HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP REPORTS

Rain dampens the paddock but not the spirits at Werrington


Event 9 at Werrington on 05/05/2024
Sunday started overcast with a breeze and the rain arrived late in the morning.  The bottom of the paddock was soon being churned up by the moving cars with mud drawn onto the track before the start. The rain did not last long, but was sufficient to make a mess; wheel spinning was now permitted, although someone with a broom after each spin would have reduced the standing mud. The same HSA entrants were competing as they were on Saturday.  Pekka Tulokas in his Mazda MX-5 set a time of 42.76s for 14 pts in class A3, whilst John Wells on 46.08s scored 6pts in his Mini Cooper S in the same class. On 49.02s, Andy Webber scored 4pts in his Lotus Europa in class U2 whilst both Carole Nicholls (Nike Mk4 FF) and Fyrth Crosse (Mallock U2) each scored 1pt with times of 53.01s and 58.45s respectively.

Ed Hollier took BTD both days in his 1-litre Force, setting a time of 35.34s on Saturday and 35.73s on Sunday.
The weekend is hard work for the volunteer organising team with a large paddock to lay out, number and tape, and then hundreds of ‘5 high’ stacks of tyres to be brought from storage and placed up and down the hill, belted securely in place — and then removed at the end of the meeting! The estate owners love this event and would even like to see a second organised each year. As someone opined, a gap in the hillclimb calendar would need to be found, and then a team of volunteers and officials!
 

Piles of five joined tyres covering the danger points need to be installed each time the meeting is run


The Force of Ed Hollier set BTD both days


Pekka Tulokas leads the HSA pack at Werrington


Event 8 at Werrington on 04/05/2024
The Woodford Trailers HSA Championship travelled south to Launceston and the gem that is Werrington Hillclimb. First run in 1977, this was the 45th anniversary of the event (foot and mouth and COVID-19 having caused some cancellations in the intervening years).  The 1,250 yards long track, which uses the access road of a private estate a mile or so north of town, includes a covered cattle grid and top paddock beside Werrington church. The main paddock is grassed and sloping, which can be difficult when wet. The hill record stands at 32.59s, a 77mph average which includes a slow 90° left in the middle, and unforgiving granite walls line the finish straight. Both days featured one practice and three competitive runs.

Saturday dawned misty — clearing to a blue sky and fair-weather cumulous clouds, perfect hillclimbing weather. With a full entry for both days, the track was clean although the edges were best avoided.  The sloping grass paddock was damp but manageable.  There was to be no wheel spinning before the start lest the Clerk of the Course consider that mud was being drawn onto the track. HSA entrant Pekka Tulokas in class A3 ran 43.31s in his Mazda MX-5 1800GT, scoring 18pts.  Classmate John Wells in his Mini Cooper S set 45.50s for 11pts. Andy Webber did well in his Lotus 47D/62R on a 44.40s for 18pts in class U. Carole Nicholls’ familiar Nike Mk4 FF took 1 pt in class J1 with a time of 49.46s, as did Fyrth Crosse in his Mallock U2 class W on 51.07s.
 

Carol Nichols' Nike in the lower paddock


The picturesque paddock leading on to the track was dry on Saturday, but that would all change...


Pekka Tulokas (Mazda MX-5) was the cream of the HSA crop


William Hunt consolidates his championship lead at Wiscombe


Event 7 at Wiscombe Park on 28/04/2024
Wiscombe Park Sunday 28 April - Fyrth Crosse reports:

It rained during the night, but Sunday dawned dry and mild with occasional bursts of sunshine and reasonable track conditions. From the HSA perspective Willam Hunt consolidated on his current championship lead with 51.09s in his Honda S2000 and 14 pts, followed by John Wells Mini Cooper S with a time of 48.45s and 6 pts. Steve Chaloner did 52.62s in his Citroen C1 scoring 1 pt. Past champion Andy Webber manhandled his brutal Lotus Europa 47D/62R up the hill on 51.90s collecting 5 pts, his past gearbox problems now resolved with an Audi box. Fyrth Crosse’s Mallock Mk2B, 55.15s and 1 pt. Local Force HC 1100cc driver Ed Hollier took BTD on both days, Sunday his best on 38.77s.
Always picturesque and exciting to drive since the first event in 1958, chatting with Peter Issacs highlighted the problems of running a venue on a privately owned although supportive estate. We are fortunate that the Chichester family wish to continue and preserve the venue, the estate having been purchased by Richard
and Bunny Chichester in 1953 and with the encouragement of Charles Lambton the hill climb was established and prospered. Today a large team of volunteers do an excellent job preserving and maintaining the hill for us to play on.

Andrew Webber Lotus Europa '47D62 R'


John Wells Mini Cooper S 2l


Sunshine and hail greets Wiscombe competitors


Event 6 at Wiscombe Park on 27/04/2024
Wiscombe Park 27 April - Fyrth Crosse reports:

A large entry for both days of the Woolbridge Motor Club’s first hillclimb of 2024, both days being rounds of the Woodford Trailers HSA Championship. The estate was damp and the paddock difficult but manageable, the track excellent following resurfacing in 2023 and a winter to ‘weather’, Wiscombe Ltd having done considerable work bringing the track edges up to the higher level of the re-laid track. Both days were rather ‘slow’ and lugubrious - one practice and two competitive runs each day, compulsory practice for everyone commencing at 09:20 on Sunday.
Saturday was dry and mild with an odd flash of sunshine; the track dried steadily, then interrupted with a light hailstorm during T2 and most late batch runners declining to run although the track still had grip. There were seven HSA contenders, led by William Hunt and his Honda S2000, with 51.67s and 12 pts. Then John Wells Mini Cooper S on 50.19s and 4 pts, James Hunt BMW E30 on 58.19s on 1 pt, this remaining the score for Steve Chaloner Citroen C1 on 54.06s, Dave Mockford MG Maestro on 56.51s, Andy Webber Lotus Europa 47D/62R on 61.73s and Fyrth Crosse Mallock Mk2B on 54.88s.

