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British & Midland Championship 7 & 8th September 2019


Photo Credit Rob MacDonald 

Report by Tony Adams 

Records tumble in Prescott sunshine …

Records tumbled in front of huge crowds at an action packed weekend of motor sport competition at Prescott Hill Climb, near Cheltenham when rounds of the British and Midland Hill Climb Championships took place.

The outright hill record was beaten by racing car constructor Sean Gould, driving the firm’s latest GR59J single seater racing car, who recorded a time of 35.41 seconds, also earning himself the ‘Man of the Meeting’ award at the same time.


Sean Gould. Photo Credit Rob MacDonald

Sean, said: “As this is such a very new car I am absolutely delighted to have set a new outright course record here today, especially as we are still getting to grips with the car in respect of tyres and its handling. 

“It has been a hectic but very exciting and enjoyable weekend for all, so thanks must go to the Prescott organisers and especially to the volunteer marshals who carry out such a vital task allowing us to enjoy the sport.”

New class records were also set by Robert Kenrick and Richard Spedding, both driving GWR Raptor racing cars, while Stephen Moore completed the trio by beating the current Modified Series Production Car class record in his Mitsubishi Evo 6 with a new time of 43.84 seconds.

Keeping it in the family, so to speak, young driver Matthew Ryder was given the opportunity to move up from his usual small-engined racing car to drive his Godmother Sue Young’s big Gould GR51 4litre Judd car and recorded a very respectable time of 39.97 seconds accordingly, pipping Sue by around two seconds.


Matthew Ryder & Robert Kenrick. Photo Credit Rob MacDonald

Saturday saw nearly 40 drivers compete in the BOC Newbarn Landrover Specialists B Licence Championship, with the class win going to Harry Moreland in his Caterham Supersport Sigma, followed by Tom Moreland, Christopher Hathaway and Christopher Dewe respectively.

Class winners over the weekend included, David Snelson in a Ferrari F430, Tony Adams in a Lotus Elise, David Dyson in a Porsche GT3, Tim Higgins in a Westfield, Eric Morrey in a Hillman Imp, Ash Mason in a Westfield, Ben Lovell in an OMS, Christian Mineeff in a Pilbeam and Gavin Mclaren in a Nutsan Muffin.

In the ever expanding Formula Ford class, Charlie Reilly took the honours in his Van Diemen, while David Warburton, Jonathen Varley, Will Hall, Les Buck and Stuart Ridge won the various racing car classes.

Saloons and sports car classes were won by Callum Barney in a Ford Cortina GT and Brian Ashley in an MGB, while Peter Dewhurst and George Dewhurst had a close tussle sharing their Type 40 in the Bugatti Car Handicap.


 Richard Spedding & Stephen Moore. Photo Credit Rob MacDonald


Watch the footage on Hillclimb TV