Hurling the little GWR Raptor into the Esses at unbelievable speeds and matching the pace of the big V8s over the finish, Jos Goodyear took the opening British Championship run-off at Shelsley Walsh with the ever-present duo of Scott Moran and Alex Summers, split by just seven hundredths, in hot pursuit. But after a phenomenal run to qualify top for the second shoot-out, which would stand as FTD, a mistake off the startline and a fumbled gearshift into Kennel left Goodyear with a closing run-off disadvantage he couldn’t counteract. Fifth place was the result as the all-conquering Gould V8 swept past, and Moran took the win with Summers on his tail.
Summers saw his championship lead reduced to ten points as his co-driver – who is still scheduled to miss a further eight rounds – broke clear of his tie for second place with Trevor Willis. In the pre-lunch run-off, charging through Shelsley’s bumpy Ess approach in a firework display of sparks, the press-on OMS driver overdid things at the left-hander and spun the car, removing the rear wing on the Recticel barrier. Repairs were rapidly affected, and Willis was back in action in the afternoon to finish third, a quarter of a second behind Summers and narrowly holding off Tom New, really flying in the red GR55B. Although Wallace Menzies is a couple of places in front on the championship table, the Southampton man kept ahead of his co-driver all weekend, split in the morning run-off by Alastair Crawford’s late-model GR55 and in the afternoon by Goodyear.
Chasing the top three in the morning, Will Hall kept the still recalcitrant Force-AER in the hunt, but a last-minute gearbox problem cost him a shot at the closing shoot-out, though not his fourth place on the series table. As at Gurston, Dave Uren and the turbocharged Force were at last beginning to mix it with the heavy hitters. But in the afternoon run-off he joined the ever-growing list of competitors to visit the Bottom Ess barrier, leaving himself with a busy week in prospect to repair damaged front suspension before Loton in a week’s time.
John Bradburn kept his points total ticking over with mid-field placings in the Gould-HB and after a difficult practice session with gearbox electronics problems, Paul Haimes recovered to bag a total of three points in the turbocharged Gould GR59 despite a blown plenum seal. Two normally aspirated 1600 runners swapped places for run-off qualification on Shelsley’s power slopes, Ed Hollier just out of the points with his Empire Evo in the morning while class rival – and eventual winner – Eynon Price grabbed the final point in the closing shoot-out with the GR59.
AVON/TTC GROUP MSA BRITISH HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP, Shelsley Walsh
FTD: Jos Goodyear (1.3s GWR Raptor-Suzuki) 23.03s
Championship run-off, round 9:1 Goodyear 23.09s; 2 Scott Moran (3.5 Gould-NME GR61X) 23.23s; 3 Alex Summers (3.5 Gould-NME GR61X) 23.30s; 4 Will Hall (2.0t Force-AER WH) 23.84s; 5 Tom New (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 24.04s; 6 Alastair Crawford (2.8 Gould-NME GR55C) 24.17s; 7 Wallace Menzies (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 24.26s; 8 Dave Uren (1.3t Force-Suzuki PC) 24.27s; 9 John Bradburn (3.5 Gould-Cosworth HB GR55)24.67s; 10 Paul Haimes (1.3t Gould-Suzuki GR59) 25.06s; 11 Ed Hollier (1.6 Empire Evo-Suzuki) 26.06s; Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS-RPE 28) DNF.
Championship run-off, round 10:1 Moran 23.30s; 2 Summers 23.42s; 3 Willis 23.68s; 4 New 23.76s; 5 Goodyear 23.93s; 6 Menzies 24.12s; 7 Bradburn 24.43s; 8 Crawford 24.58s; 9 Haimes 25.14s; 10 Eynon Price (1.6 Gould-Suzuki GR59) 25.97s; Uren DNF; Hall DNS.
Championship positions after round 10: 1 Summers 87pts; 2 Moran 77; 3 Willis 66; 4 Hall 53; 5 Menzies 46; 6 Goodyear 41; etc.
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