SBD Dallara as it is their (most) local track and Steve took FTD with a 73.63s run.

Peter Taylor's MX5 (classicrevivalphotography)


Andrew Till at the Goodwood chicane (classicrevivalphotography)


The Van Diemen RF87 of Tony Kiss (classicrevivalphotography)


FTD for Steve Broughton (Kim Broughton)


New records for Berrisford and Wood at Harewood


Event 4 at Harewood on 10/04/2022
At Harewood on April 10th Andrew Platt (Exige) and Chris Berrisford (Impreza) made welcome returns to the HSA Speed Championship, finishing second in their classes on the day and scoring well.

Peter Taylor (MX5) maintained his run of good form to stay ahead of Harewood specialist, Bob Bellerby (Sylva Riot) in the title race while Robin and Antony Wood made a strong championship debut in their 'new' Force PT with Robin setting a new HSA class record.

Paul Talbot took a good 1400cc Mod Prod class win in his Mini 1275GT and Ivan Russell in his familiar Anglia won the very competitive 2000cc Mod Prod class with 0.4s covering the top three.
 

Chris Berrisford on his way to a new HSA record (JCB Photography)


Paul Talbot took a good class win (JCB Photography)


A successful outing for Robin Wood's Force PT (JCB Photography)


Bob bellerby lies second in the Championship in the Riot (JCB Photography)


A cold start at Anglesey


Event 3 at Anglesey on 03/04/2022
For day two of Longton & District Motor Club's Anglesey sprint on the longer International track competitors were faced with a very cold start. Campers reported overnight lows of minus 8°C and there was plenty of frost on the ground early on.

The day warmed up slowly and was bright and clear but the cooler temperatures meant that fewer records were broken than on the previous day. Andrew Webber had the Lotus 47/62, resplendent in Gold Leaf Team Lotus colours, going well for a new HSA class record.The only other drivers to achieve the same success were Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono), Chris Jones (Force TA) and Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost).

HSA competitor, Mike Smith, was out in his Sylva Striker but with his 'new' tyres being moved to List 1C over the winter he had to run out of his normal class in Modified but still managed to improve on his 2021 times by over a second.

Simon Clemow was pleased to get to within a couple of tenths of class winning (and new event record holder) Dave Greenslade in their shared Radical SR1.

Peter Taylor again won the up to 2000cc Roadgoing Series Production class in his MX5 and despite just being shy of the HSA record, scored strongly enough to take the lead in the 2022 championship.

 

Peter Taylor led the championship after Anglesey (Neil Lambert)


Andrew Webber's V8 Lotus 47/62 (Neil Lambert)


Ed McDonough in the Dulon MP15 (Neil Lambert)


High scoring day at Anglesey


Event 2 at Anglesey on 02/04/2022
Despite a wet morning practice and dry first timed run, competitors at Longton and District Motor Club's Anglesey Sprint on the National circuit, were able to enjoy improved conditions later in the day with many establishing new class records.

2021 Championship runner-up, Peter Taylor, and Pekka Tulokas were closely matched in their Mazda MX5 with Peter just ahead by a couple of tenths. Bob Bellerby in his slick shod Sylva Riot set a time that would have been respectable in the racing car classes while Dave Greenslade in the Radical SR1 was only half a second off Simon Bainbridge's best in the SBR Crono but still won the RS Interclub Libre class.

Enthusiastic Formula Fordsters, Simon Broadbridge, back for his second season in the Van Diemen RF87 and well known author (look out for a new biography of Pedro Rodriguez!), Ed McDonough in his Dulon MP15 were both enjoying their trip to North Wales but were up against the quick Van Diemens of Sarah Bosworth and Lindsay Summers.
 

Pekka Tulokas going well in the MX5 (Neil Lambert)


Simon Broadbridge searching for grip in wet practice (Neil Lambert)


Dave Greenslade was very competitive in the Radical (Neil Lambert)


Taylor, Berrisford and Bainbridge feature at Cadwell


Event 1 at Cadwell Park on 26/03/2022
A good turn out of competitors for the first round of the 2022 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship at Cadwell Park on March 26th enjoyed glorious Spring weather with many scoring well to make a good start to their season.

One competitor making a strong start with a new record and maximum score was Peter Taylor in his familiar Mazda MX5. Peter has been runner up in the HSA Speed championship for the past two seasons (and third in 2019) so a good start to 2022 bodes well.

Chris Berrisford (Impreza) made a welcome and successful return to the championship with a maximum score as did Simon Bainbridge in the mighty SBR Crono V8.

Andrew Platt made a return to the championship after an absence of many years and scored well in his Lotus Exige.

Andrew Platt's Exige (library image by Rich Danby)


Records galore at final Combe sprint


Event 32 at Castle Combe on 23/10/2021
At Bristol Motor Club's rescheduled Great Western Sprint at Castle Combe on October 23rd the weather was kind, allowing competitors to set plenty of new HSA class records on a dry and not too cold track.

