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Moran scoops best time of the day at Gurston
11:04am Friday 30th August 2013 in Headlines
SHROPSHIRE’S Scott Moran scooped Best Time of the Day (26.02 secs) and both Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship Run Off on Sunday at Gurston Down in the 3.5 Gould GR61X.
This was despite coming under increasing pressure from Scotsman Wallace Menzies in the screaming 3.2 DJ Firestorm.
Menzies was second in both Run Offs, 0.57 secs behind Moran in the first but just seven hundredths adrift after putting up his best time of the weekend on his final assault on the hill.
If there had been an award for Driver of the Day it would have gone to Alex Summers from Tenbury Wells who lowered his own class record by 0.14 secs on his second class run and taking two astounding third places in the 1.3 supercharged DJ Firehawk, the second of those exactly equal with current champion Trevor Willis (3.2 OMS 28) from Worcester.
Summers had edged Willis into fourth place by just one hundredth in the first Run Off.
Southampton’s Tom New in his 4.0 Gould GR55 collected an eighth and a seventh place to move into tenth overall in the British Championship.
Class records also fell on the day to joint championship sponsor TTC Group boss Graham Wynn, from Shropshire, in the 1.3 turbocharged Force LM, who shaved over half a second off the previous mark.
And Colin Satchell, from Devon, took over 1.3 seconds off the HSA Speed Championship saloon and sports car class record in his rapid 2.0 Peugeot 205 GTi.
The well-supported Historically Interesting class produced changing fortunes as Chris Cannell from Salisbury took the lead on the first runs in his 1.7 St Bruno Roughcutter from Bristolian Fyrth Crosse’s 1.6 Ensign LNF3 by nine hundredths.
And although Cannell improved on his second climb, Crosse went faster still to win with a time just four tenths away from the class record.
The over 2,000cc class saw the times quite close and Sue Hayes from Salisbury produced a good second run in the 2.6 Force SR8 to see off the Metro 6R4 of Tim Painter from Frome and Andy Fraser from Langport.
Gurston Down will hold the Gates of Brockenhurst, its last meeting of the season, on Sunday, September 8.