 

Fyrth Crosse - Mallock Mk2B 1098cc


Steve Chaloner Citroen C1 998cc


Spring sunshine at Shelsley


Event 4 at Shelsley Walsh on 14/04/2024
MAC's season opener at Shelsley Walsh on April 14th was the 4th round of the Woodford Trailers HSA Speed championship and was held in bright Spring sunshine.

Last year's championship runner up, Pekka Tulokas was back in his boosted MX5 and was the only HSA competitor to score good points in the cold conditions and also won his class on the day against some strong opposition. Another good class win came the way of Fyrth Crosse, in his immaculate, ex Mike Wilds Formula Three Ensign LNF3 in the National Historic Speed Championship class.

Roy Newton was out in his Porsche Carrera 2S and took third in his class while Russell Haynes (Zeus ZR163) and Carole Nicholls (Nike MK4) battled it out in the Formula Ford class.

Pekka Tulokas went well in the boosted MX5 (Rob MacDonald)


Fyrth Crosse on the start line (Rob MacDonald)


Carole Nicholls and Russell Haynes prepare (Rob MacDonald)


Roy Newton's Porsche Carrera 2S (Rob MacDonald)


Bateman and W Hunt again at stormy Anglesey


Event 3 at Anglesey on 07/04/2024
Day Two of Longton's Doran Moore Memorial sprint week-end was held on the longer International Trac Mon circuit and the day dawned bright and windy but with a highly credible forecast of heavy rain moving in after lunch.

Competitors looked to make the most of their only timed run before lunch although the track remained damp in places. The rain duly arrived and many competitors either packed up or sat out the next couple of timed runs but the skies cleared and by late afternoon the track was the best it had been and saw some of the quickest times set.

Repeating their performance from the day before both Neal Bateman (Clio) and William Hunt (Honda S2000) both scored maximum HSA points and won their respective classes on the day. A strong showing in the first rounds of the Championship has allowed Hunt to take an early lead in this year's competition.

James Hunt (BMW E30), Justin Andrews (Impreza), Glen Shaw (Nissan 350Z) and Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) all scored well.

Maximum points for William Hunt's Honda S2000 (Neil Lambert)


4WD was useful in the wet for Justin Andrews (Neil Lambert)


A determined Glen Shaw in the 350Z (Neil Lambert)


John Caldicott's Elise (Neil Lambert)


Bateman & the Hunts score at tricky Anglesey


Event 2 at Anglesey on 06/04/2024
Day One of Longton's Doran Moore Sprint week-end was held on Trac Mon's shorter National track with the impending storm Kathleen threatening all day. Fortunately the rain held off except for a brief shower late in the afternoon but high winds and permanently damp sections of the track made setting fast times and new records tricky.

However, despite the conditions Neal Bateman (Clio), William Hunt (Honda S2000) and James Hunt (BMW E30) all scored maximum points by setting new records by a margin of more than 3%.

Glen Shaw (Nissan 350Z) wasn't far behind with Anthony Earl (Caterham) and Justin Andrews (Impreza) also setting (just) new HSA class records and winningn their respective classes. It was a strong perfomance from Anthony who hadn't been to the circuit before but got the benefit from doing a track day on the Friday.

It was also good to see Dave Mockford's MG Maestro back on track after a lengthy (6 year!) rebuild and looking rather smart. The car is fitted with a 2litre Rover 820 engine and a Colin Satchell 6 speed sequential gearbox.

Anthony Earl locks up avoiding a damp patch (Neil Lambert)


Maximum points for Neal Bateman's Clio (Neil Lambert)


Stormy weather ahead of James Hunt's BMW (Neil Lambert)


Dave Mockford's nicely engineered MG Maestro (Neil Lambert)


A bright start to 2024 at Cadwell


Event 1 at Cadwell Park on 23/03/2024
Despite a soggy start to the year BARC Midlands Cadwell Sprint on March 23rd enjoyed bright and dry conditions for the first round of the Woodford Trailers HSA Speed championship which saw competitors get four timed runs on the challenging Lincolnshire track.

The two Steves (Brown in an Empire EVO2 with a new RLM turbo Busa motor) and Miles (sporting an eye catching new livery) were the top points scorers, smashing the existing HSA records.

Behind this pair, Andrew Platt (Exige), William Hunt (Honda S2000), John Loudon (Force TA) and Glen Shaw (Nissan 350Z) broke the exisitng HSA class records. Joing the championship for 2024, Rob Pallett (Ginetta G20), Jonathan Baines (Clio 200), Roy Newton (Porsche Carrera 2) and John Ward (MX5) all scored points.

Thanks to Chris Bannister at JCB Photography for the images.

Jonathan Baines in his smart Clio 200 Cup (JCB Photography)


Eye catching new livery for Steve Miles (JCB Photography)


A new HSA record for Glen Shaw (JCB Photography)


Rob Pallett's Ginetta G20 (JCB Photography)


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)


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