The three competitors who have all scored a full complement of 9 maximum scores in 2021 - champion, Rob Thomson (Clio), Peter Taylor (MX5) and Andrew Webber (Elan +2) were all present and duly broke the exisitng HSA records. A fitting end to their successful seasons. Peter O'Connor (Westfield SE) and Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) also broke the exisitng HSA records.

Most of the Class championship winners had been decided prior to the event but Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) nosed ahead of Graham Blackwell (also in a Mygale) to take Class L by a point and sixth overall in the championship.

 Mike Smith and Bob Bellerby were sharing the Striker for this event but after practice were losing coolant. A fix saw them out for a single T2 run each. This left Tim Monk (Fisher Fury) to take Class B1 in the championship.

The enthusiastic Formula Ford contingent comprised Geoff Ward (macon MR8), making his first ever visit to Combe and completing a dominant season in Class J1, Simon Broadbridge (Van Diemen RF87) having his first and very enjoyable learning year in a single seater and finally, Carole Nicholls (Nike) who was finishing a 34 event season and looking forward to 2022 in her newly acquired Mini.

In the competitive 1100cc racing car class, John Loudon (Force HC) was running a stock engine but was able to take the class win from Ben Bonfield (Jedi MK4) who won Class I in the championship.




 

Tim Monk, Class B1 champion


Ben Bonfield, Class I champion


Pete Goulding, Class L champion


THOMSON SEALS THE TITLE


Event 31 at Curborough on 10/10/2021
On the second day of their Curborough double-header, the HSA held the penultimate round of the Triple M/Pirelli Speed Championship on the figure of 8 course. Just two competitive runs were possible with a slightly larger field than the previous day, boosted by the annual appearance of the Pirelli Ferrari Championship runners. With another class record Rob Thomson claimed the Championship, even though his closest rivals also broke their class records. Thomson, Peter Taylor and Andrew Webber all scored the maximum points from their best 9 rounds and with all three still on equal points, it was down to the number of class records across the season to separate them. This was Rob’s 13th record and with only one round left, at Castle Combe, it is no longer possible for Peter (currently with 11 records) or Andrew (with 10) to deny Rob the title in his Renault Clio on the tiebreak.
          HSA class records were also set by Peter Goulding, who recorded FTD in his Mygale, and a delighted Les Buck in his Pringett Mistrale in the pre-94 Formula Ford Challenge. Richard Summers won the latter class overall and cemented his second place in the 6-event Challenge while Paul Morcom ended the year third and Simon Andrews was fourth.
          Jay Elliott just failed to complete a record breaking double in the 2-litre Roadgoing class but won over Dean Cubitt, while Rob Kuschel, Peter O’Connor, Stephen Laing, Anthony Brown, Stuart Bickley and Nicholas Scott were other HSA class winners.
          The 11-strong field of Ferraris were led by Champion David Snelson in his F430, but the star of the show was Jon Goodwin’s bright red Lusso 250GT.

 

Rob Thomson - the 2021 HSA Speed champion (Steve Wilkinson)


Pete Goulding's FTD made it a Mygale double for the weekend (Steve Wilkinson)


Richard Summers took the Formula Ford class win and second overall in the Pre-94 Challenge (Steve Wilkinson)


The superb Ferrari 250GT Lusso of Jon Goodwin (Steve Wilkinson)


RECORD-BREAKING CURBOROUGH


Event 30 at Curborough on 09/10/2021
Eight HSA class records were broken at Saturday's Curborough sprint on the 2 lap course as Rob Thomson took one step closer to winning the Championship. All three contenders for the title – Thomson, Peter Taylor and Andrew Webber – set new HSA class standards as did Jay Elliott (by 1/100th second), Stephen Laing, Peter O’Connor, Nicholas Scott (breaking Kerry Waine’s 10 year old rain-affected time by 19 seconds), and Graham Blackwell as the organisers managed to give the small field three competitive runs.
          Blackwell set FTD with 51.40 in his Mygale single-seater, just 4/100 quicker than Peter Goulding's Mygale, and between them they broke Peter’s old record four times.
          An early misfortune befell Anthony Brown whose Audi TT’s bonnet flew up and cracked his windscreen. After removing the screen he was allowed to compete by the scrutineers and enjoyed the rest of the day enjoying a new form of Audi air conditioning! Aside from the record-breakers listed, HSA classes were won by David Bennett, Anthony Brown, Stuart Bickley and Geoff Ward.
          Outside of the Championship contenders the meeting saw the debut of Archie Ker and Morgan Hamer in the Junior Sprint class in their Citroen C2, the cousins’ respective fathers and OMS pilots, Wil and Ben, on hand to give plenty of advice. Another pair of sons of racing fathers were sharing a car in the 15 strong pre-94 Formula Ford Challenge class where Alex Coles (son of Neal) and Tom Morgan (son of Stephen) drove their Van Diemen to eighth and tenth in the class, which was won by Simon Andrews, his first win of the year, from Richard Summers and Geoff Ward. Tom Weaver was absent as he was representing Great Britain in the European Masters in Braga, but having already scored three wins he could not be beaten in the best four out of six competition.
          A late entry from Richard Brant saw probably the first appearance of an Audi A8L in a speed event. The large saloon was very rapidly driven and Richard managed to split Golf 310R drivers Gordon Hick and Phil Darbyshire to take second in class and also get below 70 seconds on his third run.
          The Alan Payne run-off at the end of the day, which gives class winners a chance to improve on their winning times, saw Andrew Webber retain the trophy which he won when it was last staged in 2019, this time in his Lotus Elan +2 as opposed to his Lotus 62 recreation as then. With an improvement of 5.55 seconds he was one of only three to better a class winning time, the others being Peter Taylor and Jay Elliott.

