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Up to Speed: 16th – 17th July

Thursday 14 July 2022

On possibly the hottest weekend on record in the UK, the action from the Drift Pro Championship British Hillclimb, Sprint and Autotest Championships will be as scorching as ever.

Let’s get up to speed on what is happening this weekend.

Around the Clubs

This weekend boasts another packed schedule and, with over 100 motorsport events organised by our Clubs, there is bound to be something for everyone. For rallying, the Conder Motorsport Club is holding the Kinlass Summer Stages and the Hexham & District Motor Club hosting the Northern Dales Targa Rally. Trialling is also a big factor of the weekend with the Torbay 4×4 Club running the Ogwell Trial and the Buchan Off Road Drivers Club is hosting the Kildmurray CCVT. If you would like to test your skills at technical driving, the Tavern Motor Club is running the Chairman’s Challenge Autotest.

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Drift Pro Championship – Oulton Park

Rubber will be burning at Oulton Park this weekend at the Drift Pro Championship returns for round five. This is the first time that the championship will be bringing fans to Oulton park. The circuit provides a unique and technical course based around the Knickerbrook and Hislops chicane.

This season’s Drift Pro Championship is still all to play for with Lwi Edwards only 40 points behind championship leader Oliver Evans. Paul Cunnington is currently sat 3rd in the overall driver standings, however had a cracking round four at Brands Hatch coming home to take 1st place. He will be hoping to do the same again this weekend.

The weekend will also coincide with Tunerfest, a celebration of performance tuning, aftermarket modifications and raw power. Tunerfest will not only include the Drift Pro Championship but also Time Attack as drivers go all out to set the best lap times of the day across a range of categories, with cars fine-tuned to perfection to deliver incredible cornering speeds and straight-line power.

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British Hillclimb Championship – Bouley Bay and Val De Terres

The British Hillclimb Championship has a busy week and weekend as it heads over to Jersey to host rounds eight and nine at Bouley Bay and Val De Terres.

A high quality entry has been received, with in excess of twenty drivers making the trip from the mainland. This includes the majority of the current BHC top ten. 2022 BHC Championship leader Alex Summers (DJ Firestorm Cosworth XD) heads the entry list alongside defending 2021 Champion Wallace Menzies (Gould GR59 Cosworth XD) and six time BHC Champion Scott Moran (Gould GR59J).

It’s neck and neck at the top as Menzies will be fighting Summers off to maintain his championship lead which currently stands at just two points ahead. Scott Moran is still in contention for the crown as he sits just nine points away from the championship leader.

Bouley Bay was one of the original venues chosen as part of the first British Hillclimb Championship back in 1947. The inaugural Championship consisted of just five rounds at Bo’ness near Falkirk in Scotland, Prescott in Gloucestershire, Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire , Craigantlet on the outskirts of Belfast in Northern Ireland and last but not least Bouley Bay.

The original course was 1065 yards in length but this was reduced to the current 1011 in 1949. Demanding, technical and challenging are just a few of the descriptions used by the UK competitors who visit each year. Unlike many UK events Bouley Bay is open to all types of machinery, from cars to sidecars and motorbikes to karts, all are welcome to entertain the crowds. With a mixture of blind bends, high banked tree lined corners and tight hairpins towards the top of the hill, Bouley Bay has everything to challenge the best in the business. For spectators, the high banks located in the top half of the hill are a natural amphitheatre, looking down the hill as competitors race up towards them.

British Sprint Championship – Lydden Hill

Normally the home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill will be hosting the British Sprint Championship this weekend as the championship makrs its halfway stage with the Borough 19 Motor Club organising the event.

Terry Holmes took victory last time out during the previous rounds of the British Sprint Championship with his Lola TeGra T90 having the best run of 100.46 seconds. Steve Broughton took home second place in his SBD Dallara F399 missing out on first by just 0.24 seconds. Stephen Miles took home the last step on the podium with his Van Dieman RF96mm2020 finishing 2.04 seconds behind Broughton.

Lydden Hill is a one mile, mixed surface, motor racing venue situated halfway between Canterbury and Dover.

British Autotest Championship – South of Scotland

The British Autotest Championship will be heading up North to the South of Scotland for round seven of their championship, and will begin to shape who the champion of this year’s championship will be.

Reigning champion Alastair Moffatt is currently leading this season’s championship with 145 points. Closest rival Willie Keaning is only 10 points behind the championship leader and Christopher Chapman is close behind with 122 points. It is still all the play for.

An Autotest is where Competitors tackle a number of tests, which they must memorise beforehand. Unlike an AutoSOLO, an Autotest may include tight turns, advanced skills and reverse manoeuvring. Autotests are part of the recently launched StreeCar initiative about getting into motorsport in your every day road car.

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