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Ladies Hill Record Tumbles!

The British Hill Climb Championship came to Shelsley Walsh on the weekend of 3rd and 4th June. Martin Groves left triumphant with another two rounds sewn up as he has done so often in the last two seasons. He beat off Ludlow driver Scott Moran in both rounds and Groves car share partner Paul Ranson took a third in round twelve as did Shelsley BTD regular and Herefordshire resident Deryk Young in round eleven.

But the big news is that Deryk's wife Sue lowered her ladies record of August last year by a further 0.72s to leave it at 26.27s. The elusive first ladies 25-second run is now in sight and Sue may be the one to do it. But for a lurid slide at the Esses perhaps she would have done it on Sunday and destiny awaits her again in August. Sandra Tomlinís first run of 26.86s in Class L was also inside the previous record time, but by then Sue had already gone at 26.27s, so itís both congratulations and commiserations to Sandra.

Records also tumbled in two other classes. Roy Standley lowered his previous record in Class C(1) to 31.18s in his explosively quick Mitsubishi Evo 5. Hamish Lindsay took class record in Class H down to 30.16s in his shrieking 500cc two-stroke Krauser powered Jedi.

Phil Cooke brought out his insect-like Force for the first time on any hill in 2006. He got in amongst the big cars with only 1600cc and ran within 0.7s of his class record every time he took to the track. Shelsley regulars Simon and John Rutland annexed the up-to-1600cc single-seater class in their new OMS Hornet with Simon just 0.05s ahead of his brother.

Nearly two hundred competitors took to the hill and the weather held up with the exception of a rogue light shower.

ROUND 11

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

1

Martin Groves

Gould GR55B

24.06s

2

Scott Moran

Gould GR61X

24.43s

3

Mike Dean

Gould GR55

24.63s

4

Deryk Young

Gould GR51B

24.69s

ROUND 12

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

1

Martin Groves

Gould GR55B

23.81s

2

Scott Moran

Gould GR61X

23.97s

3

Paul Ranson

Gould GR55

24.57s

4

Mike Dean

Gould GR55

24.71s

CLASS WINNERS

Class

Description

Driver

Car

Time

A1/A2

Modified Production Saloons & Sports
up to 1400cc

Robert Kenrick

Caterham Blackbird

30.62s

B1

Modified Production Sports
1400cc to 2000cc

Will Hall

Westfield SEi

32.47s

B2/B3

Modified Production Saloons & Sports
1400cc to 2000cc

Peter Bishop

Westfield SEiW

31.45s

C1

Modified Production Saloons
over 2000cc

Roy Standley

Mitsubishi Evo 5

31.18s

C2

Modified Production Saloons
over 2000cc

Dave Jones

TVR Tuscan

32.31s

D

Hill Climb Super Sports

Gary Stephens

Mallock Mk21/24B

29.65s

E

Pirelli Ferrari Hill Climb Championship

Nick Taylor

Ferrari 348 GTC

35.14s

F/G

Sports Libres

Matthew Harrison

SPA SC04

27.15s

O

Paul Matty Lotus Sports Championship

Nick Glazzard

Lotus Elan +2

33.62s

H

Racing Cars
up to 600cc

Hamish Lindsay

Jedi 2/92

30.16s

I

Racing Cars
600cc to 1100cc

Simon Rutland

OMS Hornet

28.68s

J

Racing Cars
1100cc to 1600cc

Phil Cooke

Force PC

26.23s

K

Racing Cars
1600cc to 2000cc

Tom New

Pilbeam MP88 QED-KV6

26.86s

L

Racing Cars
over 2000cc

Martin Groves

Gould GR55B

24.37s

M1/M2

Racing Cars
built between 1972 and 1985

Peter Cox

Chevron B42

29.28s

N1/N2

Classic Saloons & Sports
built before 1972

Kelvin Lee

Lotus 7

34.09s

N3

Classic Sports & Racing Cars
built before 1972

Rob May

Macon MR8

36.20s

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