 

Graham Blackwell set Saturday's outright pace in his Mygale Ecoboost (Steve Wilkinson)


Richard Brant manhandles his Audi A8L around Curborough (Steve Wilkinson)


Archie Ker and Morgan Hamer made their Junior Sprint debut in their Citroen C2 (Steve Wilkinson)


Simon Andrews took his first Formula Ford win of the season (Steve Wilkinson)


Taylor goes joint top at Shelsley


Event 29 at Shelsley Walsh on 18/09/2021
At Shelsley Walsh on September 18th Peter Taylor (MX5) set a new HSA Class record (his ninth of the year) and joined Rob Thomson (Clio) at the top of the Championship standings.

Stuart Bickley (Jedi) also went well but just missed out on a maximum score by being a couple of tenths off his own Class record. Jay Elliott (Honda S2000) had a good result and moved ahead of Martin Ellis (Escort) in the Class A2 championship standings. 

FTD went to Allan Warburton's Gould GR50 with a 25.62s ahead of Lindsay Summers' DJ Firestorm (25.93s). Finally, Ian Rolwlance (Metro 6R4) set a new closed car record for the hill.

Peter Taylor leaves the line (Rob Thomson)


FTD went to Allan Warburton (Rob Macdonald)


A closed car record for Ian Rowlance (Rob Macdonald)


Carole Nicholls is her rare Nike FF (Rob Macdonald)


Taylor makes his move at 3 Sisters


Event 27 at Three Sisters on 05/09/2021
At the Longton & District Motor Club's 3 Sisters sprint on September 5th Peter Taylor (MX5) set a new HSA class record (and won his class on the day) to move up to joint second with Andrew Webber in the 2021 Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed championship.

Nigel Fox (Caterham and class winner) and Geoff Ward (Macon MR8) also set new HSA marks while FTD went to Jim Spencer in his 1100cc Racing Car class Reynard with a new track class record of 66.43s.




HSA records for Taylor and Webber as Blackwell takes FTD at Aintree


Event 26 at Aintree on 04/09/2021
Graham Blackwell (Mygale EcoBoost) took FTD with a 40.11s run at Aintree on September 4th from Rob Tonge's Busa engined Force TA on 41.26s.

Liverpool Motor Club gave comptetitors plenty of action with up to 6 runs on offer and Peter Taylor (MX5) took the opportunity to cement his third place in the Championship with a new HSA record and win his class on the day. Andrew Webber (Elan +2) broke his 8th HSA record of the season and won his class as did Alex Gilchrist-Jones in his EVO 9.

Geoff Ward, won the Formula Ford class as usual in his elderly Macon MR8 but was less than half a second away from his own HSA record set in his much newer Swift.

Graham Blackwell (Mygale EcoBoost) took FTD


Rob Tonge took 2nd FTD in the Force TA


THOMSON'S RECORD WEEKEND


Event 25 at Gurston Down on 29/08/2021
The second day of Gurston's August double-header saw Rob Thomson maintain his strong grip on the HSA Championship with yet another record in the Renault Clio, over three and a quarter seconds quicker than the one he'd set the previous day, to leave it at 40.70sec. Out again in his V8 Europa, Championship second place man Andrew Webber this time managed to reset the Class U2 record with a 38.25 while the third HSA record-breaker on the day, Dean Cubitt, lowered the A2 record to 38.10 on his way to winning another strongly supported Gurston 2-litre Roadgoing class.
          Although Peter Taylor wasn't present on Sunday, the previous day's winner of that class ended the weekend with his MX5 firmly in the top three of the HSA Championship ahead of Ben Bonfield, who once again put in a fine drive in his Jedi to end the day on third FTD with his  best time of the weekend. Ahead of his 1-litre Jedi on the road were the eventual winner of Gurston's Top Ten Challenge trophy Tony Wiltshire (2-litre Ralt-Peugeot) and second place man Pete Hammock (1.6 Empire Wraith -Suzuki) so Ben, a relative newcomer to the venue, vowed to be back next year to take on the Gurston regulars! Although his 31.25sec run was still half a second away from Simon Andrews' record with the OMS, it was enough to earn 13 HSA points.
          John Amory three-wheeled his supercharged Cooper S round Karousel to bag the highest score behind the two record breakers, with 15 points. Other contenders in double figures were Jay Elliott, with 12 points in his Honda S2000, and Richard and Philip West in their Sierra XR4x4. Also on 12 points, Richard flung the sonorous silver saloon up half a second clear of Philip, whose 10 point score was matched by two single seaters; Luke Trotman's Force HC and Laurence Marks' Formula Ford Van Diemen RF84.

 

Championship leader Rob Thomson was on top form with two records over the weekend (Ian Beard)


Jon Amory heads for the finish line (Steve Lister)


Richard West understeers the XR4x4 through Ashes (Steve Lister)


Dean Cubitt was one of three HSA record breakers on Sunday (Steve Lister)


HSA'S GURSTON OPENER


Event 24 at Gurston Down on 28/08/2021
Rob Thomson maintained his front running Championship status with another record-breaking run in his Clio 172 Cup as the HSA series visited Gurston for the opening day of the August double-header weekend. Peter Taylor took just one run, but the MX5 driver had done enough to become the HSA's second record-breaker on the day, as well as taking the outright win in Gurston's strongly supported 2-litre Roadgoing class, which also contained seven contenders for the venue's home championship. These included HSA contender Dean Cubitt, who arrived at Gurston in the joint lead of the home series with his own Mazda. In Association terms he ended the day with a 13-point score, as did Clive Wooster in his Radical, but Cubitt had to settle for second place in the 11-strong Gurston class to Taylor who, despite missing the following day's event, hung on to his third place overall in the HSA Championship.
          Next highest HSA scorer was Ben Bonfield with 12 points. Despite being a relative newcomer to Gurston, Ben was really flying in the Jedi Mk4 in a bid to maintain his place in the top four overall HSA standings. Although dropping to fourth FTD by the end of the meeting, after the first runs he'd held a brilliant second overall to Gurston ace Tony Wiltshire in his Ralt-Peugeot, the man who the following day would go on to clinch Gurston's Top Ten Challenge title for the third time.  
          Coming to Gurston in second place on the overall HSA standings, Andrew Webber forfeited the chance of closing in on Thomson as he'd opted to switch classes and field his charismatic V8 turbo Lotus 47D/62 replica for the weekend. Nevertheless he bagged a 15-point score in Class U2, while the points he'd previously gained in his Class U1 Elan Plus 2 were sufficient to maintain his Championship position, well clear of Taylor. 

 

Gurston class winner Peter Taylor - third overall in the HSA series (Steve Lister)


Ben Bonfield held second FTD after the first runs (Ian Beard)


Andrew Webber switched to his Lotus Europa V8 for the weekend (Ian Beard)


Laurence Marks' Van Diemen RF84 (Ian Beard)


'New' Hethel


Event 21 at Hethel on 08/08/2021
Borough 19's Hethel sprint on August 8th provided a new challenge for HSA peed championship competitors. For this event the organisers had chosen to use the full, one lap, 1.7mile version of the fast and challenging Hethel circuit. This, of course, meant that there were no existing records so new ones would be set during the day.

Four runs were on offer but heavy rain appeared during the final run when only the very early starters had a chance of improving their times while the later runners abandoned altogether.

Championship contender, Andrew Webber (Elan +2) was looking for a maximum score but with no existing records had to make do with a fifteen point haul - along with the other HSA competitors. However, he was rewarded with a good second in  a well supported Class A4, less than a tenth behind James Shore's Fiesta ST with Rob Kuschel third in his Mini Cooper S.

Paul Beesley's Westfield Megabusa got the better of Stephen Laing's Caterham R500 in roadgoing Class A8 while Ivan Russell's familiar red Anglia won the modified Class B10 with ease.

It was Jedis vs OMS's in the 1100cc Racing Car class with Mark Chaplin's Jedi MK6 winning with a 73.98s (and FTD) from Tony Beesley's Jedi MK4 with Simon Wallis' OMS 300M in third.






 

Rob Kuschel's Mini Cooper S - by Simon Reid (Fokus.media)


Tony Beesley leaves the line - by Simon Reid (Fokus.media)


Ina Russell concentrating hard in the Anglia - by Simon Reid (Fokus.media)


An Alfa on a Lotus track. Davie Man's 4C - by Simon Reid (Fokus.media)


Lady luck plays her hand at Wiscombe


Event 20 at Wiscombe Park on 01/08/2021
On the second day of Wollbridge Motor Club's National hillclimb meeting at Wiscombe Park on August 1st the weather and chance intervened to play a key role in determining the outcome of the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship.

With the two main contenders both needing to break records and achieve maximum scores, changeable weather conditions were not the ideal conditions for the contest.

Following a damp practice, T1 turned out to be very wet and competitive times just not possible. However, as T2 began the track was still wet but the sun had come out. Reigning champion and leader going into the event, Andrew Webber in his Elan +2 was unfortunately an early runner and was unable to get close to the time he needed. Challenger, Rob Thomson, had set a new record in his Standard class Clio 172 the day before but had he gone too fast? He came to the line about 10 cars behind Webber and on a rapidly drying track he was able to better his previous mark by about four tenths. In Thomson's estimation a couple of minutes earlier and it would have been too wet and then, a couple of minutes later, the heavens opened!

After the event, a phlegmatic Webber described it as 'a fun week-end' and felt that his title challenge was, in practice if not mathematically, over as Thomson moved into the championship lead with 9 maximum scores.

Running third in the championship Peter Taylor decided that the conditions were not worth the risk and sat out the timed runs. In a repeat of the previous day Ben Bonfield was awarded a class win in his Jedi MK4 while the fastest in class, Andrew Forsyth (OMS CF04), took the 'Interclub'  FTD with a 42.61s.

As an indication of Thomson's good fortune in taking his run in such a narrow 'dry window' all the other HSA competitors were unable to set times anywhere close to their respective class records.

Rob Thomson rounds Martini to lead the championship (Andrew Webber)


Andrew Webber had a 'fun week-end' in the Elan (Geoff Pickett)


Martyn Turner's MNR Vortx (Geoff Pickett)


James Rushworth in the BMW E30 (Geoff Pickett)


Thomson edges ahead at Wiscombe


Event 19 at Wiscombe Park on 31/07/2021
Going into Woolbridge Motor Club's national hillclimb week-end at Wiscombe Park on July 31st the two main protagonists for the 2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship, Rob Thomson (Clio 172) and Andrew Webber (Elan +2) had seven maximum scores each to their names. With the best nine scores to count, the week-end was looking to be an important step towards the outcome of this year's title race.

The forecast for the week-end included plenty of showers mixed in with dry spells, so both tactics and luck were likely to play a part in proceedings. Faced with a 'softer' record Thompson needed to be careful, saying  "I found it hard to judge my pace on Saturday and took 3.5 seconds off the record, a bit more than I'd intended, but the forecast looked better for Sunday so I hoped that the remaining margin would be OK".

Faced with a 'harder' class record, previously set by Mike Henney in his Elan S3, Webber needed a completely dry track to break it. He got very close, missing out by just three tenths.

Elsewhere, Peter Taylor maintained his third place overall in the championship with another new HSA class record in his MX5. Ben Bonfield always goes well at Wiscombe in his Jedi MK4 and broke the existing HSA record and was awarded first in class as the fastest competitor in the class, Andrew Forsyth's OMS CF04, took FTD with a 37.75s run.

Martin Ellis (Escort MK2) and David Bennett (Boxster) also scored well.

The 3 contenders: Webber, Thomson and Taylor at Wiscombe


Ben Bonfield's Jedi took first in class (Geoff Pickett)


Ian Ingleheart trying hard in the Westfield Cosworth (Geoff Pickett)


Julian Harber's Mini Clubman (Geoff Pickett)


Hot Lydden


Event 18 at Lydden Hill on 17/07/2021
Thirteen HSA Speed championship competitors made their way to the South East of the country for Borough 19's popular Lydden sprint.

Of the two (current) runaway leaders in this year's championship only Andrew Webber appeared in his Lotus Elan +2 and duly broke the exisiting HSA class record for a maximum points haul. He wasn't alone though, and Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) used the opportunity to take third place in the overall standings. Also taking maximum points were Jay Elliott in the Honda S2000 and Borough 19's Deputy Chairman, Stephen Laing, in his Caterham R500 who both won their respective classes on the day.

Ivan Russell went well in his Ford Anglia to come second in a competitive Mod Sports class to outscore Paul Quinnell's Peugeot 205 GTi leaving them tied on 29 points for the Mod Sports class in the HSA Championship. 

 

Paul Quinnell in his Peugeot 205GTi (Kim Broughton)


Jay Elliott's class winning Honda S2000 (www.snapshotpics.co.uk)


Charles White's Elise S2 (www.snapshotpics.co.uk)


A rare beast. Clark Devey's Falcon Sprint (www.snapshotpics.co.uk)


Another Gumbley FTD as Thomson matches Webber at Loton


Event 17 at Loton Park on 11/07/2021
Darren Gumbley made it a pair of FTD's at Loton's two day July event with a 47.62s run in his Force TA.

Meanwhile, in the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship Andrew Webber (Elan +2) fresh from a good result at Llandow the day before, joined fellow front runner, Rob Thomson (Clio) and the pair continued their run of good form by both posting maximum scores. Although Webber is slightly ahead on points Thomsom has more new records so it is still very close.

Peter Taylor's Mazda MX5 set a new HSA class record and finished a very creditable third in the large and competitive up to 2000cc Roadgoing production class. Stuart Bickley (Jedi MK4) improved on the new record he set the day before and also won the 1100cc Racing Car class.

Martin Ellis (Escort MK2) and Maryn Turner (MNR Vortex) both scored well while Carole Nicholls (Nike MK4) was up against some strong opposition in the Formula Ford class.
 

Andrew Webber was at his best at Loton (Rob Macdonald)


Carole Nicholls in the Nike MK4 (Rob Macdonald)


Martin Ellis' smart Escort MK2 (Rob Macdonald)


Christopher Morgan's Mini (Rob Macdonald)


Gumbley's Loton FTD


Event 16 at Loton Park on 10/07/2021
Darren Gumbley took his Busa powered Force TA to FTD (47.95s) at Loton Park on July 10th 2021.

In the Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship the two leading protaganists were setting maximum scores. Andrew Webber was at Llandow while, at Loton, Rob Thomson was hoping to improve on his disappointing outing at Shelsley the week before. In the intervening period Rob had walked Offas Dyke and gone down with food poisoning so wasn't in perfect shape on Saturday and only felt up to a single timed run. But to Rob's surprise it was good enough for a new record and a maximum score to keep the pressure on.

Stuart Bickley (Jedi MK4) repeated his Shelsely class winning form with another win and new HSA record in the 1100cc Racing Car class where Elliott Gwilt made his fIrst appearance of the year in the interesting T89.

Wil Gough scored well in the pretty Alfa 4c while Tim Richardson had a good result, finishing a close second in the Roadgoing 'kit car' class.

One run was enough for Rob Thomson (Rob Macdonald)


Back in the Honda, Michael Thomson runs out of tarmac (Rob Macdonald)


FTD for Darren Gumbley at Loton (Rob Macdonald)


Webber scores at Llandow as Miles takes FTD


Event 15 at Llandow on 10/07/2021
Only three HSA Speed Championship comptetitors made the trip to South Wales for Bristol Motor Club's Llandow Sprint but it was worthwhile for reigning champion Andrew Webber who took a maximum points score to maintain his challenge for a repeat in 2021. John Bradshaw (Westfield SEiW) and Simon Broadbridge (Formula Ford Van Diemen RF87) fouind it more difficult to get near their respctive HSA class records but at least had the consolation of winning their classes on the day.

Steve Miles, taking a break from his British Sprint campaign, took FTD (and the Club's outright record) in his Van Diemen RF96 with a single run (after discovering a sheared wheel nut) of 68.76s from Dave Simms' RALT RT33.
 

John Bradshaw's Westfield SEiW (Tony Smith)


Dave Simms' RALT RT33 was second fastest (Tony Smith)


Simon Broadbridge's VD RF97 avoids the puddles (Tony Smith)


David Wheeler's unusual Renault R8 Gordini (Tony Smith)


Wet and dry Shelsley as Bickley takes FTD


Event 14 at Shelsley Walsh on 03/07/2021
Competitors arrived at Shelsley on July 3rd for the Reg Phillips meeting to be faced with dark clouds and persistent rain which continued through mid morning for the first practice runs. It began drying and although second practice was damp the organisers pushed on with the first timed runs before lunch to ensure everyone had at least one dry run. The meeting ran smoothly and, after a dry second timed run, the organisers offered a third run but the clouds re-appeared and the rain fell again although one or two drivers were lucky enough to improve their times as the track dried again.

Stuart Bickley took FTD with a time of 28.56s in his Jedi TDF which was a good effort considering the 'green' track. Stuart also won the hard fought 1100cc racing car class from Mark Schlaker's Force HC (28.81s) and Ben Bonfield making his first Shelsley appearance in the last 'hillclimb spec' Jedi built (30.52s). Also in the same class Luke Trotman was getting to grips with his smartly wrapped Force HC and not far off the pace.

Speedscene columnist, Peter Hubbard, was back with Maximus (the V8 two stroke powered Ultima ProSport), determined to complete several runs up the hill at pace. He succeeded, completing three timed runs, with a best of 45.10s and further development tasks identified.

2021 championship front runner, Rob Thomson, in his Clio 172 Cup and running on a new set of freshly shaved tyres for the occasion, was being sanguine about his chances of leaving the event with a maximum score due to the conditions and missed out on a new record by about half a second. Maybe a dry third run would have  clinched it but on such rolls of the dice are championships won or lost.

Runner up in the Triple M / Pirelli HSA Speed Championship in 2020, Peter Taylor was back in his repaired MX5 and took a maximum points score to get his 2021 campaign back on track, moving up to fifth in the overall standings.

Rob Kuschel put in a good time with his Mini Cooper S to score well while the conditions appeared to suit the Fisher Fury of Tim Monk and he duly won the smaller Roadgoing kit car class. The large Roadgoing kit car class saw a good four way battle, won by Oliver Wright's Westfield from the Caterhams of Anthony Earl, Chris Bennett and Tim Richardson all covered by about a second. 

Former champion, John Bradshaw, went well as usual at Shelsley in his Westfield to win the modified specialist production class 

A Shelsley FTD for Stuart Bickley in the Jedi (Rob Macdonald)


A class win for Tim Monk's Fury (Rob Macdonald)


Peter Taylor was back in the MX5 (Rob Macdonald)


'Maximus' creates a startline smokescreen (Chris Bennett)


Webber keeps up the pressure at Snetterton


Event 13 at Snetterton on 27/06/2021
On the second day of the Borough 19 Snetterton Sprint week-end, Andrew Webber took his Lotus Elan +2 to a new HSA class record to score his fifth maximum points score of the season and extend his lead in the 2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship.

Performances were similar to the previous day although in the Formula Ford battle between Charlie Reilly's Van Diemen RF92 and Geoff Ward's Macon MR8 positions were reversed with the older Macon coming out the winner by half a second and move Geoff to third in the overall standings.

Simon Baingbridge's SBR Crono V8 again scored well to place him fourth in the Championship.

Competitors were impressed with the standard of both the venue and the efficient organisation of the event by Borough 19.

A new record for Webber at Snetterton (Simon Reid @ Fokus.media)


Geoff Ward's elderly Macon is quick (Simon Reid @ Fokus.media)





Good conditions but no HSA records broken at Snetterton


Event 12 at Snetterton on 26/06/2021
The first day of Borough 19's Snetterton sprint weekend on the Snetterton 100 circuit was held in fine conditions but none of the 16 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship competitors present were able to break the existng HSA class records. However, reigning champion and 2021 leader, Andrew Webber, in Class U1 had no record to beat so he duly set a new one with a view to breaking it on the following day.

One of the more closely fought battles of the day was in the Formula Ford class which saw Charlie Reilly back in his Van Diemen RF92, as his OMS2000M wasn't ready, up against Geoff Ward in his considerably older Macon MR8 (running with parts from his Swift SC92)  and the pair were never separated by more than a second. Charlie just took the win by 0.11s but Geoff still scored well.

Chris Jones (Force TA) was making his first appearance of the year and led the 1100cc racing car class runners from Tony Beesely (Jedi MK4) and John Loudon (Force HC) although the car wasn't running as well as he had hoped.

Stephen Laing (Caterham R500) had his work cut out against Paul Beesley's Westfield Megabusa in the large 'kit car' class and was just over a second adrift with the pair setting their best times on T4. It was good to see Ivan Russell's mod prod Anglia back in action but he was unmable to approach the Class record - unsurprisingly as it was set by Keith Murray's mighty Audi 80 Quatro back in 2013! In the same HSA class Paul Quinell came in just behind Ivan with his Peugeot 205GTi.

Stephen Laing's Caterham R500 (Simon Reid @ Fokus.media)


Chris Jones was still quick in the Force TA (Simon Reid @ Fokus.media)


Ivan Russell in the lovely Mod Prod Anglia (Kim Broughton)


Paul Quinnell's Peugeot GTi (Kim Broughton)


Webber & Thomson continue HSA championship battle at Curborough


Event 11 at Curborough on 20/06/2021
The 2021 Triple M Motorsport / Pirelli HSA Speed championship round 11 took place at Curborough on June 20th on the Figure 8 layout for the traditional Owen Motor Club Graham Hill trophy event.

FTD went to Paul Tinsley's Dallara F397 with a 54.06s run while reigning HSA Champion Andrew Webber (Elan +2) and Rob Thomson (Clio 172) continued their battle for the 2012 championship with new HSA class records and maximum scores. Although Webber is ahead on points Thomson has an unbroken string of maximum scores and is looking to be a strong contender for this year's title.

Paul Tinsley's Dallara at Aintree recently (Steve Wilkinson)


Rob Thomson's Clio at Curborough last year


Tatham's FTD as HSA saloons go well at Prescott


Event 10 at Prescott on 20/06/2021
At the Bugatti Owners' Club prescott hillclimb on Sunday June 20th, Pete Tatham took FTD in his OMS 25 with a 40.11s run.

In the Hillclimb and Sprint Association's championship, 15 competitors scored points with the saloon fraternity turning in some of the best performances. Rob Kuschel and Jon Armory (both in Mini Cooper S) scored well and were separated by less than a second. Martin Ellis (Escort MK2 and former HSA champion, John Bradshaw, (Westfield SEiW) acheived good scores. Bradshaw won the HSA Championship class from Luke Trotman in his newly acquired Force HC.

Images courtesy of Stuart Wing of Capture Your Car Photography

FTD for Pete Tatham's OMS 25


Clive Wooster's Radical was 2nd in the BARC Championship class


Macdiarmid's FTD at a Forceful Barbon


Event 9 at Barbon Manor on 12/06/2021
At the Liverpool Motor Club's Barbon hillclimb on June 12th Forces took the top three places with Jim Macdiarmind in the ex Gary Thomas Force PC taking FTD (24.16s) narrowly from the Force PT of Robbie Birrell with the Force TA of John Stone in third. All three were covered by less than a second.

Reigning HSA Speed champion, Andrew Webber made the long (for him) trip and was rewarded with a good score to extend his 2021 Championship lead to 28 points.

Peter Taylor had problems with his familiar and successful MX5 and swapped to a Porsche 718 Boxster and scored well along with Geoff Ward in the Macon MR8.

Many thanks to Keith Thomas (competing in a Buckler MK5) for the photos.

Jim Macdiarmid's Force PC and Nick Scott's Force TA


Bill Drysdale's Porsche 904


Keith Thomas' Buckler MK5


Trickier day at Blyton


Event 6 at Blyton Park on 16/05/2021
The second day of the Longton Blyton Sprint week-end was held on the Outer circuit and HSA competitors found it harder to approach their respective class records than they had on the previous day's Eastern circuit.

Only Rob Thomson (closing the gap on series leader Andrew Webber), Alan Mugglestone (reversing positions with son, Nick, from the previous day) and John Loudon (knocking 0.7s off Chris Jones' old record) were able to set new marks.

Jay Elliott again had a good scrap to win the 2000cc Sports Car class in his Honda S2000 as did Nigel Fox in the over 1800cc Kit Car class with his Caterham.

Rob Thomson had a good week-end at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)


A new HSA record for John Loudon's Force (Anthony Mitchell)


A class win for Anthony Brown's TT (Anthony Mitchell)


Webber extends lead at Blyton


Event 5 at Blyton Park on 15/05/2021
2020 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Champion, Andrew Webber, extended his lead in the 2021 Championship at Longton's Blyton sprint week-end. He won the Pre '73 road car class on the day and set a new track record for that class.

24 HSA Championship competitors scored points and Rob Thomson continued his strong start to the season in his Standard Class Clio 172 with a new HSA Class record to maintain his second place in the standings. Mike Smith (Sylva Striker), Julian Harber (Mini Clubman), Nick Mugglestone (RAW Fulcrum), Geoff Ward (in a Formula Ford Macon MR8 replacing his familiar Swift) and Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) all set new HSA records and scored well.

Jay Elliott scored a good win in the 2000cc Sports Car class in his Honda S2000 while series sponsors Triple M Motorsport (Alan and Nick Mugglestone) were out in their RAW Fulcrum and were never more than a few tenths apart with Nick emerging the winner by three tenths beat the existing 1800cc Modified Specialist class track record by three seconds!

Andrew Webber, championship leader (Anthony Mitchell)


A new track record for Nick Mugglestone (Anthony Mitchell)


A class win for Jay Elliott's Honda S2000 (Anthony Mitchell)


Webber goes top as Montgomery-Smith takes FTD at Werrington


Event 4 at Werrington on 02/05/2021
With a new HSA class record and maximum points score, 2020 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed champion, Andrew Webber, moved into an early lead in this year's championship at Werrington on May 2nd in his Elan +2.

Philip Montgomery-Smith took FTD and a new hill record in 32.59s with his OMS 2000M while Ben Bonfield (class winner and third FTD in his Jedi), Martin Ellis (a strong 2nd in class with his Escort) and Rob Thomson (Clio) all set new HSA class records.

Many thanks to Howie Fowler for the images.

Andrew Webber (Elan+2) took the HSA championship lead at Werrington


FTD for Philip Montgomery-Smith's OMS


A good day for Ben Bonfield and the Jedi


Forsyth's FTD at Werrington as Webber moves up


Event 3 at Werrington on 01/05/2021
At the Plymouth Motor Club's Werrington event on Saturday May 1st, Andrew Forsyth took FTD in his OMS CF04 with a 35.05s run.

Half a dozen Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed championship competitors made the trip and reigning champion, Andrew Webber, moved up to take a shared lead in this year's championship with a new HSA class record in his Elan +2. In the same class on the day as Andrew, Martin Ellis was involved in a three way battle for the class win. All three cars were covered by three tenths of a second and third place was still a good result in such a large class.

Rob Thomson took his Renault Clio 172 Cup to a new HSA class record and a good score.

Many thanks to Howie Fowler for the images.

Andrew Forsyth on his way to FTD


A new HSA class record for Rob Thomson


A competitive outing for Martin Ellis' Escort


FTD for Miles as Taylor takes Championship lead at Goodwood


Event 2 at Goodwood on 17/04/2021
At Bognor Regis MC's Goodwood Sprint on April 17th Steve Miles took a strong FTD in his highly developed Van Diemen RF96 (75.70s) from Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam in their shared Dallara F399.

Peter Taylor took his Mazda MX5 to a competitive second in class on the day, a new HSA Class record and an early lead in the 2021 Triple M/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship. Jay Elliott (Honda S2000) and 2020 Champion, Andrew Webber (Elan +2) also set new HSA Class records.

Tim Richardson had a good run in his new Caterham 420R and Peter O'Connor is clearly getting comfortable in his ex John Loudon Westfield - both drivers scoring well.

Steve Miles, FTD at Goodwood (Mike Curtin)


Paul Quinnell had a good run in the Peugeot (Mike Curtin)


A good score for Peter O'Connor's Westfield (Mike Curtin)


Lee Gavins monsters the finish line in his MNR Vortx (Mike Curtin)


HSA records for Taylor, Bellerby & Bainbridge as Willis takes FTD


Event 1 at Harewood on 11/04/2021
The 2021 Hillclimbing season opened at Harewood on April 11th with the BARC (Yorks) Spring National event. Trevor Willis (OMS 28) took FTD with a 50.51s run from Richard Spedding's 2 litre class GWR Raptor 2 and Alex Summers (DJ Firestorm).

Five Triple M Motorsport/Pirelli HSA Speed Championship competitors were present with Peter Taylor in his newly liveried MX5, Bob Bellerby (Sylva Riot) and Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) setting new HSA class records and the latter two winning their classes.

Our thanks to Chris Bannister of JCB Photography for the images.

Richard Spedding took an excellent 2nd FTD


Bob Bellerby's Sylva Riot was a class winner


A new colour scheme for Peter Taylor's MX5


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